Friday, 26 August, 2016

Take a Luxurious 13-Day Tour of Iran Guided by a NY Times Journalist

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The New York Times is offering 13-day tour of Iran guided by Times journalist Elaine Sciolino.

For a mere $6,995 (plus taxes, fees and extras like upgrades), you can accompany Times journalist Elaine Sciolino as you “journey across country through beautiful landscapes, arid mountains and rural villages to experience vibrant bazaars, get lost in ancient cities and learn about the traditions and cultures of Iran.” Oh, and you’ll stay in “luxurious hotels,” of course.

The package, which includes most meals and four-star resort accommodations, sounds positively lovely.

A new promotion by the New York Times says:

“Journey 2,500 years back in time to discover the ancient secrets of Persia on this 13-day itinerary incorporating some of most well preserved archaeological sites in the world. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran.

Journey with on-the-ground experts who will help untangle this nation’s complicated timeline. Starting in Tehran you will journey across country through beautiful landscapes, arid mountains and rural villages to experience vibrant bazaars, get lost in ancient cities and learn about the traditions and cultures of Iran. Traveling in a small group and staying in luxurious hotels along the way, your journey through Iran will reveal the secrets from this once forbidden land.”

Promotional material for the tour on the Times website also promises “luxurious hotels” and describes Tehran as a city where “the young and fashionable adopt a new trendy joie de vivre.”

Also on the itinerary: “a pleasant evening stroll around the colorful bazaars,” along with insights into the “accomplishments” of the late Ayatollah Khomeini.

About Elaine Sciolino

Elaine Sciolino is a writer for The New York Times and former NYT Paris bureau chief, based in France since 2002.

She has been traveling to Iran since 1979, was on the plane with Ayatollah Khomeini when he returned to exile to make his revolution, covered the Iran hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war, in fact, she has traveled extensively to every part of the country.

During her career Sciolino has interviewed many of the key Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Khomeini, the father of the revolution (the first American to interview him) and the current spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Most importantly, her book, Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran, was awarded the 2001 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan Citation for nonfiction. It is still considered a classic introduction to Iran.

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