Tourism nonprofit launches Iran tours

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The International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is sponsoring two tours of Iran, set for this fall. The 11-day Persian Journey tours are commissionable to agents.

"We recognize Iran’s historical significance as a civilization, and the importance of building bridges of understanding between our cultures," said IIPT President Louis D’Amore.

He said the trips, which the IIPT calls World Peace Tours, were designed to reinforce IIPT’s dedication to "making travel and tourism the world’s first global peace industry."

D’Amore will lead the first tour, set for Sept. 22 to Oct. 2. The second tour, Oct. 6 to 16, will be led by Donald King, IIPT’s ambassador at large.

D’Amore recently visited Iran at the invitation of the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. King has led previous trips to Iran.

The tours will take participants to Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan and the ruins of Persepolis. Sightseeing will be complemented by an evening visiting nomads, a session sipping tea along the bridges overlooking the Zayandeh River and exploring bustling bazaars.

Tours are priced at $2,688 per person, double, not including air. The single supplement is $520.

IIPT said the Persian Journey tours were "organized with the cooperation and assistance of the American Society of Travel Agents."

More information is available at the IIPT's website.

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