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The Silk Road Trek: Cultural and educational tours along the Silk Road to Iran

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The Islamic Republic of Iran, heir to the ancient traditions of Persia and the cradle of the modern Islamic Revolution, is located at the crossroads of East and West. Iran, as one of the major countries along the Silk Road, has always had a particular importance because of its special position geographically and culturally. Persia thus became an important channel for the transfer of ideas, language, literature as well as science and technology. As a result, the road to Persia became a symbol of humankind's desire to travel, to explore and to learn about oneself as well as to learn from the diversity of the human experience.
We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.

James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

Imam Reza Shrine in Mashad

Since 1997 Jerry Dekker, instructor of Humanities at New College of California in San Francisco, has been leading trips to Iran and to other countries in the Middle East. Jerry, fluent in the Persian language, has lived and traveled in Iran for several years. The purpose of his trips trips has been to follow in the footsteps of those who throughout the centuries have traveled to Iran in order to broaden their world perspectives. An educational tour to Iran therefore provides access to the rich, dynamic cultural traditions of this country as well as makes it possible to observe first hand a society in the process of Islamic revolutionary transformation.

The Silk Road Trek is organized in such a way as to provide the broadest educational and cultural experience by developing unique insights into Islamic art and architecture, Islamic mysticism, ancient Persian civilization, environmental activism, Persian literature, Iranian handicrafts, Islamic revolutionary theory and practice as well as an in depth look at the Iranian response to globalization.

Customized individual tours for independent travelers, small group tours as well as tours for special interest groups, colleges and universities, etc. are also available.

Next Trip:
Silk Road Trek to Iran April 15 to May 2, 2008

Please contact Jerry Dekker ( for full details or questions regarding these tours such as costs, visa application procedures, hotel information and detailed descriptions of the itineraries.

... Payvand News - 11/30/07 ... --

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