Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 

Iran

Iran

Take an adventure holiday in Iran with World Expeditions, one of the world's leading travel companies.

Seventy million people inhabit this country which is nearly the size of Queensland (Australia) or a fifth of the United States. It is dominated by three mountain ranges – the fertile and volcanic Sabalan and Talesh ranges, the Zagros range which the runs along the western border and the Alborz range, to the North of Tehran and home to the highest mountain – Damavand (5670m).The Alborz range also has the largest area of vegetation in Iran and the northern slopes are densely covered with deciduous trees.These ranges are also home to many mammals including wolf, jackal, wild boar, hyena, black bear and lynx.The lowlands are inhabited by Persian squirrels, mongoose, Persian gazelle, porcupine, badger and Iranian wild ass. However perhaps the most famous of creatures is the Alborz red sheep with its long black beard and spiralling horns.

Ninety percent of the population practice Iran’s brand of fundamentalist Shi’ite Islam and this will be noticed by travellers by the modest dress code and the behaviour at mosques. All Iranian and foreign females appearing in public should cover their head and wear a dress that covers the body except the face, toes and hands. Men are advised not to wear short sleeves and short pants are strictly forbidden – refer pre-departure notes for full details on dress requirements.

Iran has a long history of almost 7000 years since the Aryans emigrated here and gave their name to the land and called it “land of Aryans” or Iran. Achaemenid appeared in 550BC and was the first unified dynasty and until it was conquered by Alexander of Macedonia in 330BC, Iran prospered as the “Great Persian Empire” for more than 2 centuries. There are many landmarks left from the Achaemenian period, most notably in Persepolis. Many other dynasties and monarchies succeeded the country until the Pahlavi, which was demolished in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution, changing Iran from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. There is an enormous diversity of ethnic types in Iran, the majority are descendants of the Aryan tribes.

Discover the best of Iran on one of our cultural journeys of discovery. 


Featured Adventures

Best of Iran

Explore the sights of Iran's picturesque cities and appreciate the depths of the cultural traditions. Discover the wealth of the Iranian ancient civilisations
11 days |

Iran to Istanbul via Georgia and Armenia

A fascinating journey from northern Iran to Istanbul via Armenia and Georgia
26 days |

Tashkent to Isfahan

A fabled journey through Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan to Iran tracing the western section of the Silk Road
21 days |
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The Weather in Iran

Because of its size, variety of topography and altitude, Iran experiences great extremes of climate.Spring (March – May) and autumn (October – December) is the ideal time to tour Iran.Temperatures should be in the mid twenties Celsius or around 70F.

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