Globe Trekker "Iran" on WXXI-TV

Globe Trekker "Iran" on WXXI-TV

Mon, 06/21/2010 - 12:00am - 1:00am

Pictured: Ian Wright with a local family

Credit: Globe Trekker

Ian travels across the vast country of Iran.

Globe Trekker "Iran" airs Monday, June 21 at 12 a.m. (midnight of Sunday, June 20) on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Ian Wright explores Tehran, the busy capital city, and visits the last resting-place of Ayatollah Khomeini, considered Iran’s holiest site of worship. After taking part in the “House of Strength,” an ancient Iranian sport, Ian checks out the local nightlife and treats himself to a dish of sheep’s brains. He goes skiing in Dizin and then travels to Bandare-E Torkaman on the Caspian coast, where he goes sturgeon fishing and visits a caviar processing plant. Ian wrestles a descendant of Genghis Khan before journeying to Esfahan, site of a magnificent blue-domed mosque. He flies to Shiraz to see the Islamic festival of Ashura, spends a day with the Qashqai Nomads and then visits Persepolis, a city built at the height of the Persian Empire.

GLOBE TREKKER transports viewers to unforgettable destinations through its stunning photography, rhythmic indigenous music and spirit of adventure. In each episode, one vibrant young traveler ventures off-the-beaten path to soak up the local culture, sample the cuisine and revel in breathtaking vistas. In keeping with their aim of "living as the locals do," charismatic hosts Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Zay Harding, Megan McCormick and others explore everything from big-city landmarks to exotic sights in remote villages. The ninth season features brand-new episodes filmed in Madrid, Barcelona, Senegal and Cape Verde, the Caribbean Islands, Antarctica, Brazil and Tibet.