Shiraz

Emanuel Wenger - Cultural April 2016

Emanuel and Shirin's Dad

Emanuel and Shirin's Dad

"Between the years 2000 and 2009, I made three trips to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Already my first trip showed me that it is a wonderful and interesting country absolutely different


fromthe general opinion in our mass media and the public view.
Again, I had very big expectations when I went on my fourth visit with
my friend Shirin and her Persian Pursuit company to visit again Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan,
Shiraz, Persepolis , and Yazd. All my expectations were exceeded.

We had a wonderful trip with a very harmonic team consisting of 5 Iranians
and 10 Noniranians, two sympathetic, helpful and informative guides (Farid, Mojtaba) and an amazing
driver who always kept cool and turned out to bea poet.
Iran is a wonderful country still not overcrowded by tourists which could happen in the near future.
 In places like Persepolis and Pasargadae you can feel the glorious Persian history reaching back some thousands years. Among the most amazing experiences are the meetings with the friendly and hospitable locals. Especially young boys and girls look for contacts with the guests in their country.

I am looking forward to my next trip to some other parts in Iran with Shirin."

Emanuel Wenger

Vienna - Austria

The magnificent Pasargadae

The magnificent Pasargadae

Stefan Sienell - Cultural April 2016

Stefan feeling proud of himself having just bought stamps all by himself from the post office. 

Stefan feeling proud of himself having just bought stamps all by himself from the post office. 

"I had been to Iran in 2009 for the first time and missed unfortunately Persopolis and Shiraz on that occasion as that trip had different spots. So there was no doubt to take the opportunity to join Shirin’s group visiting these two amazing places and see the other places as well again like Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan and Yazd to see what has changed within the last seven years.

 We were surprised how easy it is to step into contact with the people down there. Everyone was so nice and welcomed us just by saying “Hello”. The Iranian people are friendly and helpful, which we found out, when we had some time on ourselves to explore Tehran on our own the last day, when we had already been really familiar with the idea of feeling free to visit the Bazar without the “protection” of the group and Shirin and our guide on our side.

Taking it all in at Persopolis 

Taking it all in at Persopolis 

 We made wonderful experiences and can only recommend everyone to go there and collect own experiences. Shirin and our local guide prepared a perfect mixture between sightseeing and some relaxed times in one of the world heritage gardens we have visited – and also a wide bandwidth of places where to eat, like some touristic restaurants on the one hand and some tiny nearly private locations where grandma did the cooking on the other hand. Due to our rather small group of some 12-15 people we had easily the chance to visit these tiny places, too.

Thanks to Shirin who is an adorable person and was the soul of the group.”

Stefan Sienell

                                                                                                    Austria

Inside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan

Inside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan

Ron Kenyon - Cultural April 2016

Ron and Shirin at Nahghsh-e Jahan square - Isfahan

Ron and Shirin at Nahghsh-e Jahan square - Isfahan

"I have been wanting to go to Iran since 1978 when I had planned to visit a friend working there in Tehran - however events there made this not possible.  The country has a vast history and this was highlighted by a book I found called "Crossroads of Civilisation" written in 1979 by Clive Irving - this is well worth finding and reading covering 3000 years of history to 1979.  In 2015 there were moves to reduce sanctions on Iran. Also Shirin advertised a trip to Iran to ski up (and down) Damavand, in 2016, which I had wanted to do for years and I contacted her about this. In the end this was not going to happen - however she told me about the Cultural Tour from Tehran to Kashan, Esfahan, Shiriz and Yazd - including Percepolis and Passgadae -  WOW - got to go !  After communications and flight I was met at the airport by Farid, our guide,  and eventually met the team in the hotel in Tehran.  I was the sole Brit with others from Austria and Germany - my German is limited to "eine bier bitte" but everyone (as usual) spoke perfect English. 

We were transported in a super bus driven by the great driver Siavash- he is also a good reader of poetry as well as a "good laugh".

We had a rough idea of the itiniary but not the detail - and that detail unrolled over the next 10 ten days - this was not a cultural tour but a bombardment !

There were so many places - palaces, mosques, gardens, bridges, tombs and much more-  and there did not seem to be much lost time. There were also the people of Iran - they all seemed so pleased to see us including someone from England.  Many smiles and interest including attractive English Literature students from Tehran University and a seat in a park in Shiriz containing four generations.

We covered about 2500 km - so one has be happy to travel - I am reasonably fit but had a bit of a cold and had to miss some trips due to the cold but my cup of culture was still overflowing.

Shirin and Persian Pursuits have a vast knowledge of the country and plan full itiniaries which can be personalised for the group.

Iran is a country which one has to visit-  and then visit again and again !"

Ron Kenyon - Penrith, UK

The 2500 year old Persopolis near Shiraz

The 2500 year old Persopolis near Shiraz