Tehran

Patricia Engel - Cultural April 2016

"Iran to me was a place of hospitality, poetry and impressive roots in the past. Due to the fact that Shirin was our guide and her parents and friends of them were with us, we got a glimpse of the country and established personal contacts with its people.

The long trips gave us an idea of its huge size and a great appreciation of nature of the geography, geology and vegetation of Iran. The works of art we have seen at Persepolis and other places were equally impressive.

What made the deepest impression on me, however, was the striking difference between the unfriendly and menacing desert and plains and the overwhelming beauty of the gardens, the walls separating the inner and the outer environment, the contrast of the burning sun and the green shade, the dry dust and the fountains with glass-like sparkling water, stones and architecture, roses, lemon tree smells, soft movements of grain grass in the wind, the red pomegranate blossoms, the age-old olive trees and the wine.Who was able to visualise and create such beauty?"

Patricia Engel

Austria

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