tourism

Paul Eagen - Azerbaijan and Kurdistan - April 17

"I met Shirin when she was allocated as my instructor at Ellis Brigham's Ice climbing wall in Covent Garden. In that 40 minute session she managed to improve my ice skills, recommend a great guide in Harald Koidl for my Matterhorn ascent and light a fire in me to visit Iran. A year later, my wife and I took the plunge and chose to visit Iran for our honeymoon (eyebrows were raised when we told our parents where we were going!). Naturally, we chose Shirin and Persian Pursuits to take us there. As it was a tour along a new and relatively untouched route, we had the pleasure of travelling with Shirin and her lovely extended family and friends through Western Iran, visiting the ancient lands of Eden, Kurdistan and the valleys and towns of the Iraq border. We weren't disappointed. Perfect organisation and what an amazing country! The history, the mountains, the food, the culture and the nicest people you could ever meet - it had it all. An unforgettable two weeks. Thanks, Shirin!"

Paul Eagen

London, UK

Cultural Tour of NW and W Iran

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

Prof. Wolfgang and Mrs Helga Mecklenbraueker - Cultural April 2016

Mrs. Mecklenbrauker at Persopolis

Mrs. Mecklenbrauker at Persopolis

"More than 10 years ago we met Shirin in Vienna, Austria. Over the years we stayed in contact with her and her growing family in London. So we were pleased to learn she was planning a cultural trip to Iran. We joined and finally we got to know something about the home country of our daughter-in-law.

The trip was a well balanced mixture of Unesco world heritage, oriental flavour not only in the bazars, historical sites of ancient ages, and, of course, sight seeing landmarks. We enjoyed the local food all over the country, in the smallest tavernas it was cooked excellently.

Prof. Macklenbrauker with the driver at the toomb of Hafez after he had recited a poem he had composed for tourists

Prof. Macklenbrauker with the driver at the toomb of Hafez after he had recited a poem he had composed for tourists

Having learned a little bit of Farsi in courses and from our grandchildren we came in contact easily with Iranians. We were astonished about the cordiality and frankness of the people we met. So, we think, we got to know something about today-life and life in ancient times. Our bus driver was an artist in many respects: good humoured, making philosophical observations, reciting an own poem about travelling and Austrians at the tomb of Hafez, and most importantly a master of his profession, such as our tourist guides. It was touching.

A remarkable and amazing trip. Very well organized. We recommend it very much - also for aged people as we are."

Prof. Mecklenbrauker and Mrs Mecklenbrauker

Austria

Dakhme - Tower of Silence in Yazd where Zaroastrians left their dead

Dakhme - Tower of Silence in Yazd where Zaroastrians left their dead

summit photo! A nice and steady walk up to the top of 'Dakhme' the Tower of Silence in Yazd   

summit photo! A nice and steady walk up to the top of 'Dakhme' the Tower of Silence in Yazd