5 independent reviews for Iran cultural vacation

Reviews for Iran cultural vacation

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review 29 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

1) The beauty, the stunning artistic design in so many aspects -- the carpets, the miniatures, the jewellery, and above all the architecture through the ages. Our jaws got sore from dropping in awe every time we entered another glorious mosque. 2) The warm welcome we got everywhere from Iranian people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Do not believe the negative image of Iran conveyed by Western politicians and media. Be open to the eager interaction which Iranians-on-the-street are anxious to have.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely. There was an economic contribution in our staying in local hotels, eating in restaurants, buying pieces of artistic craftsmanship. But further, it seemed that Iranian people of a broad spectrum were delighted to have the opportunity to share the wonders of their country and dispel the negative image they feel they have in the West.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Superb, certainly one of the best traveling experiences we've had over the past decade or so.

review 22 Oct 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All the amazing mosques

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Double the amount of time they say to get a visa. Don't book any other trips 6 weeks before this trip due to visa issues. Ladies can wear long shirts, no need to wear a manteau. Not much opportunity to buy clothes at the start of the trip. Men can wear t-shirts.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes as visiting sites such as Persepolis shows the importance of conservation. We ate in local restaurants and bought souvenirs supporting local businesses. Did not see any recycling nor notice a reduction in environmental impact. We probably increased waste due to drinking water from small plastic bottles.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Vacation for culture hounds but rather expensive for what it was considering the food and sites were so cheap when you got there and hotels were not luxurious.

review 22 May 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Esfahan

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

There are lots of options now opening up for Iran. Do you research to make sure the one you pick covers everything you need.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Hard to comment

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Very good vacation

review 30 May 2016

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Well, that's difficult! Perselpolis was amazing, but so were many of the Islamic sites, such as Qom and the Sheikh Lotfallah mosque in Isfahan. I also enjoyed visiting the tea houses and bazaars.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You need to get used to the different ways in which the Iranian currency is referred to - rials and tomans. It can be a bit confusing at first! Be aware that you need a lot of cash, as credit cards are not accepted in the vast majority of places. Be prepared to be welcomed everywhere! The Iranians are delightful people!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think the main benefit overall was to dispel the many myths propagated by the Western media about Iran and its people. It is not an oppressive and dangerous desert backwater. It is a beautiful country, hugely cultured, and its people were some of the most welcoming I have ever met anywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fantastic.

Read the operator's response here:

We are delighted that our client enjoyed the tour so much. Reviews such as this highlight the welcoming and hospitable nature of the Iranian people and we hope they will offer reassurance to other people thinking of visiting the country.

review 27 Oct 2014

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Isfahan followed very closely by Yazd. It was good to have free time in which to explore the cities and meet the people.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Iran is not as unsafe as sometimes portrayed in the press and media. The people were very friendly and helpful and there was no obvious police presence. Dress for women was not as strict as expected and although the headscarf was a given, many wore fashionable clothes in bright colours without being covered by a black chador. Be prepared for a variable standard of sanitary arrangements. In 3* hotels or higher, the better restaurants and museums they are usually adequate but elsewhere, toilets and washing facilities leave a lot to be desired with fittings missing or broken and smelly/unclean. Definitely pack a universal plug, toilet roll and wet wipes.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Difficult to know whether or not tourism benefits the local people in general. However, there has been an attempt to involve the nomads some of whom have settled in one place and offer accommodation to visitors.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

An excellent experience with the right amount of sightseeing and free time.

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