2 independent reviews for Women only tours to Iran

Reviews for Women only tours to Iran

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review 25 Apr 2019

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

Pretty well all of it! Visiting bazaars, cafes and restaurants, historical sites and museums, mosques, and ancient cities. Also the cookery classes, village home stay, overnight sleeper train - and perhaps most of all - experiencing the warmth and friendliness of the Iranian people. The countryside is beautiful - deserts, snow capped mountains, river valleys, orchards and rice paddies. Altogether a great experience, and culturally rich. Our guide, Sahar Makaremy, couldn't have been more helpful and enthusiastic, and she did her best to make the visit a memorable one. She was also a great shopper!

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

Don't be put off by the difficulty of getting a visa. Take US dollars or euros, since this is what everyone in Iran wants. Travel light - you can pick up appropriate clothing very cheaply when you're there.

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

I hope so, especially the home stay, and the local cooking classes.

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

Excellent

review 4 May 2019

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

Sitting among hundreds of geladas in the Simien Mountains. Walking in those lovely mountains was also great. The castles of Gondar were gorgeous. Well- designed itinerary but be prepared for a few long days of travel.

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

Bring close-toed sandals. Walking boots for the hikes. Walking sticks for the longer hikes. I didn't take malaria pills and did not see mosquitos because we were at altitude. But others WERE bit by mosquitos so precautions should be taken. Don't change a lot of money at first. Meals can be very inexpensive, especially if you don't drink alcohol.

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

We didn't encounter many locals except at the hotels. An option of a cooking class would have been appreciated.

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

Our guide was excellent and professional, albeit a little jaded. He wanted our group to eat together at least one meal a day, but not everyone was inclined to cooperate. The bus was spacious and comfortable, but the operator should provide at least a bottle of water for each person each day and a refrigerator in the bus. I have never been on a vacation like this where the TO neglected to provide a minimum of water. Also, the operator brought us to two locations, Gondar and Aksum where NO tours were included. But in effect we all wound up paying extra for the tours offered as an "option". That is a cheap nickel-and-diming exercise; these two basic tours should be included, and if you want to raise your base price accordingly, you should do so.

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