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Tour:around Iran

Duration : 21 Days

Date :Apr 2017

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title

Ms

first_name

Naomi

last_name

Lindsay

tour_name

Truly Persia

tour_date

Apr 1, 2017

consultant_name

Anoush Seifoddini

booking_experience

Excellent

booking_experience_comments

Professional, efficient and pleasant.

transport

Excellent

transport_comments

Anoush, as you know, our group was dissatisfied with our original bus/van due to cramped seating and limited vision. After Hamed arrived in Yazd with his immaculate minibus we couldn\'t have been happier. He was an excellent driver who was also a delightful touring companion to our group and to Ali. We loved him and his bus, even though its lower speed limitations added hours to our travelling times!

accommodation

Good

accommodation_comments

There was certainly a diversity of standards. This is a very subjective topic as we all had varying opinions of each hotel, depending on the standard of our own room/s. I personally found most to be comfortable and clean, although overheated and often with leaky plumbing. I thought the Persia and Khatam Hotels were of particularly poor standard and felt they lowered the overall quality of the standard of the tour. I would probably have preferred to pay a little more to stay in hotels of at least one more star rating than those two.

guides

Excellent

guides_comments

Ali was a well-presented, knowledgable and patient guide, with excellent people skills. I told him personally about two quibbles I had, which he accepted graciously and gratefully. The first was that he tended to sometimes go on ahead of our group and be temporarily lost to us. I explained that he was our \'security blanket\' in an unfamiliar environment and we needed to know where he was at all times while we were moving about as a group. The other observation was that some assistance in climbing and descending the many steep stone steps and rocks would have been appreciated by those of us less agile, thanks to ageing hips and knees.

sightseeing

Excellent

sightseeing_comments

Probably because it was early in the season, most sites, including Persepolis, were pretty easy to negotiate.

memorable_comments

Dune bashing in The Kalouts! Because of a hiccup in our schedule due to a mechanical problem with the bus, Ali organised for us to be taken to The Kalouts for some crazy but fun dune bashing while the bus was being repaired. Watching the sun set over them was magic, too. My other memorable moments, which I shall cherish, were pretty much connected to the wonderful people we met, such as sharing bread and cheese with a man and his 95-year-old father in a cave in the Stone Village. There was a man who left his stall in a bazaar to lead us to a cafe to have tea. There was the man who appeared from nowhere to herd us across a busy road one night in Yazd, then waved and disappeared again. Then there were the many, many people who stopped us to chat in the bazaars and on the streets, anxious to practise their English or learn about us. Always followed by a flurry of photos and selfies!

improvements_comments

I learned so much about the culture and history of a country I had little previous knowledge of. The actual tour was hard work, because of the length of the travelling times and the ruggedness of some of the sites, but that was not unexpected, and the reward was the richness and diversity of the experiences we shared.

value_for_money

Yes

any_more_comments

I can\'t really add any more to my comments above, except I am grateful to have had the opportunity to visit Iran while it is still relatively unspoiled by the influences of international tourism.

publish_comments

Yes

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