I found Iran a truly fascinating country – its quanat system of irrigation is an ingenious feat of engineering while the various gardens we saw are exquisitely laid out and very functional – they certainly create the atmosphere for which they were designed. While the exterior of buildings are rather bland the inside courtyards certainly make up for this. Fruit trees, flowers and streams on a grid system certainly create a very calming and cooling effect. The colours and vibrancy of the tile work I experienced was really stunning – I found both the fully tiled mosque and those that are totally simple with adobe decorations really a pleasure to behold. The use of colour, fabric, water and fruit were highlights. Never did I feel threatened or in danger – a joy to experience. One of the best exports of Iran is truly the friendliness of its people. They were also willing to advise, assist and go the extra mile. I look forward to coming back and seeing more weaving, carpets and cooking which are of special interest.
Being an American and considering the history of Iran-US relationships since 1979 and considering the words from President Donald Trump, apprehensive of my trip to Iran. My actual experience was overwhelming positive. People in the street were warm and friendly. I was asked many times where I was from and when I replied the USA I received smiles and a welcome. I would love to return and do it all over again.
To all who wonder whether one should go to Iran, my firm recommendation is a strong yes. The people are lovely; the culture is fantastic; the food is great. We were lucky enough to have Fotros as the tour organizers. They were consistently helpful, always pleasant and wonderfully effective. While there is lots to do and see in Tehran, do try to get beyond the capital for the rest of the country merits considerable attention. I hope to come back.
The conference was so well organized and we were never left without your team's caring and acute attentiveness to whatever was required. So very much appreciated! In particular, I owe a huge thank you to Mahnaz for all her kind and patient assistance with our all-too-often changing itineraries, let alone the visa issue us Canadians experienced. We simply could not have had such a wonderful time in your beautiful country without her ongoing help! Yes, I have fabulous memories of Iran!!! And, I must say that they were made all the greater with your organization's careful and excellent planning. The six day post conference tour was absolutely amazing!!! The sites, the food, the accommodations, the transportation, etc., etc., were incredible! But, to me the highlight of the tour was our outstanding guide, Masoom Ghaderpanah!! He made everything come alive with his very special additions to our appreciation of what were were seeing and experiencing! He is indeed a treasure for which I was so very thankful!! If I return to Iran some day, I would dearly hope that it could be Masoon who would once again guide me through the history and beauty that is Iran! Again, my great appreciation for making my trip so very memorable!! Kudos all round and a special thanks to Mahnaz and that treasure of yours, Masoom!!
Azizam Mahnaz, Kheli sepas for your kind words ! I’m very happy (rosh allam ?) that you appreciate this little montage (lotfan, for do you like, do you say “doos darid”?) I’m sure now I’ll have for much more chances to forget all the lovely sweet little things I’ve learn only listening and asking in the street ! But still it has an indescribable pleasure to meet your Iranian people and county, I feel really, really blessed ! Kheli del tange irano (shall I ask “misham” in the end or “hastam”? I’m finishing a little diaporama from personal photos to share with you and friends as soon as possible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLR5z5ZAvQ8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTbW3fKtA_k&t=40s
We went visit Iran in 4, two middle age italian couples in July 2018. We climbed the Damavand Mountain and Fotros Travel Agency from Tehran (recommended us by Mina Ghorbani our mountain guide), organized the rest of the trip: shuttle bus from/to airport, reservation and train tickets Tehran-Shiraz and all the hotel reservations in Tehran, Shiraz, Pasargadae, Esfahan, Yazd, Varzaneh, Kashan. We agreed to pay the agency at our arrival in Tehran. All reservations were perfectly done, we had a continue communication during the trip with Maryam Nasiri from Fotros, that was following us and no problems occurred. We recommend this agency for their professionality, high level services, kindness at reasonable costs. I hope everything is fine in Tehran dreaming to visit Iran again, by sure with your company.
Travelling to Iran and around it with Fotros Agency was a great experience for me. Visiting all the beautiful blue mosques gave me really metaphisical feelings despite of difference between islam and my religion - roman catholicism. Many interesting museums (National in Tehran and Armanian in Esfahan - the most) and historical places as very impressive Persepolis. I also liked excellent palaces and mansions in gardens and crowded bazars full of colourful jewellery, carpets, textiles and spices. Not to mention about very tasty food - my favourite dishes were barley soup and lamb kebab. Also rice with saffron and every vegetables - no matter if boiled, grilled or fresh - and fruit. Iranian people are friendly, helpful and have fantastic sense of humour.
Hello! and on the way to Salamanca! sad to leave your beautiful country. We have loved your country, it is a pity that you do not make yourself known in the world and that they fear. What Europe or America know about Iran is truly a stigma. And traveling with your agency has been a wonderful experience, I tell you because I have experience in dealing with agencies for our trips. The only problem has been the full board because we have gained a lot! I will pass your contact to some friends (Beatriz and Ramón) for when they want to go because they have asked us for information. Thank you very much for everything ... you have been very kind all the time and for the clients this attention is very important. I do not know if you are owner or employee of the agency but the trip has been perfect except for small details that I will tell you later to help you. I think the modern part of the cities could also include in visit from the car to have another idea of how to live in the wealthy part. I will recommend to everyone! I'll give your contact A big hug!!