Claire, Auckland

Persian Dreams

I felt incredibly safe in Iran.  As I was easily identifiable as a foreigner, locals would just come up and talked to me.  At first, I thought this was some sort of scam – then I realised that people just wanted to practice their English and genuinely wanted to help you.  Iranians are the friendliest people and because they don’t have a large tourism industry they are so interested to ask you about why you are in Iran and what you think about their country.  If people can’t speak English – they will phone a friend or relative that does, or in one case we had a driver who was using google translate!

Mary, Sydney

Persian Dreams

IRAN proved to be fascinating, friendly and colourful within both its borders and its beautiful peoples.
Having travelled from SHIRAZ in the south thru to the magnificent MASHAD in the north the history, the scenery, the culture and the sights to me proved to be a wonderful experience.
Most notable highlights (although too many to list here) were the historical site PERSEPOLIS outside Shiraz, viewing the salt lakes at sunset and staying in the central desert before venturing on to Isfahan and Kashan.
Equally Yazd and Isfahan show the diversity of each area. Tehran with its bazaars, cooking class and traffic chaos was an interesting few days.
Mashhad: My favourite must see area with its shrines, minarets, museums and bazaars was MASHHAD!
Mashhad: A day trip to the KANG mountain Village my most precious memory of the trip.
Organised thru NZ TRAVEL & TOUR, operator Mehdi Shariati provided us with a unique experience not available with large travel groups. He gave us an inside into an IRAN that I would love to visit again. He provided professional guides throughout and his local knowledge proved to be invaluable.
I thoroughly recommend Iran as wonderful place to visit especially thru Mehdi and his travel group at NZ Travel and Tour.

Janet, Wellington

Persian Dreams

I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, to celebrate my 70th birthday. I enjoy “adventure travel” that goes beyond the must-see destinations and takes a group to lesser known places as well, off the beaten track. When I looked at NZ Travel and Tour proposed itinerary, it looked such an exciting tour, to a country I never dreamt I’d have the chance to visit. So, I went ahead and booked, after talking with friends who’d been to Iran, and who each strongly encouraged me to go.

I can only give Mehdi the highest praise for his care and thoroughness of his approach to every aspect of our tour. Being Iranian himself it was a real advantage to have a tour manager who could talk to local guides or hosts in Farsi, especially in situations where their English wasn’t confident. I felt Mehdi went above and beyond on our behalf. Apart from creating a flexible itinerary, he took us on a number of off-the-beaten-track experiences that added so much to the richness of the tour. In some cases, eg the tour of the turquoise mine, it was not something even the local people had done. A real authentic experience. That’s an example of the ‘adventure travel’ side of the tour, which I really enjoyed – although I certainly relished the guided tours of the cities we visited, as there were so many magnificent mosques and other buildings that we explored.

The tour met exceeded my expectations! It’s a tour I shall remember for years to come. I enjoyed it immensely.

Andrew, Auckland

Persian Dreams

Meeting Iranians in their own country; visiting mosques and monuments; the food. We had great guides, and a fantastic driver. The pleasures of a trip to Iran will stay with visitors for a long, long time. The tour met and even exceeded my expectations. I certainly recommend this tour of Iran by NZ Travel and Tour.

Barbara, Wellington

Persian Dreams

To anyone contemplating a visit to Iran I would say GO! Unlike the experience of travel in many parts of the world, especially those that are highly frequented by tourists, you will have the opportunity to really experience the culture and way of life and to interact with local people in a way that is not possible in many places. You will also be exposed to centuries of history, a wonderful literary tradition, some of the best cuisine in the world, fantastic and contrasting landscapes and most of all as a traveller you will feel welcomed and very safe.

I felt my tour with NZ Travel and Tour to Iran was very thorough. I felt that I was exposed to a wide range of activities and different aspects of the country and the culture.

It is difficult to pick just a few highlights of my trip as each day was a highlight. No one could fail to be impressed by the outstanding hospitality and friendliness of the people throughout the country and this was an overarching highlight and a major factor in making the trip such an enjoyable experience.

The visit to Persepolis. For anyone interested in history this is a must visit. Having an excellent guide really added to the experience. She was able to make the history come alive.

Cooking class (food tour): This was a wonderful opportunity not only to have a go at cooking a few Persian dishes but also to visit the local market and learn about some of the unique ingredients used in Persian cooking. It was a very fun experience with an experienced and totally unflappable chef who was able to multi task and keep everyone involved and engaged.

The visit to the Shrine of Iman Reza in Mashhad. I include this as a highlight for several reasons. The buildings themselves are magnificent, it was very moving to see the devotion of the pilgrims and it was a privilege as a non-Muslim to be in such a holy place. But most of all it was the communication with the young woman who was our guide and who was very open and sharing about her life and hopes and dreams that made this visit so memorable for me.

Janet, Wellington

Persian Majesty

People were friendly. Complete strangers would come up to us and ask if they could take a photo of us. Often with them standing alongside us. Others, often men, who we walked past in the street, would ask us how we were enjoying Iran. It was a pleasure to be able to respond honestly with compliments about their country.

Barbara, Wellington

Persian Majesty

The visit to Persepolis. For anyone interested in history this is a must visit. Having an excellent guide really added to the experience. She was able to make the history come alive.

Andrew, Auckland

Persian Majesty

In my experience, Iran is a very safe country. There are cultural requirements for women, but they are respectful and not onerous. Visitors to Iran are welcome and treated with courtesy and interest. Ignore the propaganda and enjoy a fabulous and rewarding destination.

Meeting Iranians in their own country; visiting mosques and monuments; the food. We had great guides and a fantastic driver. The pleasures of a trip to Iran will stay with visitors for a long, long time. The tour met and even exceeded my expectations. I certainly recommend this tour of Iran by NZ Travel and Tour.

Mary, Sydney

Persian Riches

Organised thru NZ TRAVEL & TOUR, operator Mehdi Shariati provided us with a unique experience not available with large travel groups. He gave us an inside into an IRAN that I would love to visit again. He provided professional guides throughout and his local knowledge proved to be invaluable.
I thoroughly recommend Iran as wonderful place to visit especially thru Mehdi and his travel group at NZ Travel and Tour.
As far as a holiday destination Iran was never a country I would have ever considered UNTIL I was asked and said YES!

Athol, Tauranga

Persian Riches

What would I say to anyone contemplating visiting Iran?  One word – GO.  I would add that you could not go with a better tour company than NZ Travel & Tours.  Their organisation and the tour itself was absolutely top notch.
Thank you Mehdi for such a wonderful tour.

Trust yourself with NZ Travel and tour, its professionalism is foremost, without a doubt you will have an experience that will not leave you, an amazing country of history, beauty and engaging people.

The hospitality of the Iranian people.  We were stopped in the street on numerous occasions “welcome to Iran”.  We were invited into people’s houses for tea many times.

Mahmoud and Hamideh, Melbourne

Persia Revealed

We, of course, encourage everyone to visit Iran, and would strongly recommend the NZ Travel and Tour as we had a fantastic experience with your tour.
The three outstanding highlights (memories) of our tour with NZ Travel and Tour were:
Mehdi’s enthusiasm about doing his best for the guests. He would go out of his way to achieve it.
B. Staying in traditional accommodation in desert was certainly a highlight. Good food, entertainment and program.
Visiting Check-check was fantastic, and a highlight.

Heather, Tauranga

Persia Revealed

Take the plunge, experience and enjoy this beautiful country while it is still in its early days of tourism!!

As a woman travelling in Iran I had absolutely no concerns about feeling unsafe, threatened or uncomfortable during the four weeks we were there.  Of course, I was looked at by both men and woman probably because I appear to be of a different ethnicity to an Iranian and the fact that I was obviously a tourist – with the camera hanging around my neck all the time, but it appeared to be looks of interest and curiosity rather than making one feel uncomfortable.  We were both approached many times by men, woman and children to talk – to practice their English, to enquire about what country we came from, what we thought of Iran, to discuss different cultures.  We really enjoyed these interactions.   
We chose to carry with us all our US$ rather than obtaining a debit card and likewise, never felt concerned about carrying too much cash, pick pockets or having our bags/belongings stolen in Iran.  And one thing that I often tell people back here in NZ…………”I felt safer in Iran than I do here in NZ!!”

Barbara, Wellington

Persia Revealed

I felt my tour with NZ Travel and Tour to Iran was very thorough. I felt that I was exposed to a wide range of activities and different aspects of the country and the culture.