John Backus

Bothell, WA 98011

 
Mr. Hossein Lotfi
Silk Road Tours
 
I WAS IN IRAN LAST YEAR, WENT WITH A FRIEND. IT WAS KIND OF A SENTIMENTAL TRIP. I VISITED THE VILLAGE OF SANGAR, WHERE MY PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM. SANGAR IS IN WESTERN IRAN NOT FAR FROM ORUMNEH. MY NATIONALITY IS ASSYRIAN, I WAS BORN IN CANADA.
THIS YEAR I BOOKED MY TRIP TO IRAN WITH SILK ROAD TOUR CO, IN WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA. THEY ALSO HAVE A OFFICE IN TEHRAN. HOSSEIN, HIS WIFE AND THE STAFF OF SILK ROAD TOUR CO, VANCOUVER, WERE VERY HELPFUL IN PLANNING THIS TRIP TO IRAN. I WANTED TO SEE PLACES THAT WERE PLANNED LAST YEAR BUT UNABLE TO GO TO THESE PLACES, PERSONNAL REASONS. THE MANY QUESTIONS I ASKED BEFORE TAKING THIS TOUR, SILK ROAD CO. WERE VERY HELPFUL.
 
SO I LEFT MID-OCTOBER, 1999, RETURNED NOVEMBER 5, 1999. THERE WERE SIX AMERICANS AND MYSELF ON THIS WONDERFULL TOUR. ONE WOULD HAVE TO SEE THE BEAUTY, OF THE HISTORIC SITES AND THE PLACES VISITED ON THIS TOUR, WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW GREAT THIS WAS FOR ME. THE BUS DRIVER, HIS NAME ALSO HOSSEIN AND OUR GUIDE, AHMAD, NICE PEOPLE.
 
THE SPECIAL GUIDES AT PERSEPOLIS AND SHIRAZ AND AT BAM VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE.
 
THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE, SO MUCH HISTORY, SUCH AS AT BAM, THE CITADEL, THE ANCIENT RUINS AT PERSEPOLIS, BREATH-TAKING. THE MOSQUES, THE GARDENS, THE MUSEUMS, THE BAZAARS, ALL VERY NICE.
 
THE HOTELS, THE FOOD, WAS GREAT. YOU WILL FIND IRAN, CLEAN, SAFE, THE PEOPLE ALL VERY FRIENDLY. ALL THE PLACES THAT SILK ROAD TOUR, HAD ON MY TOUR, I REALLY ENJOYED. KASHAN, YAZD, WAS GREAT, BAM, SHIRAZ AND ISFAHAN BEAUTIFUL CITIES.
 
THEN AT THE END OF MY TOUR, I SPENT FIVE EXTRA DAYS IN TEHRAN, VISITING THE TWO FAMILIES I MET LAST YEAR. THIS ALSO WAS GREAT FOR ME. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND SILK ROAD TOUR CO. MY WIFE AFTER HELPING ME PUT THE PHOTO'S FROM MY TRIP, IN THE ALBUM AND HEARING OF MY TRIP AND HEARING HOW THESE TWO FAMILIES TREATED ME, I BELIEVE WILL GO WITH ME NEXT TIME I RETURN TO IRAN, AND I WILL.
 
SINCERELY,
 
JOHN BACKUS

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