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Photography tour

Iran’s natural beauties as well as unique tradition have a lot to offer. Pick up your camera and go through the wonderful Persian gardens, unique traditional architecture, the untouched nature and lovely people. During this 16-days, you will discover the frequented cities of Iran like Tehran (the capital), Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz as well as undiscovered Shahdad desert and Qeshm island.
Tour Duration :
15 days & 13 nights.
Start from : per person.

 

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation policy:

  • Any cancellation at 90 days prior to arrival date: NO charge(except in case of issuing the flight tickets to guarantee the seats or rooms in hotels)
  • Any cancellation between 89 days to 30 days prior to arrival date: 15% charge
  • Any cancellation between 29 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 30% charge
  • Any cancellation between 19 days to 10 days prior to arrival date: 50% charge
  • Any cancellation less than 10 days: 100% charge

 

Note: As opening hours of Treasury of National Jewels are limited (Saturday to Tuesday from 2-4:30 PM), in case of closing, carpet museum is our alternative.

DESTINATIONS & ATTRACTIONS
Itinerary
Day 1

Your Flight will be landed in IKA (Imam Khomeini airport) in Tehran. From now on, we host you during your trip in Iran. Our representative brings you to hotel for check-in and rest.

Day 2
This is the first day visit of Iran. In the morning, we get out of the hotel and drive to the center, the historical part of the city. Our first place of visit is “Golestan palace”. Golestan palace is a complex consists of several palaces which are all gathered to form the Golestan palace. This colorful tiled building is the best for taking photo.

Taking a few steps, we find ourselves in hearth of “the Grand Bazaar”, one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. Visiting the oldest bazaar of Tehran would definitely sound awesome. Regarding its traditional architecture, a superb visual pleasure is provided for its visitors.

“Treasury of National Jewels” is our next stop. Even though, photography isn’t permitted but it still worth one hour visit. Once you step in, you would not take your eyes off from one valuable object to another. The treasury of national museum is not just a museum in Tehran; it is among top 10 museums of the world with so many historical and valuable jewelries from hundreds of years ago. Every piece has been collected from different part of the world.

In the evening (not obligated), “Tabiat Bridge” show us a great view of Tehran. The multilevel, sculptural pedestrian bridge, designed by Iranian architect Leila Araghian, will give you a great opportunity to take a photo of Tehran from the above.

Get back to hotel for rest.

Day 3
For taking a photo from the nature, we head toward “Vardij village” located near Tehran.

Vardij is famous because of its spectacular stone structure which is formed like human’s head.

In the evening, we get back to hotel for check-in and rest.

Day 4
Not so far from Tehran, Kashan will be our next stop. There, you have the chance of taking photo from Iran’s tradition including Persian garden, traditional house and Hammam (bathhouse)

Our first place to visit is “Fin garden”. Registered as UNESCO world heritage, Fin garden will show you the beauty of the Persian gardens. Designed for Shah Abbas I in the 16th century, this delightful garden with its symbolical proportions, old cedars and splendid weather will stun you.

The next is  “Tabatabaies house”, The house which is known as the bride of the historic houses of Iran, was built in 1835 for the affluent Tabatabaei family. The head of the family, Seyed Jafar Tabatabaei, a carpet merchant, built this house in the name of his wife.

 

Not far from the house, “Sultan Amir Ahmad bathhouse” is located. Built in the 16th century, the bathhouse today serves as a tourist attraction, rather than its primal purpose. The objective of the bathhouse was not only to promote cleanliness, but also to be a place for relaxation, discussions and even praying. A prototype of a modern spa center!

 

Our last stop will be “Abyaneh” or the Red Village dates back to 2500 years ago. It is one of the top three villages in Iran attracting visitors from across the world. It is famous for its living traditions and interesting architecture. All the houses in Abyaneh are built with red mud bricks, giving the village a very special look.

 

We continue our way through Isfahan for check-in and rest.

Day 5
Not wasting the time, we start exploring Isfahan from ”Naqsh-e Jahan square” (UNESCO world heritage) and all the buildings located in its corners including ”Imam Mosque” (also registered as UNESCO world heritage), ”Sheikh Lotfollah mosque””Ali Qapu” and ”traditional Bazaar”.

 

It was laid out in 1602 under the reign of the Safavid ruler, Shah Abbas the Great, to signal the importance of Esfahan as a capital of a powerful empire. Cross the square on a clear winter’s day and it’s a hard heart that isn’t entranced by its beauty.

The name means ‘pattern of the world’ and it was designed to showcase the finest jewels of the Safavid empire – the incomparable Masjed-e Shah, the elegant Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah and the lavishly decorated Kakh-e Ali Qapu and Qeysarieh Portal.

The most photographic place of Isfahan, “Molla Bashi house”  is our next stop.

Dating back to Zandieh and Qajar dynasty, Mollabashi Historical House is one of the most beautiful houses among all others. Also, it has some features related to Safavid dynasty. The mansion is a superb example of traditional Iranian architecture in terms of lavish interior design as it features richly colored tiles, stucco decoration, mirrored walls, extravagantly embellished ceilings and stained glass windows throughout.

After having lunch, Jolfa (the Armenian quarter) and its “Vank church” is our must see.

The church is a masterpiece for its architecture. Once you step on the church, clays and bricks will show you the great combination of Iranian and Armenian architecture. Certainly, it’s a way to show the mixed culture and the symbiotic circle that stood for four more than 400 hundred years in Julfa.

Exploring the bridges crossed over “Zayande Rud” like Si-o-se pol and Khaju is what we are looking for in the evening.

“Si-o-Se pol” is the largest bridge of Isfahan. Constructed by Safavid king, Shah Abbas I, on the purpose of being a bridge and also a dam.  The name that literary means “33 bridge” comes from the structure of the bridge that comprises 2 superimposed rows of 33 arches.

Tired of full-day sightseeing and strolling along the bridges, time’s to get to hotel for rest.

Day 6
Enough for Yazd, we leave toward Isfahan; but on the way ”Na’in ”and ”Meybod” wouldn’t be missed.

Well regarded for its handicrafts, the town of Na’in (or Naein) dates back 2000 years, making it one of the oldest continuously settled towns in Iran. In the past it was known for its ceramics and textiles; today it’s primarily known for fine hand-knotted carpets and for hand-loomed camel-wool cloaks.

Meybod is a sprawling mud-brick town that is at least 1800 years old. Several sites of interest are dotted around the town centre, chief of which is the town’s ancient fortress.

By taking a few drives, we will reach to the Isfahan. After check-in, ” Amir chakhmaq complex” and” Jame mosque of Yazd” await us.

”Jameh Mosque of Yazd” and ”Amir Chakhmaq” will show you the beauty of colors. Jameh Mosque of Yazd is the main, congregational mosque of Yazd dates back to Sassanid Era. The exquisite mosaics on the dome and Mihrab, and the tiles above the main western entrance to the courtyard are masterpieces of calligraphy, evoking sacred names in infinitely complex patterns.

Still excited by the breathtaking architecture, we get back to hotel for rest.

Day 7
Half-day sightseeing isn’t enough for Yazd but you’ll have a good perspective of the city. Yazd is a ‘don’t miss’ destination because of its winding lanes, forest of badgirs, mud-brick houses and delightful places to stay.

Our first place of visit is ”Dolat Abad garden”, a residence of Persian regent Karim Khan Zand. The tallest wind tower of the pavilion inside the garden is conceivable from miles away. “Badgir”, the traditional air-conditioning system of the garden and also local houses located near desert, shows how people were adapted to the condition.

The second is ”Fahadan neighborhood”, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Yazd. Most of the historical building of Yazd that built with mud brick like aristocratic houses and water cisterns are in this neighborhood.

“Zoroastrian fire temple” is our next place to explore; the place of worship for Zoroastrians. This brick Zoroastrian temple holds a fire that has burned for more than 1,500 years. The ancient flame has been kept alive throughout various centuries and relocations, and continues to burn today.

In the evening, we go through Kerman for check-in and rest.

Day 8
By sure, you’ll be surprised after visiting “Shahzadeh Mahan garden“ in heart of desert.

Arriving at these handsome gardens is like being beamed onto a different planet. One second you’re in the arid semi-desert, the next it’s all flowing mountain water and tall green trees. The structure is relative to the Qajar era. There are various pools constructed in the garden that is sheltered with fine trees.

If it’s not enough for Kerman, we can go for “Ganj Ali Khan complex“.

Ganjali Khan Complex is a Safavid-era building complex, located in the old center of city of Kerman, Iran. The complex is composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, an Ab Anbar (water reservoir), a mint, a mosque and a bazaar. This complex was built by Ganjali Khan who governed Kerman, and in Isfahani style of architecture.

After a half-day city tour, time’s to go to “Shahdad desert” located near Kerman for taking fabulous pictures from desert.

Day 9
We cannot stay anymore in Kerman but en-route we will visit the beautiful pink lake “Maharloo”.

Shiraz is not only home to the “Pink Mosque” but also the “Pink Lake.” Those flying into Shiraz can witness spectacular views from above when the lake is full, and those on the ground can enjoy both the lake and the beautiful surrounding scenery.

It worth also visiting “Ruins of Sassanid palace“ in Sarvestan at least once.

Another remains of Sassanid era, registered as UNESCO world heritage as “Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region” is in Sarvestan. The Sarvestan Palace was built by the Sasanian king Bahramgur. The name “palace” is a bit misleading, because the monument’s function is not really understood. It may in fact have been a hunting lodge or even a sanctuary.

Our check-in is in Shiraz.

Day 10
We start Shiraz excursion from the most famous attraction of the city and Iran, “Persepolis”. Registered as UNESCO world heritage, it was conceived by Darius the Great who, in 520 BC, inherited the responsibility for ruling the world’s first known empire founded by his predecessor, Cyrus the Great.

Our next stop is the spectacular rock tombs called “Necropolis”. The tombs are believed to be for Darius II, Artaxerxes I, Darius I and Xerxes I although historians are still debating this.

Not so far from Necropolis, we go for the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, “Pasargadae”. Founded by Cyprus the great, It was one of the oldest residences of the Achaemenid kings. Pasargadae consists of the tomb if the Cyrus the great and a building known as Zendan-e Soleyman.

Not enough for Shiraz? “Hafez tomb” is not obligated in the evening but is definitely a must see. Iranians have a saying that every home must have two things: First the Quran and then Hafez collection. There’s no better place to know about this great figure of Iran poetry history.

Back to hotel and rest in the evening.

Day 11
Second day in Shiraz is dedicated to exploring Shiraz city.

The first stop is ”Nasir-ol-Molk mosque”, the most photographic mosque of Iran, Step on mosque to see the pink and the beauty of the Iranian architecture. It is known as the “Pink Mosque” because of the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.

A few minutes from the mosque, one of the most famous buildings of Zand kings and Shiraz is located. “Karim Khan castle”, this burly fortress was part of the royal court that Karim Khan hoped would rival Esfahan and because of that, its design is a combination of military and residential architecture.

“Narenjestan Ghavam” is the next. Narenjestan Ghavam or Qavam house is one of the most beautiful and praised garden of Iran. Built during Qajar era (about hundred years ago) by Qavam family who were among the political figures of Shiraz, the place was for residence of the whole family and the office for administrating purpose.

“Eram garden” is the next garden but still have a lot to offer. Called as “a piece of the heaven, it has the form of well-known Persian garden. It should be noted that the word “Eram” is the Persian version of the Arabic word “Iran” which means heaven in Islam’s holiest of books, the Quran.

In the evening, we will take a flight to Qeshm island.

Day 12
Full-day sightseeing is dedicated to Qeshm free-trade island.

What we will visit in island is: “Star Valley“,“Hengam Island“,“Mangroves forests“,“Chahkouh Canyon“ and “Laft village“.

Locals believe that a star once fell on this area thereby creating the rocky shapes that make it seem as if from another planet. In fact, it is the result of years of erosion by heavy precipitation in “Star valley”.

Located south of Qeshm is “Hengam Island”, where the tourist boats stop to see the dolphins play in the early morning. There is also a variety of tropical fish and stingrays in the natural ‘aquarium’ of the Persian Gulf.

Located just behind Qeshm’s northern ‘fin’ “Mangroves forests” is an 8,000-hectare biosphere reserve of mangroves or hara as they are known locally. The mangroves are rooted in the salt water of the Persian Gulf, but the filtration system of the bark extracts the salt, allowing sweet water to reach the leaves.

The striking natural beauty of “Chahkouh”, literally mountain of wells, has been named as such because of the wells at the beginning of the pass. The pass starts out wide but becomes narrower, the walls nearly touching at some parts. Similar to the Valley of the Stars, Chahkooh is the result of erosion from rainwater on sedimentary stone.

“Laft village“ is situated on Qeshm’s ‘fin’ next to Hara Forest. Even though Yazd is most often thought of as the city of badgir (windcatchers), an ancient Persian architectural structure used to create natural ventilation, a glance at the panoramic skyline of this historical port is proof of a rivalry.

Get back to hotel and rest in the evening.

Day 13
On day 13, we get to Hormuz island and get back from there in the evening. Hormuz worth absolutely one day excursion.

“Hormoz Island” is a piece of paradise in the Persian Gulf and attracts many tourists by its colorful mountains, colorful stones, silver sand shores, and great local people. There’s only one road and virtually no cars, just motorbikes and tuk-tuks; there are no showy resorts, just a smattering of simple homestays.

Day 14
This is your last day stay in Iran. First, we transfer you to the airport for taking a flight to Tehran. In Tehran, you are free to do whatever you like.

In the evening, we will transfer you to the IKA for departure

Day 15
Fly back to home.
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