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This 17-day itinerary is perfectly suitable for professional photographers seeking to take excellent shots of every single corner, especially the most unique and untouched spots which have a great potential to be photographed and promise you outstanding shots. Combine these spectacular remote places with the tourist cities of Iran, such as Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd and Tehran, and explore those in a way specially designed for you.
Discover the majestic sand castle rising from the desert, wake up early to witness the sunrise shining through the detailed stained glass creating a spectacular rainbow and explore the massive gorges and canyons this country has to offer. With an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Iran is the place to be.
Upon arrival in Tehran, the capital of Iran, you will be transferred to your hotel. This city only is already home to 8 million people, making it the most populous city in Western Asia. It is home to the Golestan Palace complex with a marble throne which is referred to as the seat of power of the Qajar dynasty. After your arrival at the hotel, a visit to this majestic palace is planned just as the bazaar and the ceramic museum. In the afternoon, you will visit Darband which is a neighborhood inside the metropolitan of Tehran. This city is located at the foot of Mount Tochal and a starting point for a popular hiking trail. Plenty of street vendors offer treats to tantalize your taste buds within the city and surrounded by nature with some waterfalls and pretty walks. Providing you with diverse landscapes and views, it is a perfect opportunity to get out your camera.
Rise early and depart Tehran to fly to Qeshm, known as one of the most beautiful islands of Iran. A total of 59 towns and villages can be found on the island where its inhabitants are mainly fishing, working in the construction business or doing trade and services. It is the perfect destination for people seeking distinctive geography and a taste of what culture in the Persian Gulf is like. It is home to a great number of diverse wildlife and plenty of UNESCO Heritage sites.
Upon arrival, you will head to the valley of Stars, one of the most spectacular natural sites on the island. With its majestic gorges and canyons, it offers perfect spots for some great photos. As Lonely Planet once said, it is like stepping into a Dalí painting.
Today, you will have a full day your at the Chahkooh canyon which is located on the northwest side of the island. The exposed rocks and unique shapes of the formations are most likely to cause an ‘awe’ feeling. Offering great material, you are allowed to climb up to the narrow canyons. There is a well which has been used by the local shepherds for centuries and you have the opportunity to drink from it as well.
Rise early to head to the statues valleys where you can scramble up the slopes and cliffs looking for the perfect spot. With its varieties of rock formulations, it feels like you are walking in a different world, maybe even on a different planet. After exploring the gorges, it is time to come back to earth and take a late afternoon ferry to Bandar-e-Abbas. This port city was the main port of Persia in the 17th century and so, an important place for trading’s. They exported carpets, petroleum products and agricultural products.
Today, you will drive from Bandar-e-Abbas to the city of Bam which is home to the Bam citadel dating back to 2,000 years ago. It is surrounded by desert and located in a strategic position at the crossroads of important trade routes. Bam is a great opportunity for you to photograph an ancient fortified settlement that was known for its silk productions. Here, you will have some stops, but the end destination is Mahan. You will pass by marvelous and largest mud-brick constructions of the world in Bam, before arriving at Mahan, known for its tomb of the great Sufi leader and the Shazdeh Garden (prince garden).
A city tour through the city of Mahan is planned in which you will visit the prince garden and the shrine of Shah Nematollah Vali. The latter is a building in honor of this Iranian mystic and poet which eventually has become a pilgrimage site.
In the afternoon, a drive to the hottest spot on earth lays ahead of you to Kaluts. This is the most adventurous and exciting destination of Iran because of its landscape of towering sand dunes, cliffs and pinkish rocks. This place will guarantee plenty of unique material!
Not only will your inner photographer be satisfied, your culture for the day can be ticked off as there is a homestay planned for you to have the full Iranian cultural experience.
It is time to spend some more time within the Lut desert and surround yourself by the almost golden sand. This will take up a full day of experiencing.
From Kaluts, you will head to Kerman, the city that has been the capital of Iranian dynasties several times in history. Here, it is time to visit the Ganj Ali Khan SW, the fire temple and Friday mosque. One thing you should not forget to visit is the traditional restaurants in Kerman as it is one of the cheapest and great places to enjoy the local flavors and spices while being surrounded by the inner beauty of the city.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before driving to the oldest Adobe city of the world; Yazd. As the capitzal of the Yazd province, it had a strategic position back in the days as it was located at the intersection of the trade routes from central Asia and India. Additionally, it was the link between your previously visited city of Kerman to Iraq. Yazd is home to an abundance of religious buildings.
On your way to this magnificent city, you will visit the old castle of Saryazd which was once the oldest and largest treasury in the world. This castle is basically a giant sand castle within the desert created with the thought to make it difficult to enter and navigate which is clear by having one look at it.
Today will be a full day of exploring Yazd. Start in the old district where the houses are made of well-preserved mud brick and take a stroll through its warren-like streets to observe its traditional architecture. Continue onwards to the towers of silence which are rising from the desert landscape, the water museum and the Bagh-E Dowlatabad Garden full of fountains, pomegranates and cypress trees.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive from Yazd to Shiraz, the city of poetry and the 5th most populated city of Iran. Shiraz is one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia and became an important city of arts and letters as it was home to many scholars and artists. Additionally, it is the city of wine and flowers as it holds an abundance of gardens and fruit trees which can be seen spread throughout the city as can the craft of mosaic work, silver-ware and carpet-weaving be found.
Visit Persepolis on your way to Shiraz which was once the capital of the Persian Empire.
Today it is time to explore this beautiful city, providing plenty of opportunities for a good photograph. Visit the Nasir al-mulk Mosque also known as the ‘Pink mosque’ with the sunlight shimmering through the stained glass creating a spectacular rainbow within. This perfectly represents the Persian era with its magnificent rugs covering the floor, the detailed and dazzling stained glass and thousands of painted tiles decorating the ceiling. Hence, the best time to visit this beauty is in the early morning, when the sun reflects the stained glass patterns onto the floor. Continue onwards to the Naranjestan garden, the Karim Khan fortress and last but not least, is the visit to the Vakil Mosque located in the Vakil Bazaar which is one of the oldest bazaars in the world. Surrounded by beautiful courtyards and bath houses, it promises a perfectly suitable place for pictures.
As Shiraz is popular for its gardens, it is time to explore some of them! Take a stroll through the Eram Garden which was originally built in order of Shaddad to compete with paradise. Let the scent of the Delgosha garden overwhelm you as well as its buildings dating back to the Qajar dynasty. Then, a visit to the Afif Abad Garden is planned which is home to a former royal mansion, an historical weapons museum and the Persian garden that will leave you breathless with its brilliantly nice garden.
Leave Shiraz behind and drive to one of the most beautiful cities in Iran; Esfahan. From 1592 to 1722, Esfahan was the capital of Persia and nowadays, it is seen as the unknown pearl of the middle east. Discover its buildings and mosques covered in hand-painted tiles, giving you plenty of art work to photograph. Within Esfahan, the masterpiece of Persian architecture is located and therefore is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Shah Mosque. The construction of this mosque took just 13 years to finish, but looking at the results, it was worth the wait.
On your way to Esfahan, you will visit the Naqsh-e Rustam which is the cemetery of the Persian monarchs. This ancient site is spectacular as it is home to colossal tombs of powerful Persian kings
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel before heading out to have a full day visit at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the biggest squares in the world. This is the main tourist spot of Esfahan and a great place to experiment with your photography. Naqsh-e Jahan means ‘The Image of the world’ and the square is surrounded by particular architecture resulting in it to be a massive complex for you to explore. Back in the years, it was a center for trade and transformed into market stands and shops during the day, while at night, the entertainers came out and provided a big show for its citizens.
Today will be occupied with your visit to the Chehel Sotoon palace, which was built by Shah Abbas || to be used for his entertainment and receptions. It was a place to invite his ambassadors to and hold meetings out on the terrace or in the halls of the building. As one of Iran’s 23 World Heritage Sites, this garden is worth a visit.
Continue onwards to the Armenian church and the Friday mosque before heading back to your hotel.
It is time for you to say goodbye to the picturesque places in Iran and head home with a camera full of memories (or memory disks).
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"Iran was awesome and our female guide Mished was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the train and sights. We felt totally safe. " — Jennifer and Karin, Melbourne, September 2019
"We felt totally safe in Iran and loved the Islamic art, mosaics, mirrored rooms, gardens, bridges in Esfahan and were lucky to enjoy a cultural experience of memorial parades in Iran. We loved our hotels especially in Esfahan and Shiraz and our guide Reza was friendly, professional and very kind. " — Mr and Mrs Longes, Melbourne, September 2019