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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, Sanandaj and Hamedan, and explore those in a way specially designed for you.
Explore the spring of this Persian area while discovering the cultural villages and UNESCO World Heritage Sites Iran has to offer. Take a shot of the Alborz mountain chain, the Ovan lake surrounded by its blossoming cherry trees or the hospitable people of Iran in traditional clothing. There is an abundance of particular architecture including gardens built in order by former kings, colossal tombs and mosque covered in thousands of hand-painted tiles.
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.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive towards the Alborz mountain chain where you will have a stunning view and where a visit to the Assassin castle at Alamut valley is waiting for you. This castle dates back to the 14th century and the story goes that the mysterious inhabitants of this valley would occasionally descend back into the towns below them to kidnap or murder important people which would promise them paradise. Nowadays, the castle is mostly ruins scattered throughout the valley. Nonetheless, offers it a view of the most epic landscapes in northern Iran and worth getting your camera out.
Along the way from Tehran to the Alamut Valley, you will come across the Ovan lake which is surrounded by stunning blossoming cherry trees. Some might say it is the most beautiful lake in the whole of Iran.
Have you breakfast at the hotel before heading back to Qazvin where you will visit the ancient trading center of Sa’ad ul Altaneh and the Friday mosque after which you will continue with an afternoon drive toward Zanjan. As the capital of the Zanjan province, it is home to plenty of historical and ancient sites which are worth taking a picture of. Visit the Sulteniyeh Dome which dates back to the Ilkhanid period and explore the bazaar, an abundance of beautiful mosques and some quirky museums while you’re here.
Leave Zanjan and be welcomed by the most hospitable people of Iran in the capital of the Iranian Kurdistan Province; Sanandaj. It is a great place to immerse yourself into the history and culture of the Kurdish people and to photograph it, as the majority of its citizens wear their traditional clothing.
On your way to Sanandaj, you will visit the Takht-e Soleyman fire temple dating back to the Persian Empire and also known as the Azar Faranbagh temple.
Rise early and have a stroll through the city on the city tour of Sanandaj including a visit to the Khosrow Abad mansion, the Asef manions, the bazaar, a historical bathhouse and in the afternoon, the Abidar resort awaits you for a visit. Abidar is a mountain to the West of this city and it is a beautiful spot to go hiking.
Today, head out of Sanandaj and visit one of the most beautiful villages of Iran called Uraman, well known for its unique architecture, friendly people and extraordinary landscape. Take some great photographs of this traditional village as well as its gardens.
From Uraman, it is only a short drive towards the villages of Belbar and Selin where the nature will leave you breathless. With only 910 citizens 10 years ago, this rural village is a gem.
Drive in a few hours from Selin to another Kurdish province of Iran; Kermanshah. As one of the western agricultural core of Iran, this city produces grain, rice and vegetables. It is an upcoming industrial city as well regarding carpets, textile and food processing. Here, you will visit the Tag-e Bostan, Moaven Ul Molk Tekkiyeh as well as the Biglar Beigi old mansion.
After leaving Kermanshah and before entering the city of Hamedan, you will visit the Anahita temple which is the 2nd largest ancient building of Iran, so quite impressive.
Today will be fully occupied by the many sites in Hamadan which is believed to be one of the oldest Iranian cities and there are speculations whether this city has been the capital of the Medes around 700BC. Visit the Avicenna tomb, Baba Taher tomb, Esther & Mordecai tomb and the Ganj Name Resort during the city tour.
After the historical city of Hamadan, it is time for Kashan, the pearl of the desert. Visit its bazaar which is famous for its architecture and surrounded by several mosques, tombs, arcades and bathhouses. Additionally, visit the historical mansions and the Fin garden.
Leave Kashan 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.
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, one of the biggest squares in the world, in the afternoon. 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 a city tour, taking you 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 Royal Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Ullah Mosque and the Friday mosque before heading back to your hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and drive from Esfahan 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.
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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"We had a WONDERFUL time! We loved our guide Reza and Iran team. He put in more than 8 hours a day for them, and was so caring. We really appreciated all the service and friendly people. Oh, and Iran was fabulous too! Thank you for your hard work " — Mr and Mrs Barrett, Adelaide, May 2019
"We thoroughly enjoyed Iran and felt safe. Lovely, friendly people and great food, amazing sites." — Mr and Mrs Culbard, Templestowe, April 2019