General

The photography tour is a classic tour package with an emphasis on photography of the buildings and places of interest included in this itinerary. During this 7-day trip, you have an opportunity to record your travel moments in the form of memorable photos in addition to the pleasure of visiting major tourist attractions.

Visited Cities: Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan

Daily activity

Day 1

Overnight

Shiraz

We’ll start our tour from Shiraz— the city of poetry, roses, and nightingales— where we are going to visit the Zandieh Complex (the citadel, the great Vakil Mosque, Saray-e-Moshir, and Vakil Bazaar) with its marvelous architecture and. We also take a glance at the Nasir Almolk Mosque. In the afternoon, we will see one of the most appealing gardens of Iran, Eram Garden, and the Tomb of one of the most revered Iranian poets—Hafez. Next we’ll visit the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Shrine (a spiritual place with eye-catching mirror tiles). The tour ends by going to the Quran Gate.

Photography Horizon: Nasir Almolk Mosque’s beauty of Whirling Colors which is best captured in the morning light.

Day 2

Overnight

Shiraz

We are driving to Tang-e Gambil where the pleasant atmosphere and stream of lucid water will assuredly put an indelible impact on you on you. Photography of splendid Zagros Range is within touch where you have an opportunity to Capture eye-catching scenes and subjects and expand your artistic horizon. If it is possible we combine this fascinating trekking with a short visit to Nomads. In the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Shiraz.

Photography Horizon: Nomadic life-style and Zagros beauty

 

Day 3

Overnight

Yazd

We are going to drive to Yazd visiting— on the way— the UNESCO World Heritage site Persepolis, the capital of the vast Achaemenid Persian Empire for centuries. We continue our trip by seeing Naqsh-e Rustam (a royal necropolis standing as an enduring memory of glorious ancient Persia) in which there are four tombs belonging to Achaemenid kings. Within an hour’s drive from Persepolis is another ancient capital, Pasargadae, home to the Tomb of Cyrus the Great, and Zein-o-Din Caravanserai, which resembles an old fort sitting in the middle of nowhere. We’ll arrive to Yazd during evening.

Photography Horizon: Persepolis & sunset in Zein-o-Din Caravanserai

Day 4

Overnight

Yazd

We will start today’s tour with the Towers of Silence (proper structures which were being used for the Zoroastrian burial ritual; It refers to a tradition dating back to 3000 years ago.). Next we visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and its Sacred Eternal Flame. We also see the Water Museum, a visit to which will offer you an impressive experience of qanat, a complex tunnel system utilized to extract groundwater. The tunnels were handmade and big enough to fit one person. In the afternoon Amir Chakhmaq Square and Dolat Abad Garden will be visited.

Photography Horizon: Towers of Silence & Dolat Abad Garden (the tallest Badgir/windcatcher in Iran)

Day 5

Overnight

Isfahan

We are going on a road trip to Isfahan (350 km), visiting the following major sites on the way: the most sacred Zoroastrian shrine, Chak-Chak, (a gathering place for thousands of Zoroastrians from all over the world); the Caravanserai Complex of Meybod and Pigeon Tower (an eco-friendly invention with economic advantages); the Narin Historical Castle (built some 2,000 years ago); and the Jame Mosque of Nain (one of the oldest mosques in Iran). Arriving in Isfahan in the evening, we’ll see the historical bridges and drink tea at the tea house watching the daily life of citizens in Isfahan.

Photography Horizon: Chak-Chak (the most sacred of the Zoroastrian mountain pantheons)

Day 6

Overnight

Isfahan

In the morning we are going to see the UNESCO World Heritage site Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the starting point for a number of stunning sights— stylish Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque (a splendid example of tile work, stone carving, and architecture), and Ali Qapu Palace. After lunch, we’ll explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, Chehel Sotoun Palace (an architectural masterpiece standing inside a large royal park). Next, we’ll visit the Persian Bazaar to be introduced to Iranian handicrafts and workshops.

Photography Horizon: Impressive tile-work at Imam Mosque.

Day 7

Overnight

Departure

On our last day we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site, Jaame Mosque (a stunning representation of the advancement of mosque architecture during 12 centuries and a recognized prototype for mosque design and dome construction throughout Central Asia) and the architecturally magnificent Vank Cathedral in the Jolfa District of Isfahan showing a creative mixture of Islamic architecture and Christian imagery. You are then transferred to the airport for departure.

Photography Horizon: Jame Mosque which represents the maturation of the Persian style mosque.

 

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