Iran Photosafari from 6th to 18th November 2024

IRAN

Embarking on a photography expedition along the Silk Road through Iran promises a journey through time, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. As a central hub along the historic Silk Road, Iran unfolds a narrative woven with tales of trade, exchange, and convergence of diverse civilizations. Here’s a glimpse into what a photography trip along this ancient route might entail:

Unveiling History:

Start the journey by capturing the remnants of ancient civilizations. Persepolis, with its imposing ruins, stands as a testament to the grandeur of the Achaemenid Empire. The intricate carvings and colossal structures provide a canvas for the lens to paint the past.

Bazaars and Trade Routes:

Wander through bustling bazaars that have witnessed centuries of commerce. The aroma of spices, vibrant textiles, and the animated exchanges between merchants create a sensory symphony for your camera. Trace the footsteps of traders who once traversed these markets, connecting East and West.

Islamic Architecture:

Iran’s cities, particularly Isfahan, boast awe-inspiring Islamic architecture. Capture the intricate tilework of mosques, the mesmerizing geometry of minarets, and the tranquil beauty of Persian gardens. Each structure narrates a story of artistic prowess and spiritual devotion.

Desert Landscapes:

Venture into the vast deserts that punctuate the Silk Road, such as Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut. The ever-shifting sands, stark dunes, and ethereal desert landscapes offer a stark yet captivating contrast to the historical richness of the cities.

Cultural Festivals:

Time your visit to coincide with cultural festivals, where age-old traditions come to life. From Nowruz celebrations to local festivities, these events provide an opportunity to capture the vibrancy of Iranian culture, marked by music, dance, and elaborate rituals.

Caravanserais and Silk Road Relics:

Explore the remnants of caravanserais, where merchants once sought refuge during their arduous journeys. These architectural marvels, strategically placed along the Silk Road, offer a glimpse into the challenges faced by those who traversed these ancient trade routes.

Hospitality and Warmth:

Document the hospitality and warmth of the Iranian people. Whether you find yourself sipping tea with locals in a traditional setting or sharing stories in a bustling teahouse, the human connection becomes a focal point of the photographic narrative.

Sunset over Isfahan:

Conclude your journey with a visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan, especially during the golden hour. As the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the square and its surrounding monuments, capture the timeless beauty that epitomizes the spirit of the Silk Road.

In every frame, the lens captures not just images but echoes of a bygone era, forging a visual odyssey along the Silk Road through the heart of Iran.

How to get there?

There are a few airlines flying from Kuala Lumpur to Tehran.

Proposed flights

Iran Visa

Malaysians can enter Iran visa free for 15 days visit. While Singaporeans and Indonesians need to apply for an e-visa for a 14 days visit.

Difficulty of trip

This trip is easy. There will be transport bringing you to the places of photography

Azadi Tower
Tehran
Travel route

Itinerary

Day 1 –  6th Nov: Tehran

As soon as you arrive in Tehran, we will go to Tabiat Bridge or

Chitgar Lake for dinner. Afterward, we will head to your hotel for some relaxation and

preparation for the next day.

Day 2 – 7th Nov – Tehran

Our day will begin with a visit to the Grand Bazaar of Tehran and Golestan

Palace. Following that, we will proceed to the Jewelry Museum and the National Museum. In

the afternoon, we have the opportunity to explore Tajrish Bazaar and Darband.

Day 3 – 8th Nov – Kerman

 After breakfast, we’ll catch a flight to Kerman. We’ll visit Rayen Castle and

Shahzadeh Mahan Garden and spend the night in one of the best eco-lodges in the middle

of the desert to kick off our next day with an amazing desert tour and safari.

Day 4 – 9th Nov – Kerman

Today, our day starts with a safari in the middle of the Lut Desert, capturing

the breathtaking sunrise. Afterward, we’ll head to Kerman to visit the GanjAli Khan

complex and stay the night in one of the biggest historical hotels in Kerman.

Day 5 – 10th Nov – Yazd

 Today, time to leave Kerman for Yazd. Along the way, we will visit the

famous Zein ol Din Caravanserai for a break and some photos. Then, we’ll continue our

journey to Yazd and stay the night in one of the beautiful garden hotels.

Day 6 – 11th Nov – Yazd

 Our day starts with the Tower of Silence, where amazing stories await you,

ready to surprise. After that, we will head to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple to witness the

fire that has existed for 1500 years. In the afternoon, we will visit the Dolat Abad

Garden, another symbol of an Iranian garden, akin to the Eram Garden in Shiraz. We will

spend our night in one of the best restaurants in Yazd, offering you the opportunity to try

a variety of Persian foods.

Kerman

Days 7 – 12th Nov – Yazd to Shiraz

 After breakfast, we will depart from Yazd to Shiraz. En route, we will visit Abarkooh to see one of the oldest cypress trees in the area, and you will learn some of the local legends and stories associated with that tree. Next, we will delve into the ancient history of Iran by visiting Pasargad. You will arrive in Shiraz in the afternoon, as your hotel is super close to the heart of the city. Therefore, you will have the chance to take a leisurely walk in this area and enjoy interacting with the locals.

Days 8 – 13th Nov – Shiraz

 After breakfast, immerse yourself in the vibrant Nasir al-Molk

Mosque, famous for its stunning pink hues. Explore the tranquil Narenjestan Garden and

Zinatol Molok Garden before savoring the authentic flavors of Kalam Polo in a cozy local

restaurant. Along the way to lunch, we will navigate the narrow alleyways of Iran and

Reconciliation, strengthening our friendships. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful

Eram Garden and take a stroll along Eram Street. Finally, relax and enjoy a delightful

dinner at a charming café-restaurant in a cave.

Day 9 – 14th Nov – Shiraz

Today, we will visit the Karim Khan Complex to explore Karim Khan Castle and Vakil Bazaar, the best place to buy local items. Afterward, we will proceed to the Hafez Tomb, dedicated to one of the famous Iranian poets. Next, we will head to Maharloo Lake, also known as the Pink Lake, to witness the dunes of sands, not in white color but in pink. The scenery is particularly amazing, especially in the afternoon. Following that, we will visit the Ali Ebne Hamzeh Shrine to learn more about the reasons behind the mirrors in mosques.

Day 10 – 15th Nov – Shiraz to Isfahan

 After breakfast, we will leave Shiraz for Persepolis, Naghsh-e-Rostam, and Naghsh-e-Rajab, which are the best evidence of Iran’s deep history during the Achaemenid dynasty. After a day of traveling, we will check in at our hotel to freshen up and change into comfortable attire. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit because we have a special surprise in store for you! We will visit one of the oldest Persian baths in Isfahan, where you will be pampered with a traditional wash and a relaxing massage.

Day 11 – 16th Nov – Isfahan

Begin your day in the magnificent Naghsh-e Jahan Square, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the grandeur of Ali Qapu, a splendid palace, and admire the intricate beauty of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the bazaar, where you can find unique souvenirs to remember your journey. After a delicious lunch at one of the coolest restaurants in Naghsh-e Jahan Square, we will go to a café on top of the square which gives you the best overview of the square, better to go before sunset. Then you can go for a little walk on Chaharbagh Street, to see one of the famous Isfahanian nightlife. At the end of this street, you can see 33 Pol, it can be nice with their lights at night.

Days 12 – 17th Nov – Isfahan to Kashan

Today, we want to explore another part of Isfahan by visiting the Jame Atiq Mosque. After that, we will head towards the Jolfa area, known as the Armenian Quarter, and visit one of the largest Armenian churches there. We will have lunch at one of the modern and historic restaurants in the area, representing the perfect combination of Iranian history and modern architecture. In the afternoon we will head to Kashan and stay the night there.

Day 13 – 18st Nov – Kashan to Airport

Our day starts by visiting Agha bozorg mosque one of the only 2-floor mosques in the world and then we will go to Tabatabaei house to get the best overview of the love story behind that and then we also visit Timche aminoldole in bazaar that is the beautiful era in Kashan bazaar. Before leaving we will visit Fin complex and will head to the airport. I hope you have a great time in Iran and looking forward to meeting you again.

Erman Garden, Shiraz
Mollabashi House, Isfahan