1.The number of people: 20;
This tour group has started to sign up until it is fully booked.
2.Lead by photographic experts: The top photographic specialists in China serve as leaders and provide photographic creation training and professional guidance during the entire trip.
3.Tour in depth: Instead of cursory “tourists traveling”, this photo tour of Iran goes deep to the most classic spots for photography to make deep photo creation.
4. Video record: photographers and videographers follow through the entire trip, record the photographic creation process of members and the pleasant time they spend together. After the trip, we will edit and organize videos and make them into memorial videos.
5. Publication of picture album: The expert will select 20 classic works for each member, process and publish the delicate picture album for free.
6. Work exhibition: tour members can selectively display photos online (including Global Trip, Global Photography in English and Chinese, Mobile Photography, Wechat platform, Indian Crown International Travel Group and other platforms) and offline (including Pingyao International Photography Festival, International photographic week of Natural Ecology and other large-scale international exhibitions) to promote and propagandize.
7. A jury of experts: each member chooses 10 photos to participate in work rating. One best photographer will be selected by experts, honored as the “excellent photographer of the Global Trip” and received the Certificate of Honor. The winner gets a free upgrade to the senior member of the Global Trip.
1. Quality service provided by the China Southern Airlines for the round-trip flight. Arrange flights within Iran (Teheran--Shirazi), to promote easy and efficient trip.
2. According to the experiences of several trips to Iran, the photographers of the Global Photography select optimal local shooting sites (Charming Ancient city--Teheran, “City of Roses and Nightingales”--Shirazi, “City of Wind Towers”--Yazd, “Majestic Imperial Dynasty”--Isfahan, “City of Roses”--Kashan and so on). The subject is well-chosen to improve the shooting efficiency and opportunities to take fine pictures;
3. Local starred hotels, safe and comfortable;
4. High-quality service from professional leaders and local tour guide in Iran.
Day 1: Beijing - Urumchi - Teheran
Assemble at the Capital International Airport to Teheran (flight for reference: China Southern Airlines CZ6025 14:50-21:00, transit stop in Urumchi, the flight time of about 10h40m. Check in hotel after arrival.
Meal: lunch, dinner.
Day 2: Teheran - Shiraz
Go to Shirazi by air after breakfast (the flight time of about 1h20m). Visit the Mulk Mosque that was built in 1876 after arrival. The Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque is also known as the Pink Mosque for the usage of considerable pink tiles in the interior design. The whole hall is more than 10 meters wide and 50 meters deep with over ten snakeskin pillars holding up the ceiling. The outer wall of the mosque is as exquisite and gorgeous as that of the Palace of Teheran.
Then visit the Tomb of Hafez. Although not a big tourist site, it still has an ocean of tourists, especially Iranians. Compared with the lifelessness of common tombs, it, with chirping birds and fragrant flowers, is more of a garden.
Later, visit the Tomb of Saadi. On the gate of the cemetery writes: “A thousand years after his death you can still smell love.” Saadi, the author of the Rose Garden, is one of the most notable poets in the Middle Ages. There is a beautiful Persian Garden and a pool for tourists to make a wish by tossing coins.
Then visit the Eram Botanical Garden, or the “Paradise Garden”, which is gorgeous and large.
Later, go to the Grand Bazaar (a 1.5-hour drive). It is unique in Iran in terms of the scale, firmness and beauty. Bazaar is located in the center of the city, which allows us to shoot the winding streets and dazzling crafts with local characteristics.
We may have chances to pass by the landmark buildings of Shiraz—Quran Gate, whose history can be traced back to one thousand years ago. It used to be a decorative gate and was named after the Quran placed in the room by Karim Khan to protect people. The waterfall on the cliff behind the Quran gate sometimes pours down after rain, which is an amazing scene in the water-depleted Iran.
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Zoroastrianism is the most influential religion in the Middle East before the birth of Christianity. The Lord God of the Zoroastrians, Ahura Mazda, was regarded as the supreme creator, redeemer and patron saint. The current Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd is funded by Indian Zoroastrians of the last century. Inside the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd is a small hall, where a room was separated by a window and railings. In the room stands a stuff like the big tripod, in which flame is burned. It is said that the flame has been burning since 470 BC, which was known as the “Light of Persian civilization”.
Friday is the worship day of the Islam, so the Jame Mosque, also known as the Friday Mosque, is very common in Iran. However, the Jame Mosque of Yazd is famous for the highest minaret of Iran. It is worth mentioning that the wall of the mosque is inlaid with the typical Persian blue tiles. As a building complex, it is composed of the mosque, religious schools, public bathrooms, and the Bazaar.
Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin is established in the 14th century consisting of a front door, and a dome that was built with glazed tiles.
The Dolat wind tower is 33 meters high and is located in the Dolat-Abad Garden, the biggest garden in Yazd. Under the tower is a two-story hall surrounded by the lattice windows in the Islamic style. Equipped with pools and geysers, it is the paradise of nobles in ancient times. The wind tower is just like the air conditioner that we are using today. It makes use of the wind from all directions, bringing coolness to each family. It is said that the higher the wind tower is, the more air will be collected and the larger the air volume is.
Then visit Isfahan, Iran’s most remarkable ancient capital in Arabic style (About 323 kilometers, a 4-hour drive). It is the third biggest city as well as the oldest city of Iran. “Isfahan” derives from the Farsi meaning “army” and it was once the gathering place of the army. It not only has the beautiful scenery, but also boasts various architectures in Islamic style from the 11th century to the 19th century. As the critical station on the South Road of the Silk Road, it is also the concentration of the commerce and trade between the East and the West. Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5: Isfahan
Visit the Chehel Sotoun, which was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List as the representative of the “Persian Garden”. Established in 1647, it was the site for the Abbas II to conduct state affairs and meet foreign ambassadors. As one of the most important palaces in the Safavid Dynasty, it retained many precious historical paintings and various cultural relics.
After lunch, visit the Imam Square, a site that was also added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Imam Square, also known as the “Naqsh-e Jahan Square”, is located in the center of Isfahan and is the second largest square after the Tian'anmen Square in Beijing. In the center of the square is a huge fountain. The tall water column on both sides of the fountain spurted water towards the sky, forming a misty view and turning into a rainbow in the light of the sun. In the square, the most famous are the classic buildings. To the east is the Sheikh Lotfolah Mosque, an exquisite religious construction, which used to be a place of worship of the royal family. To the west is the Aali Qapu Palace, a palace of six stories. To the North is the famous Grand Bazaar, which boasts elaborate local craft shops and a traditional perfumery.
After dinner, go to the Allahverdi Khan Bridge, a double-layer construction. The sublayer, which consists of 33 half-round arches of the bridge, stretches across the Zayandeh River. The reflection of the arches in the clean water, accompanied by the arch of the bridge itself, forming 33 completely closed round holes. It is not only the most beautiful bridge of Isfahan, but also an architecture with multiple functions—as both the bridge and a dam.
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 6: Isfahan - Kashan
After breakfast, shoot the Khaju Bridge, a representative double-layered stone bridge. Then go to the beautiful oasis city, Kashan (about 217 kilometers, a 2.5-hour drive).
With its unique geographical condition, Kashan is the prestigious “Rose County” of Iran. The rose festival is held to celebrate the blooming flowers every May in Kashan. For a long time, even after the flowering season, the scent of roses fills the air of Kashan. The traces of history are found everywhere in the city, in which the elaborate traditional house, the suburban ancient Persian Garden and the buildings of the 17th and 18th century are all the local tourist attractions.
Go to the Boroujerdi Historical House. Located in the Alavi Street, it was completed in 1876 after 18 years of construction. The owner of the house, Haj Seyed Hassan Natanzi, hired more than 150 craftsmen to construct this beautiful building, which was rated as the boutique architecture at that time.
Day 3: Shiraz - Persepolis - Yazd
Go to Persepolis after breakfast (about 60 miles, a one-hour drive).
Persepolis is situated 60 km northeast of the city of Shiraz in Fars Province, Iran. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC. It exemplifies the Achaemenid style of architecture. And it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The enormous ladders, elaborate reliefs, and imposing gates remind people the past glory of the Persian Empire. In several years’ archaeological digs, Persepolis has unearthed a large number of handicrafts, including weapons, household appliances, newly excavated royal inscriptions and a pair of large-scale reliefs depicting the view that the King hosts the formal welcome. These are all precious historical materials, providing clues and information for the exploration of the ancestors.
Then go to Pasargadae, the first capital of Persepolis built by Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire 2500 years ago (about 80 miles, a one-hour drive). Built in 546 BC and located in a basin of the Zagros Mountains, Pasargadae was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. It is the capital of the first multicultural empire of the West Asia. The current site of Pasargadae is about 160 hectares, however, the buildings on the grassland are sparse due to the damage of war, weathering, and plunder. The Cyrus the Great is the best-preserved one.
Then drive to Yazd (about 326 miles, a 4-hour drive). Have a rest at the hotel after arrival.
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4: Yazd - Isfahan
After breakfast, take photos in Yazd: Zorohernmost of Teheran, it was divided into the upper and lower layer as well as the basement. The decoration inside the palace is grand integrating the Iranian and the European style. On the top of the palace are the gorgeous plaster sculptures of Iran and the floor is laid with elaborate Persian carpets. Both the design and the interior decoration represent the essence of the Iranian architectural art. The palace, which covers a large area, is an architectural complex where all the 14 palaces are glorious and well-equipped with swimming pools, gardens, stadiums and so on.
Enjoy a rich Iranian meal in the traditional Teheran restaurant. Then return to China by air (Flight for reference: the China Southern Airline CZ6026 22:30-12:35+1, Transit Stop in Urumchi, the total flight time of about 9h35m).
The above schedule may be adjusted based on some reasons, such as weather and road condition. Thanks for understanding.
Expenditure: 22,500 yuan/person
The specific time of the trip: Late October
Description of fees:
1. Round-trip tickets and taxes from Beijing to Teheran, the domestic flight ticket and taxes from Teheran to Shiraz;
2. The overseas air-conditioned tour coach;
3. The four or five-star hotel of the entire trip, standard double room, including breakfast. If there is a natural single room, please make up the price difference;
4. The listed food (buffet, dunch in local style, a total of 7 breakfasts and 16 dunch, the meal time is subject to the Vessel meal on board or aircraft, and no make up meal will be arranged).
5. The listed tickets for attractions;
6. The tourist visa of Iran (Non-Chinese passport or Iran business visa should pay extra visa charge for 880 yuan).
7. Charge for the local tour guide;
8. Two bottles of mineral water each day.
9. Charges for the professional instructor of photography.
10. Expense for tour leaders and correlative charges for organization;
11. Tip for the overseas tour guide and drivers.
12. Travel accident insurance.
1. Please prepare the private passport (please assure the validity period is at least half a year if you entrust us to apply;
2. Self-paying projects and personal consumption (such as telephone bill, dry-cleaning bill, excess baggage charges, tips);
3. Price difference for single room: 3200 yuan (one must pay if he or she lives in a single room);
4. Charges caused by the force majeure, such as strikes, weather, road interruption, flight cancellations or delays, and natural disasters, or, charges in circumstances beyond the control of the travel agency. The travel agency can adjust the schedule accordingly, and require the additional cost if the cost increases;
The tour guide will organize self-paying projects at night according to the condition of guests, mainly including:
Price differences for Ari House of Marrakech: 43 dollars/person--58 dollars/person (include the overtime pay for the guide and driver);
The hansom cab of Marrakech: 42 dollars for 4 people, people less than 4 still needs to pay the cost of one car, the extra car will be booked for more than 4 people.
Featured performance of Fez and dinner: 55 dollars/person;
Four-wheel desert motorcycle: 120 dollars/person/hour (at least 2 people);
Rick Coffee: 58 dollars/person;
Camel ride: 13 dollars/person (about 20 minutes);
Noted: These self-paying activities are voluntary and the charge belongs to personal income instead of the company. The desert project has a certain amount of risk, if there is an accident, it is personal responsibility and has nothing to do with the company. Recommend to bring the swimsuit if you travel in June, July, August, and September.