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1. Posted by lifeisamet (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi all,

I'm a Chinese New Zealand Australian traveling to Iran over the Christmas period. I'm flying into Tehran on the 13th Dec - not sure when I'll be flying out but Jan 3-10 is most likely.

Wondering if anyone else is looking to visit during that period or is a local wanting to see more of the country? Itinerary is flexible though places like Esfahan, Yazd and Shiraz are mandatory viewing :) Also might try and fit in a side-trip to Armenia, Azerbaijan or Turkey if time (and weather) permits.

I'm pretty easy-going, interested in new places, food and cultures. Should mention, I have a photography bent so it would be fantastic to meet like-minded people who show complete disdain for cloudless blue skies ;)! If interested, please contact me.

Even if not traveling to the region, any advice is most welcome!


2. Posted by jstarbuck (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

Hey Darren

I'm travelling europe at the minute and am on my way to India. If I can work out a complete land route and you don't mind going west to east I'd be up for a travel buddy.

I'm originally from the UK, 34, male and a erm...former photographer. Oh, and I'll be in Turkey before then as well so if you fancy that before you do Iran....

All the best


I'm on twitter as @jstarbuck2

3. Posted by lifeisamet (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi Jamie,

Former photographer? Fantastic stuff - I'm still learning the art :) I'm busy researching which other country I might do a side-trip to. I was originally thinking Armenia/Azerbaijan but their winters are pretty cold so Turkey *might* be a little warmer. If I did Turkey first, I'll could take a train/bus to say Kayseri and then head east. I'm budgeting about 1-2 weeks for the side-trip so I figure that'll be enough time to see the highlights east of Anatolia (Cappadocia, Van etc).

Another option I'm considering is to go north into Armenia, freeze my butt off there for a week or so and return to Iran. Could meet up in say Tabriz and head south to Yazd/Tabriz. Guessing you'll be going through Iran onto Pakistan? How long were you planning to spend in Iran?



[ Edit: Sorry, no personal details please. ]

4. Posted by Payami (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi Darren
Welcome to Iran!
I'm a photogrpaher too. Maybe I understand you better. ;)
What kind of places do you prefer to visit? What's you Itinerary ?

5. Posted by Traveller_0202 (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y

Dear Darren,

I am planning to Tehran on dec too, let me know what is your date u will be there? How long u will travel in Iran? Perhaps we can meet up in iran if u still need acompany.


6. Posted by lifeisamet (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Hi all,

jstarbuck: if you're still interested, pls let me know.

Payami, eddie_kh: hi and thanks for your interest! Payami, are you a local resident? Are you able to suggest cheap accommodation (hostel or hotel) in Tehran? I need to specify my first hotel where I'll be staying on arrival.

I'm likely to be travelling around Turkey before Iran: fly in to Tehran -> Kayseri (Turkey) -> Tehran -> Shiraz -> Eshafan etc -> Tehran and fly out though these plans are pretty flexible.


7. Posted by Payami (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Yes I am.
What's your budget?
Firouzeh, Parastou, Atlas, New Naderi are almost cheap and not bad.

8. Posted by lifeisamet (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

Payami, I'm looking for hostels/hotels ideally under USD20.

Thanks for the suggestions - I've made inquiries at a couple of hotels - I'll need to get a hostel/hotel booked soon because I need to provide the address on my visa application...

I'm interested in the Iranian culture, history, scenery, people and the like - and taking photos of course :) What are you interested in seeing?

9. Posted by Payami (Budding Member 4 posts) 6y

You must to look at the central and south of Tehran for 1* hotels. Maybe Firouzeh was good for you, I think the price is 25$ or less.
You mean for my photography? I love nature and landscape photography, But I do product photography as a professional photographer.
this is my photoblog.

10. Posted by jstarbuck (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

Hey Darren

Sorry mate. I've had a change of plan. Enjoy Iran!