11 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

11 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

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11 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

Start: Zurich, Switzerland
Fly + Subway:  11​h 15​min
1
Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Isfahan, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Kerman, Iran
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Persepolis, Iran
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Shiraz, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
6
Istanbul, Turkey
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland

2
nights
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
On the 10th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, then wander the streets of Darband, and then take in the exciting artwork at Master Behzad Museum. On the 11th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Royal Costume Museum, then admire the masterpieces at International Arts Museum, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tehran road trip planning app .

Zurich, Switzerland to Tehran is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zurich to Tehran due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Zurich in September, plan for warmer days in Tehran, with highs around 37°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Royal Costume Museum ©
Royal Costume Museum
Darband ©
Darband

2
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, see the interesting displays at Isfahan Music Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Vank Cathedral. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, then contemplate the long history of Chehel Sotoun, and finally take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isfahan online route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tehran to Isfahan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Isfahan, with lows of 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kerman.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
Vank Cathedral
Vank Cathedral
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square

1
night
Kerman, Iran

Kerman ©
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. On the 14th (Mon), explore the galleries of Gonbad-e Jabaliye, then take an in-depth tour of Harandi Museum, then make a trip to Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman, and finally view the masterpieces at Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kerman trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Kerman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Persepolis.

Things to do in Kerman

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum ©
Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum
Harandi Museum ©
Harandi Museum
Gonbad-e Jabaliye ©
Gonbad-e Jabaliye

1
night
Persepolis, Iran

Persepolis ©
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Nagsh-e Rostam and then don't miss a visit to Persepolis.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Persepolis trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kerman to Persepolis. Traveling from Kerman in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Persepolis, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Shiraz.

Things to do in Persepolis

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nagsh-e Rostam ©
Nagsh-e Rostam

2
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, view the masterpieces at Chitra Handicraft, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, and finally stop by Haan Art Shop. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Shiraz Art Garden, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then steep yourself in history at Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), and finally pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Shiraz trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Persepolis to Shiraz takes 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Shiraz can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Vakil Bazaar ©
Vakil Bazaar
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine

2
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi, take a stroll through Eminonu Square, then examine the collection at Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Eyüp Sultan Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): explore the activities along Halic, then admire the striking features of Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam, then look for gifts at Jennifer's Hamam, and finally wander the streets of Beyoglu.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Istanbul online vacation maker .

Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Istanbul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Shiraz in September, plan for colder days in Istanbul, with highs around 26°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Istanbul

Neighborhoods Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi ©
Istanbul Arkeoloji Muzesi
Rahmi M. Koc Museum ©
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
Eminonu Square
Eminonu Square

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