12 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

12 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

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12 days in Iran & Istanbul Itinerary

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jennifer's Hamam and Eminonu Square. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Rumeli Fortress and see the interesting displays at Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Istanbul planner .

Geneva, Switzerland to Istanbul is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Geneva to Istanbul due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in September since evenings lows in Istanbul dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Istanbul

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Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum ©
Ural Ataman Classic Car Museum
Eminonu Square
Eminonu Square
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Jennifer's Hamam

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Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
On the 13th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabizadeh synagogue, then see the interesting displays at Meshkinfam Art Museum, then contemplate the long history of Bi Bi Dokhtaran mausoleum, and finally look for gifts at Haan Art Shop.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Shiraz day trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Istanbul to Shiraz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Traveling from Istanbul in September, expect nights in Shiraz to be a bit cooler, around 17°C, while days are warmer, around 39°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Persepolis.

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Meshkinfam Art Museum ©
Meshkinfam Art Museum
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Haan Art Shop

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Persepolis, Iran

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Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Nagsh-e Rostam.

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Drive from Shiraz to Persepolis in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kerman.

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Nagsh-e Rostam

1
night
Kerman, Iran

Kerman ©
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Gonbad-e Jabaliye, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum, and then make a trip to Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kerman travel planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Persepolis to Kerman. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Persepolis in September since evenings lows in Kerman dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kerman

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Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum ©
Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum
Gonbad-e Jabaliye ©
Gonbad-e Jabaliye
Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman ©
Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman

2
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): snap pictures at Shahrestan Bridge and then examine the collection at Isfahan Seashell Museum. Keep things going the next day: look and learn at Qeysarieh International Museum& cafe Gallery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah).

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Isfahan sightseeing planner .

Fly from Kerman to Isfahan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Isfahan, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Isfahan

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Isfahan Seashell Museum ©
Isfahan Seashell Museum
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) ©
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah)
Shahrestan Bridge ©
Shahrestan Bridge

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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 18th (Fri), examine the collection at Moghadam Museum and then contemplate the long history of Negarestan Garden. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Emamzadeh Saleh and then view the masterpieces at Iranian Artists Forum.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tehran online attractions planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Isfahan to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Isfahan in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tehran, with lows of 24°C. You'll set off for home on the 20th (Sun).

Things to do in Tehran

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Moghadam Museum ©
Moghadam Museum
Negarestan Garden ©
Negarestan Garden
Iranian Artists Forum ©
Iranian Artists Forum

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