16 days in Iran Itinerary

16 days in Iran Itinerary

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16 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Isfahan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Shiraz
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Pasargad
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Yazd
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Mashhad
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Kashan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Tehran
— 3 nights
Subway + Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Stockholm

3
nights
Isfahan

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Isfahan is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, examine the collection at Isfahan Seashell Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, and take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Isfahan trip itinerary planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Isfahan is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Stockholm to Isfahan, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Stockholm in mars, plan for much hotter days in Isfahan, with highs around 21°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Tours
Highlights from your plan
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge
Khaju Bridge ©
Khaju Bridge

3
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shiraz: Persepolis (in Persepolis) and Estakhr (in Marvdasht). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Saadi, steep yourself in history at Vakil Bazaar, and explore the historical opulence of Arg-e Karimkhan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shiraz holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Shiraz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Shiraz when traveling from Isfahan in mars, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Pasargad.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Estakhr, Persepolis
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Tomb of Hafez ©
Tomb of Hafez

1
night
Pasargad

Pasargad ©
On the 22nd (Sun), steep yourself in history at Tomb of Cyrus, explore the ancient world of Pasargad, and then contemplate the long history of Royal Road.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pasargad road trip app .

You can drive from Shiraz to Pasargad in 2 hours. In mars, daily temperatures in Pasargad can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Yazd.

Things to do in Pasargad

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Pasargad ©
Pasargad
Tomb of Cyrus ©
Tomb of Cyrus

2
nights
Yazd

Yazd ©
Step back in time as you explore the ancient UNESCO World Heritage city of Yazd, a desert town known for its distinct Persian architecture style, punctuated by mud-brick buildings, wind towers, domed ice houses, and water reservoirs.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, delve into the distant past at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then take in the exciting artwork at Silk Road Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Yazd, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old City. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Yazd Art House, see the interesting displays at Water Museum, then don't miss a visit to Amir Chakhmagh, and finally explore the galleries of Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Yazd itinerary planner.

Drive from Pasargad to Yazd in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Yazd when traveling from Pasargad in mars, with lows around 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Zorastrian Towers of Silence ©
Zorastrian Towers of Silence
Old City ©
Old City
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

1
night
Mashhad

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 25th (Wed), admire the striking features of Darougheh Historical House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Reza Holy Shrine, and finally get engrossed in the history at Mahdi Gholi Beyk historical bath.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mashhad journey site .

Fly from Yazd to Mashhad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yazd in mars: high temperatures in Mashhad hover around 18°C and lows are around 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kashan.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Goharshad Mosque ©
Goharshad Mosque
Darougheh Historical House ©
Darougheh Historical House

2
nights
Kashan

Kashan
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, then make a trip to Borujerdi House, then admire the striking features of Tabatabei House, and finally admire the striking features of Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse. On your second day here, explore the fascinating landscape at Maranjab Desert and salt lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Agha Bozorg Mosque, and then examine the collection at Abbasian House.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kashan trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mashhad to Kashan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In mars, Kashan is a bit warmer than Mashhad - with highs of 24°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Kashan

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Tabatabei House ©
Tabatabei House
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse ©
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse

3
nights
Tehran

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.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, take in panoramic vistas at Azadi Tower, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, and admire the striking features of Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Tehran online vacation planner .

Getting from Kashan to Tehran by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Kashan in mars, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tehran: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

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