17 days in Iran Itinerary

17 days in Iran Itinerary

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17 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Tehran
Train:  2 h 15 min
1
Kashan
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Isfahan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
3
Shiraz
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Qeshm
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
5
Kerman
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
6
Mashhad
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
7
Yazd
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
8
Tehran
— 4 nights
End: Tehran

1
night
Kashan

Kashan ©
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
On the 15th (Tue), admire the natural beauty at Bagh-e Fin Garden, then admire the striking features of Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, then see the interesting displays at Abbasian House, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Tabatabei House. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Borujerdi House, examine the collection at Puppet and Toy Museum of Iran, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agha Bozorg Mosque, then look for gifts at Zhee Showroom, and finally delve into the distant past at Underground City Of Nooshabad.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kashan online day trip planner .

Tehran to Kashan is an approximately 2.5-hour train ride. You can also drive. In January, daytime highs in Kashan are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kashan

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

2
nights
Isfahan

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
On the 17th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, then snap pictures at Khajou Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Vank Cathedral, take in the views from Siosepol Bridge, then explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, then explore the historical opulence of Aali Qapu Palace, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Isfahan trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Kashan to Isfahan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kashan in January, plan for little chillier nights in Isfahan, with lows around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum

3
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shiraz: Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, and steep yourself in history at Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Shiraz trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Isfahan to Shiraz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Isfahan in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Shiraz: highs are around 17°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Qeshm.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

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

1
night
Qeshm

Qeshm ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): step off the mainland to explore Naz, appreciate the views at Stars Valley, and then don't miss a visit to Tangeh Chahkooh.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Qeshm travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Qeshm takes 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Shiraz in January: highs in Qeshm hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kerman.

Things to do in Qeshm

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Valley of Stars
Highlights from your plan
Tangeh Chahkooh ©
Tangeh Chahkooh
Valley of Stars ©
Valley of Stars

1
night
Kerman

Kerman ©
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): make a trip to Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, then take in nature's colorful creations at Shazdeh Garden, then see the interesting displays at Gonbad-e Jabaliye, and finally don't miss a visit to Fathabad Garden.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kerman trip planning tool .

Getting from Qeshm to Kerman by flight takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Qeshm in January: highs in Kerman hover around 17°C, while lows dip to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Kerman

Parks Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shazdeh Garden ©
Shazdeh Garden
Vakil Bazaar ©
Vakil Bazaar
Gonbad-e Jabaliye ©
Gonbad-e Jabaliye

1
night
Mashhad

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine, then admire the striking features of Ghonbad Sabz, and finally stroll through Kooh Sangi Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Mashhad road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kerman to Mashhad takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kerman in January, you will find days in Mashhad are little chillier (12°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Goharshad Mosque ©
Goharshad Mosque
Kooh Sangi Park ©
Kooh Sangi Park

3
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.
Step out of Yazd with an excursion to Kharanaq in Kharanaq--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, make a trip to Amir Chakhmagh, see the interesting displays at Water Museum, and look for gifts at Oasis Gallery.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Yazd day trip planning site .

Getting from Mashhad to Yazd by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mashhad in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Yazd: highs are around 17°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

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

4
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, parks, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, take a stroll through Darband, steep yourself in history at Niavaran Palace Complex, and pause for some photo ops at Azadi Tower.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Tehran online travel route planner .

You can fly from Yazd to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. While traveling from Yazd, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tehran, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Tehran

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

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