17 days in Iran Itinerary

17 days in Iran Itinerary

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17 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Tehran
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
1
Gorgan
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Tehran
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Qeshm
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h
4
Shiraz
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Isfahan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Varzaneh
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h
7
Kaleybar
— 1 day
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Lahijan
— 1 day
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Tehran

1
night
Gorgan

Gorgan ©
Gorgan NameThe Modern Persian word Gorgān () is derived from Middle Persian Gurgān, itself from Old Persian Varkāna, the Achaemenid satrapy southeast of Caspian Sea (encompassed all of the present day Golestan Province, as well as some eastern parts of the Mazandaran province, and some southern parts of the modern-day Turkmenistan), which is reflected in Greek sources as Hyrcania, Hyrcani or Hyrcana. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Golestan National Park. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Naahar Khoran and then look for all kinds of wild species at Alangdareh Park.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gorgan online trip planner .

Tehran to Gorgan is an approximately 1.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. When traveling from Tehran in January, plan for somewhat warmer days in Gorgan, with highs around 15°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Gorgan

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Golestan National Park ©
Golestan National Park
Alangdareh Park ©
Alangdareh Park

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.
Visiting Mount Tochal and Shemshak Ski Resort will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower, and see the interesting displays at Carpet Museum of Iran.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Tehran trip planner .

You can fly from Gorgan to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Gorgan in January, you will find days in Tehran are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (1°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Qeshm.

Things to do in Tehran

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Mount Tochal ©
Mount Tochal
Shemshak Ski Resort ©
Shemshak Ski Resort

3
nights
Qeshm

Qeshm ©
Step out of the city life by going to Stars Valley and Namakdan Salt Cave.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Qeshm trip app .

Fly from Tehran to Qeshm in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Tehran in January, expect Qeshm to be warmer, temps between 27°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Qeshm

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Valley of Stars
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Tangeh Chahkooh ©
Tangeh Chahkooh
Valley of Stars ©
Valley of Stars
Hengam Island ©
Hengam Island

3
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Get outdoors at Margoon Waterfall and Baba Koohi Tomb and Heights. When in Shiraz, make a side trip to see Persepolis in Persepolis, approximately 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, and don't miss a visit to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shiraz trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Qeshm to Shiraz takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Qeshm in January: highs in Shiraz hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Persepolis
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Margoon Waterfall ©
Margoon Waterfall
Tomb of Hafez ©
Tomb of Hafez

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, shopping, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square), snap pictures at Khajou Bridge, examine the collection at Vank Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Isfahan.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Isfahan trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Shiraz to Isfahan by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Shiraz in January: high temperatures in Isfahan hover around 13°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Varzaneh.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Mount Sofeh ©
Mount Sofeh
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge

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Varzaneh

Varzaneh ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Varzaneh Salt Lake, admire nature's extreme beauty at Varzaneh Desert, and then take in panoramic vistas at Pigeon Tower.

Plan a Varzaneh trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Isfahan to Varzaneh takes 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaleybar.

Things to do in Varzaneh

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Varzaneh Desert ©
Varzaneh Desert

1
day
Kaleybar

Kaleybar
Kaleybar ; also Romanized as Kalībar, Kalipar, Keleibar, and Keleivar) is a city in and the capital of Kaleybar County, East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. On the 16th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Arasbaran Protected Area.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaleybar online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Varzaneh to Kaleybar. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can travel to Lahijan.

Things to do in Kaleybar

Parks Wildlife Nature

1
day
Lahijan

Lahijan ©
Lahijan is a Caspian sea resort in and the capital of Lahijan County, Gilan Province, Iran. On the 17th (Thu), head outdoors with Soostan Lagoon and then take in the awesome beauty at Sheytan Kooh.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Lahijan day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Kaleybar to Lahijan in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In January, daytime highs in Lahijan are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lahijan

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Soostan Lagoon ©
Soostan Lagoon
Sheytan Kooh ©
Sheytan Kooh

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