18 days in Iran Itinerary

18 days in Iran Itinerary

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18 days in Iran Itinerary

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

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, parks, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge, see the interesting displays at The National Jewelry Treasury, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tehran online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Tehran. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Yazd.

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

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.
When in Yazd, make a side trip to see Kharanaq in Kharanaq, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, make a trip to Amir Chakhmagh, and stop by Oasis Gallery.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yazd road trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Yazd takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tehran in January: highs in Yazd hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can 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 21st (Mon), browse the different shops at Arman Shopping Center, then contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, then contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mashhad trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Yazd to Mashhad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yazd in January: high temperatures in Mashhad hover around 12°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Kerman.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Goharshad Mosque ©
Goharshad Mosque
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb ©
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb

2
nights
Kerman

Kerman ©
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. On the 22nd (Tue), make a trip to Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali, and finally admire the natural beauty at Shazdeh Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Gonbad-e Jabaliye, then make a trip to Fathabad Garden, and then take an in-depth tour of Harandi Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Mashhad to Kerman takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Mashhad in January, plan for a bit warmer days in Kerman, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Kerman

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali
Highlights from your plan
Harandi Museum ©
Harandi Museum
Shazdeh Garden ©
Shazdeh Garden
Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali ©
Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali

3
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Explore Shiraz's surroundings by going to Persepolis (Nagsh-e Rostam & Persepolis). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, contemplate the long history of Vakil Bazaar, examine the collection at Meshkinfam Art Museum, and head outdoors with Margoon Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Shiraz day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kerman to Shiraz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Shiraz, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isfahan.

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

2
nights
Isfahan

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 27th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, take in the views from Khajou Bridge, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, explore the historical opulence of Aali Qapu Palace, admire the striking features of Chehel Sotoun, then snap pictures at Siosepol Bridge, and finally examine the collection at Vank Cathedral.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Isfahan vacation maker site .

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. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Shiraz in January, with highs in Isfahan at 13°C and lows at -6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kashan.

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
Kashan

Kashan ©
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Kashan is known for parks, historic sites, shopping, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, explore the ancient world of Underground City Of Nooshabad, explore the fascinating landscape at Maranjab Desert, and see the interesting displays at Puppet and Toy Museum of Iran.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kashan attractions planner.

You can drive from Isfahan to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Isfahan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kashan, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kashan

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

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