20 days in Iran Itinerary

20 days in Iran Itinerary

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20 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
+2
Train + Foot + Fly:  20 h 45 min
1
Isfahan
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
2
Shiraz
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Yazd
— 1 night
Train:  4 h 15 min
4
Kashan
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h
5
Zanjan
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
6
Qazvin
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Tehran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Tabriz
— 3 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Philadelphia

2
nights
Isfahan

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square). On the next day, stop by Bazaar of Isfahan, then take in the views from Khajou Bridge, then explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and finally examine the collection at Vank Cathedral.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Isfahan travel route builder website .

Philadelphia, USA to Isfahan is an approximately 21-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Isfahan, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in December, expect nights in Isfahan to be little chillier, around 25°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Vank Cathedral
Vank Cathedral
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.
Appreciate the collections at Pars Museum and Afif-Abad Garden. Get a sense of the local culture at Vakil Bazaar and Qalat Village. Step out of Shiraz to go to Persepolis and see Persepolis, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, and contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Shiraz online tour planner .

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 December, things will get somewhat warmer in Shiraz: highs are around 61°F and lows about 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Persepolis
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Vakil Bazaar ©
Vakil Bazaar
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, view the masterpieces at Yazd Art House, then browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and finally explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yazd trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Shiraz to Yazd by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Yazd, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Yazd

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Zorastrian Towers of Silence ©
Zorastrian Towers of Silence
Old City ©
Old City
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

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 28th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, don't miss a visit to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, then admire the striking features of Tabatabei House, then see the interesting displays at Abbasian House, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bazaar of Kashan. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Borujerdi House, admire the striking features of Ameriha House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agha Bozorg Mosque, stop by Zhee Showroom, then admire the landmark architecture of Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kashan route planning website .

Take a train from Yazd to Kashan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Yazd in December, expect nights in Kashan to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are slightly colder, around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Zanjan.

Things to do in Kashan

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Tabatabei House ©
Tabatabei House
Abbasian House ©
Abbasian House
Agha Bozorg Mosque ©
Agha Bozorg Mosque

1
day
Zanjan

Zanjan ©
Zanjan is the capital of Zanjan Province in Iranian Azerbaijan. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Hosseiniyeh Mosque, stop by Traditional Bazaar, see the interesting displays at Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice, then see the interesting displays at Laundry museum, and finally get a new perspective on nature at Salt men Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Zanjan trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Kashan to Zanjan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kashan in December; daily highs in Zanjan reach 45°F and lows reach 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Qazvin.

Things to do in Zanjan

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Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice ©
Rakhtshooy Khaneh Edifice
Salt men Museum ©
Salt men Museum
Laundry museum ©
Laundry museum

2
nights
Qazvin

Qazvin ©
Qazvin is the largest city and capital of the Province of Qazvin in Iran. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): examine the collection at Qajar Bathhouse & Anthropology Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Caravanserai of Sa'd al-Saltaneh, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Qazvin, then admire the striking features of Imamzadeh Shahzadeh Hossein, and finally make a trip to Aminiha Hosseiniyeh. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bist Sotoun, make a trip to Qazvin Gateway, don't miss a visit to Tomb Hamdullah Mostofi, pause for some serene contemplation at Cantor Church, then make a trip to Sepah Avenue, and finally stop by Qanadi Parastoo.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Qazvin trip itinerary planning tool .

Drive from Zanjan to Qazvin in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Qazvin are 48°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Tehran.

Things to do in Qazvin

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Jameh Mosque of Qazvin ©
Jameh Mosque of Qazvin
Qajar Bathhouse & Anthropology Museum ©
Imamzadeh Shahzadeh Hossein ©
Imamzadeh Shahzadeh Hossein

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tehran Bazaar and Valiasr Street. Museum-lovers will get to explore Golestan Palace and Golkar Art Gallery. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Darband, see the interesting displays at Sadabaad Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, and get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iran.

Discover how to plan a Tehran trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Qazvin to Tehran in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tehran when traveling from Qazvin in January, with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tabriz.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Shopping Neighborhoods
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace
Darband ©
Darband

3
nights
Tabriz

Tabriz ©
The historic city of Tabriz has come to be seen as a summer resort destination, on account of its temperate summers and interesting, attractive city center.
On the 5th (Sat), take a stroll through Saat Square, take an in-depth tour of Azerbaijan Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kabood (Goey) Mosque, then stroll through Khaqani Park, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Bazaar of Tabriz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ark Mosque (Ark-e-alishah), then admire the striking features of Behnam House, and then steep yourself in history at Kandovan.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tabriz trip planner.

You can fly from Tehran to Tabriz in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tehran in January, with highs in Tabriz at 40°F and lows at 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tabriz

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Goey Mosque ©
Goey Mosque
Bazaar of Tabriz ©
Bazaar of Tabriz
Kandovan
Kandovan

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