21 days in Iran Itinerary

21 days in Iran Itinerary

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21 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly + Subway:  10 h 30 min
1
Tehran
— 2 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
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  4 h 45 min
6
Kashan
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Isfahan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Tabriz
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Ljubljana

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): examine the collection at Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran, take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, then get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iran, then stop by ZEEEN, then take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Tehran online trip builder .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Tehran is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and subway; or drive. Traveling from Ljubljana to Tehran, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ljubljana in May; daily highs in Tehran reach 34°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Glassware and Ceramic Museum of Iran ©
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art ©
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

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.
Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture and Water Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kharanagh and Narein Castle. Step out of Yazd with an excursion to Sar Yazd Castle in Saryazd--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, take in the awesome beauty at Shirkooh Mountain, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Kushkno Watermill.

To find photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Yazd visit planner.

Fly from Tehran to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tehran in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Yazd: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Narein Castle, Sar Yazd Castle
Highlights from your plan
Kharanagh ©
Kharanagh
Sar Yazd Castle ©
Sar Yazd Castle

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 7th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Reza Holy Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mashhad trip itinerary app .

You can fly from Yazd to Mashhad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yazd in May, with highs in Mashhad at 34°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kerman.

Things to do in Mashhad

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

2
nights
Kerman

Kerman ©
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjed-e Jamea of Kerman, then explore the fascinating landscape at Lut Desert, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali, and finally steep yourself in history at Gonbad-e Jabaliye. On the 9th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar and then take an in-depth tour of Harandi Museum.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kerman trip builder tool .

You can fly from Mashhad to Kerman in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Kerman

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Lut Desert, Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali
Highlights from your plan
Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali ©
Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali
Harandi Museum ©
Harandi Museum
Gonbad-e Jabaliye ©
Gonbad-e Jabaliye

3
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Persepolis and Qalat Village are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Meshkinfam Art Museum and Ka'ba-ye Zartosht. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, explore the historical opulence of Arg-e Karimkhan, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, and walk around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Shiraz online travel route planner .

Getting from Kerman to Shiraz by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Kashan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Persepolis
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Meshkinfam Art Museum ©
Meshkinfam Art Museum

3
nights
Kashan

A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Take a break from the city and head to Off-Road Tours and Dashte Kavir-Salt Desert National Park. Get some historical perspective at Jamkaran Mosque and Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim. Change things up with these side-trips from Kashan: Old Natanz Mehdi Tavasolian's Museum (in Natanz) and Chal-e-Nakhjir Cave (in Delijan). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali, admire the landmark architecture of Tabatabei House, and see the interesting displays at Abbasian House.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Kashan road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Shiraz to Kashan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Shiraz in May, Kashan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kashan

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Jamkaran Mosque, Old Natanz Mehdi Tavasolian's Museum, Chal-e-Nakhjir Cave
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Jamkaran Mosque ©
Jamkaran Mosque
Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali ©
Shrine of Hilal ibn Ali

3
nights
Isfahan

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Get some historical perspective at Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Aali Qapu Palace. Get some cultural insight at Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) and Isfahan Music Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Bedkhem Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, and get a taste of the local shopping with Fotowat Miniaturist.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Isfahan day trip planner.

You can drive from Kashan to Isfahan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, Isfahan is slightly colder than Kashan - with highs of 34°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Tabriz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) ©
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah)
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Bedkhem Church ©
Bedkhem Church

2
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 19th (Tue), stroll the grounds of Poets Tomb (Maqbaratol Shoara), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goey Mosque, then stroll around Khaqani Park, and finally get engrossed in the history at Azerbaijan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Kandovan and then admire the verdant scenery at Ligvan Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tabriz road trip app .

Getting from Isfahan to Tabriz by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. While traveling from Isfahan, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tabriz, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 13°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tabriz

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Goey Mosque ©
Goey Mosque
Azerbaijan Museum ©
Azerbaijan Museum
Poets Tomb (Maqbaratol Shoara) ©
Poets Tomb (Maqbaratol Shoara)

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