24 days in Uzbekistan, Iran & Lebanon Itinerary

24 days in Uzbekistan, Iran & Lebanon Itinerary

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24 days in Uzbekistan, Iran & Lebanon Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara, Mexico
Fly:  31 h
1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  3 h
2
Urgench, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
3
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Tram + Foot + Train:  10 h 30 min
4
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
5
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 1 night
Fly:  18 h 45 min
6
Shiraz, Iran
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
7
Persepolis, Iran
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Isfahan, Iran
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Kashan, Iran
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
10
Tehran, Iran
— 1 night
Subway + Fly:  4 h 45 min
11
Beirut, Lebanon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
12
Baalbeck, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
13
Sidon, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
14
Bcharre, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
15
Tripoli, Lebanon
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  28 h
End: Guadalajara, Mexico

1
night
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get engrossed in the history at Amir Timur Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chorsu Bazaar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Teleshayakh Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the striking features of Palace of the Romanovs, then head outdoors with Lake Charvak, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kukeldash Madrasah.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tashkent trip planner .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Tashkent is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Guadalajara to Tashkent is 11 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Urgench.

Things to do in Tashkent

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lake Charvak ©
Lake Charvak
Kukeldash Madrasah ©
Kukeldash Madrasah
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum

1
night
Urgench, Uzbekistan

Urgench
Urgench is a city in western Uzbekistan. To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Urgench tour planner .

You can fly from Tashkent to Urgench in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. May in Urgench sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 18°C at night. You will leave for Khiva on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Urgench

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

2
nights
Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva ©
With an illustrious history as a main stop along the Great Silk Road, Khiva boasts remarkably well-preserved cultural attractions and a beautiful historic core.
On the 3rd (Fri), make a trip to Islam Khodja Complex, admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, then step into the grandiose world of Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally delve into the distant past at Itchan Kala. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Nurullaboy Saroyi, steep yourself in history at Mohammed Amin Madrassah, contemplate the long history of Kalta Minor Minaret, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, then admire the striking features of Qutlugh Murad Inaq Madrasah, and finally contemplate the long history of Alla Kuki Khan Madrasah.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Khiva trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Urgench to Khiva takes an hour. In May in Khiva, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Bukhara.

Things to do in Khiva

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Itchan Kala ©
Itchan Kala
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque) ©
Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque)
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli) ©
Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

2
nights
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara
Inhabited for millennia, the city of Bukhara boasts a World Heritage-listed center teeming with historic mosques, madrassas, pools, and ancient ruins.
Get some historical perspective at Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and Mir-i Arab Madrasah. Poi Kalyan Mosque and Chor-Minor are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, explore the different monuments and memorials at Bakhautdin Naqsband Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi, and don't miss a visit to Trading Domes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bukhara online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Khiva to Bukhara takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In May, daily temperatures in Bukhara can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Samanid Mausoleum
Samanid Mausoleum
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Poi Kalyan Mosque ©
Poi Kalyan Mosque

1
night
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
On the 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, then see the sky in a new way at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and then pause for some photo ops at Shah-i-Zinda.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Samarkand online holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Bukhara to Samarkand takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Bukhara in May, expect nights in Samarkand to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Childrens Museums Museums
Highlights from your plan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum
Ulugh Beg Observatory ©
Ulugh Beg Observatory

1
night
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
On the 9th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Qavam House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabizadeh synagogue, and finally contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Shiraz trip simple and quick.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Samarkand to Shiraz. The time zone changes from Uzbekistan Time (UZT) to Iran Standard Time (IRST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. May in Shiraz sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Persepolis.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine
Eram Garden (Baq e Eram) ©
Eram Garden (Baq e Eram)

2
nights
Persepolis, Iran

Persepolis ©
Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Naqsh-e-Rostam and then don't miss a visit to Naqsh-e Rajab. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Tomb of Cyrus and then explore the ancient world of Persepolis.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Persepolis trip tool .

Drive from Shiraz to Persepolis in an hour. In May, daytime highs in Persepolis are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Persepolis

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pasargad
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Pasargad ©
Pasargad
Nagsh-e Rostam ©
Nagsh-e Rostam

1
night
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Isfahan journey planning app .

Getting from Persepolis to Isfahan by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, daily temperatures in Isfahan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Kashan.

Things to do in Isfahan

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

1
night
Kashan, Iran

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 13th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, don't miss a visit to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, admire the landmark architecture of Tabatabei House, then see the interesting displays at Abbasian House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Agha Bozorg Mosque.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kashan trip builder app .

Drive from Isfahan to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Isfahan in May, expect Kashan to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Kashan

Parks Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Tabatabei House ©
Tabatabei House
Agha Bozorg Mosque ©
Agha Bozorg Mosque

1
night
Tehran, Iran

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.
On the 14th (Tue), take a stroll through Darband, then see the interesting displays at Reza Abbasi Museum, and then take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by ZEEEN, then admire the striking features of Niavaran Palace Complex, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iran.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tehran online travel route planner .

Take a train from Kashan to Tehran in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Kashan, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Tehran, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Beirut.

Things to do in Tehran

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Darband ©
Darband
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
National Museum of Iran ©
National Museum of Iran

2
nights
Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut ©
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, Beirut, the country's capital and largest city, has plenty of appeal itself, as well as offering a convenient base for exploring the country's other sights and cities.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Jeita Grotto, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Beirut, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Beirut trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tehran to Beirut takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in May, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Baalbeck.

Things to do in Beirut

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Jeita Grotto
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of Beirut ©
National Museum of Beirut
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque ©
Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque
Jeita Grotto ©
Jeita Grotto

1
night
Baalbeck, Lebanon

Baalbeck ©
Baalbek, properly Baʿalbek and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley, about 85km northeast of Beirut and about 75km north of Damascus. On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the views at Bekaa Valley, appreciate the views at Bekaa Valley, and then delve into the distant past at Temples of Baalbek.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Baalbeck trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Beirut to Baalbeck by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May in Baalbeck, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sidon.

Things to do in Baalbeck

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bekaa Valley
Highlights from your plan
Temples of Baalbek ©
Temples of Baalbek
Bekaa Valley ©
Bekaa Valley

1
night
Sidon, Lebanon

Sidon ©
Sidon or Saïda is the third-largest city in Lebanon. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): kick back and relax at LAZY B BEACH CLUB, then step into the grandiose world of Beit Eddine, and then make a trip to Hammam El-Sheikh. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Crusaders Sea Castle and then explore the ancient world of Tyre.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sidon route website .

You can drive from Baalbeck to Sidon in 2 hours. In May in Sidon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bcharre.

Things to do in Sidon

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tyre, Beit Eddine, LAZY B BEACH CLUB
Highlights from your plan
Beit Eddine ©
Beit Eddine
Tyre ©
Tyre
Crusaders Sea Castle ©
Crusaders Sea Castle

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night
Bcharre, Lebanon

Bcharre
Sitting at 1,500 m (4,900 ft) above sea level and nestled between a mountain and a valley, Bcharre offers holiday goers breathtaking views.
To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Bcharre trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Sidon to Bcharre in 2 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. On the 20th (Mon), you're off toTripoli.

Things to do in Bcharre

Parks Historic Sites Nature

1
night
Tripoli, Lebanon

Tripoli ©
A tour of Tripoli usually involves a visit to the old Mamluk-style city and its harbor overlooked by a crusader citadel.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Taynal Mosque, explore the fascinating underground world of Baatara Pothole, explore the historical opulence of Citadel Saint Gilles (Qal'at Sinjil), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Great Mosque, and finally wander the streets of Khan Al-Khayyatin.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Tripoli tour website .

Getting from Bcharre to Tripoli by car takes about an hour. In May in Tripoli, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tripoli

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Bonita Bay, Baatara Pothole
Highlights from your plan
Baatara Pothole ©
Baatara Pothole
Taynal Mosque ©
Taynal Mosque
The Great Mosque ©
The Great Mosque

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