30 days in Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

30 days in Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

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30 days in Iran, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Fly + Subway:  9​h 30​min
1
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
Bus:  6​h 15​min
2
Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  7​h 45​min
3
Shiraz, Iran
— 4 nights
Train:  17​h
4
Yazd, Iran
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Tabas, Iran
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h
6
Mashhad, Iran
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
Drive:  10​h
8
Khiva, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Tram + Foot + Train:  10​h 30​min
9
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
10
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
11
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3
nights
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.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, wander the streets of Darband, examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury, and take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Tehran road trip planning tool .

Amsterdam, Holland to Tehran is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and subway. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and subway; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Tehran due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in September, expect nights in Tehran to be a bit warmer, around 24°C, while days are warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury

3
nights
Isfahan, Iran

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: contemplate the long history of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge, examine the collection at Isfahan Music Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Isfahan itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tehran to Isfahan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Isfahan, with lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge
Khaju Bridge ©
Khaju Bridge

4
nights
Shiraz, Iran

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 (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, explore the ancient world of Vakil Bath, step into the grandiose world of Arg-e Karimkhan, and get to know the fascinating history of Vakil Bazaar.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Shiraz travel planner .

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Shiraz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Persepolis
Highlights from your plan
Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Tomb of Hafez ©
Tomb of Hafez

3
nights
Yazd, Iran

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Old City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, then explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery, and finally don't miss a visit to Jameh Mosque of Yazd. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Dolat-Abad Garden, see the interesting displays at Water Museum, then make a trip to Amir Chakhmagh, and finally contemplate the long history of Sar Yazd Castle.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yazd itinerary planner.

Fly from Shiraz to Yazd in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Shiraz in September, Yazd is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tabas.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sar Yazd Castle
Highlights from your plan
Zorastrian Towers of Silence ©
Zorastrian Towers of Silence
Old City ©
Old City
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

1
day
Tabas, Iran

Tabas
Tabas is a city in and capital of Tabas County, South Khorasan Province, Iran. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Morteza Ali Canyon.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Tabas tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yazd to Tabas takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Tabas

Nature Parks

2
nights
Mashhad, Iran

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 15th (Wed): stroll through Kooh Sangi Park, then contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Reza Holy Shrine. On the next day, cool off at Water Waves Land, stroll around Mellat Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mashhad trip planner .

Drive from Tabas to Mashhad in 6.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Mashhad can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks
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
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
On the 17th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, then take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and finally explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Wedding Palace, then see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, then don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip planner.

Getting from Mashhad to Ashgabat by car takes about 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time (IRST) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT) is 1 hour. Traveling from Mashhad in September, Ashgabat is a bit warmer at night with lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Khiva.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Islam Khodja Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), then admire the landmark architecture of Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum, and finally explore the ancient world of Itchan Kala. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalta Minor Minaret, admire the landmark architecture of Mohammed Amin Madrassah, steep yourself in history at Tomb of Sayid Allauddin, make a trip to Ota Darvoza, then steep yourself in history at Citadel Kunya-ark, and finally contemplate the long history of Stone Palace (Tash Khauli).

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Khiva using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Khiva takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, things will get little chillier in Khiva: highs are around 33°C and lows about 14°C. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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)
Citadel Kunya-ark ©
Citadel Kunya-ark

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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.
Bukhara is known for historic sites, museums, spas, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take some stellar pictures from Great Minaret of the Kalon, contemplate the long history of Chasma Ayub Mausoleum, explore the ancient world of Mir-i Arab Madrasah, and take an in-depth tour of Palace of Moon-like Stars (Sitorai-Mokhi-Khosa).

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bukhara visit planner .

Getting from Khiva to Bukhara by combination of train and taxi takes about 10.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. In September, daytime highs in Bukhara are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Bukhara

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Great Minaret of the Kalon ©
Great Minaret of the Kalon
Lyab-i-Hauz ©
Lyab-i-Hauz
Chor-Minor ©
Chor-Minor

2
nights
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Gur Emir Mausoleum, make a trip to Registan, and then deepen your understanding at Tillya Kori Madrasah. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Afrasiyab Museum, explore the ancient world of Afrasiyab Museum, engage your brain at Ulugh Beg Observatory, appreciate the history behind Shah-i-Zinda, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, and finally deepen your understanding at Sher Dor Madrasah.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Samarkand road trip app .

You can take a train from Bukhara to Samarkand in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Tashkent.

Things to do in Samarkand

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Registan ©
Registan
Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Gur Emir Mausoleum ©
Gur Emir Mausoleum

3
nights
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent ©
One of the largest and oldest cities in Central Asia, Tashkent combines layers of history and a bustling modern edge.
Tashkent is known for museums, shopping, historic sites, winter sports, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the landmark architecture of Khamid Alimdjan, don't miss a visit to Amir Temur Square, take an in-depth tour of Amir Timur Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tashkent trip maker app .

Fly from Samarkand to Tashkent in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tashkent

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Amir Timur Museum ©
Amir Timur Museum
Khamid Alimdjan ©
Khamid Alimdjan
Chorsu Bazaar ©
Chorsu Bazaar

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