31 days in Iran Itinerary

31 days in Iran Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iran trip itinerary planner

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Mashhad
— 2 nights
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Bandar Abbas
— 1 night
Ferry
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Qeshm
— 3 nights
Fly
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Shiraz
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kerman
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yazd
— 4 nights
Drive
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Varzaneh
— 1 night
Drive
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Isfahan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kashan
— 3 nights
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Hamadan
— 1 night
Drive
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Tehran
— 4 nights
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Mashhad

— 2 nights
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Darougheh Historical House, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque, contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Mahdi Gholi Beyk historical bath, and finally go for a walk through Kooh Sangi Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, walk around Mellat Park, then get to know the fascinating history of Kang Village, and finally get curious at Professor Bazima Science Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mashhad trip planning tool.

New Delhi, India to Mashhad is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Mashhad is minus 2 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Mashhad hover around 13°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Bandar Abbas.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Bandar Abbas

— 1 night
Bandar Abbas or Bandar-e ‘Abbās, also romanized as Bandar ‘Abbās and Bandar ‘Abbāsī; formerly known as Cambarão and Porto Comorão to Portuguese traders, as Gombroon to English traders and as Gamrun or Gumrun to Dutch merchants, also Jaroon and Cameron, is a port city and capital of Hormozgān Province on the southern coast of Iran, on the Persian Gulf. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at BandarAbbas Bird Garden, head off the coast to Hormuz Island, and then steep yourself in history at Galeh-Dari Bath.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Bandar Abbas driving holiday planner.

Getting from Mashhad to Bandar Abbas by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Mashhad in December: high temperatures in Bandar Abbas hover around 30°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to ride a ferry to Qeshm.

Things to do in Bandar Abbas

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Qeshm

— 3 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Tangeh Chahkooh and Mangrove Forests of Qeshm.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Qeshm route planner.

Traveling by ferry from Bandar Abbas to Qeshm takes 1.5 hours. In December in Qeshm, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Shiraz.

Things to do in Qeshm

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Shiraz

— 4 nights

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Naqsh-e Rajab. Venture out of the city with trips to Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam) and Pasargad (Royal Road, Pasargad, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, and walk around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shiraz tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Qeshm to Shiraz takes 6 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Qeshm in December: highs in Shiraz hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can fly to Kerman.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kerman

— 3 nights
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fathabad garden. Explore Kerman's surroundings by going to Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali (in Mahan) and Shahdad Kalouts (in Shahdad). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Lut Desert, shop like a local with Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, and examine the collection at Ganjali Khan Complex.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kerman trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Shiraz to Kerman in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Kerman when traveling from Shiraz in December, with lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yazd.

Things to do in Kerman

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Yazd

— 4 nights

City of Windcatchers

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sar Yazd Castle and Narein Castle. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yazd: Meybod (Meybod's Shah Abbasi Caravanserai & Pigeon Tower). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jameh Mosque of Yazd.

Make your Yazd itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Kerman to Yazd in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kerman in December, Yazd is a bit warmer at night with lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Varzaneh.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Varzaneh

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the activities along Varzaneh Salt Lake, then explore the activities along Zayanderud River, then explore the fascinating landscape at Varzaneh Desert, and finally steep yourself in history at Ghoortan Citadel.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Varzaneh tour itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Yazd to Varzaneh takes 3.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yazd in December, with highs in Varzaneh at 15°C and lows at -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Isfahan.

Things to do in Varzaneh

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Isfahan

— 4 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Isfahan Seashell Museum and Ali Gholi Agha Historical Bath. The adventure continues: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah), take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Naqsh-e Jahan Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Isfahan online visit planner.

Getting from Varzaneh to Isfahan by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kashan.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Tours

Kashan

— 3 nights
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Maranjab Desert and Puppet & Toy Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kashan: Qom (Walking tours & Fatima Masumeh Shrine). There's much more to do: do sightseeing your way with Private Tours, examine the collection at Abbasian House, shop like a local with Bazaar of Kashan, and contemplate the long history of Tabatabei House.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kashan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Isfahan to Kashan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Isfahan in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 0°C in Kashan. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Hamadan.

Things to do in Kashan

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Hamadan

— 1 night
Hamadan has served as a summer getaway since the Sasanian Empire ruled this part of the world nearly 2,000 years ago.
On the 27th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ganjnameh Inscriptions, admire the striking features of Gonbad Alavian, Head underground at Ali Sadr Cave, then don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Baba Taher, and finally contemplate the long history of Tomb of Esther and Mordechai.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hamadan trip builder.

Drive from Kashan to Hamadan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kashan in December, expect Hamadan to be little chillier, temps between 7°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tehran.

Things to do in Hamadan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Tehran

— 4 nights

Teh

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Tochal and Damavand Mountain. Go for a jaunt from Tehran to Damavand to see Damavand Summit about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, get curious at Iran Science Park, and admire the striking features of Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Tehran planner.

You can drive from Hamadan to Tehran in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In December, Tehran is somewhat warmer than Hamadan - with highs of 12°C and lows of 2°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Iran travel guide

4.5
Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.