58 days in Turkey & Iran Itinerary

58 days in Turkey & Iran Itinerary

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Ankara, Turkey
— 4 nights
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Goreme, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 6 nights
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Kashan, Iran
— 4 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 6 nights
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Yazd, Iran
— 3 nights
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Kerman, Iran
— 2 nights
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Shiraz, Iran
— 6 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey
— 7 nights
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Edirne, Turkey
— 3 nights
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Gallipoli, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Pamukkale, Turkey
— 2 nights
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Selcuk, Turkey
— 5 nights
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Ankara, Turkey

— 4 nights

Heart of Turkey

Turkey's capital and second-largest city, Ankara supports a large population of foreign diplomats and young students, contributing to the city's international feel.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Anitkabir and Aslanhane Mosque. Escape the urban bustle at Soguksu National Park and Eymir Lake. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi, contemplate the long history of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Evi, delve into the distant past at Roman Wall, and examine the collection at Gokyay Chess Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ankara trip builder tool.

Zurich, Switzerland to Ankara is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zurich to Ankara. Traveling from Zurich in April, expect a bit warmer with lows of 11°C in Ankara. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to take a bus to Goreme.

Things to do in Ankara

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Goreme, Turkey

— 7 nights
Famed for its landscape of unusually shaped stone formations and churches cut into the natural rocks, Goreme sits in the central part of the country, an area originally settled during Roman times.
Popular historic sites such as Goreme National Park and Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Off-Road & ATV Trails and Lucky Horse Ranch. Venture out of the city with trips to Kayaardi Baglari (in Nigde) and Ihlara Valley (in Guzelyurt). There's still lots to do: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, explore the striking landscape at Fairy Chimneys, learn about winemaking at Kocabag Winery, and stop by Cappadocia Dowry Carpet.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Goreme trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by bus from Ankara to Goreme takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Ankara, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Goreme, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Tue) before leaving for Tehran.

Things to do in Goreme

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tehran, Iran

— 6 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Darband and Emamzadeh Saleh. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Climbing Tours. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury, and take in panoramic vistas at Azadi Tower.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Tehran online travel route planner.

Getting from Goreme to Tehran by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Goreme to Tehran due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Goreme in April, with highs in Tehran at 26°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kashan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Kashan, Iran

— 4 nights
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Step out of the city life by going to Off-Road Tours and Chal-e-Nakhjir Cave. Get a sense of the local culture at Mohammed Helal Shrine and Agha Bozorg Mosque. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, admire the striking features of Shahzadeh-ye Ibrahim, stop by Zhee Showroom, and examine the collection at Abbasian House.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kashan online vacation planner.

You can drive from Tehran to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tehran in April, expect nights in Kashan to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Isfahan.

Things to do in Kashan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Isfahan, Iran

— 6 nights

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chehel Sotoun and Ali Qapu Palace. Popular historic sites such as Houyeh Village and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Isfahan: Varzaneh (Varzaneh Salt Lake & Varzaneh Desert). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah), snap pictures at SioSe Pol Bridge, and examine the collection at Isfahan Music Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Isfahan road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kashan to Isfahan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kashan in April; daily highs in Isfahan reach 28°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yazd.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Yazd, Iran

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Old City and Jameh Mosque of Yazd. Your inner history buff will appreciate Zorastrian Towers of Silence and Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on Yazd Daily Tours, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, don't miss a visit to Khan-e Lari House, and take in the exciting artwork at Yazd Art House.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yazd journey planner.

Traveling by car from Isfahan to Yazd takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April, Yazd is somewhat warmer than Isfahan - with highs of 32°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kerman.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

Kerman, Iran

— 2 nights
Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Shazdeh Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali, then examine the collection at Gonbad-e Jabaliye, and finally shop like a local with Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then explore the fascinating landscape at Lut Desert, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Kerman.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kerman tour planner.

Traveling by car from Yazd to Kerman takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Yazd in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Kerman, with lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Kerman

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Shiraz, Iran

— 6 nights

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Get some historical perspective at Persepolis and Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Get some cultural insight at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Qavam House. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shiraz: Pasargad (in Pasargad), Nagsh-e Rostam (in Persepolis) and Estakhr (in Marvdasht). Spend the 8th (Sat) wandering around Qalat Village. And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vakil Mosque, get to know the fascinating history of Vakil Bazaar, and don't miss a visit to Qur'an Gate.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shiraz holiday planning website.

You can fly from Kerman to Shiraz in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Shiraz are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Istanbul.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Istanbul, Turkey

— 7 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern. Get outdoors at Delmece Yaylasi and Istanbul Cable Car. Step out of Istanbul to go to Yalova and see Termal Cinarl Hiyaben Yolu, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Topkapi Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , discover the deep blue sea with Deepist Diving & Travel, and visit Taksim Square.

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Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Istanbul takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Traveling from Shiraz to Istanbul, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Shiraz in May: highs in Istanbul hover around 25°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Edirne.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Edirne, Turkey

— 3 nights
Edirne is a city in the northwestern Turkish province of Edirne in the region of East Thrace, close to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria. Selimiye Mosque and Eski Cami will appeal to history buffs. Karaagac and Edirne Kent Muzesi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Beyazid II Kulliyesi Health Museum, admire the striking features of Uc Serefeli Camii, contemplate the long history of Beyazit II Mosque Complex, and stop by Edirne Saray Sekerleme.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Edirne visit planning tool.

You can drive from Istanbul to Edirne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Gallipoli.

Things to do in Edirne

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Gallipoli, Turkey

— 2 nights
The Gallipoli peninsula is located in the southern part of East Thrace, the European part of Turkey, with the Aegean Sea to the west and the Dardanelles strait to the east.Gallipoli is the Italian form of the Greek name "Καλλίπολις" (Kallípolis), meaning "Beautiful City", the original name of the modern town of Gelibolu. Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gelibolu Mevlevihanesi, then take in the history at Gallipoli Battlefield, then steep yourself in history at Anzac Cove, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at 57. Piyade Alayi Sehitligi. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Azaplar Camii, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at BayraklI Baba Turbesi, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Sarkoy Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Edirne to Gallipoli takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Gallipoli can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Pamukkale.

Things to do in Gallipoli

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Pamukkale, Turkey

— 2 nights

Cotton Castle

A popular spa since the second century BCE, the modern city of Pamukkale continues to draw worldwide attention with its hot springs and travertines--naturally formed calcite bathing pools.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Anatolia Cemetery, delve into the distant past at Hierapolis, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Pamukkale Thermal Pools, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, then take a stroll through Karahayit, and finally admire the sheer force of Guney Selalesi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pamukkale journey maker tool.

You can drive from Gallipoli to Pamukkale in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Selcuk.

Things to do in Pamukkale

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Selcuk, Turkey

— 5 nights
An ideal base camp for exploring the Aegean coastline, Selcuk draws big tourist crowds due to its proximity to the ancient city of Ephesus.
Ancient City of Ephesus and Public Latrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Meryemana (The Virgin Mary's House) and Temple of Hadrian for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Selcuk: Magnesia Antik Kenti (in Germencik) and Serenad Dive Center (in Seferihisar). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Troy Tours, delve into the distant past at Trajan's Fountain, don't miss a visit to Byzantine acquaducts, and examine the collection at Ephesus Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Selcuk online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pamukkale to Selcuk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Selcuk

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Turkey travel guide

4.4
Architectural Buildings · History Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage, Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures, as attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you'll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation's most precious heritages. Adventure-seekers have plenty do to here, including mountain climbing, scuba diving, rafting, and skiing. A holiday to Turkey is incomplete without a cup of Turkish coffee, the pinnacle of Turkish cuisine inscribed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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.