20 days in Iran Itinerary

20 days in Iran Itinerary

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Zurich
Fly:
15​h 15​min
Shiraz
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly + taxi:
1​h 30​min
Esfahan
— 6 nights
Fly:
1​h 15​min
Tehran
— 6 nights
Fly:
1​h 30​min
Yazd
— 1 night
Fly:
1​h 45​min
Mashhad
— 2 nights
Fly:
15​h 30​min
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4
days
Shiraz


An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shiraz: Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht), Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam) and Pasargad (in Pasargad). There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, explore the ancient world of Vakil Bath, get to know the fascinating history of Vakil Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Shiraz trip itinerary planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Shiraz is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zurich to Shiraz. While traveling from Zurich, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Shiraz, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Esfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Parks, Shopping
SIDE TRIPS : Persepolis, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Pasargad
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5
days
Esfahan


A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Spend the 17th (Wed) exploring the stark beauty of Offroad Deep Desert. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Imam Square (Meidan Emam), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, explore the historical opulence of Aali Qapu Palace, and admire the landmark architecture of Chehel Sotoun.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Esfahan sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shiraz to Esfahan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Esfahan

Sightseeing, Historic Sites, Parks, Nature
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6
days
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, sightseeing, shopping, parks, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, make a trip to Jamshidieh Stone Garden, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Tower, and examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tehran vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Esfahan to Tehran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Esfahan in May, Tehran is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Tehran

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2
days
Yazd


Step back in time as you explore the ancient 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.
On the 25th (Thu), make a trip to Old Town, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Alexander's Prison, then make a trip to Amir Chakhmagh, then contemplate the long history of Sar-Yazd Fortress, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dowlat Abad Garden.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yazd travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Yazd takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tehran in May, you will find days in Yazd are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

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1
day
Mashhad


Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Bazehoor Fire Temple, contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mashhad itinerary maker.

Getting from Yazd to Mashhad by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Yazd in May, with highs in Mashhad at 34°C and lows at 17°C. You will leave for home on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Mashhad

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