20 days in Iran Itinerary

20 days in Iran Itinerary

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20 days in Iran Itinerary

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
Zurich

4
days
Shiraz

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Get out of town with these interesting Shiraz side-trips: Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht), Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam) and Pasargad (in Pasargad). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), and explore the ancient world of Vakil Bath.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shiraz holiday planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Shiraz is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Iran Standard Time is 2 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Zurich in May: highs in Shiraz hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Esfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Persepolis, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Pasargad
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Persepolis
Tomb of Hafez
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

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 much more to do: steep yourself in history at Imam Square (Meidan Emam), don't miss a visit to Hasht Behesht Palace, see the interesting displays at Isfahan Music Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Esfahan travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Shiraz to Esfahan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Esfahan

Sightseeing Historic Sites Tours
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Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Khajou Bridge

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, snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge, appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower, and see the interesting displays at The National Jewelry Treasury.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tehran trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Esfahan to Tehran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Esfahan in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Tehran, with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Tehran

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks
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Milad Tower
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury

2
days
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 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Old Town, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Alexander's Prison, 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 see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yazd itinerary builder.

You can fly from Tehran to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. While traveling from Tehran, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yazd, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

Sightseeing Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sar Yazd Castle
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Old Town
Dolat-Abad Garden

1
day
Mashhad

Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 27th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Bazehoor Fire Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goharshad Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mashhad trip planner.

You can fly from Yazd to Mashhad in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Yazd in May, with highs in Mashhad at 34°C and lows at 17°C. On the 28th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mashhad

Sightseeing Historic Sites
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Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb
Goharshad Mosque

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