18 days in Iran & Samarkand Itinerary

18 days in Iran & Samarkand Itinerary

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18 days in Iran & Samarkand Itinerary

Mumbai (Bombay), India
Fly:  13​h 30​min
Mashhad, Iran
— Few hours
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Yazd, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tehran, Iran
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Kashan, Iran
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Esfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Shiraz, Iran
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Persepolis, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Mumbai (Bombay), India

1
day
Mashhad, Iran

Mashhad
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb and then steep yourself in history at Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India to Mashhad is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Iran Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In February, Mashhad is cooler than Mumbai (Bombay) - with highs of 12°C and lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yazd.

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Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb ©
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb

2
days
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Dowlat Abad Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, explore the ancient world of Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower, then don't miss a visit to Jame Mosque of Yazd, and finally don't miss a visit to Old Town. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Amir Chakhmagh, examine the collection at Water Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jame Mosque, and finally contemplate the long history of Sar-Yazd Fortress.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Yazd trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mashhad to Yazd takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Mashhad in February, things will get a bit warmer in Yazd: highs are around 19°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Tehran.

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Historic Sites Parks Museums

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Sar Yazd Castle
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower ©
Dolat-Abad Garden ©
Dolat-Abad Garden

4
days
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, sightseeing, shopping, parks, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, hunt for treasures at Tehran Bazaar, steep yourself in history at Niavaran Palace Complex, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Laleh Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tehran trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yazd to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Yazd in February, you will find days in Tehran are a bit cooler (13°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kashan.

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Darband ©
Darband
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

1
day
Kashan, Iran

Kashan
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): don't miss a visit to Tabatabei House, then admire the striking features of Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, then admire nature's extreme beauty at Maranjab Desert, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kashan travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tehran to Kashan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. When traveling from Tehran in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kashan: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Esfahan.

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Bagh-e Fin Garden
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse ©
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
Maranjab Desert ©
Maranjab Desert

3
days
Esfahan, Iran

Esfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Esfahan is known for historic sites, religious sites, sightseeing, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Imam Square (Meidan Emam), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at jame Mosque of Isfahan, explore the historical opulence of Aali Qapu Palace, and snap pictures at Khajou Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Esfahan sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Kashan to Esfahan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Esfahan when traveling from Kashan in February, with lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Shiraz.

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Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) ©
Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque ©
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum

2
days
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, then appreciate the history behind Tomb of Saadi, then get a taste of the local shopping with Vakil Bazaar, and finally contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Qavam House, pause for some photo ops at Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine, then make a trip to Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine, then delve into the distant past at Bishapur, and finally delve into the distant past at Vakil Bath.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Shiraz travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Esfahan to Shiraz takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Esfahan in February, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 1°C in Shiraz. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Persepolis.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Bishapur
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Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Tomb of Hafez
Tomb of Hafez

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day
Persepolis, Iran

Persepolis ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Nagsh-e Rostam, make a trip to Naqsh-e-Rostam, and then explore the ancient world of Persepolis.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Persepolis holiday planner.

Drive from Shiraz to Persepolis in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Persepolis are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Samarkand.

Things to do in Persepolis

Historic Sites

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Naqsh-e-Rostam
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Naqsh-e-Rostam ©
Naqsh-e-Rostam
Nagsh-e Rostam ©
Nagsh-e Rostam

3
days
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand ©
Uzbekistan’s most glorious city, Samarkand, offers a fine combination of history and modern urban life.
Samarkand is known for sightseeing, historic sites, childrens museums, religious sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Registan, steep yourself in history at Bibi Khanym Mausoleum, get curious at Ulugh Beg Observatory, and delve into the distant past at Afrasiab.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Samarkand vacation trip planner.

Do a combination of car and flight from Persepolis to Samarkand in 22 hours. The time zone difference moving from Iran Standard Time to Uzbekistan Time is 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Persepolis in March: highs in Samarkand hover around 17°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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Shah-i-Zinda ©
Shah-i-Zinda
Registan ©
Registan
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum ©
Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum

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