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
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Esfahan
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Tehran
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Yazd
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Mashhad
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
Zurich

4
days
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shiraz: Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht) and Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, delve into the distant past at Vakil Bath, contemplate the long history of Vakil Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shiraz tour planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Shiraz is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Zurich to Shiraz, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zurich in May, expect nights in Shiraz to be somewhat warmer, around 16°C, while days are much warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Esfahan.

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

4
days
Esfahan

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 still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Imam Square (Meidan Emam), explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at jame Mosque of Isfahan.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Esfahan trip itinerary builder.

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, daytime highs in Esfahan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tehran.

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Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) ©
Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque ©
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Khajou Bridge ©
Khajou Bridge

6
days
Tehran

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: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge, appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower, and stroll through Mellat Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Tehran trip planner.

You can fly from Esfahan to Tehran in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Esfahan in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Tehran, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yazd.

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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury

3
days
Yazd

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yazd side-trips: Meybod (Shah Abbasi Caravanserai, Pigeon Tower, & more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower, make a trip to Old Town, contemplate the long history of Alexander's Prison, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dowlat Abad Garden.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yazd vacation planner.

You can fly from Tehran to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Tehran in May, expect nights in Yazd to be about the same, around 23°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Meybod, Sar Yazd Castle
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Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

1
day
Mashhad

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): don't miss a visit to Bazehoor Fire Temple, then contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque, and finally steep yourself in history at Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mashhad travel itinerary creator.

Fly from Yazd to Mashhad in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, Mashhad is slightly colder than Yazd - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. On the 28th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Mashhad

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

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