27 days in Iran Itinerary

27 days in Iran Itinerary

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27 days in Iran Itinerary

Paris
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Shiraz
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Esfahan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kashan
— 4 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
Tehran
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Yazd
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Mashhad
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 45​min
Paris

5
days
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Explore Shiraz's surroundings by going to Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht), Persepolis (Nagsh-e Rostam & Persepolis) and Pasargad (in Pasargad). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, get to know the fascinating history of Vakil Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

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Paris, France to Shiraz is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Iran Standard Time (IRST) is 2 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: high temperatures in Shiraz hover around 29°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Esfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

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

5
days
Esfahan

Esfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring the stark beauty of Offroad Deep Desert. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Imam Square (Meidan Emam), step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, and see the interesting displays at Isfahan Music Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Esfahan vacation builder.

Traveling by flight from Shiraz to Esfahan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Traveling from Shiraz in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Esfahan, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Kashan.

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

4
days
Kashan

Kashan
A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kashan: Mausoleo di Fatima el Masuma (in Qom) and Natanz (Sheikh Abdolsamad Mosque & Abyaneh Village). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, see the interesting displays at Abbasian House, explore the fascinating landscape at Maranjab Desert, and don't miss a visit to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse.

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Drive from Esfahan to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kashan when traveling from Esfahan in April, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Tehran.

Things to do in Kashan

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Natanz, Mausoleo di Fatima el Masuma
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Bagh-e Fin Garden
Bagh-e Fin Garden
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse ©
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
Tabatabei House
Tabatabei House

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: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury, take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, and take in nature's colorful creations at Jamshidieh Stone Garden.

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Traveling by car from Kashan to Tehran takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kashan in April: highs in Tehran hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yazd: Pir-e Sabz Chak Chak (in Chak Chak) and Meybod (Shah Abbasi Caravanserai & Narein Castle). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower, take in nature's colorful creations at Dowlat Abad Garden, don't miss a visit to Amir Chakhmagh, and contemplate the long history of Alexander's Prison.

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Fly from Tehran to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tehran in May: highs in Yazd hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Meybod, Pir-e Sabz Chak Chak, Sar Yazd Castle
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Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower ©
Old Town ©
Old Town
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

2
days
Mashhad

Mashhad
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Bazehoor Fire Temple, steep yourself in history at 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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Almas Shargh Mall, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Ferdowsi, and then make a splash at Water Waves Land.

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Getting from Yazd to Mashhad by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Yazd in May: high temperatures in Mashhad hover around 34°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Tomb of Ferdowsi
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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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