37 days in Iran Itinerary

37 days in Iran Itinerary

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37 days in Iran Itinerary

Sydney
Fly:  26​h
Mashhad
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Yazd
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tehran
— 7 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
Kashan
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Esfahan
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Kerman Province
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
Shiraz
— 6 nights
Fly:  2​h
Qeshm
— 2 nights
Fly:  26​h
Sydney

3
days
Mashhad

Mashhad
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
When in Mashhad, make a side trip to see Tomb of Ferdowsi in Tus, approximately 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine, don't miss a visit to Bazehoor Fire Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque, and look for gifts at Almas Shargh Mall.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mashhad trip itinerary maker.

Sydney, Australia to Mashhad is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Mashhad, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Mashhad hover around 11°C and lows are around -1°C. You'll set off for Yazd on the 24th (Sun).

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

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yazd: Pir-e Sabz Chak Chak (in Chak Chak) and Meybod (Narein Castle, Pigeon Tower, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Old Town, take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and steep yourself in history at Sar Yazd Castle.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yazd vacation planner.

You can fly from Mashhad to Yazd in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Mashhad in December; daily highs in Yazd reach 17°C and lows reach 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

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

7
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, shopping, parks, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, take a stroll through Darband, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mellat Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Tehran trip builder.

Getting from Yazd to Tehran by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yazd in December, you will find days in Tehran are a bit cooler (11°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kashan.

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

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.
Explore Kashan's surroundings by going to Mausoleo di Fatima el Masuma (in Qom) and Abyaneh Village (in Natanz). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Bagh-e Fin Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agha Bozorg Mosque, make a trip to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and examine the collection at Puppet and Toy Museum of Iran.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kashan online itinerary creator.

Take a train from Tehran to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in January, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Esfahan.

Things to do in Kashan

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

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

5
days
Esfahan

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, museums, shopping, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square), explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at jame Mosque of Isfahan, and explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Esfahan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kashan to Esfahan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Kashan in January, expect little chillier with lows of -6°C in Esfahan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Kerman Province.

Things to do in Esfahan

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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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

4
days
Kerman Province

Kerman Province ©
Kerman Province is known for parks, historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Shahdad Kalouts, admire the natural beauty at Shazdeh Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Sanati Contemporary Arts Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kerman Province travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Esfahan to Kerman Province takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. While traveling from Esfahan, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kerman Province, ranging from highs of 16°C to lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Kerman Province

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Shahdad Kalouts ©
Shahdad Kalouts
Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam) ©
Ancient Bam (Arg-e Bam)
Shazdeh Garden ©
Shazdeh Garden

5
days
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pasargad (in Pasargad), Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht) and Persepolis (Persepolis & Nagsh-e Rostam). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, explore the ancient world of Bishapur, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, and appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shiraz trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kerman Province to Shiraz in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Qeshm.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

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

2
days
Qeshm

Qeshm ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): appreciate the views at Stars Valley and then make a trip to Tangeh Chahkooh. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Mangrove forests of Qeshm, browse the different shops at Qeshm City Center Complex, and then explore the historical opulence of Portuguese Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Qeshm trip planner.

You can fly from Shiraz to Qeshm in 2 hours. Traveling from Shiraz in January, you will find days in Qeshm are a bit warmer (26°C), and nights are much warmer (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Qeshm

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Hengam Island ©
Hengam Island
Tangeh Chahkooh ©
Tangeh Chahkooh
Stars Valley ©
Stars Valley

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