8 days in Iran Itinerary

8 days in Iran Itinerary

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8 days in Iran Itinerary

Tehran
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Yazd
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
Kashan
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
Kish Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Shiraz
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Tehran

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Sat), steep yourself in history at Sar Yazd Castle, take in the exciting artwork at Yazd Art House, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jame Mosque of Yazd, then delve into the distant past at Shish Badgiri Ab Anbar Silence Tower, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture.

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Tehran to Yazd is an approximately 1.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. While traveling from Tehran, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yazd, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kashan.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

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Sar Yazd Castle
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Sar Yazd Castle ©
Sar Yazd Castle
Yazd Art House ©
Yazd Art House

1
day
Kashan

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 3rd (Sun): make a trip to Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, admire the landmark architecture of Tabatabei House, and then see the interesting displays at Abbasian House.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Yazd to Kashan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Yazd, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Kashan, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 0°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kish Island.

Things to do in Kashan

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Tabatabei House
Tabatabei House
Abbasian House ©
Abbasian House
Agha Bozorg Mosque ©
Agha Bozorg Mosque

2
days
Kish Island

Kish Island ©
Filled with beach resorts and glittering coastal vistas, Kish Island offers a more laid-back side to life in Iran.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Damoon shopping center, kick back and relax at Ladies' Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Kariz Underground. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Kish Dolphin Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Maryam Beach.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kashan to Kish Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Kashan in December, expect Kish Island to be much hotter, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Shiraz.

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Kish Dolphin Park ©
Kish Dolphin Park
Kariz Underground ©
Kariz Underground
Damoon shopping center ©
Damoon shopping center

3
days
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Qalat Village and Nagsh-e Rostam. Bishapur and Vakil Bazaar will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shiraz: Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht) and Persepolis (in Persepolis). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Qavam House, don't miss a visit to Zinat ol Molk House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Vakil Mosque, and delve into the distant past at Vakil Bath.

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You can fly from Kish Island to Shiraz in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car. When traveling from Kish Island in December, plan for little chillier days in Shiraz, with highs around 17°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

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Persepolis, Bishapur, Naqsh-e-Rostam
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Nagsh-e Rostam ©
Nagsh-e Rostam
Bishapur ©
Bishapur
Qavam House ©
Qavam House

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