20 days in Iran Itinerary

20 days in Iran Itinerary

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Mashhad
— 1 day
Fly
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Kerman
— 1 night
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Shiraz
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pasargad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yazd
— 3 nights
Drive
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Isfahan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kashan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tehran
— 4 nights

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Mashhad

Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 1st (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Reza Holy Shrine, and then take an in-depth tour of Mahdi Gholi Beyk historical bath.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mashhad day trip site.

Tehran to Mashhad is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Tehran in December since evenings lows in Mashhad dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kerman.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites · Museums
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Kerman

Kerman is the capital city of Kerman Province, Iran. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Shazdeh Garden, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Lut Desert.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kerman driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Mashhad to Kerman in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Mashhad in December, you will find days in Kerman are a bit warmer (19°C), and nights are about the same (-3°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Kerman

Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

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4
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Shiraz

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Shiraz is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, and stroll around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shiraz day trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kerman to Shiraz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kerman in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Shiraz, with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pasargad.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Tours
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Pasargad

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Nagsh-e Rostam and then make a trip to Persepolis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Royal Road, delve into the distant past at Pasargad, and then steep yourself in history at Tomb of Cyrus.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Pasargad visit planner.

You can drive from Shiraz to Pasargad in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yazd.

Things to do in Pasargad

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Yazd

City of Windcatchers

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.
Yazd is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, take in the spiritual surroundings of Amir Chakhmaq Complex, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yazd trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Pasargad to Yazd by car takes about 3.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Yazd can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Isfahan.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors
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Isfahan

Half of the World

A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Isfahan is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Naqsh-e Jahan Square, examine the collection at Isfahan Seashell Museum, explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and snap pictures at SioSe Pol Bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Isfahan online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yazd to Isfahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Yazd in December; daily highs in Isfahan reach 15°C and lows reach -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kashan.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:

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Kashan

A jewel of desert architecture halfway between Tehran and Esfahan, Kashan has somehow remained one of Iran's best-kept tourism secrets.
On the 15th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Borujerdi House, then admire the striking features of Tabatabei House, then admire the striking features of Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and finally examine the collection at Abbasian House. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Bagh-e Fin Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Agha Bozorg Mosque, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Maranjab Desert.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kashan vacation planner.

You can drive from Isfahan to Kashan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Isfahan in December, Kashan is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Tehran.

Things to do in Kashan

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 16:

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nights
Tehran

Teh

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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Milad Tower, hunt for treasures at Tehran Bazaar, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Tehran trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kashan to Tehran takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in December, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Iran travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Ruins · Specialty Museums
Known as Persia for most of its long history, Iran once represented a mighty empire that encompassed everything from modern Turkey in the west to India in the east. Today, visitors on a tour of Iran discover a country of numerous ethnic groups and a culture revealing traces of Arab, Greek, Mongol, and Turkish influences. Sightseeing in Iran allows you to follow in the ancient footsteps of a former world power, nowhere more apparent than at Persepolis, an old Persian capital established long before the birth of Christ and burned down by Alexander of Macedonia. Other highlights on an Iranian itinerary may include visits to cozy teahouses, busy open-air markets, vast deserts dotted with otherworldly oases, and rugged mountains presiding over plains, forests, and meandering rivers.