20 days in Saudi Arabia, Iran & Iraq Itinerary

20 days in Saudi Arabia, Iran & Iraq Itinerary

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20 days in Saudi Arabia, Iran & Iraq Itinerary

Start: Jakarta, Indonesia
Fly:  16​h
1
Shiraz, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
6
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Jakarta, Indonesia

2
nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Take a break from Shiraz with a short trip to Persepolis in Persepolis, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Saadi, examine the collection at Pars Museum, and steep yourself in history at Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Shiraz trip itinerary planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Shiraz is an approximately 16-hour combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from West Indonesia Time (WIB) to Iran Standard Time (IRST) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Jakarta in January, expect Shiraz to be cooler, temps between 17°C and 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Persepolis
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 25:
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Tomb of Hafez ©
Tomb of Hafez

3
nights
Tehran, Iran

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: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Tower, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, and make a trip to Tehran Bazaar.

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

Getting from Shiraz to Tehran by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. When traveling from Shiraz in January, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tehran: temperatures range from 11°C by day to 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury

3
nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
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, shopping, parks, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square), browse the exhibits of Vank Cathedral, explore the world behind art at Isfahan Music Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Chehel Sotoun.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Isfahan trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Tehran to Isfahan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of -6°C in Isfahan. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge

2
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
On the 1st (Fri), examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zawraa Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baghdad driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Isfahan to Baghdad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Traveling from Isfahan in January, expect Baghdad to be a bit warmer, temps between 19°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Medina.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:
Highlights from your plan
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

2
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quba Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Koran Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid al-Qiblatain. On the 4th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Jannatul Baqi, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Uhud, and then make a trip to The Seven Mosques.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Medina online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Baghdad to Medina in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Baghdad in February, with highs in Medina at 32°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mecca.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Mount Uhud ©
Mount Uhud

5
nights
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Explore Mecca's surroundings by going to Jeddah (King's Fountain, Balad, & more). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Kaaba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Station of Ibrahim, don't miss a visit to Jabal-al-noor (Mountain of Light), and buy something for everyone on your list at Makkah Mall.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mecca trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Medina to Mecca takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Medina in February; daily highs in Mecca reach 39°C and lows reach 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Jeddah
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kaaba ©
Kaaba
King Fahd's Fountain ©
King Fahd's Fountain
Abraj Al-Bait Towers ©
Abraj Al-Bait Towers

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