22 days in Egypt, Iran & Syria Itinerary

22 days in Egypt, Iran & Syria Itinerary

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Cairo, Egypt
— 3 nights
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Aswan, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Luxor, Egypt
— 2 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
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Shiraz, Iran
— 2 nights
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Yazd, Iran
— 1 night
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Damascus, Syria
— 3 nights
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Palmyra, Syria
— 2 nights
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Aleppo, Syria
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Cairo, Egypt

City of a Thousand Minarets

More than 20 million people call Cairo their home and, as soon as you set foot in the sprawling metropolis, it's evident they make it crowded and chaotic, but also exuberant and charming.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Nomad Gallery - Zamalek Main Branch, contemplate the long history of Great Sphinx, view the masterpieces at Oum El Dounia Gallery, then examine the collection at The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Nile River.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cairo online driving holiday planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Cairo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Edinburgh in March, things will get much warmer in Cairo: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Aswan.

Things to do in Cairo

Wildlife · Tours · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 13 — 16:

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Aswan, Egypt

Plan an Aswan holiday and treat yourself to ancient wonders of the past along the Nile River.
Aswan is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Philae Temple, admire the engineering at Aswan High Dam, step off the mainland to explore Elephantine Island, and take an in-depth tour of Nubian Museum.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aswan sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Cairo to Aswan in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Cairo in March, expect nights in Aswan to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Luxor.

Things to do in Aswan

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 18:

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Luxor, Egypt

A monumental number of archaeological relics from ancient Egypt remain evident in Luxor, the former capital of the New Kingdom.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): look for gifts at Gaddis & Co., appreciate the history behind Luxor Temple, and then delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Luxor itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aswan to Luxor takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Aswan in March since evenings lows in Luxor dip to 17°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Tehran.

Things to do in Luxor

Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

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Tehran, Iran

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.
On the 21st (Sun), snap pictures at Tabiat Bridge, then take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, and then take in panoramic vistas at Azadi Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Post & Communications Museum, get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, then examine the collection at The National Jewelry Treasury, then get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Iran, and finally look for gifts at Majd Telephone Store.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Tehran trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Luxor to Tehran by flight takes about 11 hours. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Luxor to Tehran due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Luxor in March, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Tehran: temperatures range from 19°C by day to 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

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Shiraz, Iran

City of Poets

An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Get out of town with these interesting Shiraz side-trips: Persepolis (Nagsh-e Rostam & Persepolis). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Hafez, step into the grandiose world of Arg-e Karimkhan, and walk around Eram Garden (Baq e Eram).

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Shiraz trip maker app.

You can fly from Tehran to Shiraz in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Tehran in March: highs in Shiraz hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yazd.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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Yazd, Iran

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Dolat-Abad Garden, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture, explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Yazd, and finally browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Yazd trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shiraz to Yazd takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Shiraz in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Yazd. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

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Damascus, Syria

Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Damascus is known for historic sites, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Damascus Umayyad Mosque, contemplate the long history of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), and browse the exhibits of The National Museum of Damascus.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Damascus vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Yazd to Damascus with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from Yazd to Damascus. Traveling from Yazd in March, expect little chillier with lows of 6°C in Damascus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Palmyra.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Mar 27 — 30:

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Palmyra, Syria

Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.
On the 31st (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan, steep yourself in history at Roman Theatre of Palmyra, get engrossed in the history at Palmyra Museum, then contemplate the long history of Site of Palmyra, and finally steep yourself in history at The Tetrapylon.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Palmyra online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Damascus to Palmyra takes 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Palmyra when traveling from Damascus in March, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aleppo.

Things to do in Palmyra

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 1:

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Aleppo, Syria

Inhabited since ancient times and boasting a rich and turbulent history, Aleppo's rustic old town, historic mosques, and lively bazaars used to attract tourists from all over the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): expand your understanding of the military at Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan), then admire the striking features of Aleppo Citadel, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Great Mosque.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Aleppo journey maker site.

Drive from Palmyra to Aleppo in 4.5 hours. When traveling from Palmyra in April, plan for little chillier days and somewhat warmer nights in Aleppo: temperatures range from 22°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aleppo

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 1 — 2:

Egypt travel guide

4.5
Ruins · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.

Iran travel guide

4.5
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.

Syria travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Flea Markets
Before the eruption of a devastating civil war in 2011, Syria enjoyed a reputation as one of the safest Middle Eastern countries. Most visitors took a trip to Syria for a chance to visit Damascus, an ancient city filled with Christian church spires and Muslim minarets. The country offered tourists a lively cafe culture and many art galleries, which often sat next door to traditional hammams. Today, Syria represents one of the world's most dangerous places, nearly impossible to visit by foreigners. Until peace returns, dozens of Roman ruins--legendary Palmyra among them--remain off limits and off the radar to all but the most intrepid and daring explorers.