29 days in Iran & Iraq Itinerary

29 days in Iran & Iraq Itinerary

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Baghdad, Iraq
— 7 nights
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Najaf, Iraq
— 1 night
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Karbala, Iraq
— 2 nights
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Tehran, Iran
— 6 nights
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Mashhad, Iran
— 4 nights
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Yazd, Iran
— 3 nights
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Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights

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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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, find something for the whole family at Zawraa Park, and get some fabulous bargains at Babylon Mall.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Baghdad holiday planner.

Multan, Pakistan to Baghdad is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Multan to Baghdad. Traveling from Multan in September, expect nights in Baghdad to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 47°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Religious Site
Al Yassin Mosque
4.6
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Specialty Museum
Iraqi Museum
4.4
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Theme Park
Zawraa Park
3.4

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Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To plan Najaf vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Najaf takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In September in Najaf, expect temperatures between 48°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 24th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Karbala itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. Traveling from Najaf in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Karbala. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums
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Religious Site
Imam Hussain's Shrine
5.0
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Religious Site
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
5.0
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Religious Site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
4.8

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Tehran, Iran

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.
When in Tehran, make a side trip to see Caravanserai of Sa'd al-Saltaneh in Qazvin, approximately Qazvin away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, and take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Tehran online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Tehran takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Traveling from Karbala to Tehran, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Karbala in September, you will find days in Tehran are a bit cooler (37°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Mashhad.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Must see
Golestan Palace
4.5
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Bridge
Tabiat Bridge
4.6

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Mashhad, Iran

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mashhad: Akhlamad (in Chenaran) and Tus (Tomb of Ferdowsi & Harooniyeh). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Reza Holy Shrine, contemplate the long history of Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, engage your brain at Professor Bazima Science Park, and browse the different shops at Arman Shopping Center.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mashhad attractions planning app.

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Mashhad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Mashhad when traveling from Tehran in October, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Mashhad

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Scenic Walking Area
Kooh Sangi Park
4.2
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Religious Site
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
4.8
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Architectural Building
Harooniyeh
5.0

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Yazd, Iran

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): examine the collection at Water Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Yazd, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Sar Yazd Castle, then delve into the distant past at Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Yazd Art House.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Yazd trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mashhad to Yazd takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mashhad in October, with highs in Yazd at 34°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Isfahan.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Zoroastrian Fire Temple
3.6
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Specialty Museum
Water Museum
4.0

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Isfahan, Iran

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: snap pictures at SioSe Pol Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, stop by Aun Art House, and make a trip to Hasht Behesht Palace.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Isfahan online day trip planner.

Getting from Yazd to Isfahan by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Traveling from Yazd in October, things will get a bit cooler in Isfahan: highs are around 30°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Isfahan

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Must see
SioSe Pol Bridge
4.5
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Bridge
Khaju Bridge
4.7