29 days in Iran & Iraq Itinerary

29 days in Iran & Iraq Itinerary

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29 days in Iran & Iraq Itinerary

Start: Multan, Pakistan
Fly:  15​h
1
Baghdad, Iraq
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Najaf, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Karbala, Iraq
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h
4
Tehran, Iran
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Mashhad, Iran
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Yazd, Iran
— 3 nights
7
Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Multan, Pakistan


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7
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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Baghdad trip planner .

Multan, Pakistan to Baghdad is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Multan to Baghdad. While traveling from Multan, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Baghdad, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 28°C. You will leave for Najaf on the 22nd (Sun).

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 22:
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park

1
night
Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, 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.

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Getting from Baghdad to Najaf by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daily temperatures in Najaf can reach 48°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Great Mosque of Kufa
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Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

2
nights
Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of 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 explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Karbala vacation maker .

Drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Najaf in September, expect little chillier with lows of 27°C in Karbala. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

6
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Caravanserai of Sa'd al-Saltaneh in Qazvin (about 1h 45 min away). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, admire the striking features of Niavaran Historical Cultural Complex, take in the views from Tabiat Bridge, and appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tehran trip planner .

You can drive from Karbala to Tehran in 13 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Karbala in September: highs in Tehran hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 24°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Wed) before leaving for Mashhad.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Caravanserai of Sa'd al-Saltaneh
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

4
nights
Mashhad, Iran

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Explore Mashhad's surroundings by going to Tomb of Ferdowsi (in Tus) and Akhlamad (in Chenaran). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Reza Holy Shrine, cool off at Water Waves Land, get curious at Professor Bazima Science Park, and steep yourself in history at Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb.

Before you visit Mashhad, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Tehran to Mashhad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mashhad when traveling from Tehran in October, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Mashhad

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Akhlamad, Tomb of Ferdowsi
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Kooh Sangi Park ©
Kooh Sangi Park
Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Goharshad Mosque ©
Goharshad Mosque

3
nights
Yazd, Iran

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Amir Chakhmagh, see the interesting displays at Water Museum, then steep yourself in history at Jameh Mosque of Yazd, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old City, and finally admire the natural beauty at Dolat-Abad Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sar Yazd Castle, explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and finally explore the galleries of Yazd Art House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Yazd trip planner .

You can fly from Mashhad to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In October, Yazd is somewhat warmer than Mashhad - with highs of 34°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Isfahan.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sar Yazd Castle, Narein Castle
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Zorastrian Towers of Silence ©
Zorastrian Towers of Silence
Old City ©
Old City
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

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 Naqsh-e Jahan Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, and take in the views from SioSe Pol Bridge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Isfahan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yazd to Isfahan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Yazd in October, expect Isfahan to be a bit cooler, temps between 30°C and 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

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
SioSe Pol Bridge ©
SioSe Pol Bridge
Khaju Bridge ©
Khaju Bridge