15 days in Iran Itinerary

15 days in Iran Itinerary

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15 days in Iran Itinerary

Start: Reykjavik
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  15​h
1
Tehran
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Isfahan
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Mashhad
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Yazd
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Pasargad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Shiraz
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Reykjavik

1
night
Tehran

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iran, get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, then see the interesting displays at The National Jewelry Treasury, and finally see the interesting displays at Carpet Museum of Iran. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower, then examine the collection at Sadabaad Palace, and then view the masterpieces at Golkar Art Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tehran online visit planner .

Reykjavik, Iceland to Tehran is an approximately 15-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Reykjavik to Tehran, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Reykjavik in September, expect Tehran to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Shopping
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace

3
nights
Isfahan

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) and Isfahan Music Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vank Cathedral and Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, step into the grandiose world of Aali Qapu Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Ispahan - Mosquee du Vendredi, and contemplate the long history of Atashgah - Zoroastrian Fire Temple.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Isfahan trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Tehran to Isfahan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Tehran in September, Isfahan is a bit cooler at night with lows of 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Vank Cathedral
Vank Cathedral
Aali Qapu Palace ©
Aali Qapu Palace

1
night
Mashhad

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Goharshad Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Reza Holy Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Arman Shopping Center.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mashhad trip planner .

Getting from Isfahan to Mashhad by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Isfahan in September, Mashhad is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Shopping
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Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Goharshad Mosque ©
Goharshad Mosque
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb ©
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb

2
nights
Yazd

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 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture, explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, then see the interesting displays at Water Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Yazd Art House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): have fun at Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh, contemplate the long history of Alexander's Prison, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, then browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jame Mosque of Yazd, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Dolat-Abad Garden.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yazd travel app .

Traveling by flight from Mashhad to Yazd takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Mashhad in September; daily highs in Yazd reach 41°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Pasargad.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Zorastrian Towers of Silence ©
Zorastrian Towers of Silence
Old City ©
Old City
Zoroastrian Fire Temple ©
Zoroastrian Fire Temple

1
night
Pasargad

Pasargad ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the long history of Tomb of Cyrus and then explore the ancient world of Pasargad.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pasargad day trip planner.

Getting from Yazd to Pasargad by car takes about 4 hours. Traveling from Yazd in September, expect little chillier with lows of 17°C in Pasargad. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Shiraz.

Things to do in Pasargad

Historic Sites
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Pasargad ©
Pasargad
Tomb of Cyrus ©
Tomb of Cyrus

4
nights
Shiraz

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Appreciate the collections at Natural History and Technology Museum of Shiraz and Manteghi Nezhad Historical House. Get some cultural insight at Persepolis and Vakil Bazaar. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, contemplate the long history of Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), step into the grandiose world of Arg-e Karimkhan, and make a trip to Zinat ol Molk House.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Shiraz trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pasargad to Shiraz takes 2 hours. In September in Shiraz, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Persepolis
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine

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