16 days in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan & Iran Itinerary

16 days in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan & Iran Itinerary

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16 days in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan & Iran Itinerary

Start: Stockholm, Sweden
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
— 2 nights
2
Mary, Turkmenistan
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  14​h
3
Kabul, Afghanistan
— 1 day
Fly + subway:  5​h
4
Tehran, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
5
Yazd, Iran
— 2 nights
6
Shiraz, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Isfahan, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Stockholm, Sweden

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nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Visit Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Seyit Jemaletdin Mosque for their historical value. Let the collections at Turkmen Carpet Museum and Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts capture your imagination. There's much more to do: delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and admire the landmark architecture of Wedding Palace.

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Stockholm, Sweden to Ashgabat is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Turkmenistan Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in June, things will get warmer in Ashgabat: highs are around 43°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts ©
Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts

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Mary, Turkmenistan

Mary ©
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church and then delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Mary holiday builder website .

Getting from Ashgabat to Mary by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Mary

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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala

1
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Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
On the 6th (Sat), walk around Bagh-e Babur, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ziarat-e Sakhi, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, and finally delve into the distant past at Babur Gardens Mosque.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kabul road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Mary to Kabul takes 14 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
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Christian Cemetery ©
Christian Cemetery
Babur Gardens Mosque ©
Babur Gardens Mosque
Bagh-e Babur ©
Bagh-e Babur

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, then get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, and then take an in-depth tour of National Museum of Iran. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Tajrish Bazaar, then take a stroll through Darband, and then take in the exciting artwork at ZEEEN.

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Traveling by combination of flight and subway from Kabul to Tehran takes 5 hours. The time zone changes from Afghanistan Time (AFT) to Iran Standard Time (IRST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June in Tehran, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel to Yazd.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Darband ©
Darband

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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 9th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Narein Castle, then explore the ancient world of Kharanagh, then steep yourself in history at Jameh Mosque of Yazd, and finally browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zoroastrian Fire Temple, contemplate the long history of Sar Yazd Castle, then explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yazd trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Tehran to Yazd takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tehran in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Yazd: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shiraz.

Things to do in Yazd

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Narein Castle, Sar Yazd Castle
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Narein Castle ©
Narein Castle
Sar Yazd Castle ©
Sar Yazd Castle
Kharanagh ©
Kharanagh

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Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Persepolis and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. Get some historical perspective at Zinat ol Molk House and Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Qalat Village, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, browse the eclectic array of goods at Vakil Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at Afif-Abad Garden.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Shiraz tour builder app .

Getting from Yazd to Shiraz by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Yazd in June since evenings lows in Shiraz dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Persepolis
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Qalat Village ©
Qalat Village
Zinat ol Molk House ©
Zinat ol Molk House

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Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Museum-lovers will get to explore Vank Cathedral and Isfahan Music Museum. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah), step into the grandiose world of Chehel Sotoun, admire the striking features of Ispahan - Mosquee du Vendredi, and look for gifts at Bazaar of Isfahan.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isfahan road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Shiraz to Isfahan in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Isfahan are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isfahan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Naqsh-e Jahan Square ©
Naqsh-e Jahan Square
Bedkhem Church ©
Bedkhem Church
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) ©
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah)

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