16 days in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan & Iran Itinerary

16 days in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan & Iran Itinerary

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

2
nights
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Step off the beaten path and head to Turkmen Carpet Museum and Seyit Jemaletdin Mosque. Appreciate the collections at Ashgabat National Museum of History and Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kow Ata Underground Lake, make a trip to Wedding Palace, and delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat attractions website.

Stockholm, Sweden to Ashgabat is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time is 4 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Stockholm in June; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 43°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

1
night
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.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mary itinerary planner.

Drive from Ashgabat to Mary in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Mary can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala

1
day
Kabul, Afghanistan

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

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Kabul trip tool.

Do a combination of train and flight from Mary to Kabul in 19.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Mary to Kabul due to the time zone difference. 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.
On the 7th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, and then get engrossed in the history at National Museum of Iran. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Tajrish Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Darband, and then stop by ZEEEN.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tehran trip itinerary planning tool.

You can fly from Kabul to Tehran in 6 hours. The time zone difference moving from Afghanistan Time (AFT) to Iran Standard Time (IRST) is minus 1 hour. 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 Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Darband ©
Darband

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the historical opulence of Narein Castle, then delve into the distant past at Kharanagh, then make a trip to Jameh Mosque of Yazd, and finally browse for treasures at Silk Road Gallery. On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zoroastrian Fire Temple, then contemplate the long history of Sar Yazd Castle, then explore the ancient world of Zorastrian Towers of Silence, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yazd trip planner.

Fly from Tehran to Yazd in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Tehran in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Yazd, with highs around 45°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. 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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nights
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Persepolis and Eram Garden (Baq e Eram). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Afif-Abad Garden and Qalat Village. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, hunt for treasures at Vakil Bazaar, contemplate the long history of Zinat ol Molk House, and pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Shiraz trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Yazd to Shiraz takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Yazd in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Shiraz, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Isfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Persepolis
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Qalat Village ©
Qalat Village
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

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nights
Isfahan, Iran

Isfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) and Bedkhem Church. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Chehel Sotoun. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Bazaar of Isfahan, admire the masterpieces at Isfahan Music Museum, examine the collection at Vank Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Isfahan online vacation planner.

You can fly from Shiraz to Isfahan in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. June in Isfahan sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 21°C at night. 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
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) ©
Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah)
Bedkhem Church ©
Bedkhem Church

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