11 days Iran itinerary with detailed historical description, and photo gallery for our holiday package Travel to Iran – Desert Tour. Iran is an amazing country and full of beautiful places. On this page, we list the top Iran tourist attractions for that specific trip. This Iran 11 days itinerary displays the program of our private services to travel from Tehran to Tehran through Lut Desert, Kaluts, Meymand, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan, Maranjab Desert, and Nushabad Underground City. Our Iran tours are very well designed and have an excellent selection to offer you the best adventure holidays of your life.
11-Day Travel to Iran – Desert Tour
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Iran 11 days itinerary
Day 1 » Arrival to Tehran – Tehran afternoon visit (depending on your arrival time)
Tehran International Airport
At Tehran International airport you will have to deliver the papers we sent to your Client Area: Iranian visa reference number, the Iranian travel, medical insurance, and our agency voucher.
After paying for your visa and have all been checked, you go to the passport control area to be able to pass into the arrivals gate where our staff will be waiting for you with a paper with your name written or RJ Travel logo.
Welcome to Iran!
Day 2 » Visit Tehran full day
Tehran is the capital of Iran and a metropolis with almost 20 million people. Although Tehran’s massive size tends to scare most tourists in Iran, the fact is that its historical center does indeed deserve a visit.
You will spend a full day visiting the most famous Tehran attractions such as the Khanat Caravanserai, Tehran Grand Bazar, Golestan Palace (UNESCO site), and the impressive Treasury of National Jewels.
Other not to be missed Tehran sightseeing sites are: Saint Thaddeus Church, Malek Historical House, Imam Jomeh Historic House, Bob Homayoun Traditional Bath, Sardar é Bagh Melli Gate, and the National Museum of Iran.
Day 3 » Tehran » Qom » Nush Abad underground city » Kashan
After Mashhad, the holy city of Qom is the second most religious city in Iran where you will have the opportunity of visit inside the shrine of Fatimah bint Musa, the sister of Imam Ali ibn Musa Rida.
The incredible architecture of this religious complex is astonishing, and no one get indifferent in visiting an Iranian holy site, to deep its knowledge about the Iranian religious doctrine and beliefs.
Qom is the largest center for Shi’a scholarship in the world, and is a significant destination of pilgrimage, with around twenty million pilgrims visiting the city every year.
While on the streets of Qom, taste the traditional confectionery called sohan, which is a tasty and sweet Persian saffron brittle toffee.
As Iran can’t get more spectacular, you will visit the fantastic underground city of Nushabad. You will explore the 3 stories of rooms, secret chambres, thru an enormous labyrinth network of staircases and canals.
“A 1,500-year-old, 3-story subterranean city where ancient Persians took refuge in times of war.” In Atlas Obscura.
Nushabad Underground City is the known biggest underground city in the world, directly competing with those in Cappadocia Turkey.
Day 4 » Visit Kashan full day
Kashan is one of those unmissable Iranian destinations that somehow get out of the main tourist route.
Full of interesting features, Kashan’s most famous attractions are its famous noble houses, the Bazaar of Kashan, the amazing Aminoddole caravanserai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fin garden (one of the historical Persian gardens of Iran), and the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse.
You will also have the chance of visiting the impressive large ancient archeological site of Tepe Sialk.
Day 5 » Kashan » Abyaneh » Isfahan
Abyaneh is a spectacular and picturesque small mountain village that surprises visitors due to its intense red color mud-built houses, women dressed in traditional clothes, and the mausoleum of Bibi Zobeideh.
Abyaneah belongs to the list of most beautiful villages in Iran, and for sure you will enjoy it to the most, and will stay in your travel memoires for ever.
All the houses in Abyaneh are built with dried earth bricks, assembled by water, straw, and soil.
Along the tiny alleys, there are a few souvenir shops that support the local families in terms of becoming self-sufficient running some valuable touristic activities.
Day 6 » Visit Isfahan full day
Isfahan is one of the reasons why many people visit Iran. This Persian wonder city attracts visitors due to its variety of monuments, and you will have the chance of having a full day visit or Isfahan.
Although Isfahan is the third-largest city in the country after Tehran and Mashhad, you will visit its most important attractions and feel like you are not stressed, since the city maintains an inner spirituality and calmness inherent to its energy and local habitants.
One of Isfahan’s highlights is the magnificent Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the largest historic public square in the world. The square comprises two mosques, a palace, and a bazaar where you can shop for your Iranian souvenirs.
Day 7 » Isfahan » Nain » Meybod » Yazd
You will visit the inside of the impressive Jameh Mosque of Nain. This incredible historical building, not only has beautiful architecture but in fact, it is one of the oldest mosques in Iran.
Notwithstanding being built hundreds of years ago, the Jameh Mosque of Nain still maintains its initial architecture.
You will explore the mosque, and have a concise guided visit to the complex, in order to fully understand its importance.
Meybod is a city located near Yazd, and that you will have the chance of visiting the Narin Castle, the Meybod Chapar Khaneh, and the interesting pigeon’s tower.
Meybod is a sprawling mud-brick town that is at least 1800 years old. You will love your brief passage in this place as you can have a different perspective of Yazd Province.
Day 8 » Visit Yazd full day
Yazd is the heart of Zoroastrianism in the country and is home to several places of religious and historic importance.
The most beautiful Iranian desert town city dates from the 5th-century CE and was described as the “noble city of Yazd” by Marco Polo.
To visit Yazd is an authentic journey back in time, where you will have the chance of exploring its old and charming streets, within the walls of the old city.
Adjacent to the Spice and Silk Roads the City of Yazd is one of the highlights of your travel to Iran.
Day 9 » Yazd » Kerman
Kerman is the capital city of the Iranian Kerman Province, and it has a few special monuments and attractions worth a visit.
You will visit the city’s Ganjali Khan Safavid-era building complex, located in the old center. In this complex, you will visit the caravanserais, the hammams, the huge bazaar, and other interesting buildings.
Kerman city center and its ancient buildings truly present Iran Safavid architecture and its amazing market culture. you will feel this when you visit the bazaar.
Day 10 » Kerman » Shahdad desert – Kalut formations » Shur salt river
One of the 17 days in Iran tour highlights will undoubtedly be to visit the Dasht-e Lut desert.
The Kalut desert is known as the san-castle mountains of Iran, and its unique natural formations are breathtaking.
These peculiar desert structures are shaped by ages of extreme water and soil erosion.
Shur salt river
The interesting Shur river crosses the arid Dasht-e Lut desert and this is the actual section of the river that you will visit during your trip to the Kaluts.
The Shur River is a river in the south part Iran that runs into the Gulf of Oman in near Qeshm Island.
Very interesting to see the white colored river banks of the river, and the strange yellow, greenish tons of water, crossing and flowing in the desert.
Day 11 » Shahdad » Rageh Canyon » Rafsanjan
Day 12 » Rafsanjan » Meymand rock village » Shiraz
Meymand is a a incredible and surreal village, where all the houses are digged into the ground, on the rock.
This village is included in UNESCO World Heritage site list due to its cultural and historical importance.
Many of the residents live in more than 300 hand-dug houses amid the rocks, some of which have been inhabited for as long as 3,000 years.
You will have the chance to visit one of these houses and drink tea with the locals and enjoy a true cave house in Iran.
Shiraz is one of the most famous cities in Iran, and one of the unmissable destinations while on holidays in Iran.
Shiraz is the romantic city par excellence. Here, we are not talking about economics, crisis, or geopolitics, we are talking more about poetry, flowers, and soft songs.
In Shiraz, mosques are covered in pink and blue windows, parks and gardens are perfumed with the fragrance of orange trees and roses. Not to mention religion, Shiraz naturally calls for meditation and inner reflection.
Day 13 » Shiraz » Persepolis » Naqsh-e Rostam » Pasargad » Shiraz
Persepolis is a prime archaeological site and the reason why many people decide to visit Iran.
Persepolis is one of the most fascinating places in Iran and, we dare to say, in the entire world. Grandiose and mysterious at the same time, more than one visitor will be amazed by this symbol of the diversity and the power of the Persian kingdom.
Persepolis is the very symbol of the diversity of the Persian kingdom: built by workers from all the provinces of the Empire, we find various architectural and artistic influences. Built during the reign of three kings, Darius 1 st , his son and his little son, Persepolis is a symbolic place of the power of the Persian Empire.
Naqsh-e Rostam is a wonderful and charming ancient site in Fars province. This rocky tourist attraction is located a few kilometers from Persepolis and near the city of Shiraz. You will visit one of the jewels of the archaeological sites in Iran that was in reality, a holy place in pre-Islamic times.
The name of the site relates to Rostam, an ancient Persia mythological hero. Naqsh-e Rostam has four ancient tombs sculpted by the Achaemenids in the form of a cross, midway up the rocky hill, facing five magnificent Sassanid bas-reliefs.
Naqsh-e Rostam is one of the most impressive sites in Iran and you will have the chance of exploring.
Pasargadae archaeological complex dates back to the 6th century BC, at the time of Cyrus II the Great, the creator of the Achaemenids dynasty.
Apart from the ancient city ruins and the fortress on the nearby hill, you can admire the massive mausoleum of Cyrus II the Great.
When Alexander the Great captured Persia, he visited Pasargadae and in respect for the king, he commanded its renovation.
Day 14 » Shiraz full day – evening departure to Istanbul (a flight to Tehran can be arranged upon request)
You will visit the Mausoleum of Hafez, a famous 14th-century Iranian poet: This calm mausoleum was designed by the Frenchman André Godard. The park and garden complex is also very pleasant and Iranians meet there in the evening.
You will explore the bazaar of Shiraz, and also the Regent’s Mosque, and the fantastic 17th-century Citadel of Karim Khan.
Shiraz International Airport
Your day was long and you are ready to take your afternoon or evening flight back home.