31 days in Azerbaijan, Belarus & Iran Itinerary

31 days in Azerbaijan, Belarus & Iran Itinerary

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31 days in Azerbaijan, Belarus & Iran Itinerary

Baghdad, Iraq
Fly:  13​h
Baku, Azerbaijan
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
Minsk, Belarus
— 5 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
Brest, Belarus
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Gilan Province, Iran
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
Shiraz, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
Esfahan, Iran
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
Tehran, Iran
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  2​h 15​min
Baghdad, Iraq

8
days
Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Old City Baku and Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Maiden Tower, make a trip to Flame Towers, get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, and examine the collection at Azerbaijan Carpet Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Baku travel itinerary planner.

Baghdad, Iraq to Baku is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Azerbaijan Time is 1 hour. While traveling from Baghdad, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Baku, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Minsk.

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Old City Baku ©
Old City Baku
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Baku Boulevard ©
Baku Boulevard

5
days
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mir Castle and Nesvizh Castle. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Simon and Helena, enjoy some diversion at Gorky Central Park, admire the natural beauty at Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, and get engrossed in the history at Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Minsk online itinerary creator.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Baku to Minsk. The time zone changes from Azerbaijan Time (AZT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Baku in July, things will get slightly colder in Minsk: highs are around 28°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can take a train to Brest.

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Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

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Nesvizh Castle, Khatyn Memorial, Mir Castle Complex
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Mir Castle Complex ©
Mir Castle Complex
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle
Khatyn Memorial ©
Khatyn Memorial

2
days
Brest, Belarus

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sovetskaya Street, then see the interesting displays at Brest Railway Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress, and finally make a trip to Lights Alley.

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You can take a train from Minsk to Brest in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or drive. July in Brest sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gilan Province.

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Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
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Memorial Complex Brest Hero Fortress ©
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Brest Railway Museum

2
days
Gilan Province, Iran

Gilan Province ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Gisoom Beach. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Visadar Waterfall, get outside with Anzali Lagoon, and then examine the collection at Rasht Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Gilan Province holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Brest to Gilan Province takes 44.5 hours. Traveling from Brest in July, things will get a bit warmer in Gilan Province: highs are around 36°C and lows about 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shiraz.

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Anzali Lagoon ©
Anzali Lagoon
Rasht Museum ©
Rasht Museum

4
days
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz ©
An esteemed center of Persian culture, Shiraz boats plentiful artistic, architectural, and religious points of interest.
Get some cultural insight at Persepolis and Nagsh-e Rostam. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shiraz: Pasargad (in Pasargad) and Naqsh-e-Rostam (in Marvdasht). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eram Garden (Baq e Eram), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Hafez, and delve into the distant past at Bishapur.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shiraz trip planner.

You can fly from Gilan Province to Shiraz in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Gilan Province in July, you will find days in Shiraz are a bit warmer (45°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Esfahan.

Things to do in Shiraz

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

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Persepolis, Pasargad, Naqsh-e-Rostam, Bishapur
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Persepolis ©
Persepolis
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque ©
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine ©
Shah-e-Cheragh Shrine

4
days
Esfahan, Iran

Esfahan ©
A cultural hub in the center of the country, Esfahan boasts a proud heritage of art, architecture, and craftsmanship.
Get a sense of the local culture at Imam Square (Meidan Emam) and Chehel Sotoun. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Isfahan Music Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, take in the views from Siosepol Bridge, and look for gifts at Bazaar of Isfahan.

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Fly from Shiraz to Esfahan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Esfahan sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tehran.

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Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square) ©
Naqshe Jahan Square(Shah Square)
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque ©
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Isfahan Music Museum ©
Isfahan Music Museum

5
days
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.
Darband and The National Jewelry Treasury are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, enjoy some diversion at Tochal Complex, take a stroll through Valiasr Street, and admire the landmark architecture of Niavaran Palace Complex.

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Traveling by flight from Esfahan to Tehran takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Esfahan in July, Tehran is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel back home.

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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Darband ©
Darband

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