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When is the Best Time to Travel to Iran?

Many tourists and travelers wonder when is the best time to visit Iran. Iran is an all-season land with a wide variety of climates. Due to Iran’s geographical location, you can experience four seasons in one season in different places. The northern mountains of Iran are covered with snow in winter, so skiers can enjoy the ski resorts. At the same time, you can travel to the south of Iran to enjoy the spring weather and the beautiful nature of the Persian Gulf. It would be best if you choose your destination for Iran carefully.

Iran has several travel destinations
 ​for every season!

     In general, many believe that the best time to travel to Iran is between early March and late April or early autumn. The best time for desert tours begins in early spring and ends in early  autumn. Cold winter nights and extremely hot summer days would be unpleasant for visitors. However, some adventurers would like to experience the heat of the desert summer. It is time to change your mind. Iran is not only a desert country; the weather in Iran is similar to France.

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All There is to Know about Seasons in Iran

Iran in Spring

Spring comes to revive nature, wake trees and flowers from sleep, warm the sun, make the leaves turn green, and the birds sing. In Iranian spring, you can find colorful blossoms and snowy skies in different places at the same time. Orange blossoms are in the air, evidenced by blossoming peach trees, new green leaves covering the trees, and blooming spring flowers and rose water in the fields.

     The season of spring begins in late March and ends in late June. With spring in Iran comes the first day of the solar calendar, the new year, holidays, and festivals. Spring in Iran Tourism Calendar:

  • 21 March- Beginning of spring, Iranian New Year, Norowz festival.
  • 2 April_ Nature Day, Sizdah Bedar Festival
  • 4 April _ Beginning of Ramadan
  • 9 April _ Beginning of rice planting
  • 14 April _ Attar Nishabori Day
  • 18 April _ Ahvaz Gergi-an festival
  • 21 April _ Holy Qadr Night
  • 25 April _ Beginning of Chak Chak Zoaristian Ceremony
  • 25 April _ Beginning of Mahalat flower show
  • 26 April _ Orange Blossom Festival
  • 3 May _ Eid al-Fitr ceremony
  • 5 May _ Beginning of the Rose Water Festival
  • 5 May _ Beginning of Gol Qaltan ceremony
  • 5 May _ Barf Chal Historical Ceremony
  • 15 May _ Ferdowsi Day
  • 12 June _ Birthday of Imam Reza (holy ceremony)

    Spring weather in Iran starts to get milder from the end of March. With plenty of unpredictable rain, spring is one of the most beautiful seasons for Iranian and foreign tourists traveling to various destinations in Iran. There is a cool winter at the beginning of spring; in the middle, the weather becomes good, and at the end of spring, we have a short summer. In other words, the southern areas are warm, the mountainous regions are cooler, and the center becomes an ideal destination.

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit Iran as it comes to new life. Tehran, Esfahan, Kashan, Shiraz, and the north of Iran are perfect destinations to explore in spring.

Iran in Summer

Summer in Iran is a magical word for Iranians because it represents a well-deserved holiday in one of the many beautiful places in Iran. A holiday in Iran during summer, whether by the sea or in the mountains, whether you are visiting cities or exploring the rolling hills of the Iranian countryside, will be a fantastic experience.

    Summer is the season when the number of festivals and events decreases. Iranians usually spend their holidays between June and September. Summer in Iran Tourism Calendar:

  • 4 July _ Tirgan Festival
  • 9 July _ Qare Kelisa Religious ceremony
  • 29 July _ Fajr International Film Festival
  • 31 July _ Beginning of Moharram
  • 8 August _ Tasoa (Islamic holiday)
  • 9 August _ Ashura (Islamic holiday)
  • 9 August _ Hazelnut Festival
  • 22 September _ Grape Festival

    In all parts of Iran, summer is generally a warm season, whether in the plains, hills, or mountains, with many long and hot days under blue skies. However, if you choose your place of stay carefully, you will love summer in Iran.

    You can spend the summer visiting northern cities like Ardabil, Sarein, Masal highlands and many other cities in the north and mountains. Kordestan, Tabriz, Lorestan, and Azarbaijan are also summer destinations.

Iran in Autumn

Iran in autumn becomes another Wolrd. The weather, the orange leaves, the festivals, and life speak to you. Autumn in Iran signals the end of the long summer holidays and the beginning of the transition period to winter. It is a beautiful time to travel the country, from cities to rural areas to remote valleys. I promise you a rainbow of colors ranging from red to yellow to orange!

    Autumn in Iran, or fall for our American friends, began on 23, the date of the autumn equinox, and will end on 21 December. Autumn in Iran Tourism Calendar:

  • 23 September _ Back to School Day
  • 23 September _ Rice harvest time
  • 30 September _ Carpet washing ritual in Mashhad Ardehal
  • 8 October _ Mehregan Festival
  • 12 October _ Hafez National Day
  • 15 October _ Begining of the saffron harvest
  • 27 October _ Beginning of Chak Chak Zoaristian ceremony
  • 29 October _ Beginning of the Pomegranate Festival
  • 29 October _ Day of Cyrus the Great
  • 8 December _ Daffodil Flower Festival
  • 21 December _ Yalda Night Festival

    Autumn days often have nice weather with the typical colors of autumn leaves: yellow, orange, and red. Autumn begins with a low summer and ends with parts of winter.

    Autumn destinations in Iran are the deserts, Tehran, Chabahar, Izeh, Shiraz, Mashhad, Yazd, Ashuradeh, Shushtar, Qeshm Island, Esfahan, Abyaneh, Badab-e Sort, and the north of Iran.

Iran in Winter

Winter in Iran is often considered the whitest memory. Snow and rain make for unforgettable moments with people and their loved ones.

    Officially, the winter season starts on 22 December and ends on 20 March. Winter is the season when many festivals and events are organized. Winter in Iran Tourism Calendar:

  • 25 March _ Christmas festival in Iran’s cathedrals
  • 30 January _ Sade Festival
  • 31 January _ The wedding ceremony of Pire Shaliar
  • 6 March _ Arbor Day Festival
  • 6 March _ Sepandarmazgan Celebration, Persian Day of Love
  • 8 March _ Mid-Shaban celebration in the Muslim world
  • 10 March _ Begining Bushehr Kooche Music Festival
  • 11 March _ Takam Chi Festival
  • 15 March _ Chaharshanbe Suri Festival
  • 16 _ Uncle Nowruz appears in the streets of Iran

    Winter is known for being cold all over the world. But the weather in Iran in the winter season depends on the location of cities. Few drops of rainfall in the center of Iran, and winters are extremely cold and dry. Winter is the best time to visit the southern coast of Iran.

    Winter destinations in Iran include Khuzestan, Hormozgan, Hormoz Island, Qeshm Island, Kerman, Yazd, ski resorts, waterfalls, and lakes.

All seasons are suitable for travel,
 but you should choose your true destination.

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Iran Travel Seasons

Generally, the high season for Iranians and Iran tourists is different. Nowroz and summer are the travel season for Iranians. And late March, April, May, September, October, and December are considered the months for incoming tours to Iran. Be sure to observe Iranian holidays and holy months such as Moharram and Ramadan. Experiencing Iranian culture can be very interesting for someone who loves people.   You can Check Our VIP Tours

High season can vary depending on the destination.
In Iran, it is always high season.

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When Don't Travel to Iran?

The most important Iranian holiday, Nowruz, naturally begins from 20 March to 3 April, when numerous travelers explore the tourist attractions. Nowruz is the most important ancient Iranian festival. According to the Iranian calendar, the first day falls on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. The New Year celebration officially lasts for 5 days and unofficially for two weeks. During this time, most tourist accommodations and establishments are full of local travelers. Therefore, we recommend that you do not visit Iran between  20 March and 3 April.

     The predominant religion in Iran is Shia Islam. Therefore, religious ceremonies can affect tourism and travelers’ itineraries. During Ramadan, a very important month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims cannot eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. Therefore, most restaurants are closed during the day, and people must abide by this religious rule.

    In addition, the first 10 days of Moharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, and especially the days of Tasua and Ashura, are of great importance to Iranians. On these days, Shiites usually wear black and mourn their third Imam by performing religious ceremonies in groups, especially in street marches.

   In conclusion, despite all the above information about the best time to travel to Iran, Iranians are welcoming and hospitable people who will warmly receive you at any time of the year. Stay in touch to get a suitable itinerary according to weather conditions and religious occasions.

The Tasua and Ashura Days
For more information, contact the travel consultants of the PTS team.

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