10 days in Baghdad, Najaf & Karbala Itinerary

10 days in Baghdad, Najaf & Karbala Itinerary

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Baghdad
— 4 nights
Drive
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Najaf
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Fly to Berlin

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Baghdad

— 4 nights
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
Pack the 14th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, and make a trip to Baghdadi Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad vacation planner.

Berlin, Germany to Baghdad is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST) is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Najaf

— 3 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Go for a jaunt from Najaf to Al Hillah to see Babylon about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Najaf trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Baghdad to Najaf in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Baghdad in August, Najaf is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

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Karbala

— 2 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 19th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Karbala trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. Traveling from Najaf in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 32°C in Karbala. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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