20 days in Middle East Itinerary

20 days in Middle East Itinerary

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Fly to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Drive to Karbala
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Najaf
— 3 nights
Taxi
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Kufa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baghdad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Samarra
— 5 nights
Drive to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Fly to Lahore

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Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Take a break from Karbala with a short trip to Babylon in Al Hillah, about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip builder.

Lahore, Pakistan to Karbala is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Karbala due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lahore in July, you will find days in Karbala are a bit warmer (53°C), and nights are about the same (32°C). On the 4th (Sun), you'll travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Najaf

— 3 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Najaf trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Najaf takes an hour. Traveling from Karbala in July, Najaf is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 37°C. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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Kufa

— 3 nights
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kufa is known for museums and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kufa trip itinerary builder site.

Kufa is just a short distance from Najaf. In July in Kufa, expect temperatures between 53°C during the day and 37°C at night. You will leave for Baghdad on the 10th (Sat).

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
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Baghdad

— 5 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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Buratha Mosque, and make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque.

To find out how to plan a trip to Baghdad, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Kufa to Baghdad in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Kufa in July since evenings lows in Baghdad dip to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Samarra.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Museums
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Samarra

— 5 nights
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. Samarra is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Samarra Archaeological City.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Samarra trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Samarra takes 2 hours. Traveling from Baghdad in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Samarra, with lows of 38°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Samarra

Historic Sites
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