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
Drive
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Baghdad
— 6 nights
Drive
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Samarra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kufa
— 5 nights
Drive to Al Najaf International Airport, 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel and Al Abbas Holy Shrine. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tal Al Zainabeiah site and Babylon. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Karbala trip planning site.

Lahore, Pakistan to Karbala is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Karbala. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lahore in July: highs in Karbala hover around 53°C, while lows dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Najaf

— 3 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Najaf journey website.

Drive from Karbala to Najaf in an hour. Traveling from Karbala in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 37°C in Najaf. On the 7th (Wed), you'll travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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Baghdad

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Umm Al-Qura Mosque and Babylon Mall. Your inner history buff will appreciate Buratha Mosque and Haidewr Hane Mosque. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al-Rahman mosque, appreciate the history behind Unknown Soldier Monument, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and explore the wide array of goods at Baghdad Mall.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Baghdad online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Najaf to Baghdad in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Najaf in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Baghdad, with lows around 33°C. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel to Samarra.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 13:

Samarra

— 2 nights
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. Samarra is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Samarra Archaeological City.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Samarra road trip site.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Samarra takes 2 hours. Traveling from Baghdad in July, Samarra is a bit warmer at night with lows of 38°C. You'll set off for Kufa on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Samarra

Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Kufa

— 5 nights
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Explore hidden gems such as Al Sahlah Great Mosque and Maytham al-Tammar Shrine. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kufa trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Samarra to Kufa takes 4 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 53°C, and evening lows to 37°C. On the 20th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
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