22 days in Iraq Itinerary

22 days in Iraq Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iraq travel planner

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Baghdad
— 4 nights
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Nasiriyah
— 1 night
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Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Fly
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Erbil
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 5 nights
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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 3rd (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Iraqi Museum, stroll the grounds of Unknown Soldier Monument, make a trip to Al-Shaheed Monument, and buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Baghdad attractions planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Baghdad is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. In November in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 5:

Nasiriyah

— 1 night
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nasiriyah road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Nasiriyah takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kufa.
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 6:
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Kufa

— 2 nights
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Al Sahlah Great Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kufa day trip planning app.

Getting from Nasiriyah to Kufa by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Kufa are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Karbala fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. November in Karbala sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Erbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Erbil

— 6 nights

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The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, don't miss a visit to Mudhafaria Minarett, and stroll around Shanadar Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Erbil driving holiday planning tool.

Getting from Karbala to Erbil by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Karbala in November, expect nights in Erbil to be about the same, around 11°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 17:

Sulaymaniyah

— 5 nights
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan and westernized cities in Iraq, vibrant Sulaymaniyah boasts a strong cultural scene with a good selection of museums and educational institutions.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Hawary Shar Park. There's still lots to do: have fun at Chavi Land, take an in-depth tour of Kurd’s Heritage Museum, explore the galleries of Amnasuraka Museum, and stroll around Sarchnar Park.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah trip planner.

You can drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 22:

Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.