31 days in Iraq Itinerary

31 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Baghdad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kufa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nasiriyah
— 2 nights
Drive
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Basrah
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sulaymaniyah
— 4 nights
Drive
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Erbil
— 6 nights
Drive
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Duhok
— 4 nights
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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.
Pack the 2nd (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Umm Al-Qura Mosque.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Baghdad planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Baghdad. In May, plan for daily highs up to 43°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Karbala trip app.

You can drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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: make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kufa trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Kufa takes 1.5 hours. In May in Kufa, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will leave for Nasiriyah on the 12th (Wed).

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
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Nasiriyah

— 2 nights
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah online route planner.

Getting from Kufa to Nasiriyah by car takes about 3 hours. You'll set off for Basrah on the 14th (Fri).
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Basrah

— 3 nights
Basrah is known for . Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basra Times Square and deepen your understanding at University of Basrah.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Basrah trip planner.

Getting from Nasiriyah to Basrah by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Basrah can reach 47°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will leave for Sulaymaniyah on the 17th (Mon).
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Sulaymaniyah

— 4 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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, take an in-depth tour of Kurd’s Heritage Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, and walk around Sarchnar Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Basrah to Sulaymaniyah takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Shopping
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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: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, browse the different shops at Family Mall, and admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag.

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

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In May in Erbil, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
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Duhok

— 4 nights
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duhok: Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lalish Temple, browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, walk around Zari Park, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Duhok Zoo.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Duhok trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Erbil to Duhok takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in May, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trips

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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.