43 days in Iraq Itinerary

43 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Sulaymaniyah
— 5 nights
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Duhok
— 4 nights
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Erbil
— 6 nights
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Basrah
— 6 nights
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Nasiriyah
— 5 nights
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Kufa
— 5 nights
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Karbala
— 5 nights
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Baghdad
— 6 nights
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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.
Attractions like Chavi Land and Amnasuraka Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 25th (Sun) exploring nature at Hawary Shar Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, stop by Rand Gallery, contemplate the long history of Chami Razan, and stroll around Sarchnar Park.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah trip builder app.

Tehran, Iran to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Tehran to Sulaymaniyah due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 25:

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.
Kids will enjoy Lalish Temple and Mazi Plus Mall. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duhok: Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Azadi Park, explore the ancient world of Halamata Cave, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, and get to know the resident critters at Duhok Zoo.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Duhok trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Duhok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 25 — 29:

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, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Erbil online road trip planner.

You can drive from Duhok to Erbil in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Basrah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 5:

Basrah

— 6 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.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Basrah travel itinerary planner.

Fly from Erbil to Basrah in 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Erbil in May, with highs in Basrah at 47°C and lows at 30°C. On the 11th (Tue), you're off to Nasiriyah.
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:

Nasiriyah

— 5 nights
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Nasiriyah is known for . Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Basrah to Nasiriyah takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Kufa on the 16th (Sun).
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
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Kufa

— 5 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

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Drive from Nasiriyah to Kufa in 3 hours. May in Kufa sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), you're off to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 16 — 21:

Karbala

— 5 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Get out of town with these interesting Karbala side-trips: Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Karbala trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kufa to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in May, Karbala is little chillier at night with lows of 25°C. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 21 — 26:

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.
Attractions like Iraqi Museum and Al Yassin Mosque make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 28th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall, appreciate the history behind Unknown Soldier Monument, and make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Karbala to Baghdad by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 1:

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.