47 days in Iraq Itinerary

47 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Erbil
— 6 nights
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Duhok
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 6 nights
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Basrah
— 6 nights
Drive
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Nasiriyah
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kufa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 6 nights
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Baghdad
— 6 nights
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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: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, explore the galleries of Kurdish Textile Museum, and stroll around Shanadar Park.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Erbil trip itinerary tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Erbil. Expect a daytime high around 49°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
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Duhok

— 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Duhok: Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho) and Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Lalish Temple, stroll around Azadi Park, get to know the resident critters at Duhok Zoo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Duhok Mall.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Duhok day trip planner.

Drive from Erbil to Duhok in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 51°C in August, and nighttime lows around 33°C. On the 27th (Fri), you're off to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Duhok

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

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Sulaymaniyah

— 6 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 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Hawary Shar Park. There's still lots to do: have fun at Chavi Land, steep yourself in history at Chami Razan, stop by Rand Gallery, and stroll around Sarchnar Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah trip maker app.

You can drive from Duhok to Sulaymaniyah in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to fly to Basrah.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
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Basrah

— 6 nights
Basrah is known for . Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square and deepen your understanding at University of Basrah.

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Traveling by flight from Sulaymaniyah to Basrah takes 3 hours. September in Basrah sees daily highs of 51°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll set off for Nasiriyah on the 8th (Wed).
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Nasiriyah

— 5 nights
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Nasiriyah is known for . Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nasiriyah trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Basrah to Nasiriyah in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Kufa on the 13th (Mon).
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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: don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kufa vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Nasiriyah to Kufa takes 3 hours. In September in Kufa, expect temperatures between 48°C during the day and 31°C at night. You will leave for Karbala on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
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Karbala

— 6 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karbala: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Karbala route tool.

Drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in September, plan for little chillier nights in Karbala, with lows around 27°C. You will leave for Baghdad on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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.
Pack the 26th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Baghdad online vacation planner.

Drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 47°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
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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.