8 days in Baghdad, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

8 days in Baghdad, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

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Baghdad
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Karbala
— 2 nights
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Najaf
— 3 nights
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Baghdad

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip planner.

Tehran, Iran to Baghdad is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Baghdad is minus 0.5 hours. In June, Baghdad is a bit warmer than Tehran - with highs of 48°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Shopping
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Karbala

— 2 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 15th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Karbala trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 2 hours. In June, daytime highs in Karbala are 48°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Najaf

— 3 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Najaf online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Karbala to Najaf in an hour. Traveling from Karbala in June, Najaf is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 33°C. On the 19th (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

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