9 days in Baghdad, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

9 days in Baghdad, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

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Baghdad
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Karbala
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Najaf
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Baghdad

— 3 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 14th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buratha Mosque, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad travel itinerary planner.

Tehran, Iran to Baghdad is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Iran Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Tehran in June; daily highs in Baghdad reach 48°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums
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Karbala

— 1 night
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Karbala road trip website.

Getting from Baghdad to Karbala by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 48°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Najaf

— 4 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Step out of Najaf with an excursion to Babylon in Al Hillah--about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Najaf online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Najaf takes an hour. Traveling from Karbala in June, plan for a bit warmer nights in Najaf, with lows around 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

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