10 days in Najaf, Karbala & Samarra Itinerary

10 days in Najaf, Karbala & Samarra Itinerary

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10 days in Najaf, Karbala & Samarra Itinerary

Start: Najaf
1
Najaf
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Samarra
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
End: Najaf

3
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Najaf road trip site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Al Najaf International Airport. In January in Najaf, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for Karbala on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Go for a jaunt from Karbala to Al Hillah to see Babylon about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Karbala trip planner .

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. February in Karbala sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 8°C at night. You'll set off for Samarra on the 4th (Tue).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

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Samarra

Samarra ©
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. Samarra Archaeological City has been added to your itinerary.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Samarra driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Samarra in 3.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Karbala in February: high temperatures in Samarra hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. On the 7th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Samarra

Historic Sites
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Samarra Archaeological City ©
Samarra Archaeological City