11 days in Iraq Itinerary

11 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  18 h
1
Samarra
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Baghdad
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Najaf
— 1 night
Taxi:  15 min
4
Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Karbala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  17 h 15 min
End: London

1
day
Samarra

Samarra ©
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Samarra Archaeological City.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Samarra trip itinerary app.

London, UK to Samarra is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Samarra. In October, Samarra is much warmer than London - with highs of 42°C and lows of 28°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Baghdad.

Things to do in Samarra

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Samarra Archaeological City ©
Samarra Archaeological City

5
nights
Baghdad

Baghdad ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Al Yassin Mosque and Buratha Mosque. Family-friendly places like Iraqi Museum and Al-Mutanabbi Statue will thrill your kids. Pack the 14th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, admire the striking features of Al-Rahman mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and see where the action happens at Al-Shaab Stadium.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Samarra to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In October, Baghdad is a bit cooler than Samarra - with highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque

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night
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 19th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Najaf vacation planning site.

You can drive from Baghdad to Najaf in 2.5 hours. Another option is to fly. October in Najaf sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

2
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 20th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kufa day trip planner.

Kufa is just a stone's throw from Najaf. October in Kufa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. In October in Karbala, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site