12 days in Iraq Itinerary

12 days in Iraq Itinerary

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12 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Baghdad
1
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Kufa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Erbil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
End: Baghdad

3
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.
Popular historic sites such as Babylon and Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at The Iraq Museum and Bunnia Mosque. Pack the 29th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and stop by Maximall.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip builder website .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Baghdad. In May, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping

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Babylon
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Babylon ©
Babylon
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum

1
night
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 1st (Sat), steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala road trip website .

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 43°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

1
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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 2nd (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kufa road trip planner .

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Kufa when traveling from Karbala in June, with lows around 33°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Najaf
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque

4
nights
Erbil

Erbil ©
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.
Escape the urban bustle at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Gali Ali Bag. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kurdish Textile Museum and Erbil Civilization Museum. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Family Mall, take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, stroll around Shanadar Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Erbil road trip app .

Traveling by flight from Kufa to Erbil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Kufa in June, with highs in Erbil at 45°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Family Mall ©
Family Mall

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Sulaymaniyah

Sulaymaniyah ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): browse the different shops at City Star Mall, then get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, then enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and finally examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah trip planner .

You can drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum

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