13 days in Iraq Itinerary

13 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Erbil
— 3 nights
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Kufa
— 1 night
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Karbala
— 1 night
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Baghdad
— 3 nights
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Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights

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Erbil

Erbil ©

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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.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, and see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Erbil tour itinerary maker tool.

Toronto, Canada to Erbil is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Toronto to Erbil. Traveling from Toronto in September, you will find days in Erbil are warmer (43°C), and nights are a bit warmer (26°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, use the Kufa online visit planner.

Fly from Erbil to Kufa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Erbil in September; daily highs in Kufa reach 48°C and lows reach 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Karbala travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in September, Karbala is a bit cooler at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Baghdad.

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
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

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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.
Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, and buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In September in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur 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 28th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, have fun at Chavi Land, then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah travel route app.

Fly from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 30:
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum