13 days in Istanbul & Najaf Itinerary

13 days in Istanbul & Najaf Itinerary

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13 days in Istanbul & Najaf Itinerary

Start: Najaf, Iraq
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Istanbul, Turkey
— 10 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Najaf, Iraq
— 2 nights
End: Najaf, Iraq

10
nights
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul ©
A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
Istanbul is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya), take in panoramic vistas at Galata Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and wander the streets of Sultanahmet District.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Istanbul online itinerary planner .

Najaf, Iraq to Istanbul is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Najaf in July, expect Istanbul to be much colder, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Istanbul

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Sultan Ahmed Mosque ©
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Topkapi Palace ©
Topkapi Palace

2
nights
Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, make a trip to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and finally stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Najaf driving holiday planner .

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Najaf with the Route module. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Istanbul in July; daily highs in Najaf reach 53°C and lows reach 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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