15 days in Iraq Itinerary

15 days in Iraq Itinerary

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15 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Erbil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kufa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Nasiriyah
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Dubai

2
nights
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, look for gifts at Rand Gallery, and browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip planner .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Sulaymaniyah due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, stop by Bazaar, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Erbil day trip website .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 49°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

1
night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): stroll the grounds of 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.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kufa tour itinerary planning website .

Fly from Erbil to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Erbil in August, expect Kufa to be a bit warmer, temps between 53°C and 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. When in Karbala, make a side trip to see Babylon in Al Hillah, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, and take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kufa in August since evenings lows in Karbala dip to 32°C. On the 18th (Sun), you're off toNasiriyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

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

1
night
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nasiriyah trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Karbala to Nasiriyah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Baghdad.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nasiriyah to Baghdad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Baghdad are 53°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument