15 days in Iraq Itinerary

15 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Sulaymaniyah
— 2 nights
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Erbil
— 4 nights
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Kufa
— 1 night
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Karbala
— 3 nights
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Nasiriyah
— 1 night
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Baghdad
— 3 nights

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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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, look for gifts at Rand Gallery, identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake, and see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah trip planning website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 6-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Sulaymaniyah. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can 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

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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 parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, look for gifts at Bazaar, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Erbil trip planner.

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 49°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kufa.

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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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 15th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to 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 other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kufa trip planner.

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Erbil in August; daily highs in Kufa reach 53°C and lows reach 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car 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

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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. Go for a jaunt from Karbala to Al Hillah to see Babylon about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Karbala trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in August, Karbala is slightly colder at night with lows of 32°C. You will leave for Nasiriyah on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

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Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nasiriyah vacation planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Nasiriyah in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. 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

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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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and find something for the whole family at Zawraa Park.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Baghdad online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Nasiriyah to Baghdad in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In August in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 53°C during the day and 32°C at night. 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
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall