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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Karbala
— 3 nights
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Baghdad
— 3 nights
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Sulaymaniyah

— 2 nights
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: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, stroll around Sarchnar Park, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah trip builder tool.

Windsor, Canada to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Windsor to Sulaymaniyah, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Erbil

— 4 nights

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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: take in the awesome beauty at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, steep yourself in history at Mudhafaria Minarett, take in the dramatic scenery at Bekhal Waterfall, and stroll around Shanadar Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:

Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Karbala: Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him), Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque, Great Mosque of Kufa, &more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Karbala road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Karbala sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Baghdad

— 3 nights
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 16th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad journey builder site.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:

Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.