15 days in Iraq Itinerary

15 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Drive:  29 h
1
Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Erbil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Imam Hussain's Shrine and Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery (in Najaf) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Karbala road trip planning app.

Melbourne, Australia to Karbala is an approximately 29- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in April, expect Karbala to be somewhat warmer, temps between 36°C and 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Najaf, Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iraqi Museum and Al Yassin Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue.

Discover how to plan a Baghdad trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. April in Baghdad sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Family Mall and Kurdish Textile Museum. Escape the urban bustle at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Gali Ali Bag. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, walk around Minaret Park, look for gifts at Bazaar, and make a trip to Mudhafaria Minarett.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Erbil online visit planner.

Fly from Baghdad to Erbil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, Erbil is little chillier than Baghdad - with highs of 30°C and lows of 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Nature Shopping
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa

3
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.
Let the collections at Amnasuraka Museum and Slemani Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, have fun at Chavi Land, and buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall.

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

You can drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake

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