16 days in Iraq Itinerary

16 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Baghdad
— 3 nights
2
Nasiriyah
— 1 night
3
Karbala
— 3 nights
4
Erbil
— 4 nights
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 4 nights

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.
Pack the 30th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Baghdad vacation planner.

Manama, Bahrain to Baghdad is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Manama in September since evenings lows in Baghdad dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park

1
night
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. On the 4th (Fri), make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip app.

You can fly from Baghdad to Nasiriyah in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.
Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karbala: Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him), Kufa (Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, &more) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Karbala vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Nasiriyah to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Karbala are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kufa, Najaf, Babylon
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Gali Ali Bag, take in the awesome beauty at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Erbil day trip planning tool.

Getting from Karbala to Erbil by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Karbala in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Erbil: temperatures range from °C by day to °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, make a trip to Dukan lake, and browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah road trip planning site.

Drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Tue).

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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