16 days in Iraq Itinerary

16 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Baghdad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kufa
— 1 night
Fly
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Erbil
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Fly

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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.
Family-friendly places like Iraqi Museum and Zawraa Park will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unknown Soldier Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad trip maker app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Baghdad. In November, daytime highs in Baghdad are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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Karbala

Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Karbala road trip tool.

Getting from Baghdad to Karbala by car takes about 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 24 — 27:

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Kufa

Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, and then don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kufa day trip site.

Getting from Karbala to Kufa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 28:

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Erbil

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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: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Erbil attractions app.

You can fly from Kufa to Erbil in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kufa in November; daily highs in Erbil reach 24°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 3:

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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.
Kids will enjoy Chavi Land and City Star Mall. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah online travel planner.

Drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 6:

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.