17 days in Iraq Itinerary

17 days in Iraq Itinerary

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17 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Baghdad
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Nasiriyah
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Erbil
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Lahore

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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, get in on the family fun at Zawraa Park, make a trip to Al-Shaheed Monument, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Yassin Mosque.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip itinerary website .

Lahore, Pakistan to Baghdad is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Lahore to Baghdad due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lahore in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 20°C in Baghdad. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park

2
nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nasiriyah attractions planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Nasiriyah takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll set off for Karbala on the 25th (Fri).
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:
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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: Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque, Great Mosque of Kufa, & more), 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 more to do: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Karbala road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from Nasiriyah to Karbala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daytime highs in Karbala are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kufa, Najaf, Babylon
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

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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, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, walk around Sarchnar Park, and stroll through Dukan lake.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah travel route builder site .

Do a combination of car and flight from Karbala to Sulaymaniyah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, look for gifts at Bazaar, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil online journey planner .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Nature Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum