18 days in Iraq Itinerary

18 days in Iraq Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iraq itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Baghdad
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nasiriyah
— 1 night
Drive to Basra, Fly to Sulaymaniyah
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Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Drive
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Duhok
— 2 nights
Drive
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Erbil
— 5 nights
Fly

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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 5th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad travel route planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Baghdad is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also take a bus. In January, Baghdad is a bit cooler than Riyadh - with highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:

Karbala

— 3 nights
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 (Al Sahlah Great Mosque, Great Mosque of Kufa, &more) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Karbala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 2 hours. In January in Karbala, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

Nasiriyah

— 1 night
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. On the 11th (Mon), make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Nasiriyah fast, fun, and easy.

Getting from Karbala to Nasiriyah by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sulaymaniyah.
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Sulaymaniyah

— 3 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: have fun at Chavi Land, look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah tour planner.

Getting from Nasiriyah to Sulaymaniyah by combination of car and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Duhok

— 2 nights
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain and then admire the striking features of Lalish Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): take in the views from Zakho Bridge., buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, and then walk around Azadi Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Duhok travel route planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Duhok takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In January, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 16:

Erbil

— 5 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 Erbil Citadel, browse the different shops at Family Mall, and stop by Bazaar.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Erbil tour planner.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. January in Erbil sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 21:

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.