19 days in Iraq Itinerary

19 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kufa
— 1 night
2
Karbala
— 2 nights
3
Baghdad
— 2 nights
4
Erbil
— 2 nights
5
Duhok
— 2 nights
6
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
7
Sulaymaniyah
— 5 nights

1
night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kufa vacation planner.

New Delhi, India to Kufa is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Najaf
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, thenmake a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Karbala road trip planning app.

You can drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in May, plan for little chillier nights in Karbala, with lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel ©
Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, thenappreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and finally browse the different shops at Babylon Mall. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Haidewr Hane Mosque, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, thenadmire the striking features of Bunnia Mosque, thendon't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Baghdad trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Babylon Mall ©
Babylon Mall
Bunnia Mosque ©
Bunnia Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll around Minaret Park, don't miss a visit to Mudhafaria Minarett, thenexamine the collection at Erbil Civilization Museum, and finally get outside with Aqua tarin. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Syriac Heritage Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, stop by Yummy ice cream, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rashad Mufti Mosque, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Erbil attractions planner.

You can fly from Baghdad to Erbil in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Baghdad in May, with highs in Erbil at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums
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Aqua tarin ©
Aqua tarin
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett

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Duhok

Duhok ©
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), snap pictures at Zakho Bridge., take in the spiritual surroundings of Rabban Hormizd Monastery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Duhok Zoo, thenpause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and then stroll around Azadi Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Duhok online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Erbil to Duhok takes 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park

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Kirkuk

Kirkuk
Kirkuk is the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238km north of Baghdad.Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. On the 5th (Wed), get in on the family fun at Bawa Gurgur Park and then contemplate the long history of Kirkuk Citadel.

Make your Kirkuk itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Kirkuk takes 3.5 hours. On the 6th (Thu), you'll travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Slemani Museum and Sarchnar Park. Head to Rand Gallery and City Star Mallfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Dukan lake, examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, and have fun at Chavi Land.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah online travel route planner.

Drive from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah in 2 hours. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Rand Gallery ©
Rand Gallery
City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall

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