20 days in Iraq Itinerary

20 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Sulaymaniyah
— 2 nights
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Erbil
— 5 nights
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Najaf
— 2 nights
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Karbala
— 3 nights
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Nasiriyah
— 2 nights
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Baghdad
— 4 nights

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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, browse the different shops at City Star Mall, look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, and examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah tour app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Sulaymaniyah, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 26:
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City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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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 parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag, take in the awesome beauty at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, and examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Erbil online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In December in Erbil, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, don't miss a visit to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa and then get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Najaf online trip maker.

Getting from Erbil to Najaf by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Najaf, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 2:
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Step out of Karbala to go to Al Hillah and see Babylon, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in January, and nighttime lows around 6°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Babylon
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

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Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Nasiriyah vacation site.

You can drive from Karbala to Nasiriyah in 4 hours. Another option is to fly. On the 7th (Thu), you're off to Baghdad.
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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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.
Pack the 9th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Baghdad visit website.

Fly from Nasiriyah to Baghdad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque