20 days in Iraq Itinerary

20 days in Iraq Itinerary

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20 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + Drive:  7​h 30​min
1
Duhok
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Erbil
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Nasiriyah
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Sulaymaniyah
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Istanbul

2
nights
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 your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, stroll around Azadi Park, and then snap pictures at Zakho Bridge..

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Duhok road trip planning website .

Istanbul, Turkey to Duhok is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. While traveling from Istanbul, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Duhok, ranging from highs of 39°C to lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

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

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: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, and browse the different shops at Majidi Mall.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Erbil trip planner .

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

2
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and finally make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kufa day trip app .

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Erbil in May: high temperatures in Kufa hover around 45°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Najaf
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Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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. Step out of Karbala with an excursion to Babylon in Al Hillah--about 1h 10 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, and take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Karbala online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Karbala, with lows of 25°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

2
nights
Nasiriyah

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

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Karbala to Nasiriyah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Baghdad on the 25th (Sat).
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

4
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.
Pack the 27th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Baghdad tour app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nasiriyah to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In May in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, then examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rand Gallery and then walk around Sarchnar Park.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sarchnar Park ©
Sarchnar Park
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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