21 days in Iraq Itinerary

21 days in Iraq Itinerary

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21 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  13​h
1
Erbil
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ninawa Province
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Samarra
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 45​min
4
Nasiriyah
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Al Hillah
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Karbala
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Kufa
— 3 nights
taxi:  15​min
8
Najaf
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Tehran

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.
On the 17th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Mudhafaria Minarett, see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, then steep yourself in history at Citadel of Arbil, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque and then stroll through Sami Abdulrahman Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil online journey builder .

New Delhi, India to Erbil is an approximately 13-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Erbil, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in January, with highs in Erbil at 16°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park

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Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ninawa Province road trip website .

You can drive from Erbil to Ninawa Province in 3.5 hours. In January in Ninawa Province, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Samarra.

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

1
night
Samarra

Samarra
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. You've now added Samarra Archaeological City to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Samarra Archaeological City.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Samarra trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Najaf to Samarra in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Samarra are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll travel back home.
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Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah online tour itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Samarra to Nasiriyah. On the 21st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Al Hillah.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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Al Hillah

Al Hillah
For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Al Hillah travel planning app .

You can drive from Samarra to Al Hillah in 3.5 hours. In January in Al Hillah, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Al Hillah

Historic Sites
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nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Imam Hussain's Shrine and Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Al Abbas Holy Shrine and Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Karbala trip planner .

Traveling by car from Al Hillah to Karbala takes an hour. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. On the 28th (Mon), you'll travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, make a trip to Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kufa travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Karbala to Kufa takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Kufa are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll set off for Najaf on the 31st (Thu).

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Najaf day trip website .

Najaf is just a short distance from Kufa. In January, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for home on the 4th (Mon).

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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