22 days in Asia Itinerary

22 days in Asia Itinerary

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22 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Karachi, Pakistan
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Najaf, Iraq
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Samarra, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
bus:  2​h 30​min
5
Damascus, Syria
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
6
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Mashhad, Iran
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h
8
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
9
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Taif, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
11
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Karachi, Pakistan

1
day
Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 20th (Sat), make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, then stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, and then steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Najaf route builder site .

Karachi, Pakistan to Najaf is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Karachi in October since evenings lows in Najaf dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Karbala, Iraq

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 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Karbala trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Samarra.

Things to do in Karbala

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

1
night
Samarra, Iraq

Samarra
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Samarra Archaeological City.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Samarra trip planner .

Getting from Karbala to Samarra by car takes about 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Samarra when traveling from Karbala in October, with lows around 28°C. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Baghdad.
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2
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and finally explore and take pictures at Al-Shaab Stadium. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Baghdad trip planner .

Drive from Samarra to Baghdad in 2.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Samarra in October, with highs in Baghdad at 38°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

3
nights
Damascus, Syria

Damascus
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Damascus is known for historic sites, shopping, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umayyad Mosque, hunt for treasures at Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq, steep yourself in history at Damascus Center, and see the interesting displays at The National Museum of Damascus.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Damascus day trip site .

You can fly from Baghdad to Damascus in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Baghdad in October, with highs in Damascus at 34°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

The Canyon (The Siq)
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Umayyad Mosque
Umayyad Mosque
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh

3
nights
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Tehran is known for museums, shopping, parks, historic sites, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, take a stroll through Darband, admire the striking features of Niavaran Palace Complex, and appreciate the history behind Azadi Tower.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Tehran trip maker app .

Getting from Damascus to Tehran by combination of flight and bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Iran Standard Time (IRST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Damascus in October, plan for little chillier days in Tehran, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mashhad.

Things to do in Tehran

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury
Milad Tower ©
Milad Tower

1
night
Mashhad, Iran

Mashhad ©
Capital of the Razavi Khorosan Province, Mashhad holds a reputation as one of the holiest cities in Iran.
On the 1st (Thu), go for a walk through Kooh Sangi Park, make a trip to Bazehoor Fire Temple, then steep yourself in history at Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb, and finally contemplate the long history of Imam Reza Holy Shrine.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mashhad trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Tehran to Mashhad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tehran in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mashhad, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel to Jeddah.

Things to do in Mashhad

Historic Sites Parks
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Imam Reza Holy Shrine ©
Imam Reza Holy Shrine
Kooh Sangi Park ©
Kooh Sangi Park
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb ©
Nadir Shah Afshar's Tomb

2
nights
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah ©
The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Jeddah is known for shopping, historic sites, zoos & aquariums, beaches, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Balad, make a trip to Biet Nassif, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Fakieh Aquarium, and browse the different shops at Mall of Arabia.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jeddah travel route planner.

Explore your travel options from Mashhad to Jeddah with the Route module. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Mashhad in November; daily highs in Jeddah reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mecca.

Things to do in Jeddah

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Red Sea Mall ©
Red Sea Mall
Al-Balad ©
Al-Balad
Jeddah Corniche ©
Jeddah Corniche

1
night
Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Mecca ©
The city of Mecca boasts the statues of the holiest site in Islam, and represents the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and therefore the religion itself.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Jabal-al-noor (Mountain of Light), admire the striking features of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and then admire the striking features of Kaaba.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mecca online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Jeddah to Mecca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Jeddah in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mecca: temperatures range from 42°C by day to 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Taif.

Things to do in Mecca

Historic Sites
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Kaaba ©
Kaaba
Abraj Al-Bait Towers ©
Abraj Al-Bait Towers
Jabal al-Nour ©
Jabal al-Nour

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night
Taif, Saudi Arabia

Taif ©
Unofficially the country's summer capital, the city of Taif lies amid a richly fertile agricultural area and boasts a history reaching back to at least the 6th century CE.
On the 6th (Tue), stop by Taif's Heart Mall, then get engrossed in the history at Shubra Palace, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Taif Zoo, and finally stroll through Al-Anoud Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Taif visit planner .

Drive from Mecca to Taif in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Mecca in November; daily highs in Taif reach 31°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Medina.

Things to do in Taif

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Shopping
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Taif Zoo ©
Taif Zoo
Shubra Palace ©
Shubra Palace
Al-Anoud Park ©
Al-Anoud Park

3
nights
Medina, Saudi Arabia

Medina ©
Most tourism in Medina, the second-holiest city in Islam, comes from pilgrims who visit as part of the Hajj, an annual traditional journey that ends in Mecca.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): examine the collection at Al-Madina Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Quba Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, and finally stroll the grounds of Jannatul Baqi. On the next day, browse the different shops at Al Noor Mall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Uhud, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid al-Qiblatain.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Medina online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Taif to Medina by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taif in November: high temperatures in Medina hover around 35°C and lows are around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

Historic Sites Shopping Nature
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Al Masjid an Nabawi ©
Al Masjid an Nabawi
Masjid Quba ©
Masjid Quba
Mount Uhud ©
Mount Uhud

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