22 days in Asia Itinerary

22 days in Asia Itinerary

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1
Najaf, Iraq
— 1 day
2
Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
3
Samarra, Iraq
— 1 night
4
Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
5
Damascus, Syria
— 3 nights
6
Tehran, Iran
— 3 nights
7
Mashhad, Iran
— 1 night
8
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 2 nights
9
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
10
Taif, Saudi Arabia
— 1 night
11
Medina, Saudi Arabia
— 3 nights

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day
Najaf, Iraq

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

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Najaf trip itinerary maker website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Najaf is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Najaf due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Najaf when traveling from Karachi in October, with lows around °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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Karbala trip site.

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. In October in Karbala, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough 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

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night
Samarra, Iraq

Samarra ©
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. On the 22nd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Samarra Archaeological City.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Samarra trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Samarra takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Karbala in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of °C in Samarra. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Mon) before leaving for Baghdad.

Things to do in Samarra

Historic Sites
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Samarra Archaeological City ©
Samarra Archaeological City

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and finally catch a live event at Al-Shaab Stadium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque, thenmake a trip to Baghdadi Museum, thenpause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and finally browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad online tour planner.

You can drive from Samarra to Baghdad in 2 hours. In October, Baghdad is little chillier than Samarra - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Damascus.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi 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.
Step out of Damascus to go to Maaloula and see The Canyon (The Siq), which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Damascus Umayyad Mosque, browse the eclectic array of goods at Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq, appreciate the history behind Saladin (Selahedin) Mausoleum, and admire the landmark architecture of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum.

Plan trip to Damascus with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Fly from Baghdad to Damascus in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Baghdad to Damascus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Baghdad in October: high temperatures in Damascus hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

The Canyon (The Siq)
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Damascus 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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Golestan Palace, visit Darband, get a new perspective on nature at National Museum of Iran, and take in panoramic vistas at Milad Tower.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Tehran road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Damascus to Tehran takes 7.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Iran Standard Time is 1.5 hours. While traveling from Damascus, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Tehran, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time 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
Azadi Tower ©
Azadi Tower

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night
Mashhad, Iran

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

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mashhad trip builder website.

You can fly from Tehran to Mashhad in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tehran in October, plan for little chillier nights in Mashhad, with lows around °C. Wrap up 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

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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, zoos & aquariums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a stroll through Al-Balad, buy something for everyone on your list at Red Sea Mall, make a trip to Bicycle Square (Midan Addarajah), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahma Mosque.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jeddah trip planner.

You can fly from Mashhad to Jeddah in 8.5 hours. Another option is to drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Mashhad to Jeddah is minus 0.5 hours. Traveling from Mashhad in November, expect Jeddah to be much warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mecca.

Things to do in Jeddah

Shopping Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Red Sea Mall ©
Red Sea Mall
Al-Balad ©
Al-Balad
Fakieh Aquarium ©
Fakieh Aquarium

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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): take in the awesome beauty at Jabal al-Nour, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Abraj Al-Bait Towers, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaaba.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mecca trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Jeddah to Mecca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Jeddah, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mecca, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taif.

Things to do in Mecca

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stop by Taif's Heart Mall, thenget engrossed in the history at Shubra Palace, thenmeet the residents at Taif Zoo, and finally walk around Al-Anoud Park.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Taif online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Mecca to Taif takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Mecca in November; daily highs in Taif reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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

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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.
On the 7th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Quba, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Al Masjid an Nabawi, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Jannatul Baqi. Here are some ideas for day two: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Noor Mall, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Uhud, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Al Qiblatayn.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Medina tour planner.

You can fly from Taif to Medina in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Taif in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Medina: highs are around °C and lows about °C. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Medina

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

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