22 days in Iraq Itinerary

22 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
2
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
3
Duhok
— 2 nights
4
Ninawa Province
— 2 nights
5
Erbil
— 4 nights
6
Najaf
— 2 nights
7
Karbala
— 2 nights
8
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake, look for gifts at Rand Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at City Star Mall, thentake an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, and then have fun at Chavi Land.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah online travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Sulaymaniyah is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Wildlife Parks Shopping
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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Kirkuk

Kirkuk
Kirkuk is the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238km north of Baghdad.Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. On the 12th (Sun), find something for the whole family at Bawa Gurgur Park and then contemplate the long history of Kirkuk Citadel.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kirkuk sightseeing website.

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk in 2 hours. You'll set off for Duhok on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and then stroll around Azadi Park. On your second day here, take in the views from Zakho Bridge., browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, and then walk around Zari Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Duhok journey planner.

Getting from Kirkuk to Duhok by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Zakho Bridge.
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Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Azadi Panorama ©
Azadi Panorama

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Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ninawa Province trip planning tool.

Getting from Duhok to Ninawa Province by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. You will leave for Erbil on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

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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.
Visit Erbil Citadel and Mudhafaria Minarett for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kurdish Textile Museum and Erbil Civilization Museum. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Family Mall, stop by Bazaar, take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, and admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Erbil online visit planner.

Getting from Ninawa Province to Erbil by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ninawa Province in August, expect Erbil to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Nature
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum

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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 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Najaf tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Najaf takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Erbil in August, with highs in Najaf at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Karbala trip app.

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Najaf in August since evenings lows in Karbala dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel ©
Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum

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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.
Get some historical perspective at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator and Umm Al-Qura Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Maximall and Al-Rahman mosque. Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, see where the action happens at Al-Shaab Stadium, and pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue.

To find out how to plan a trip to Baghdad, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. August in Baghdad sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum