25 days in Iraq Itinerary

25 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Baghdad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 4 nights
Fly
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Erbil
— 7 nights
Drive
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Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iraqi Museum and Al Yassin Mosque. Attractions like Al Mansur Mall and Al-Shaheed Monument make great kid-friendly stops. Pack the 20th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, browse the range of quality goods at Baghdad Mall, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Buratha Mosque.

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The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Baghdad. In November, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

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Karbala

Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Popular historic sites such as Imam Hussain's Shrine and Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Al Abbas Holy Shrine and Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. Venture out of the city with trips to Kufa (House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, Al Sahlah Great Mosque, &more), Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery (in Najaf). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Karbala sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 27:

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Erbil

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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.
Family Mall and Sami Abdulrahman Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Bazaar and Majidi Mall. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudhafaria Minarett, take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, and steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil attractions planning app.

You can fly from Karbala to Erbil in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Karbala in November, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Erbil: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 4:

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Rabban Hormizd Monastery and Halamata Cave. Family-friendly places like Mazi Plus Mall and Zawa Mountain will thrill your kids. When in Duhok, make a side trip to see Zakho Bridge. in Zakho, approximately Zakho away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lalish Temple, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and walk around Zari Park.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Duhok road trip planning app.

You can drive from Erbil to Duhok in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Duhok

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:

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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.
Family-friendly places like Amnasuraka Museum and Dukan lake will thrill your kids. Museum-lovers will appreciate Slemani Museum and Kurd’s Heritage Museum. The adventure continues: have fun at Chavi Land, take in the pleasant sights at Chami Razan, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and stroll around Sarchnar Park.

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Getting from Duhok to Sulaymaniyah by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 12:

Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.