28 days in Istanbul & Iraq Itinerary

28 days in Istanbul & Iraq Itinerary

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Istanbul, Turkey
— 15 nights
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Baghdad, Iraq
— 4 nights
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Karbala, Iraq
— 3 nights
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Kufa, Iraq
— 1 night
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Erbil, Iraq
— 4 nights
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Istanbul, Turkey

— 15 nights

Queen of Cities

A physical and cultural bridge between Europe and Asia, the transcontinental city of Istanbul serves as a living reminder of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires.
On the 26th (Thu), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Hagia Sophia, visit Taksim Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Suleymaniye Cami , and delve into the distant past at Basilica Cistern.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Istanbul online trip maker.

Sinop to Istanbul is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Sinop in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 17°C in Istanbul. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Istanbul

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Nov 20 — Dec 5:

Baghdad, Iraq

— 4 nights
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.
Pack the 7th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, get some fabulous bargains at Babylon Mall, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Umm Al-Qura Mosque.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Baghdad itinerary website.

Explore your travel options from Istanbul to Baghdad with the Route module. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in December: highs in Baghdad hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Karbala, Iraq

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Najaf (Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him & Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip builder website.

Drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Kufa, Iraq

— 1 night
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 13th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, and then don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kufa tour builder website.

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

Erbil, Iraq

— 4 nights

Hawler

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.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel.

Make your Erbil itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Kufa to Erbil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Kufa in December, with highs in Erbil at 17°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

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.