30 days in Iraq Itinerary

30 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Fly to Erbil International Airport, Drive to Duhok
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Duhok
— 4 nights
Drive
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Erbil
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 4 nights
Fly
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Basrah
— 1 night
Drive
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Nasiriyah
— 1 night
Drive
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Kufa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baghdad
— 7 nights
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Duhok

— 4 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Duhok: Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho) and Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lalish Temple, take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and get to know the resident critters at Duhok Zoo.

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

Exeter, UK to Duhok is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Exeter to Duhok is 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in March, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 1 — 5:

Erbil

— 6 nights

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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.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Majidi Mall, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and stop by Bazaar.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil tour itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Erbil are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 5 — 11:

Sulaymaniyah

— 4 nights
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, get engrossed in the history at Kurd’s Heritage Museum, stroll around Sarchnar Park, and identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip planner.

Drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Basrah.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
Find places to stay Mar 11 — 15:

Basrah

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shatt al-Arab and then don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Basrah trip planner.

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Basrah by flight takes about 3.5 hours. In March in Basrah, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nasiriyah.
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 16:

Nasiriyah

— 1 night
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip planner.

You can drive from Basrah to Nasiriyah in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kufa.
Find places to stay Mar 16 — 17:
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Kufa

— 3 nights
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kufa is known for museums and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kufa trip app.

Drive from Nasiriyah to Kufa in 3 hours. March in Kufa sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 17 — 20:

Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Venture out of the city with trips to Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Karbala trip planner.

You can drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 20 — 23:

Baghdad

— 7 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 25th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, and don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad online route builder.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 30:

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.