30 days in Iraq Itinerary

30 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Najaf
— 1 night
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
3
Baghdad
— 3 nights
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
5
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
6
Ninawa Province
— 2 nights
7
Duhok
— 3 nights
8
Erbil
— 9 nights

1
night
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 1st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at 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 see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Najaf journey planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Najaf is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Najaf at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (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

3
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel and Tal Al Zainabeiah site will appeal to history buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Memory Islam Museum and Babylon. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine and make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Karbala trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in an hour. Traveling from Najaf in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Karbala, with lows of °C. You'll set off for Baghdad on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel ©
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Abu Hanifa Mosque and Al-Shaab Stadium. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iraqi Museum and Al Yassin Mosque. Pack the 7th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Maximall, don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, and buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Shopping Museums
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque

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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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Slemani Museum and Amnasuraka Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Sarchnar Park and Rand Gallery. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and have fun at Chavi Land.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah tour itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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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. Start off your visit 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 where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Kirkuk trip planner.

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk by car takes about 2 hours. On the 13th (Mon), you're off to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ninawa Province online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Kirkuk to Ninawa Province in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ninawa Province can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You will leave for Duhok on the 15th (Wed).

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zawa Mountain and Mazi Plus Mall. Step out of Duhok with an excursion to Zakho Bridge. in Zakho--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: walk around Azadi Park and appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Duhok online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ninawa Province to Duhok takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 18th (Sat), you'll travel to Erbil.

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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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Aqua tarin and The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa. You'll explore and learn at Erbil Civilization Museum and Kurdish Textile Museum. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Mudhafaria Minarett, admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, and stop by Bazaar.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Erbil trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Duhok to Erbil in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. You will leave for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett