30 days in Iraq Itinerary

30 days in Iraq Itinerary

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30 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Erbil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Sulaymaniyah
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Baghdad
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
5
Najaf
— 8 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rabban Hormizd Monastery and Zakho Bridge.. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, stroll around Azadi Park, browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, and meet the residents at Duhok Zoo.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Duhok vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

San Francisco, USA to Duhok is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from San Francisco to Duhok, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from San Francisco in June, plan for warmer days in Duhok, with highs around 102°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 73°F. On the 5th (Wed), you'll travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Zakho Bridge., Rabban Hormizd Monastery
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Duhok Zoo ©
Duhok Zoo

5
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Erbil Citadel. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mudhafaria Minarett and Rashad Mufti Mosque. There's still lots to do: get outside with Aqua tarin, browse the different shops at Family Mall, see the interesting displays at Erbil Civilization Museum, and admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Erbil road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Erbil are 101°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

5
nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Slemani Museum and Amnasuraka Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dukan lake and Sarchnar Park. The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and look for gifts at Rand Gallery.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah visit planner .

Drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. You'll set off for Baghdad on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

5
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel and Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator. Get some cultural insight at Imam Hussain's Shrine and Umm Al-Qura Mosque. Venture out of the city with trips to Karbala (Tal Al Zainabeiah site & Al Abbas Holy Shrine). Pack the 18th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, and stop by Maximall.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad trip builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, daytime highs in Baghdad are 106°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Karbala
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8
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Al Sahlah Great Mosque and Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Step out of Najaf with an excursion to Babylon in Al Hillah--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: make a trip to Maytham al-Tammar Shrine and take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Najaf trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Najaf in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In June, daily temperatures in Najaf can reach 108°F, while at night they dip to 83°F. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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