31 days in Iraq Itinerary

31 days in Iraq Itinerary

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

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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.
Spend the 5th (Tue) exploring nature at Hawary Shar Park. Next up on the itinerary: have fun at Chavi Land, take in the pleasant sights at Chami Razan, stroll around Sarchnar Park, and browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip builder.

Basrah to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 5:

Erbil

— 6 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: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, look for gifts at Bazaar, browse the different shops at Majidi Mall, and contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil travel route planner.

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil by car takes about 3 hours. January in Erbil sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Lalish Temple, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, walk around Zari Park, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall.

To find reviews and more tourist information, use the Duhok visit planner.

Getting from Erbil to Duhok by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:

Baghdad

— 6 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 17th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Buratha Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, and pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Duhok to Baghdad in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. January in Baghdad sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Karbala

— 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 (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). There's still lots to do: 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.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Karbala travel route planner.

Getting from Baghdad to Karbala by car takes about 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Karbala are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 24:

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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

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

Getting from Karbala to Kufa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Kufa can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:

Nasiriyah

— 1 night
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nasiriyah driving holiday planner.

Getting from Kufa to Nasiriyah by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Basrah.
Find places to stay Jan 27 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Basrah

— 3 nights
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basra Times Square and deepen your understanding at University of Basrah.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Basrah itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nasiriyah to Basrah takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 5°C. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Sun) before leaving for home.
Find places to stay Jan 28 — 31:

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.