31 days in London & Iraq Itinerary

31 days in London & Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
London, United Kingdom
— 21 nights
2
Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
3
Kufa, Iraq
— 1 night
4
Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
5
Baghdad, Iraq
— 3 nights
6
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
— 2 nights

21
nights
London, United Kingdom

London ©
Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around London: St Mary Magdalen Church Ripley (in Ripley), RAF Tangmere (in Tangmere) and Hawking About (in Arundel). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Buckingham Palace, get engrossed in the history at Natural History Museum, explore the world behind art at The British Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Westminster Abbey.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our London trip planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London City Airport, London Luton Airport and Southend Airport. In September in London, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in London

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Moreton-in-Marsh, Bourton-on-the-Water, Salisbury, Windsor, Richmond Lock and Weir
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 24:
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Buckingham Palace ©
Buckingham Palace
Tower of London ©
Tower of London
Coca-Cola London Eye ©
Coca-Cola London Eye

2
nights
Erbil, Iraq

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.
On the 25th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, stroll around Shanadar Park, and then walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Sakura park, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, and then stop by Bazaar.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Erbil trip planner.

Explore your travel options from London to Erbil with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Erbil is 3 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Erbil at 43°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

1
night
Kufa, Iraq

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kufa trip itinerary tool.

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Erbil in September, with highs in Kufa at 48°C and lows at 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 27:
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

1
night
Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Karbala holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in September, Karbala is slightly colder at night with lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

3
nights
Baghdad, Iraq

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.
Pack the 30th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Yassin Mosque, and appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad day trip website.

Getting from Karbala to Baghdad by car takes about 2 hours. September in Baghdad sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 1:
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

2
nights
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, then have fun at Chavi Land, and then get engrossed in the history at Kurd’s Heritage Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:
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Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land

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