32 days in Iraq Itinerary

32 days in Iraq Itinerary

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32 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27 h
1
Najaf
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2 h 45 min
3
Erbil
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Kirkuk
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
7
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
8
Nasiriyah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Basrah
— 3 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, make a trip to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Najaf trip itinerary maker tool .

Sydney, Australia to Najaf is an approximately 27-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Najaf due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Najaf to be cooler, around 8°C, while days are slightly colder, around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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. When in Karbala, make a side trip to see Babylon in Al Hillah, approximately 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Karbala driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 30th (Mon), you're off toErbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Babylon
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

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.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, and admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag.

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

You can do a combination of car and flight from Karbala to Erbil in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In December in Erbil, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Gali Ali Bag ©
Gali Ali Bag

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Duhok side-trips: Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain, stroll around Azadi Park, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, and meet the residents at Duhok Zoo.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Duhok trip planning website .

You can drive from Erbil to Duhok in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 16°C in January, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Duhok Zoo ©
Duhok Zoo
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.

3
nights
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. Kirkuk is known for historic sites and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: laugh and play at Bawa Gurgur Park and steep yourself in history at Kirkuk Citadel.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kirkuk journey app .

Drive from Duhok to Kirkuk in 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you're off toSulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:

3
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, browse the different shops at City Star Mall, and stop by Rand Gallery.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah trip planner .

You can drive from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake

4
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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: laugh and play at Zawraa Park, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, and revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Baghdad online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Baghdad are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

3
nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nasiriyah trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Nasiriyah in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll set off for Basrah on the 20th (Mon).
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

3
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
On the 21st (Tue), gain insight at University of Basrah and then don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Basrah attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Nasiriyah to Basrah in 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 5°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel back home.
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah