34 days in Iraq Itinerary

34 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Erbil
— 4 nights
2
Duhok
— 3 nights
3
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
4
Najaf
— 3 nights
5
Karbala
— 3 nights
6
Baghdad
— 4 nights
7
Nasiriyah
— 3 nights
8
Basrah
— 8 nights

4
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, and browse the different shops at Majidi Mall.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Erbil holiday planner.

Cairns, Australia to Erbil is an approximately 28-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Cairns to Erbil. Traveling from Cairns in May, expect nights in Erbil to be about the same, around °C, while days are somewhat warmer, around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Duhok: Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Duhok Zoo, walk around Zari Park, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Duhok tour itinerary maker app.

Getting from Erbil to Duhok by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May in Duhok, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
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Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.
Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

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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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, stroll around Sarchnar Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Sulaymaniyah takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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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, get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Najaf trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Sulaymaniyah to Najaf in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, daily temperatures in Najaf can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 18th (Mon), you're off to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
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Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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Karbala

Karbala ©
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 a short trip to Babylon in Al Hillah (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip maker app.

Drive from Najaf to Karbala in an hour. Expect little chillier evenings in Karbala when traveling from Najaf in May, with lows around °C. You'll set off for Baghdad on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

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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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and find something for the whole family at Zawraa Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Baghdad are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

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Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Baghdad to Nasiriyah in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 28th (Thu), you'll travel to Basrah.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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Basrah

Basrah ©
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basra Times Square and gain insight at University of Basrah.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basrah travel route builder website.

You can drive from Nasiriyah to Basrah in 2.5 hours. In May in Basrah, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You will leave for home on the 5th (Fri).
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah