4 days in Iraq Itinerary

4 days in Iraq Itinerary

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4 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  2​h
1
Baghdad
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Najaf
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Erbil
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Beirut

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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall and then examine the collection at The Iraq Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Baghdad trip builder site .

Beirut, Lebanon to Baghdad is an approximately 2-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Beirut in January, Baghdad is slightly colder at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Shopping
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

1
night
Karbala

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 4th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip maker site .

You can drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

1
night
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 5th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, then contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and finally take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Najaf visit planner .

Traveling by car from Karbala to Najaf takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Najaf are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, then examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, then look for gifts at Bazaar, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall.

For reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Erbil visit planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Najaf to Erbil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Najaf in January: high temperatures in Erbil hover around 16°C and lows are around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Family Mall ©
Family Mall

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