48 days in Iraq Itinerary

48 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Start: Dubai
Fly:  5 h 45 min
1
Basrah
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Nasiriyah
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Karbala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Kufa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Baghdad
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Erbil
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Duhok
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Kirkuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Sulaymaniyah
— 7 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: gain insight at University of Basrah and don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Basrah using our trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Basrah is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Arabian Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in April, expect slightly colder with lows of 23°C in Basrah. You will leave for Nasiriyah on the 18th (Thu).
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

5
nights
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.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nasiriyah trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Basrah to Nasiriyah takes 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Karbala.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

5
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Imam Hussain's Shrine and Babylon. Step off the beaten path and head to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel and Memory Islam Museum. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Karbala attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nasiriyah to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. April in Karbala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 19°C at night. You'll set off for Kufa on the 28th (Sun).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum

5
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Get some historical perspective at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Al Sahlah Great Mosque and House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine and don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kufa trip planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Najaf
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

5
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.
Get some historical perspective at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator and Al-Rahman mosque. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Babylon Mall and Haidewr Hane Mosque. Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, appreciate the history behind Unknown Soldier Monument, don't miss a visit to Al-Shaheed Monument, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Baghdad trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Baghdad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In May in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 43°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

6
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Family Mall and Bazaar. Escape the urban bustle at Aqua tarin and Gali Ali Bag. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rashad Mufti Mosque, and examine the collection at Erbil Civilization Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Erbil trip itinerary builder website.

Fly from Baghdad to Erbil in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Baghdad in May; daily highs in Erbil reach 38°C and lows reach 21°C. You'll set off for Duhok on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Rabban Hormizd Monastery and Azadi Park. Go for a jaunt from Duhok to Zakho to see Zakho Bridge. about 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, walk around Zari Park, and appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Duhok trip builder app.

You can drive from Erbil to Duhok in 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. You'll set off for Kirkuk on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
Find places to stay May 14 — 19:
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park

5
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirkuk Citadel and Bawa Gurgur Park.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kirkuk driving holiday planner.

Drive from Duhok to Kirkuk in 3.5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), you're off to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Slemani Museum and Sarchnar Park. Do your shopping at Rand Gallery and City Star Mall. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake, enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah trip builder app.

You can drive from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah in 2 hours. On the 31st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Find places to stay May 24 — 31:
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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