5 days in Iraq Itinerary

5 days in Iraq Itinerary

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5 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  7​h
1
Baghdad
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Najaf
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Islamabad

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip planner .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Baghdad is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to Arabia Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
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Al Mansur Mall

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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally make a trip to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Karbala trip builder site .

You can drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can 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

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Najaf road trip planning website .

Drive from Karbala to Najaf in 1.5 hours. In October in Najaf, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

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