7 days in Baghdad & Najaf Itinerary

7 days in Baghdad & Najaf Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Baghdad
— 4 nights
2
Najaf
— 2 nights

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.
Kids will enjoy Iraqi Museum and Zawraa Park. Go for a jaunt from Baghdad to Karbala to see Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel about 1h 45 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall, and make a trip to Baghdadi Museum.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad travel site.

If you are flying in from Kuwait, the closest major aiports are Baghdad International Airport and Baghdad International. In December in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

2
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Najaf tour planner.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Najaf takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. December in Najaf sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

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