8 days in Iraq Itinerary

8 days in Iraq Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iraq tour itinerary planner

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Fly
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Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baghdad
— 1 night
Fly
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Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive
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Erbil
— 3 nights

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Karbala

— 2 nights
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 these side-trips from Karbala: Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him), Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque & Great Mosque of Kufa). It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala journey planner.

Erbil to Karbala is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. In January in Karbala, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 6°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Baghdad

— 1 night
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.
On the 11th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Baghdad trip planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Baghdad are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Shopping
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Sulaymaniyah

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and then examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Fun & Games
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Erbil

— 3 nights

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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. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

Start your trip to Erbil by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In January in Erbil, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Nature
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Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.