8 days in Iraq Itinerary

8 days in Iraq Itinerary

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8 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Bhopal
Fly:  18​h
1
Najaf
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baghdad
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Erbil
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Bhopal

1
day
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 23rd (Sat), stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, steep yourself in history at 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 get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Najaf trip itinerary builder website .

Bhopal, India to Najaf is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bhopal to Najaf is minus 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bhopal in March: high temperatures in Najaf hover around 30°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

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
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala online day trip planner .

Drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. March in Karbala sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baghdad.

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): meet the residents at Zawraa Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and then examine the collection at The Iraq Museum.

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Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Baghdad are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

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 27th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, then contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, then browse the different shops at Family Mall, and finally stop by Bazaar.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Erbil tour planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Erbil in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Baghdad in March, with highs in Erbil at 22°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

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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night
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.
On the 28th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Dukan lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah road trip site .

Traveling by car from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum

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