8 days in Syria & Iraq Itinerary

8 days in Syria & Iraq Itinerary

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8 days in Syria & Iraq Itinerary

Start: New York City, United States
Drive + Fly:  31​h
1
Damascus, Syria
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Palmyra, Syria
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Erbil, Iraq
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  26​h
End: New York City, United States


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1
night
Damascus, Syria

Damascus ©
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Ma'alula Village (Maaloula), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mar Sarkis, take in nature's colorful creations at The Environmental Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yalbugha Mosque, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of The Citadel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umayyad Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm), then admire the landmark architecture of Khan Asaad Basha, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Deir Mar Takla.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Damascus trip planner.

New York City, USA to Damascus is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Damascus is 7 hours. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Damascus, with highs around 95°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Palmyra.

Things to do in Damascus

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

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Maaloula
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Mar Sarkis ©
Mar Sarkis
Deir Mar Takla ©
Deir Mar Takla
Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum ©
Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum

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Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra ©
Dating back to the Neolithic period, Palmyra once stood as a center of wealth and culture.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Muslim Castle Qala'at ibn Maan, contemplate the long history of Roman Theatre of Palmyra, contemplate the long history of The Tetrapylon, then take an in-depth tour of Palmyra Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Site of Palmyra.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Palmyra trip planner .

You can drive from Damascus to Palmyra in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Damascus in June since evenings lows in Palmyra dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Palmyra

Historic Sites Museums
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The Tetrapylon ©
The Tetrapylon
Palmyra Museum ©
Palmyra Museum
Site of Palmyra ©
Site of Palmyra

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day
Erbil, Iraq

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 13th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, then examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, then see the interesting displays at Erbil Civilization Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Erbil trip itinerary website .

Do a combination of car and flight from Palmyra to Erbil in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 101°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Museums Historic Sites
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum

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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake and then get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah trip planner .

You can drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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