9 days in Iraq Itinerary

9 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Drive
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Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Baghdad
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive
4
Erbil
— 2 nights
Fly
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Kufa
— 1 night
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Karbala

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: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Karbala trip planning tool.

Najaf to Karbala is an approximately 1-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 18 — 20:

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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 21st (Sun): make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, then make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, and then appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad journey website.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In March in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Mar 20 — 22:

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, have fun at Chavi Land, and then take an in-depth tour of Kurd’s Heritage Museum.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Mar 22 — 23:

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Erbil

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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.
On the 24th (Wed), walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and then see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, then browse the different shops at Family Mall, then stop by Bazaar, and finally walk around Shanadar Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Erbil trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In March, daytime highs in Erbil are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 25:

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Kufa

Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, and then contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kufa trip planning website.

Fly from Erbil to Kufa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Erbil in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Kufa: highs are around 30°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 26:

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.