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
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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. Explore Karbala's surroundings by going to Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Karbala journey planning tool.

Najaf to Karbala is an approximately 1-hour car ride. In November, daytime highs in Karbala are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then examine the collection at Iraqi Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, and then make a trip to Al-Shaheed Monument.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Baghdad are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 2 — 4:

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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 5th (Sat): examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and then take an in-depth tour of Kurd’s Heritage Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah day trip planner.

Getting from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and then examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum. On the 7th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, then buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, then stop by Bazaar, and finally stroll around Shanadar Park.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil tour planner.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

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Kufa

Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 8th (Tue), 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 traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kufa day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Kufa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Erbil in December, you will find days in Kufa are a bit warmer (21°C), and nights are about the same (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 8:

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.