9 days in Iraq Itinerary

9 days in Iraq Itinerary

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9 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Fly:  25​h
1
Erbil
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Najaf
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Baghdad
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Fly:  26​h
End: Jacksonville

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Mudhafaria Minarett.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Erbil online journey planner .

Jacksonville, USA to Erbil is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Jacksonville to Erbil, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Jacksonville in April, Erbil is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, then steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and finally make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Najaf tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Erbil to Najaf takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Erbil in April: high temperatures in Najaf hover around 89°F and lows are around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

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night
Karbala

Karbala
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Karbala online trip builder .

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. In April in Karbala, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 61°F at night. You'll set off for Baghdad on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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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.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and then browse the different shops at Babylon Mall. On the next day, meet the residents at Zawraa Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Baghdad trip maker tool .

Getting from Karbala to Baghdad by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum

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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 14th (Tue), have fun at Chavi Land, then get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and then browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land

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