9 days in Iraq Itinerary

9 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Sulaymaniyah
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Erbil
— 3 nights
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Najaf
— 1 night
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Karbala
— 1 night
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Baghdad
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and then have fun at Chavi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dukan lake.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah day trip planner.

Islamabad, Pakistan to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Islamabad to Sulaymaniyah is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Wildlife · Parks · Museums · Fun & Games
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Wildlife Area
Dukan lake
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Fun & Games
Chavi Land
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Specialty Museum
Amnasuraka Museum
4.3

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Erbil

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.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag, walk around Shanadar Park, and examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Erbil holiday planning website.

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
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Waterfall
Gali Ali Bag
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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 20th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Najaf driving holiday site.

You can fly from Erbil to Najaf in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Erbil in October; daily highs in Najaf reach 39°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
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Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

Start your trip to Karbala by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Getting from Najaf to Karbala by car takes about an hour. October in Karbala sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Religious Site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
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Religious Site
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
5.0

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Shopping
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Specialty Museum
Iraqi Museum
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Shopping Mall
Al Mansur Mall
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