32 days in Iraq Itinerary

32 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Najaf
— 2 nights
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
3
Erbil
— 5 nights
4
Duhok
— 3 nights
5
Kirkuk
— 3 nights
6
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
7
Baghdad
— 4 nights
8
Nasiriyah
— 3 nights
9
Basrah
— 3 nights

2
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Najaf vacation planning tool.

Sydney, Australia to Najaf is an approximately 26-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Najaf. Traveling from Sydney in December, expect nights in Najaf to be much colder, around °C, while days are slightly colder, around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

3
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Go for a jaunt from Karbala to Al Hillah to see Babylon about 1h 10 min away. It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine and don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Karbala trip planner.

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Karbala are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 30th (Mon), you're off to Erbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Babylon
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

5
nights
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.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Gali Ali Bag, and browse the different shops at Family Mall.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Erbil road trip planning tool.

You can fly from Karbala to Erbil in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

3
nights
Duhok

Duhok ©
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Family-friendly places like Zawa Mountain and Azadi Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Duhok: Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). The adventure continues: buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, stroll around Zari Park, get to know the resident critters at Duhok Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Duhok trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Erbil to Duhok takes 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Duhok are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
Highlights from your plan
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Duhok Zoo ©
Duhok Zoo

3
nights
Kirkuk

Kirkuk
Kirkuk is the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238km north of Baghdad.Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. Attractions like Kirkuk Citadel and Bawa Gurgur Park make great kid-friendly stops.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kirkuk day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Kirkuk takes 3.5 hours. On the 10th (Fri), you'll travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Historic Sites Theme Parks

3
nights
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and look for gifts at Rand Gallery.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake

4
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.
Family-friendly places like Iraqi Museum and Al Mansur Mall will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Zawraa Park, don't miss a visit to Al Yassin Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Baghdad tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

3
nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nasiriyah trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Baghdad to Nasiriyah takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Basrah on the 20th (Mon).
Highlights from your plan
Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

3
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
On the 21st (Tue), deepen your understanding at University of Basrah and then don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Basrah trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Nasiriyah to Basrah in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Basrah can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. You'll set off for home on the 23rd (Thu).
Highlights from your plan
Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah