11 days in Iraq Itinerary

11 days in Iraq Itinerary

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11 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Samarra
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Baghdad
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Najaf
— 1 night
taxi:  15​min
4
Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Karbala
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: London

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Samarra

Samarra
Sāmarrā is a city in Iraq. On the 13th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Samarra Archaeological City.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Samarra tour builder website .

London, UK to Samarra is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Samarra. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in October; daily highs in Samarra reach 42°C and lows reach 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Baghdad.

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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.
Spend the 14th (Sun) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, stop by Maximall, and make a trip to Al-Jawadain Holy Shrine.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Baghdad trip planner .

Getting from Samarra to Baghdad by car takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from Samarra in October, expect Baghdad to be little chillier, temps between 38°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and then don't miss a visit to Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib Shrine.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Najaf trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Najaf takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Najaf, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 20th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kufa journey planning tool .

Kufa is just a short distance from Najaf. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

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

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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 (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala online itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site