12 days in Iraq Itinerary

12 days in Iraq Itinerary

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12 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Kufa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Karachi

1
night
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 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dukan lake and then have fun at Chavi Land. Keep things going the next day: buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, then get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, then look for gifts at Rand Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah online tour planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Karachi to Sulaymaniyah due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Wildlife Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

3
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, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Sami Abdulrahman Park, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, and browse the different shops at Family Mall.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Erbil trip tool .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In March in Erbil, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

3
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.
Spend the 10th (Sun) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, don't miss a visit to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Baghdad day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Erbil to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Erbil in March, expect Baghdad to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

1
night
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala day trip tool .

Getting from Baghdad to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in March, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

1
night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 14th (Thu), make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, and then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kufa planning site .

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in March, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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