13 days in Iraq Itinerary

13 days in Iraq Itinerary

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13 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Kufa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Fly:  22​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, and buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Erbil road trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Erbil is an approximately 21.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Erbil is 8 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for much hotter days in Erbil, with highs around 43°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

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

1
night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kufa trip planner .

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Erbil in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Kufa: highs are around 48°C and lows about 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala route maker tool .

You can drive from Kufa to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Karbala. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Baghdad.

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

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.
Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, and buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad route planning website .

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, then enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, then examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah online journey planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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