21 days in Iraq Itinerary

21 days in Iraq Itinerary

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21 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Drive:  14​h 30​min
1
Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Erbil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Get some cultural insight at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and Maytham al-Tammar Shrine. And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, make a trip to Al Sahlah Great Mosque, take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kufa road trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Kufa is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Arabia Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Mumbai in April, plan for little chillier nights in Kufa, with lows around 20°C. On the 26th (Fri), you'll travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Imam Hussain's Shrine and Al Abbas Holy Shrine. Step out of Karbala with an excursion to Babylon in Al Hillah--about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum, and make a trip to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Karbala travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Kufa to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Karbala, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. You will leave for Baghdad on the 29th (Mon).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
Get some cultural insight at The Iraq Museum and Unknown Soldier Monument. Pack the 1st (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, take in the spiritual surroundings of Umm Al-Qura Mosque, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and pause for some serene contemplation at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Duhok.

Things to do in Baghdad

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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush) and Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho). There's lots more to do: stroll around Azadi Park, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Duhok Zoo, and buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Duhok visit planner.

Do a combination of flight and car from Baghdad to Duhok in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Baghdad in May, expect Duhok to be a bit cooler, temps between 39°C and 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
Highlights from your plan
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Erbil Citadel and Shanadar Park. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, and take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Erbil trip planner .

You can drive from Duhok to Erbil in 2.5 hours. May in Erbil sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Amnasuraka Museum and Slemani Museum. There's still lots to do: have fun at Chavi Land, stroll around Sarchnar Park, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dukan lake.

Before you visit Sulaymaniyah, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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