22 days in Iraq Itinerary

22 days in Iraq Itinerary

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22 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Duhok
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ninawa Province
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Erbil
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
6
Najaf
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

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.
On the 10th (Fri), make a trip to Dukan lake, then look for gifts at Rand Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at City Star Mall, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and then have fun at Chavi Land.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah driving holiday planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Arabia Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake

2
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. On the 12th (Sun), have fun at Bawa Gurgur Park and then steep yourself in history at Kirkuk Citadel.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kirkuk trip maker app .

Drive from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk in 2 hours. You will leave for Duhok on the 13th (Mon).

Things to do in Kirkuk

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Kirkuk Citadel ©
Kirkuk Citadel

2
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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.
On the 14th (Tue), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Azadi Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): snap pictures at Zakho Bridge., buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Zari Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Duhok online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Kirkuk to Duhok in 3.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Duhok are 51°C, while nighttime lows are 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Zakho Bridge.
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Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.

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nights
Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ninawa Province itinerary planner.

Getting from Duhok to Ninawa Province by car takes about 3 hours. August in Ninawa Province sees daily highs of 53°C and lows of 35°C at night. You will leave for Erbil on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

4
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.
Visiting The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Gali Ali Bag will get you outdoors. Kurdish Textile Museum and Erbil Civilization Museum will appeal to museum buffs. And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Family Mall, steep yourself in history at Citadel of Arbil, look for gifts at Bazaar, and take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Erbil online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Ninawa Province to Erbil in 3.5 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ninawa Province in August, with highs in Erbil at 49°C and lows at 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Nature
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Najaf online trip maker .

Getting from Erbil to Najaf by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Erbil in August, expect Najaf to be a bit warmer, temps between 53°C and 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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nights
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 24th (Fri): make a trip to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala attractions site .

Drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Najaf in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Karbala, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum

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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.
Do your shopping at Al Mansur Mall and Maximall. Discover out-of-the-way places like Baghdadi Museum and Al-Shaheed Monument. Spend the 28th (Tue) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and admire all the interesting features of Al-Shaab Stadium.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad trip planner .

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°C in August, and nighttime lows around 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Umm Al-Qura Mosque ©
Umm Al-Qura Mosque