30 days in Iraq Itinerary

30 days in Iraq Itinerary

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30 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  27​h
1
Najaf
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Ninawa Province
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Erbil
— 9 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Brisbane

1
night
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Najaf itinerary planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Najaf is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Brisbane to Najaf. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Brisbane in August, with highs in Najaf at 53°C and lows at 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
Highlights from your plan
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel and Babylon. Your inner history buff will appreciate Imam Hussain's Shrine and Tal Al Zainabeiah site. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine and admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Karbala online visit planner .

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Najaf in August since evenings lows in Karbala dip to 32°C. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
Highlights from your plan
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Baghdadi Museum and Maximall. Spend the 7th (Tue) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, and explore and take pictures at Al-Shaab Stadium.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Baghdad visit website .

Getting from Karbala to Baghdad by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baghdad are 53°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

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

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dukan lake and Rand Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Slemani Museum and Amnasuraka Museum. There's much more to do: stroll through Sarchnar Park, have fun at Chavi Land, and browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah holiday site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kirkuk itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk takes 2 hours. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kirkuk Citadel ©
Kirkuk Citadel

2
nights
Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

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

Drive from Kirkuk to Ninawa Province in 4.5 hours. August in Ninawa Province sees daily highs of 53°C and lows of 35°C at night. On the 15th (Wed), you'll travel to Duhok.

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Zakho Bridge. and Zari Park. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Zawa Mountain, buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, stroll through Azadi Park, and pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Duhok trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Ninawa Province to Duhok takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach 51°C, while at night they dip to 33°C. You will leave for Erbil on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Zakho Bridge.
Highlights from your plan
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.

9
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mudhafaria Minarett and Aqua tarin. Escape the urban bustle at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Gali Ali Bag. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum, examine the collection at Erbil Civilization Museum, look for gifts at Bazaar, and steep yourself in history at Citadel of Arbil.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Erbil online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. In August in Erbil, expect temperatures between 49°C during the day and 32°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Syriac Heritage Museum ©
Syriac Heritage Museum
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum