48 days in Iraq Itinerary

48 days in Iraq Itinerary

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48 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Basrah
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Nasiriyah
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Karbala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kufa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
5
Baghdad
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
6
Erbil
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Duhok
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Kirkuk
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Sulaymaniyah
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Dubai

4
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Explore hidden gems such as Basra Times Square and University of Basrah.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Basrah trip planning app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Basrah is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Dubai in April, Basrah is little chillier at night with lows of 23°C. You'll set off for Nasiriyah on the 18th (Thu).
Highlights from your plan
Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

5
nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nasiriyah tour website .

Getting from Basrah to Nasiriyah by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll travel to Karbala.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

5
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Imam Hussain's Shrine and Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. Babylon and Al Abbas Holy Shrine will appeal to history buffs. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site and get engrossed in the history at Memory Islam Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Karbala trip itinerary website .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Nasiriyah to Karbala in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. On the 28th (Sun), you're off toKufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam Museum

5
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Get a sense of the local culture at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Your inner history buff will appreciate Al Sahlah Great Mosque and Masjid Hannana. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kufa road trip planning site .

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 20°C. On the 3rd (Fri), you're off toBaghdad.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

5
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.
Visit Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator and Unknown Soldier Monument for their historical value. Head to Al Mansur Mall and Babylon Mallfor some retail therapy. Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, make a trip to Al Yassin Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Bunnia Mosque, and admire all the interesting features of Al-Shaab Stadium.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Baghdad trip planner .

Getting from Kufa to Baghdad by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive. May in Baghdad sees daily highs of 43°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Erbil.

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

6
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.
Shop till you drop at Family Mall and Majidi Mall. Do some cultural sightseeing at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa and Bazaar. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, make a trip to Mudhafaria Minarett, see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Erbil trip builder site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Baghdad to Erbil in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Baghdad in May: high temperatures in Erbil hover around 38°C and lows are around 21°C. You will leave for Duhok on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Zawa Mountain and Duhok Zoo. Step off the beaten path and head to Rabban Hormizd Monastery and Azadi Panorama. When in Duhok, make a side trip to see Zakho Bridge. in Zakho, approximately 48 minutes away. There's more to do: stroll around Azadi Park and buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Duhok trip planner .

Traveling by car from Erbil to Duhok takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Duhok are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 19th (Sun), you'll travel to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery
Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park

5
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kirkuk Citadel and Bawa Gurgur Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kirkuk trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Duhok to Kirkuk in 3.5 hours. On the 24th (Fri), you're off toSulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Kirkuk

Theme Parks Historic Sites
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Kirkuk Citadel ©
Kirkuk Citadel

7
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 Slemani Museum and Rand Gallery. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Dukan lake, stroll around Sarchnar Park, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and have fun at Chavi Land.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kirkuk to Sulaymaniyah by car takes about 2 hours. You will leave for home on the 31st (Fri).

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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