60 days in Iraq Itinerary

60 days in Iraq Itinerary

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60 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Basrah
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Sulaymaniyah
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kirkuk
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Ninawa Province
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Duhok
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Erbil
— 6 nights
Fly + Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Nasiriyah
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
8
Baghdad
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Karbala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Kufa
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basra Times Square and explore and take pictures at University of Basrah.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Basrah itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Basrah is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Arabia Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Basrah hover around 51°C and lows are around 30°C. You will leave for Sulaymaniyah on the 10th (Mon).
Highlights from your plan
Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

6
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, shopping, parks, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, look for gifts at Rand Gallery, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and browse the different shops at City Star Mall.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah visit planner .

Traveling by flight from Basrah to Sulaymaniyah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 16th (Sun), you'll travel to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

6
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. Kirkuk is known for historic sites and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Bawa Gurgur Park and steep yourself in history at Kirkuk Citadel.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kirkuk trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk takes 2 hours. You will leave for Ninawa Province on the 22nd (Sat).

Things to do in Kirkuk

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

6
nights
Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Ninawa Province is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ninawa Province trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kirkuk to Ninawa Province takes 4.5 hours. In September in Ninawa Province, expect temperatures between 49°C during the day and 32°C at night. On the 28th (Fri), you're off toDuhok.

Things to do in Ninawa Province

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

6
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.
Go for a jaunt from Duhok to Zakho to see Zakho Bridge. about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Azadi Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Duhok online travel route planner .

Drive from Ninawa Province to Duhok in 3 hours. In September, Duhok is little chillier than Ninawa Province - with highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C. You will leave for Erbil on the 4th (Thu).

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

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

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.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, stop by Bazaar, buy something for everyone on your list at Majidi Mall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Erbil holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. On the 10th (Wed), you'll travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa ©
The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa
Gali Ali Bag ©
Gali Ali Bag

6
nights
Nasiriyah

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

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You can fly from Erbil to Nasiriyah in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You will leave for Baghdad on the 16th (Tue).
Highlights from your plan
Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

6
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.
Spend the 17th (Wed) in some colorful company at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and admire the landmark architecture of Al-Rahman mosque.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nasiriyah to Baghdad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll travel to Karbala.

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-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

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. When in Karbala, make a side trip to see Babylon in Al Hillah, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala journey planner .

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 20°C. You will leave for Kufa on the 27th (Sat).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

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
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kufa is known for museums and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, and take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kufa sightseeing planner.

Getting from Karbala to Kufa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October in Kufa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 23°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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