8 days in Iraq Itinerary

8 days in Iraq Itinerary

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8 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Erbil
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Duhok
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Kufa
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 27-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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums Shopping
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Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall

2
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.
On the 31st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rashad Mufti Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Erbil Civilization Museum, then stop by Bazaar, and finally get outside with Aqua tarin. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Mudhafaria Minarett, stroll around Minaret Park, walk around Shanadar Park, then examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Erbil trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Erbil are 49°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum
Minaret Park ©
Minaret Park
Mudhafaria Minarett ©
Mudhafaria Minarett

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): snap pictures at Zakho Bridge., then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rabban Hormizd Monastery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Duhok Zoo, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, and then walk around Azadi Park.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Duhok trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Erbil to Duhok in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 45°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid Hannana, then make a trip to Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kufa day trip planner .

Do a combination of car and flight from Duhok to Kufa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Kufa can reach 48°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine ©
Maytham al-Tammar Shrine

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