8 days in Iraq Itinerary

8 days in Iraq Itinerary

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8 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  27​h
1
Erbil
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Kufa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  27​h
End: New York City

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night
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 23rd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, then stop by Bazaar, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall. Keep things going the next day: walk around Shanadar Park, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Erbil online visit planner .

New York City, USA to Erbil is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from New York City to Erbil. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in January: high temperatures in Erbil hover around 57°F and lows are around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Family Mall ©
Family Mall
Bazaar ©
Bazaar

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Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kufa road trip planner .

You can fly from Erbil to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kufa, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Najaf
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Karbala online route planner .

Traveling by car from Kufa to Karbala takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Karbala are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site

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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 27th (Mon): browse the different shops at City Star Mall, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, then examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sulaymaniyah tour planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Karbala to Sulaymaniyah in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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