9 days in Iraq Itinerary

9 days in Iraq Itinerary

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9 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Islamabad
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Najaf
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Baghdad
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h
End: Islamabad

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, and then have fun at Chavi Land. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dukan lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah day trip website .

Islamabad, Pakistan to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi and flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Islamabad to Sulaymaniyah due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

3
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: contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Korek Mountain Resort & Spa, admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag, and buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Erbil planning tool .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Nature Museums
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

1
night
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Najaf trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Erbil to Najaf in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Erbil in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Najaf: highs are around 39°C and lows about 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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night
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 21st (Mon), steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To find out how to plan a trip to Karbala, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Baghdad.

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

1
night
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.
On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, then examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Baghdad trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall