10 days in Iraq Itinerary

10 days in Iraq Itinerary

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10 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  14​h
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 day
taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Baghdad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kufa
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Bucharest

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): browse the different shops at City Star Mall, then take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, then examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah online journey planner .

Bucharest, Romania to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Arabia Standard Time is 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums Shopping Fun & Games
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Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum

2
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.
On the 19th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall. Keep things going the next day: get in on the family fun at Zawraa Park.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Baghdad road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Museums Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall

1
night
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 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Karbala online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Karbala can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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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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night
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, then steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, and then stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kufa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Kufa takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kufa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, then walk around Shanadar Park, and finally stop by Bazaar.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Erbil online trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Kufa to Erbil takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Kufa in October, things will get a bit cooler in Erbil: highs are around 34°C and lows about 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum