11 days in Najaf, Karbala & Baghdad Itinerary

11 days in Najaf, Karbala & Baghdad Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  15 h
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Warsaw


Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Get some historical perspective at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and Masjid Hannana. Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and contemplate the long history of Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Najaf trip maker website.

Warsaw, Poland to Najaf is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Arabian Standard Time (AST) is 2 hours. Traveling from Warsaw in October, expect Najaf to be much warmer, temps between 39°C and 23°C. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque


Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Karbala day trip planner.

Getting from Najaf to Karbala by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums
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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


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.
Visit Al Yassin Mosque and Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Iraqi Museum and Bunnia Mosque. Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, and revel in the low prices at Babylon Mall.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Baghdad planning site.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Baghdad are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque