11 days in Najaf, Karbala & Baghdad Itinerary

11 days in Najaf, Karbala & Baghdad Itinerary

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11 days in Najaf, Karbala & Baghdad Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  15​h
1
Najaf
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Karbala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Warsaw

2
nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him and House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and Masjid Hannana. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Najaf trip itinerary planning tool .

Warsaw, Poland to Najaf is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Warsaw to Najaf is 2 hours. Traveling from Warsaw in October, expect Najaf to be much hotter, temps between 39°C and 23°C. You'll set off for Karbala on the 11th (Fri).

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 12th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Memory Islam Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Karbala trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Najaf to Karbala in 1.5 hours. October in Karbala sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 20°C at night. 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

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator and Al-Rahman mosque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Iraq Museum and Unknown Soldier Monument. Pack the 16th (Wed) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Umm Al-Qura Mosque, and admire the striking features of Bunnia Mosque.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Baghdad online tour planner .

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. October in Baghdad sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

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The Iraq Museum ©
The Iraq Museum
Umm Al-Qura Mosque ©
Umm Al-Qura Mosque