20 days in Iraq Itinerary

20 days in Iraq Itinerary

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20 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Erbil
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Duhok
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Baghdad
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kufa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Nasiriyah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Basrah
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: New Delhi

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 1st (Sat), buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, and finally enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Rand Gallery and then walk around Sarchnar Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary planner.

New Delhi, India to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New Delhi to Sulaymaniyah is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sarchnar Park ©
Sarchnar Park
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: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque, browse the different shops at Family Mall, and contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Erbil itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 45°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Duhok.

Things to do in Erbil

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

2
nights
Duhok

Duhok ©
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, walk around Azadi Park, and then snap pictures at Zakho Bridge.. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery, then appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, then buy something for everyone on your list at Mazi Plus Mall, and finally walk around Zari Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Duhok day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Erbil to Duhok takes 2.5 hours. June in Duhok sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Rabban Hormizd Monastery, Zakho Bridge.
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Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.
Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

3
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.
Pack the 9th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Iraq Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and don't miss a visit to Baghdadi Museum.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Duhok to Baghdad in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 48°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kufa.

Things to do in Baghdad

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

2
nights
Kufa

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. On the 11th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, 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. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, then get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, and finally make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kufa online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Baghdad to Kufa by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive. June in Kufa sees daily highs of 49°C and lows of 33°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Kufa

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with a short trip to Babylon in Al Hillah (about 1h 10 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Karbala trip itinerary website .

Getting from Kufa to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kufa in June, Karbala is slightly colder at night with lows of 29°C. You will leave for Nasiriyah on the 15th (Sat).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

1
night
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Karbala to Nasiriyah in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Basrah.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore and take pictures at University of Basrah and then make a trip to Basra Times Square.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Basrah holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Nasiriyah to Basrah takes 2.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Basrah are 53°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Tue).
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

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