30 days in Iraq Itinerary

30 days in Iraq Itinerary

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30 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  26​h
1
Basrah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Nasiriyah
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Karbala
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Erbil
— 8 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Basra Times Square and explore and take pictures at University of Basrah.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Basrah trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Basrah is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Basrah is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Sydney in September, things will get warmer in Basrah: highs are around 51°C and lows about 30°C. On the 4th (Wed), you're off toNasiriyah.
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah

3
nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip planner .

Traveling by car from Basrah to Nasiriyah takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Karbala on the 7th (Sat).
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

4
nights
Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Venture out of the city with trips to Babylon (in Al Hillah), Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque, Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, & more) and Najaf (Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him & Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and explore the world behind art at Memory Islam Museum.

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

Do a combination of flight and car from Nasiriyah to Karbala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 47°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kufa, Najaf, Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Babylon ©
Babylon

4
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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 13th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. The adventure continues: examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unknown Soldier Monument.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Baghdad day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. September in Baghdad sees daily highs of 47°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks Historic Sites Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument

3
nights
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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have fun at Chavi Land, buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum, and stop by Rand Gallery.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah trip planning tool .

Getting from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Duhok.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

3
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.
Explore Duhok's surroundings by going to Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho) and Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush). There's much more to do: browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, stroll around Zari Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Duhok Zoo.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Duhok vacation app .

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Duhok takes 5 hours. September in Duhok sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

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

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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: steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, stop by Bazaar, and see the interesting displays at Kurdish Textile Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Erbil trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Duhok to Erbil in 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Erbil are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

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

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