34 days in Iraq Itinerary

34 days in Iraq Itinerary

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34 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  28​h
1
Erbil
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Duhok
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Najaf
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Baghdad
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
7
Nasiriyah
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Basrah
— 8 nights
Fly:  28​h
End: Cairns

4
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, steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, and admire the sheer force of Gali Ali Bag.

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Cairns, Australia to Erbil is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) (AEST) to Arabia Standard Time (AST) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from Cairns in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Erbil, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Duhok.

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

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Duhok: Zakho Bridge. (in Zakho) and Rabban Hormizd Monastery (in Al Qush). There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, stroll around Azadi Park, appreciate the history behind Azadi Panorama, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Duhok Zoo.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Duhok itinerary planner .

Getting from Erbil to Duhok by car takes about 2.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Duhok can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

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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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: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, walk around Sarchnar Park, and look for gifts at Rand Gallery.

Plan trip to Sulaymaniyah with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Sulaymaniyah takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

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

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nights
Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Najaf is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him, steep yourself in history at Al Sahlah Great Mosque, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Masjid Hannana, and stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Najaf day trip planning tool .

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Najaf by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. May in Najaf sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

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Karbala

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Go for a jaunt from Karbala to Al Hillah to see Babylon about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, and take an in-depth tour of Memory Islam Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Karbala trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Najaf to Karbala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Karbala when traveling from Najaf in May, with lows around 25°C. On the 21st (Thu), you'll travel to Baghdad.

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

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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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at The Iraq Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, and look for gifts at Babylon Mall.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Baghdad road trip site .

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Baghdad are 43°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park

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nights
Nasiriyah

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Baghdad to Nasiriyah by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. On the 28th (Thu), you're off toBasrah.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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nights
Basrah

Basrah ©
Basrah is known for . Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Basra Times Square and gain insight at University of Basrah.

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Drive from Nasiriyah to Basrah in 2.5 hours. In May in Basrah, expect temperatures between 47°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel back home.
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Basra Times Square ©
Basra Times Square
University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah