6 days in Iraq Itinerary

6 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Istanbul
Fly:  6 h 15 min
1
Erbil
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Karbala
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Baghdad
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
4
Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Istanbul

2
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.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mudhafaria Minarett, and then stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Erbil trip site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Erbil is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Istanbul in September, you will find days in Erbil are much warmer (43°C), and nights are about the same (26°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Shopping Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum

1
night
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 19th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Karbala road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Karbala, ranging from highs of 47°C to lows of 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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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

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Baghdad trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Baghdad are 47°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums Shopping
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al Mansur Mall ©
Al Mansur Mall
Al-Mutanabbi Statue ©
Al-Mutanabbi Statue

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 21st (Mon), examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum and then enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Fun & Games Museums
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Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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