11 days in Iraq Itinerary

11 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Erbil
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Fly
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Baghdad
— 3 nights
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Erbil

— 3 nights

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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. Centered on its ancient and World Heritage-listed citadel, the city blends old and new, retaining some of its long-established architectural and cultural charm in its grand bazaars and minarets, while adding a number of modern malls and nightlife haunts.
Erbil is known for parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, look for gifts at Bazaar, browse the different shops at Family Mall, and steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Erbil tour itinerary site.

Athens, Greece to Erbil is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Athens to Erbil due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Athens in April: highs in Erbil hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 25:

Sulaymaniyah

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): browse the different shops at City Star Mall, enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and then browse the exhibits of Amnasuraka Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah day trip planning app.

Drive from Erbil to Sulaymaniyah in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Karbala.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Fun & Games · Shopping
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 26:

Karbala

— 3 nights
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) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Imam Hussain's Shrine and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

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You can fly from Sulaymaniyah to Karbala in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 26 — 29:

Baghdad

— 3 nights
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 30th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, and then browse the exhibits of Iraqi Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Baghdadi Museum, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Baghdad sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 2:

Iraq travel guide

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Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping Malls
Encompassing the fertile area between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers once called Mesopotamia, modern Iraq is marked by turmoil, torn between its rich historical heritage and recent instability and bloodshed. Few tourists choose to vacation in Iraq, put off by reports of violence and destruction that have shaken the country to its core. Still, the semi-autonomous province of Kurdistan remains seemingly insulated from the chaos of the rest of the country. This small region draws a growing number of foreign travelers, enticed by the area's rugged appeal and numerous lakes, archaeological sites, and impressive mountains.