14 days in Iraq Itinerary

14 days in Iraq Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Iraq route planner

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Sulaymaniyah
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Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
Drive
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Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly
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Baghdad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kufa
— 1 night
Drive
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Nasiriyah
— 2 nights
Drive to Basra, Fly to New York City

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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.
On the 26th (Fri), walk around Sarchnar Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at City Star Mall, then enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, and then explore the galleries of Amnasuraka Museum.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Sulaymaniyah sightseeing planner.

New York City, USA to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 25-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from New York City to Sulaymaniyah, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 27:

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: explore the galleries of Kurdish Textile Museum, stop by Bazaar, walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, and take an in-depth tour of Syriac Heritage Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Erbil trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil takes 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Erbil can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to fly to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 27 — 30:

Baghdad

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): browse the different shops at Babylon Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Yassin Mosque, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Al-Shaheed Monument, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then explore the galleries of Iraqi Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Baghdad online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Baghdad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 2:

Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Karbala: Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). There's more to do: 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.

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

Drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Karbala, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 2 — 5:

Kufa

— 1 night
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Sahlah Great Mosque.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kufa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Kufa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Kufa are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 6:

Nasiriyah

— 2 nights
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nasiriyah online trip planner.

You can drive from Kufa to Nasiriyah in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

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.