14 days in Iraq Itinerary

14 days in Iraq Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): walk around Sarchnar Park. Keep things going the next day: browse the different shops at City Star Mall, have fun at Chavi Land, and then browse the exhibits of Amnasuraka Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sulaymaniyah trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Fun & Games
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:

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: browse the exhibits of Kurdish Textile Museum, get outside with Aqua tarin, stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, and stop by Bazaar.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Erbil road trip website.

Getting from Sulaymaniyah to Erbil by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Baghdad.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 4:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): get some fabulous bargains at Babylon Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Yassin Mosque, and then browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Al-Shaheed Monument, appreciate the history behind Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then explore the galleries of Iraqi Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Baghdad tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Erbil to Baghdad by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 6:

Karbala

— 3 nights
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Change things up with these side-trips from Karbala: Babylon (in Al Hillah) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Karbala holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Baghdad to Karbala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Karbala, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kufa.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 6 — 9:

Kufa

— 1 night
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): 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.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kufa trip planner.

You can drive from Karbala to Kufa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Kufa sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nasiriyah.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 10:

Nasiriyah

— 2 nights
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. On the 11th (Sat), make a trip to Ziggurat of UR.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Nasiriyah trip maker website.

You can drive from Kufa to Nasiriyah in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:
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.