10 days in Iraq Itinerary

10 days in Iraq Itinerary

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10 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Karachi
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Erbil
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Baghdad
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
End: Karachi

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Majidi Mall and Erbil Civilization Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkuk (Kirkuk Citadel & Bawa Gurgur Park). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall, contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and stroll around Shanadar Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Erbil online road trip planner .

Karachi, Pakistan to Erbil is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Karachi to Erbil, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Karachi in February, plan for cooler days in Erbil, with highs around 18°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Kirkuk
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel

3
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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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al Sahlah Great Mosque and Memory Islam Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Babylon (in Al Hillah), Kufa (Great Mosque of Kufa, Masjid Hannana, & more) and Najaf (Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery & Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine and contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Karbala visit app .

Getting from Erbil to Karbala by combination of flight and car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Karbala, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kufa, Najaf, Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Al-Shaheed Monument and Abu Hanifa Mosque. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, find something for the whole family at Zawraa Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Armenian Orthodox Church - St Gregory The Illuminator, and browse the different shops at Al Mansur Mall.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Baghdad trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Karbala to Baghdad by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Baghdad can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum

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