17 days in Iraq Itinerary

17 days in Iraq Itinerary

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17 days in Iraq Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly:  26​h
1
Sulaymaniyah
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Baghdad
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Karbala
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Erbil
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Asheville

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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.
Sulaymaniyah is known for fun & games, museums, shopping, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy some diversion at Chavi Land, examine the collection at Amnasuraka Museum, browse the different shops at City Star Mall, and stop by Rand Gallery.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sulaymaniyah planner .

Asheville, USA to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Arabia Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Baghdad.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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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.
Baghdad is known for shopping, museums, historic sites, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Iraqi Museum, get some fabulous bargains at Babylon Mall, pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and try out the rides at Zawraa Park.

Plan my trip to Baghdad with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sulaymaniyah to Baghdad in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Baghdad

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping
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Al Yassin Mosque ©
Al Yassin Mosque
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park

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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. Venture out of the city with trips to Najaf (Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him & Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery), Kufa (Al Sahlah Great Mosque & Great Mosque of Kufa) and Babylon (in Al Hillah). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine.

Plan my trip to Karbala with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Baghdad to Karbala in 2 hours. In February, daytime highs in Karbala are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Erbil.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Najaf, Kufa, Babylon
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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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.
Erbil is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, look for gifts at Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mudhafaria Minarett, and examine the collection at Kurdish Textile Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Erbil road trip app .

Getting from Karbala to Erbil by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Karbala in February, plan for little chillier days in Erbil, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 41°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks Nature Shopping
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel