22 days in Iraq Itinerary

22 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Sulaymaniyah
— 1 night
2
Kirkuk
— 2 nights
3
Duhok
— 2 nights
4
Ninawa Province
— 2 nights
5
Erbil
— 4 nights
6
Najaf
— 2 nights
7
Karbala
— 2 nights
8
Baghdad
— 4 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Dukan lake, look for gifts at Rand Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at City Star Mall, then take an in-depth tour of Slemani Museum, and then have fun at Chavi Land.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sulaymaniyah online travel route planner.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Sulaymaniyah is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Sulaymaniyah is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
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Dukan lake ©
Dukan lake
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum
Amnasuraka Museum ©
Amnasuraka Museum

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Kirkuk

Kirkuk
Kirkuk is the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238km north of Baghdad.Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkuk driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk takes 2 hours. You will leave for Duhok on the 13th (Mon).
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Duhok

Duhok ©
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain, pause for some photo ops at Azadi Panorama, and then stroll around Azadi Park. On your second day here, take in the views from Zakho Bridge., browse the different shops at Mazi Plus Mall, and then walk around Zari Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Duhok journey planner.

Getting from Kirkuk to Duhok by car takes about 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 51°C, and evening lows to 33°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ninawa Province.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Zakho Bridge.
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Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain
Azadi Park ©
Azadi Park
Azadi Panorama ©
Azadi Panorama

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Ninawa Province

Ninawa Province ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rabban Hormizd Monastery.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ninawa Province trip planning tool.

Getting from Duhok to Ninawa Province by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°C in August, and nighttime lows around 35°C. You will leave for Erbil on the 17th (Fri).

Things to do in Ninawa Province

Historic Sites
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Rabban Hormizd Monastery ©
Rabban Hormizd Monastery

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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.
Visit Erbil Citadel and Mudhafaria Minarett for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kurdish Textile Museum and Syriac Heritage Museum. There's lots more to do: browse the different shops at Family Mall, stop by Bazaar, take in the dramatic scenery at Gali Ali Bag, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Erbil online visit planner.

Getting from Ninawa Province to Erbil by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ninawa Province in August, expect Erbil to be a bit cooler, temps between 49°C and 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Museums · Nature
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Kurdish Textile Museum ©
Kurdish Textile Museum
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Erbil Civilization Museum ©
Erbil Civilization Museum

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Najaf

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 22nd (Wed), get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Sahlah Great Mosque, and then don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and then steep yourself in history at Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Najaf trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Najaf takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Erbil in August, expect Najaf to be somewhat warmer, temps between 53°C and 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Karbala.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Kufa
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Al Sahlah Great Mosque ©
Al Sahlah Great Mosque
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Abbas Holy Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Memory Islam Museum.

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

Traveling by car from Najaf to Karbala takes an hour. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Najaf in August since evenings lows in Karbala dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Baghdad.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites · Museums
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Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel ©
Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel
Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Memory Islam Museum ©
Memory Islam 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.
Get some historical perspective at Umm Al-Qura Mosque and Al Yassin Mosque. Explore hidden gems such as Maximall and Al-Shaheed Monument. Pack the 28th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zawraa Park. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Iraqi Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, make a trip to Abu Hanifa Mosque, and admire the striking features of Al-Rahman mosque.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad holiday maker website.

You can drive from Karbala to Baghdad in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Baghdad are 53°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Baghdad

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Zawraa Park ©
Zawraa Park
Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Umm Al-Qura Mosque ©
Umm Al-Qura Mosque