5 days in Iraq Itinerary

5 days in Iraq Itinerary

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Erbil
— 1 night
Fly
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Karbala
— 1 night
Drive to Baghdad International Airport, Fly to San Francisco International Airport

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Erbil

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): walk around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then contemplate the long history of Erbil Citadel, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Family Mall.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Erbil road trip website.

San Francisco, USA to Erbil is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Arabian Standard Time (AST), which is usually a 11 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Erbil when traveling from San Francisco in January, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Karbala

Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imam Hussain's Shrine, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Karbala trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Karbala takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, daytime highs in Karbala are 62°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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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.