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Discover the cradle of civilization: Iraq

Iraq Highlights Tour

Discover the beauty of Iraq  for an immersive journey through iconic destinations such as ancient Babylon, the lively streets of Baghdad, Mosul, and Basra. The journey also takes you to holy spots in Najaf and Karbala, blending history and culture.

Ready for an exciting adventure? Join us now!

For those seeking something more, consider our exclusive Kurdistan tour combo.

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Iraq Highlights Tour

Iraq Group Tours Schedule

DateTourStatus
10 – 16 March 2024March TourBook now
10 – 16 May 2024May TourBook now
17 – 23 October 2024October TourBook now

General info

Days7 days / 6 nights
Price€ 2,595
€ 3,395 (Kurdistan Tour combo)
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 300)
Insurance
Visa
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses

This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Baghdad

  • Arrive at your own convenience at the hotel in Baghdad (we will provide instructions).
  • 8:00 AM – Meet up with our local guide who will give an introduction on travelling in Iraq.
  • Firdos Square, this square holds historical significance as the site where Coalition forces toppled Saddam’s statue.
  • Al-Mutanabbi street, this is the famous book street, here used to gather all the intellectuals.
  • National Iraq Museum housing artifacts from Mesopotamian, Persian, and Islamic civilizations.
  • Al-Mustansariya School, this used to be the most important university in the Islamic world.
  • Al Safafeer copper market operating since the 800s, making it the world’s oldest continuously running market.
  • Highlight: Al Shaheed Monument, an imposing structure commemorating the first Gulf War.
  • If time permits we’ll take a quick tour around at Tahir Square and Former Camp Al-Adala (where Saddam was hanged) and try to catch a glimpse of the crossed swords, which are located in the off limits green zone.
  • Overnight stay in Baghdad.

Day 2 – Baghdad – Ctesiphone – Agargouf Ziggurat – Karbala

  • We get up early for our drive to the Ctesiphone.
  • Take a look at the old, gigantic brick arch, its under construction, but still an impressive sight to see.
  • Drive to Abu Ghraib (not the prison).
  • Agargouf Ziggurat, a popular place for relaxation during the Saddam Hussein period.
  • Continue on south to Iraq’s holiest city of Karbala.
  • Al Abbas Mosque, the place where Abbas ibn Ali is buried.
  • Imam Hussein Shrine, the place where Imam Hussein is buried.
  • Overnight stay in Karbala.

Day 3 – Karbala – Babylon – Najaf

  • Drive to Babylon.
  • Highlight: Guided tour of the ruins of Babylon, including the Hanging Gardens and the Tower of Babel.
  • Palace of Saddam Hussein, on top of a hill in the centre in Babylon.
  • We continue to Najaf.
  • House of Imam Ali. Imam Ali was the son-in-law and nephew of the prophet Mohammed. This is where he was murdered.
  • Kufa Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the world.
  • Visit to the ceremony at the Imam Ali Shrine. Imam Ali is buried here.
  • Overnight stay in Najaf.

Day 4 – Najaf – Marshes – Basra

  • Wadi-e-salam Cemetery, probably the largest Islamic cemetery in the world.
  • We leave Najaf and head South.
  • Highlight: Visit to the ziggurat of Ur. An imposing structure in the middle of the desert.
  • Drive to the Marshes (wetlands).
  • Boat trip through the wetlands, with the famous ‘floating villages’.
  • See the confluence of the Euphrates and the Tigris river, next to it is the Tree of Adam & Eve.
  • Drive to Basra.
  • Overnight stay in Basra.

Day 5 – Basra – Baghdad

  • Highlight: Ashar & Shanashil Al Basra (Old Basra).
  • Boat trip on the Shatt Al Arab River, where we see several shipwrecks.
  • Former Palace of Saddam Hussein.
  • Long drive back to Baghdad, just outside of Basra we’ll visit the vast Basra British War Memorial.
  • Overnight stay in Baghdad.

Day 6 – Baghdad – Samarra – Mosul

  • Getting up early for the drive to Samarra, on the way we drive through villages that have been destroyed in the fight against IS. 
  • Highlight: See the Samarra Minaret (also known as the Great Mosque of Samarra). If you like you can walk to the top.
  • We continue north, towards Mosul.
  • If possible we will stop at the famous UNESCO sight of Hatra. Permissions are not always granted, but we will try it.
  • Arrival in Mosul.
  • Overnight stay in Mosul.

Day 7 – Mosul – Bakhida – Erbil

  • See the remains of the Al-Nuri mosque, the most famous landmark of Mosul.
  • Visit both the Church of Mar Toma, also recognized as St. Thomas, and the Al Tahira Church.
  • Bash Tapia castle, a 12th-century fortress within Mosul’s city wall.
  • We leave Mosul and head for the Christian village Bakhida. This village was largely destroyed by ISIS, but has completely been restored.
  • Visit the Church Square, the place where the Pope gave a mass on his historic visit to Iraq in March 2021.
  • The village is full with churches, but we’ll visit the Immaculate Church. An impressive place where you can still see bullets and bullet holes from the ISIS-time.
  • We leave Bakhida and continue towards Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • Arrival in Erbil and end of the tour.
  • OR: join the Kurdistan Newroz Tour.