Baghdad & Babylon Tour

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Highlights

Baghdad - Samarra - Najaf - Babylon - Karbala - Nasariyah -  Baghdad.

October 26 - Nov 1st, 2021

For Southern Iraq a new visa on arrival scheme has been announced for citizens of the EU, UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Russia, China, Japan & South Korea. If you are not from one of these countries then we will apply for a visa on your behalf. An invitation letter is issued and you can bring this to your local embassy to apply for the visa.

The Itinerary

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Baghdad & Beyond

October 26th - Baghdad

  • Arrival in Baghdad. Your tour guide will meet you in Baghdad Airport.
  • Introductory briefing on travelling in Iraq and a breakdown of the itinerary.
  • Baghdad tour (depending on your arrival time) – see the Liberation square monument and the place where Saddam’s statue was toppled in 2003.
  • See the iconic Al-Shaheed (Martyr) Monument.
  • Visit the Save Iraqi Culture Monument and see the Green Zone of Baghdad.
  • Traditional Fish Masgouf dinner and overnight in Baghdad.

October 27th - Baghdad & Ctesiphon

  • After breakfast it’s a full Baghdad city tour starting with a visit to the National Museum of Iraq. Reopened in 2015 after notorious looting during the war, it contains various treasure from the Mesopotamian and Babylonian periods.
  • Visit the incredible Al – Mustansariya School. This is commonly known as the oldest school in the world.
  • Stroll through the nearby bazaar with book markets, antiques and cooper galore!
  • Stroll along the Tigris River and see the famous old clock tower.
  • Take a well deserved break in the Shabinder cafe for tea and Shisha.
  • Lunch in the famous Kubba restaurant next door.
  • Drive out to one of the greatest historical sites in the Middle East: the ruins of Ctesiphon. These days all that’s left is a gigantic arch which also happens to be the world’s largest span of unreinforced brickwork.
  • Dinner and overnight in Baghdad.
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October 28th - Samarra & Karbala

  • Hit the road and drive north to Samara. We pass through multiple checkpoints along the route driving by many villages recently destroyed during fighting against ISIS.
  • Samara is famous for its Minaret (also known as the Great Mosque of Samara). We’ll climb the spiral staircase all the way to the top for the 360 degree view. Not for the faint hearted!
  • Drive back to Baghdad and head straight to Abu Ghraib. Not the prison which is long gone but it’s ancient site of Agargouf Ziggurat.
  • Continue south onto the holy city of Karbala, just in time to catch the historic centre at sunset
  • Dinner and overnight in Karbala.

October 29th - Karbala and Babylon

  • After breakfast we visit Karbala’s famous Al Abbas mosque and Iman Husayn shrine
  • Drive to Babylon, once the largest and most important city in the world. We tour the ancient ruins with our local expert and see what’s left of the hanging gardens.
  • Saddam Hussain Palace – Perched right on top of Babylon, the dictator made sure he had the best view of the site. We spend some time exploring the looted remains of one of his many former palaces.
  • After extensively exploring Babylon, continue onto Najaf. Visit the most important site of Najaf  – the Imam Ali shrine for the daily late night ceremony.
  • Dinner and overnight in Najaf.

October 30th - Najaf, Nasiriyah and Ur  

  • In the morning we’ll go for a walking tour of Najaf, including Imam Ali’s house (the very spot where imam Ali was killed) and the grand Kufa Mosque.
  • Drive south to visit the Ziggurat of Ur, a neo-Sumerian construction built in 2000 BC.
  • Drive south to the Mesopotamian Marshes. We’ll take a boat trip through the maze of marshes stopping by local villages for tea. The marshes once engulfed a whole swathe of Southern Iraq with numerous floating villages. Today the receding waters have led most families to change their livelihood but we’ll still see the few that remain.
  • It is also home to the Maʻdān population who over the centuries have adapted to life on the water. Stop by a traditional house for lunch and tea.
  • Continue the journey to Nasiriyah, one of the largest cities in southern Iraq
  • Explore the exotic spice market and soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city
  • Dinner and overnight in Nasiriyah.

October 31st - Baghdad

  • Hit the road for the drive back to Baghdad.
  • Visit the Al-Yassin Shrine arguably Bagdad’s finest.
  • And of course, Baghdad can’t be completed with a visit to the Flying Carpet Monument, Alibi Baba and the 40 thieves’ monument and the Magic Lamp monument!
  • Overnight in Baghdad Hotel.

November 1st - Baghdad

  • Transfer to the airport.
  • End of tour for those who don’t carry on to Iraqi Kurdistan.

See both southern & northern Iraq on our whole Iraq combo tour!

What else?
Inclusions
Exclusions
  • Secure Hotels in Iraq

    Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra $60 per night)

  • Entrance fees

    All entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)

  • Guides

    Expert local guide only on budget tours. Both a local guide and western tour leader on regular tours.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned bus and driver.

  • Visa Support

    If you do not qualify for the visa on arrival - We will supply you an invitation letter which will allow you to apply for the Iraqi visa at your nearest embassy.

  • Airport Pickup/Dropoff

    Airport transfers included.

  • International Fights

    Flights in and out of Iraq.

  • (Breakfast) Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is included at most hotels but not all. All other meals are extra charge.

  • Visa Fee

    $80 on arrival in Baghdad, Najaf and Basra airports.

  • Tips

    Tips are expected for your Iraqi local guides and driver.

  • Pre/Post Tour Accommodation

    If you would like to spend a day or more pre or post tour, let us know and we'll reserve the hotel for you.

Tour Notes

You’ll be in the vastly experienced hands of our English speaking local guides & fixer as well as your Rocky Road Travel guide. We visit Iraq regularly, so we know the best spots and have perfected the itinerary accordingly. Given the unpredictable nature of travelling in Iraq, the itinerary may change slightly, but we will always go above and beyond with added extras to the itinerary such as stops at local cafe-bars, shisha lounges and amusement parks. We are in constant communication with our local partners on the ground who advise the safest routes to take.

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October 26 - Nov 1st, 2021

Southern Iraq Tour

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6 nights in Iraq

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€2695

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