Iraq Tours

Iraq Tour Itineraries

2021 / 2022

The leading Iraq travel specialist. Join us throughout the year where we explore the “Land between two rivers” – Mesopotamia. 

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Iraq is open and welcome to tourism once again. We have tours to Iraqi Kurdistan in the north and Baghdad and beyond in the south.

There is an abundance of incredible and untouched history waiting to be seen. All our Iraq Tours are confirmed departures. Unsure of where you want to go? Check out our Map and FAQs below.

Take a look at our group tour dates below. Dates don’t work? No worries, you can create your own tour.

Entire Iraq!

 

From Erbil - Duhok - Sulaymaniyah - Samara - Baghdad - Karbala - Najaf - Babylon - Basra & everywhere in between.

See our group Iraq tour itineraries below. Get in touch for an private tour quote.

Iraqi Kurdistan is visa free on arrival for most European countries as well as the US, Canada, Australia, NZ, Japan, Brazil & more.

 

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.

COVID-19 Update

All tours are open for bookings. A negative PCR test is required. We have added extra Southern Iraq tours due to demand and it's now possible to get a visa on arrival for 37 countries! Subscribe to our newsletter below to be updated with any changes. (June 16th, 2021)

Tour Itineraries

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Tours 2021

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Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2021

Safe again southern Iraq offers incredible ancient and cultural attractions.

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2021

See both the North and South of ancient Mesopotamia!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2021

We cover every corner of Northern Iraq in this action packed tour.

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2021

A second Southern Iraq tour due to popular demand!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2021

From Kurdistan all the way to Babylon and Mesopotamia!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2021

From Baghdad to Babylon – see the highlights of southern Iraq!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2021

See the Kurdistan essentials in one action packed week!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2021

See the North and South of this ancient land!

Tours 2022

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Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2022

Our Southern Iraq tour offers incredible ancient and cultural attractions from Baghdad to Babylon

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2022

We cover every corner of Northern Iraq as we celebrate the new years festival of Nowruz.

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Spring 2022

See both the North and South of ancient Mesopotamia!

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2022

Safe again southern Iraq offers incredible ancient and cultural attractions.

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2022

We cover every corner of Northern Iraq as we celebrate the Yazidi festival of Autumn Assembly.

Iraq Tour

Itinerary Autumn 2022

From Babylon and Mesopotamia all the way to Kurdistan for special festival!

Create your own Iraq Tour

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If our scheduled group tours don’t suit then we can create your own tour on your own dates.

The tours are all inclusive of twin accomodation in standard hotel, breakfast, private transport, entrance fees, guiding and translations. Excluded are international flights, most meals, tips & insurance.

Southern Iraq tours are not open to Israeli passport holders or those with evidence of visiting Israel in their passports. Iraqi Kurdistan is excepted for this.

Some parts of Iraq are deemed unsafe to visit. We research and meticulously plan our itineraries based on advice from our partners in Baghdad. All places on our itineraries are safe to visit.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - 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 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.
Day 2 - 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 Shabandar 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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Day 3 - Karbala & Samarra
  • Up early for the drive to Samarra. Pass through multiple militia checkpoints along the route driving by many villages destroyed during the fighting against ISIS
  • Visit the incredible Great Mosque of Samarra and it’s iconic spiral minaret. Climb all the way to the top if you dare!
  • Drive back south onto the holy city of Karbala, just in time to catch the historic shrines at sunset.
  • Dinner and overnight in Karbala.
Day 4 - Karbala and Babylon
  • After breakfast we visit Karbala’s famous Al Abbas mosque and Iman Husayn shrine
  • Drive to Babylon. You’ll tour the ancient ruins with our local expert and what’s left of the hanging gardens.
  • Explore the looted ruins of Saddam Hussein’s former palace – perched on top of the ancient city
  • 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.
Day 5 - Najaf, Nasiriyah and Ur  
  • In the morning you’ll further explore Najaf and it’s central bazaar before heading further south to the ancient city of Ur and it’s famous Ziggurat.
  • 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.

Day 6 - Basra
  • Today we’ll drive towards Basra, the largest city in Southern Iraq and the country’s only seaport.
  • Visit the Ashar and Shanashil Al Basra area to witness the old Basra – old style merchant houses with balconies leaning over the narrow streets. Stop by the Souq, History Museum, Saddam Hussein Palace (of course) and the Central Railway Station.
  • Dinner and overnight in Basra.
Day 7 - Mesopotamian Marshes and Basra
  • After breakfast embark upon a long boat tour across the vast Mesopotamian Marshes, a key agricultural area and source of life in the region.  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.
  • Head back to Basra for some free time further exploring the city and it’s vibrant market life.
  • Dinner and overnight in Basra.
Day 8 - Flight out
  • Transfer to either Najaf International Airport, Basra International Airport or Baghdad International Airport.
  • End of the tour.

Iraq Tours - FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers for our tours in Iraq.

Iraqi Kurdistan has always been generally safe as it has separate borders with the rest of the country. It is protected by the foreign aided fighting force – the Peshmerga.

Southern Iraq has recently become safe to visit. Since the fall of ISIS we have led a successful research tour and brought guests there issue free.

Passports from the EU, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brazil and others are visa free for 15 days in Iraqi Kurdistan. Passports from other countries can apply for a visa through our partners for an extra cost.

You have to join a tour of 5 people to get a visa for Southern Iraq. The travel agency will supply you an invitation letter which will be needed to apply at your nearest Iraqi embassy. You need to then collect your visa from an Iraqi embassy at a cost of around $60.

For flights into Erbil and Baghdad, the main gateways are Istanbul and Dubai.

USD and Euro are both accepted in currency exchanges. Make sure to bring cash.

Our groups are capped at 8 people for added flexibility and comfort.

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