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5-Day Tour of Sacred Sites in Southern Iraq Starting in Baghdad

769J+F2J Baghdad International Airport, نهاية، Airport St, Baghdad, Iraq

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5 days (approx.) - English

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Spend five days traveling through the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, immersing yourself in the glory and magnificence of Southern Iraq!

Highlights
  • Explore the sacred sites of Al-Abbas Mosque, the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein, and the Great Mosque of Kufa
  • Visit Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, one of the biggest cemeteries in the world
  • Make a detour to Babylon to visit the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens
  • Visit the Imam Ali Mosque and explore the lively souks
  • Discover the historic yet modern city of Baghdad and admire the magnificent relics of the Persian, Abbasid, and Mesopotamian civilizations
Description

See a distinct side of Iraq nn your 3-day journey between the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf from Baghdad! Explore the sacred sites of Al-Abbas Mosque, the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein, and the Great Mosque of Kufa to admire the majestic and intricate architectural wonders, gain insight into Iraq’s culture and traditions, and learn more about the history of Islam. You will also visit Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, one of the biggest cemeteries in the world. A fantastic chance to thoroughly immerse oneself in Iraq’s exquisite cultural heritage!

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Baghdad

Arrive at Baghdad International Airport. Your local guide will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Take time to freshen up and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 2 – Baghdad – Karbala

Make your journey to the Holy City of Karbala. See the revered Al-Abbas Mosque before heading to the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussain, one of the oldest and most important Muslim shrines in the world. Visit the final resting place of Husayn Ibn Ali (the third Shia Imam), a holy site that is highly venerated by Muslims all around the world. Admire the exquisite architectural design and take in the sight of the large complex’s golden domes and minarets, which are complemented by various colorful ornaments. Before going to your lodging for the night, you will also visit the famous Tal Al Zainabeiah site and learn more about the history of Islam.

Day 3 – Karbala – Babylon – Najaf

Continue your adventure by going to Najaf, another holy city in Southern Iraq. Make a little detour to Babylon on the way to Najaf to visit the ancient city of Babylon, which was once the biggest and most influential city in the world. With the help of your local guide, tour the historic Babylonian highlights, including the Tower of Babel and the Hanging Gardens. You will then proceed to the enormous Saddam Hussein Palace, which is set on a hill and offers a panoramic view of Babylon. Upon arrival in Najaf, continue to the expansive Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, one of the biggest cemeteries in the world. The cemetery used to be revered as a piece of heaven and was frequented by many devoted people. Among the more than 5 million graves, you can also find the final resting places of famous people and ancient prophets. You will also get the chance to see the majestic Imam Ali Mosque before wandering through the lively souks and experience the rich Iraqi cultural heritage. 

Day 4 – Najaf – Baghdad

Head back to Baghdad to spend the day discovering the historic yet modern city! Admire the magnificent relics of the Persian, Abbasid, and Mesopotamian civilizations in the magnificent Archaeological Museum of Iraq. Continue to the Al-Mustansariya School, which was once the main center for Islamic learning and is now recognized as one of Baghdad’s most stunning examples of modern architecture. Then, explore the famous Copper Market, Souk al-Safareen, as well as stroll along Al-Mutanabi Street, Baghdad’s historical center for bookselling, which is filled with bookstores and outdoor book kiosks.You may also check out the striking Save the Iraqi Culture Monument, stop by the enormous Liberation Square, the city’s main square which commemorates the establishment of the Republic of Iraq, and see the striking Al-Shaheed Monument (Martyr’s Monument), an impressive edifice honoring the Iraqi troops who lost their lives in the Iran-Iraq war.

Day 5 – Baghdad

Check out from the hotel after breakfast. With the help of the local guide, transfer to Baghdad International Airport for your journey back home.

Inclusions

  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off

  • 4 Nights Accommodation in High International Standard Hotel 

  • Breakfast (4)

  • English-Speaking Local Guide

  • Transportation as Per Itinerary

Exclusions

  • Local and International Flights

  • Meals Not Mentioned

  • Drinks

  • Admission Fees

  • Visas

  • Travel Insurance

  • Personal Expenses

  • Gratuities (Optional)

Additional Information

  • A visa or stamp to Israel or the self-ruled territories, used or unused/valid or invalid, will lead to an immediate entry refusal at all Iraqi ports of entry, even if the traveler is carrying a valid entry visa, and even if traveling on a group visa.

  • The tour operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.

  • When visiting the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf, there are strict rules of faith. Men need a pair of trousers and t-shirt to wear and women will need long sleeves and a scarf. Please also be advised that alcohol is prohibited in these cities. 

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Depending on the political situation, the length of the tour and the order of visited places may change. In a situation of a serious threat to travelers’ safety, the tour may be canceled. 

  • Itinerary is subject to change and the attractions may be closed due to traffic, weather, and force majeure. An alternative itinerary may also be omitted depending on the situation.

  • Delays, shortening of the tours, or omissions to the itinerary due to traffic, weather, or other unforeseen circumstances are not subject to refund.

Starting Location
769J+F2J Baghdad International Airport, نهاية، Airport St, Baghdad, Iraq.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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