Iraqi Kurdistan Autumn Tour

  • Oct 21st - 27th, 2019
  • 1195
  • 7 Days
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This is the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Northern Iraq offers not only safety, but stunning mountain ranges with more than 3000 archaeological sites and some of the most friendly and welcoming people on the planet. The region has long been known in Middle Eastern literature as ‘paradise on earth’.

The Kurds have suffered for decades under previous regimes, but even after a failed independence referendum in 2017, Iraqi Kurdistan still enjoys a significant amount of freedom and autonomy in Iraq. 

Our trip begins with either flying in from our Baghdad & Babylon tour or joining us on the Monday by your own means before we head off to explore this unique region. The trip takes us to the world’s most important Yazidi shrine at Lalesh (40 KM from Mosul), before heading north to Duhok, Saddam’s former palace, Amadiya, Sulamaniyah and back to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Erbil.

  • Hamilton Road

    Drive the stunning Hamilton Road through the mountains of Northern Iraq.

  • Erbil

    Check out the markets and citadel. The oldest continuously inhabited place in the world.

  • Lalish

    Home of the Yazidi religion.

  • Saddam Hussein Palace

    We'll see the presidents former hilltop palace!

  • Sulaymaniyah

    Visit and learn about the torture prisons and scenes of chemical attacks in Kurdistan.

  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Map

Monday October 21st - Erbil

  • Guests arrive by own means. We provide an airport pickup. We then make their way to our hotel located in the center of Erbil.
  • For people who arrive early, we will take a trip to the bazaar to exchange money at the best rates and grab some kebabs in the square.
  • In the evening, we head for the welcome dinner nearby the hotel followed by some shisha.
  • Overnight in Erbil.

 

Tuesday October 22nd - Lalish

  • We begin the day with a two-hour drive to Lalish.  This is the most sacred town for the Yazidi religion. We'll tour the temple, meet the locals on pilgrimage here and learn about their recent dark history with ISIS.
  • Our next stop is at one of the world’s oldest monastery's. Algosh is built into the mountains and is technically part of Mosul and Iraq “proper”.
  • We head for lunch in Algosh town.
  • Following lunch, we'll drive on to Duhok and check into our downtown hotel.
  • Walking city tour around the bazaar.
  • Overnight in Duhok.

 

Wednesday October 23rd - Duhok

  • In the morning, we head straight to Amadiya - Saddam Hussein’s former mountaintop palace. You'll know instantly why he choose this site.
  • We walk to the famous Shamarda cave before stopping at a restaurant for lunch.
  • Following lunch, we embark on one of our longer journeys: the four-hour drive to Rawandas.
  • Walking tour of Rawandas  and our resort before heading for dinner and drinks.
  • Overnight in Rawandas.

 

Thursday October 24th - Sulaymaniyah

  • Drive the famous Hamilton road.  The road was built by AM Hamilton in the 1930’s for what he hoped would unify the peoples of the region. It linked Iran with Iraq and was an engineering marvel of the time.
  • We continue along stopping at various waterfalls before getting on the only mountain cable car in the region for breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.
  • Lunch.
  • We drive a further 3 hours to the second major city of Iraqi Kurdistan - Sulaymaniyah.  We will be stopping along the way for snacks and drinks.
  • In the evening, we walk around the night market of this historical city.
  • Overnight in Sulaymaniyah.

 

Friday October 25th - Sulaymaniyah

  • We drive one hour to Halabja.  This was the scene of a chemical attack on the Kurdish people, perpetrated by the Baathist regime towards the end of the Iran/Iraq war. Here we'll tour the memorial and mass grave sites.
  • We head to Tawela on the Iran border, and previously the front line in the Iran/Iraq war.
  • Lunch by the border.
  • We head back to Sulaymaniyah for some leisurely time at chavi land funfair.
  • Overnight in Sulaymaniyah.

 

Saturday October 26th - Erbil

  • Free morning to explore Sulaymaniyah and do some shopping.
  • We again hit the road for the long trip back to Erbil.
  • Lunch in a village near Kirkuk.
  • On arrival in Erbil we head straight to the Citadel for sunset. We then head into the bazaar where our local guide will help you find some last minute bargains.
  • Farewell dinner in the christian district.
  • Overnight in Erbil.

Sunday October 27th - Erbil

  • End of tour, we can arrange additional accommodation or cheap transport to the airport.
  • Secure Hotels in Iraq

    Twin share accommodation (single supplements are available for an extra charge)

  • Entrance fees

    All entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)

  • Guides

    Both an expert local guide and western tour leader.

  • Transport

    Air-conditioned bus and driver.

  • Visa Support

    If you require visa support for Iraqi Kurdistan just let us know. If you're not sure, we're happy to help.

  • International Fights

    Flights to and from Erbil.

  • (Breakfast) Lunch and Dinner

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

  • Visa Fee

    Any associated visa fees.

  • Tips

    Tip are expected for your Iraqi local guides and driver.

Iraqi Kurdistan Autumn Tour

1195
  • October 21st - 27th
  • Start & finish in Erbil
  • 7 Days
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