Iraqi Kurdistan Spring Tour

  • April 20th - 26th, 2020
  • 1195
  • 7 Days

  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
  • Exclusions
  • Map
  • Tour highlights

Monday 20th April

  • Guests arrive by own means and 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 21st April

  • We begin the day with a two-hour drive to Lalesh.  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 22nd April

  • 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 23rd April

  • 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 24th April

  • 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 25th April

  • 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 26th April

  • End of tour, we can arrange additional accommodation or transport to the airport.

Join us before this tour for the Baghdad & Babylon tour and make it a Whole Iraq Combo tour!

  • 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.

  • 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.

Iraqi Kurdistan Autumn Tour

1195
  • April 20th - 26th
  • Start & finish in Erbil
  • 7 Days
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