24 days in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Iraq Itinerary

24 days in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem & Iraq Itinerary

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
— 1 night
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Zakho, Iraq
— 1 night
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Duhok, Iraq
— Few hours
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Erbil, Iraq
— 2 nights
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Najaf, Iraq
— Few hours
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Kufa, Iraq
— Few hours
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Al Hillah, Iraq
— Few hours
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Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
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Baghdad, Iraq
— 2 nights
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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
— 1 night
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Kirkuk, Iraq
— 1 night
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Nasiriyah, Iraq
— Few hours
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Basrah, Iraq
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Tel Aviv, Israel

Tel Aviv ©
Called the "White City" thanks to the color of its World Heritage-listed architectural landmarks, Tel Aviv serves as Israel's modern and cosmopolitan second city.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take a stroll through Jaffa Old City, wander the streets of Neve Tzedek, then hunt for treasures at Nachalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tel Aviv trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Tel Aviv is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 3.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Tel Aviv due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Tel Aviv hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Jerusalem.

Things to do in Tel Aviv

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Jaffa Old City ©
Jaffa Old City
Old Tel Aviv Port Area ©
Old Tel Aviv Port Area
Neve Tzedek ©
Neve Tzedek

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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem ©
Few places in the world boast such a long history and such a rich multiethnic culture as Jerusalem, a city sacred to Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Mt of Olives, explore the world behind art at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and then get engrossed in the history at Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Jerusalem road trip planner.

Traveling by train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Jerusalem sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Zakho.

Things to do in Jerusalem

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem ©
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Old City of Jerusalem ©
Old City of Jerusalem

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Zakho, Iraq

Zakho ©
Zakho is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious city in northern Iraq, at the centre of the eponymous Zakho District of the Dohuk Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan, located a few kilometers from the Iraqi-Turkish border. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): snap pictures at Zakho Bridge..

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Zakho planner.

Explore your travel options from Jerusalem to Zakho with the Route module. Traveling from Jerusalem to Zakho, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Jerusalem in December, with highs in Zakho at 12°C and lows at 5°C. You will leave for Duhok on the 18th (Sun).
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Zakho Bridge. ©
Zakho Bridge.

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Duhok, Iraq

Duhok ©
Sitting on flat land between two chains of scenic mountains and close to the Tigris River, Duhok has experienced a growth in tourism in recent years.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Zawa Mountain.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Duhok trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Zakho to Duhok takes an hour. While traveling from Zakho, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Duhok, ranging from highs of 17°C to lows of 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Erbil.

Things to do in Duhok

Parks · Nature
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Zawa Mountain ©
Zawa Mountain

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Erbil, Iraq

Erbil ©
The capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, Erbil occupies perhaps the longest-inhabited land in the world, with the earliest human settlement here possibly dating back to 5000 BCE.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Tue): stroll around Sami Abdulrahman Park, then steep yourself in history at Erbil Citadel, and then browse the different shops at Family Mall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Erbil online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Duhok to Erbil takes 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Erbil are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Najaf.

Things to do in Erbil

Parks · Shopping · Museums
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Sami Abdulrahman Park ©
Sami Abdulrahman Park
Erbil Citadel ©
Erbil Citadel
Shanadar Park ©
Shanadar Park

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Najaf, Iraq

Najaf ©
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
On the 22nd (Thu), stroll the grounds of Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery and then make a trip to Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him.

To find more things to do and tourist information, read our Najaf planning website.

Traveling by flight from Erbil to Najaf takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. While traveling from Erbil, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Najaf, ranging from highs of 21°C to lows of 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kufa.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites
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Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery ©
Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery

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Kufa, Iraq

Kufa ©
Kufa is a city in Iraq, about 170km south of Baghdad, and 10km northeast of Najaf. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and then make a trip to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kufa tour itinerary planner.

Kufa is just a stone's throw from Najaf. In December, daily temperatures in Kufa can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Al Hillah.

Things to do in Kufa

Museums
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Great Mosque of Kufa ©
Great Mosque of Kufa

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Al Hillah, Iraq

Al Hillah ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Babylon.

Start your trip to Al Hillah by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kufa to Al Hillah takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Karbala.

Things to do in Al Hillah

Historic Sites
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Babylon ©
Babylon

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Karbala, Iraq

Karbala ©
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. On the 25th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site, then don't miss a visit to Imam Hussain's Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Abbas Holy Shrine, and finally contemplate the long history of Shrine of the two sons of Muslim Ibn Aqeel.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Karbala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Al Hillah to Karbala takes an hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will leave for Baghdad on the 26th (Mon).

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
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Imam Hussain's Shrine ©
Imam Hussain's Shrine
Tal Al Zainabeiah site ©
Tal Al Zainabeiah site
Al Abbas Holy Shrine ©
Al Abbas Holy Shrine

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Baghdad, Iraq

Baghdad ©
It's quite possible that a Baghdad holiday isn't on your list of things to do, but despite the city's reputation for turmoil, it still has plenty to offer to a daring traveler.
On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: buy something for everyone on your list at Al Mansur Mall, then pause for some photo ops at Al-Mutanabbi Statue, and then examine the collection at Iraqi Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Baghdad online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Baghdad takes 2 hours. In December in Baghdad, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sulaymaniyah.

Things to do in Baghdad

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites
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Iraqi Museum ©
Iraqi Museum
Al-Shaheed Monument ©
Al-Shaheed Monument
Baghdadi Museum ©
Baghdadi Museum

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Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Sulaymaniyah ©
Considered one of the most cosmopolitan and westernized cities in Iraq, vibrant Sulaymaniyah boasts a strong cultural scene with a good selection of museums and educational institutions.
On the 29th (Thu), have fun at Chavi Land, see the interesting displays at Amnasuraka Museum, then stop by Rand Gallery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Slemani Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sulaymaniyah trip planning site.

Getting from Baghdad to Sulaymaniyah by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kirkuk.

Things to do in Sulaymaniyah

Shopping · Museums · Fun & Games
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City Star Mall ©
City Star Mall
Chavi Land ©
Chavi Land
Slemani Museum ©
Slemani Museum

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Kirkuk, Iraq

Kirkuk
Kirkuk is the capital of the Kirkuk Governorate of Iraq, 238km north of Baghdad.Kirkuk lies in a wide zone with an enormously diverse population and has been multilingual for centuries. For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kirkuk trip planner.

Drive from Sulaymaniyah to Kirkuk in 2 hours. On the 1st (Sun), you're off to Nasiriyah.
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Nasiriyah, Iraq

Nasiriyah ©
Nasiriyah is a city in Iraq. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ziggurat of UR.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nasiriyah trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and car from Kirkuk to Nasiriyah in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight; or drive. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Basrah.
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Ziggurat of UR ©
Ziggurat of UR

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Basrah, Iraq

Basrah ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): deepen your understanding at University of Basrah.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Basrah vacation builder app.

Getting from Nasiriyah to Basrah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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University of Basrah ©
University of Basrah