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7 Days Culture tour itinerary for iraq: Immerse Yourself On This Kurdistan Tour

Erbil, Dahuk, Rawanduz, Sulaymaniya, Halabja

Culture Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour
Immerse Yourself on this Kurdistan Tour

Statue at Slemani Public Park


Get the best of Iraqi Kurdistan in a week. Travel all around this incredible region with our expert guides! You will get an archaeological site, historic temples, amazing cities, famous Hamilton road, Kurdish culture and people and much more. 

DAY 01


  • Arrive by own means and make their way to the Dynasty Hotel located in the center of the Christian district 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.

  • Head for the welcome dinner near the hotel in the evening followed by some shisha.

Overnight in Erbil.

DAY 02


  • Begin the day with a two-hour drive to Lalesh.  This is the most sacred town for the Yazidi religion.

  • Tour the temple, meet the locals on pilgrimage here and learn about their recent dark history with ISIS.

  • Head to the Khanis Archaeological Site – where an ancient pre-Arabic palace once stood.

  • Come to the next stop at one of the world’s oldest monastery – Algosh. It is built into the mountains and is technically part of Mosul and Iraq proper.

  • Head for lunch in Algosh town.

  • Drive on to Duhok following lunch and check into our downtown hotel.

  • Go on a walking city tour around the bazaar.

Overnight in Duhok.

DAY 03


  • Head straight in the morning to Amadiya – Saddam Hussein’s former mountaintop palace. You’ll know instantly why he choose this site.

  • Walk to the famous Shanidar Cave before stopping at a restaurant for lunch.

  • Embark on one of our longer journeys following lunch: the four-hour drive to Rawandas.

  • Enjoy a walking tour of Rawandas and our resort before heading for dinner and drinks.

Overnight in Rawandas.

DAY 04


  • Drive the famous Hamilton road. The road was built by AM Hamilton in the 1930s for what he hoped would unify the peoples of the region. It linked Iran with Iraq and was an engineering marvel of the time.

  • Continue along stopping at various waterfalls before getting on the only mountain cable car in the region for breathtaking views of the surrounding valley.

  • Eat lunch.

  • Drive a further 3 hours to the second major city of Iraqi Kurdistan – Sulaymaniyah. 

  • Stop along the way for snacks and drinks.

  • Walk around the night market of this historical city in the evening.

Overnight in Sulaymaniyah.

DAY 05


  • 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.

  • Tour the memorial and mass grave sites.

  • Head to Tawela on the Iran border, and previously the front line in the Iran/Iraq war.

  • Eat lunch by the border.

  • Head back to Sulaymaniyah for some leisurely time at Chavi Land Funfair.

Overnight in Sulaymaniyah.

DAY 06


  • Enjoy a free morning to explore Sulaymaniyah and do some shopping.

  • Hit the road again for the long trip back to Erbil.

  • Eat lunch in a village near Kirkuk.

  • Head straight to the Citadel for sunset on arrival in Erbil.

  • Proceed into the bazaar where our local guide will help you find some last-minute bargains.

  • Savour a farewell dinner in the Christian district.

Overnight in Erbil.

DAY 07


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

  • 1690 USD Per Adult
  • Secure Hotels: 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 an extra charge.

  • Visa Fee: Any associated visa fees.

  • Tips: Tips are expected for your Iraqi local guides and driver.

  • The tour is available privately on any day. We also have 2 fixed group departures in May and October every year.

  • Iraqi Kurdistan Tour: The best of Iraqi Kurdistan in 7 days. Travel all around this incredible region with our expert guides!

Erbil, Dahuk, Rawanduz, Sulaymaniya, Halabja

Culture Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour

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