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Iraq – Cradle of Civilization

Duration: 9 days
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A culture-rich 9-day trip to the heartland of Iraq.

Iraq, a cradle of civilisation. Travelling the region bounded by the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, from the capital Baghdad to Basra on the Gulf coast. Tracing back through history, you will travel to the home of some of the first civilisations, visiting the ancient Sumerian sites of Ur, ancient Babylon and the riches held at the National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad.

On this small group adventure expect to see the legacy of Iraq’s place as the centre of Islamic architecture through visits to Samarra a UNESCO world heritage site with an iconic spiral minaret and the arch of Ctesiphon. You’ll have a chance to explore modern Iraq by mingling with the pilgrims in Karbala and Najaf, the two holy places of Shia Islam as well as visiting some of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces.

Finally, discover Iraq’s marshlands on a boat trip to the point where the two great rivers of antiquity join to create the Shatt Al Arab waterway.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • An unmissable chance to explore Mesopotamia, a cradle of civilization.
  • UNESCO world heritage sites with experienced guides
  • Explore Iraq’s marshlands by boat
Baghdad, Iraq
Basra, Iraq
Trip Duration
9 Days
Group Size
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Private Departure, Solo Traveller


This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.


The trip begins in Baghdad and visits ancient Sumerian and Babylonian sites, medieval souks, UNESCO minarets, the two holiest places in Shia Islam as well as a boat trip on the Shat Al Arab waterway.

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What's included

  • All accommodation – 8 nights (3-star hotels or similar)
  • Breakfast
  • All ground transport
  • Guide/driver
  • International Guide
  • Entrance fees

Not included

  • Visa Cost
  • Insurance
  • International Flights to and from Iraq
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Tips

Trip notes


US$ 3750 per person

Min age



There is not a uniform accommodation standard on this itinerary. The organisers consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money being spent will go into the pockets of the local community when making choices of where to stay.

The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a twin room.


Breakfast is provided everyday. Lunch and dinner is not included. The guide will assist in finding good lunch and dinner options.

Additional notes

Iraq visa is required for Southern Iraq. The process has recently changed and now 36 nationalities can get visa on arrival.

You will be accompanied by an international guide along with a local English speaking guide/fixer for the length of the trip.

Trips to Iraq do create dangers of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the guide has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.

Tour operator

Specialists in culture-rich trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, former Soviet Central Asia and Iraq we've long loved the ethos of this operator. The founders met as travel guides in the mountains of Afghanistan and bonded over a shared passion to enable other people to experience the beauty of these lesser visited places.

Working with small groups of a maximum of 12 people and using specialist local guides throughout, their aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all guests. This small number allows for greater security, flexibility and access to local people and places. Each set itinerary trip is individually designed to coincide with local events or to visit the area at the best time of year be it a ski festival or marathon event!

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