Explore the Northern area of Iraq, Kurdistan and take part in the Newruz New Years festivities in Akre.
This 9 day trip explores the Northern area of Iraq, Kurdistan, taking in the cultural, geographical and historical highlights as well as getting a greater un-derstanding of life in this semi-autonomous region of Iraq. You’ll start in Erbil with its famous citadel.
At 6,500 years old, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Departing the city, the trip encompasses many natural sights: from blue waterfalls to steep gorges, deep caves and spectacular mountains be-tween Dohuk and Soran. Explore the regions cultural and ethnic di-versity by taking in Christian monasteries, and the spiritual home of the Yazidi people as well as places that give us an understanding of modern Iraq including visiting the Halabja memorial and the notorious Red Prison in Sulaymaniyah.
The trips finale is a visit to the town of Akre during the Newruz New Years festivities.
Why you'll love this adventure
- Small group adventure perfect for solo travellers or groups of friends
- A great mix of cultural, geographical and historical highlights
- Nature experiences from blue waterfalls to steep gorges, deep caves and spectacular mountains
The trip begins in Erbil and explores the regions cultural and ethnic diversity. Visit monasteries and enjoy the spectacular mountains and natural sighs, and celebrate Newruz, the Kurdish New Year.
- All accommodation – 8 nights (3 star hotels)
- All ground transport
- Guide/driver International guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights to and from Iraq
- Lunch & Dinner
- Visa costs
- Tips for guide’s / driver’s
Breakfast is provided every day. Lunch and dinner is not included. The guides will know plenty of places in Erbil & Sulaymaniyah for lunch and dinner. From traditional kebab houses to International Restaurants at International prices. When there is an option, you make the choice of how much you want to spend.
You will be accompanied by a English speaking guide/driver for the length of the trip.
For most nationalities, a visa is available on arrival in Erbil airport. The visa is valid for Iraqi Kurdistan only and NOT for southern Iraq.
If you have an Iraq visa in advance, then it is valid for all of Iraq.
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 tour 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.
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!
Kurdistan Newroz Festival
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