Travel to Iraq

Mountain plateaus. Reed-woven mudhifs. Sacred ground. Iraq is a land of uncharted territory.

Whether you want to travel to Iraq its vibrant pilgrimage sites or promises of total wilderness, this country always rewards those who visit. And – chances are – you’ll discover plenty that wasn’t in your itinerary.

Nestled between the Tigris and the Euphrates, the Arab marshes have flourished for over 6,000 years. Here, the endearing Madan live upon tiny marsh islets amongst paddling water buffalo. Upstream in Baghdad, Iraqi people are adapting Mesopotamian traditions to a more modern way of life.

Iraq travel advice

We never organise expeditions to areas of Iraq that international governments deem to be on high-alert.

South of Baghdad, the ancient Mesopotamian valley offer less risk and much more reward. Featuring Babylonian ruins and a certain Great Ziggurat, this region is a paradise for adventurers. We love organising tours here, as well as in Iraqi Kurdistan and Baghdad.

Things to do in Iraq

Visit Iraq’s Mecca. Each year, Karbala attracts thousands of Muslim pilgrims from across the world. The golden-domed Imam Husayn Shrine is their final destination.

Learn a winning scrabble word. The Ziggurat of Ur has been standing aloft since time began. This huge structure used to lie on the shores of the gulf, but coastline shifts have moved it hundreds of miles inland.

Follow in the footsteps of Roald Dahl. In 1940, he took an award-winning photograph of Taq Kasra. Though a lot may have changed in Iraq since then, this unsupported arch – the largest on earth – is still hanging in the sky.

Embark on a Silk Road tour

If you want to travel to Iraq, we are the people to talk to. We can help you with every stage of your journey, from plotting the right route to recommending the best coffee house in Baghdad.

We’re always eager to discuss tailor-made adventures with our clients. Why not get in touch?

With photos courtesy of Leon McCarron

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