Young Pioneer Tour now are quickly becoming the first resource for tours to Iraq, both Iraqi Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq, or as we call it, Southern Iraq.
We can easily offer independent tours to Iraqi Kurdistan, which is a visa-free destination for most nationalities. For those who can’t go to Iraqi Kurdistan without a visa, our local partner can arrange a visa on arrival for you at an extra cost. No visit at an embassy is needed! We will simply send required documents by email and you will only need to show those to the immigration officer when entering the country .
What can be done there?
Tours can be from 3 days to 2 weeks and can be highly customized. They can be individual tours as well as large group tours, with us capable to accommodate your group in our mini-bus without sacrificing the local experience.
Travel through the region of Iraqi Kurdistan is unrestricted, which means that our itineraries can be tailored to include any city or sight of Kurdistan you might wish to visit. Your tour can start from Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Turkey or Iran with our local partners ready to pick you up at the airport or at the land border.
Travel from Iraq to Iraqi Kurdistan can also be organised, at the moment by flight only for safety reasons. We recommend first visiting Southern Iraq and then heading to Iraqi Kurdistan due to visa reasons (an Iraqi Visa covers Kurdistan but an Iraqi Kurdistan entry stamp does not cover Southern Iraq).
Kurdistan is a land of wild nature with many activities such as mountain trekking and fishing available most of the year.
For gun enthusiasts, we have contacts with local shooting ranges and can organize for you and your group to shoot with a wide arsenal of weapon, including pistols, AK-47s but also rocket launchers.
YPT now have a regular history of bringing our scheduled group tours to Southern Iraq and are able to organize tailored independent trips there too.
We find Iraq to now be very safe and team up with experts who have their ear on the ground to make sure the situation stays stable. Iraqis are renowned for their hospitality and kindness.
Due to visa reasons, trips to Iraq must be made in a group of minimum 5 people. For security reasons, we wouldn’t recommend travelling with more than 15 people at a time.
Our local partner will arrange your visa pre-clearance with the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign affairs which will in turn send that pre-clearance to the embassy in the country in charge of people of your nationality. This might mean having to apply in the country of your passport if you are residing in another country. Once that pre-clearance is received, you will need to visit the embassy and receive your visa there. This can often be done within a day but sometimes take up to a week, depending on the embassy.
What can you do there?
Our trips include an english speaking iraqi guide with over 30 years of experience in the business as well as a driver and a minivan. Hotels can be discussed but we tend to bring our customers to the best available options for safety and comfort reasons.
Iraq is a land filled with interesting ruins from ancient time but also many holy cities of Islam. We can also bring you for a boat ride on the Mesapotamian Marshes and citiy and market tours. You will be surprised by the freedom we have there!
Trips can start from either Baghdad or the land border in Basra and can visit almost all cities of Iraq including: Najaf, Samara, Karbala, Babylon and Tikrit.
Whether you’d like to visit Southern Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan or both, get in touch with us for a personalised quote!