Following the fall of ISIS in 2017, YPT conducted our first research trip to Baghdad in April of 2018. The trip proved to be not only safe but incredibly informative and fascinating. This particular region has an abundance of ancient and modern historical sites completely unspoilt by tourism and ready for you to explore it with us.
The tour starts in Baghdad – the capital city of Iraq, where you’ll visit some of the world’s most unique monuments including Firdos Square – the very square where the Coalition forces toppled Saddam’s statue in 2003, and visit the unique Al Shaheed Monument – the most iconic structure in Baghdad commemorating all the wars held in Iraq.
You’ll explore the ancient site of Babylon, the Mesopotamian marshes, visit the holy city of Karbala and the southern city of Basra.
One of the absolute highlights is exploring Mosul – Iraq’s second largest city. Mosul was captured by ISIS in 2014 after the Iraqi troops withdrew. Over half a million locals escaped on foot or by car during within the first few days. Those who wanted to leave were forced to pay a “departure tax” giving up their homes, valuables or family members. In October 2016 Iraqi forces, alongside US and French forces fought back to reclaim Mosul which is in full control by the Iraqi government and people today.
We cover a huge amount of ground with our expert local guide explaining all as we go and taking us on the safest route. You’ll be walking on the street and meeting people who are extremely eager to meet foreigners after their country was off limit for years! Prepare for all your preconceived ideas to be challenged but also to have a lot of fun.
The tour concludes in Erbil – the capital and most populated city in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It’s worth further exploring the Kurdistan region, on our Whole Iraq Combo tour.
Thursday 19th October – Baghdad, Iraq
Friday 20th October – Baghdad – Ctesiphon – Agargouf Ziggurat – Karbala
Saturday 21st October – Karbala – Babylon – Najaf
Sunday 22nd October – Najaf – Ur – Marshes – Basra
Monday 23rd October – Basra – Baghdad
Tuesday 24th October – Baghdad – Samarra – Mosul
Wednesday 25th October – Mosul – Bakhdida – Erbil
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Visa support
• Accommodation on twin share basis
• Transport to complete the itinerary
• English speaking local guide and YPT guide
• Entrance fees & travel permits
• Iraqi visa on arrival $75
• Single supplement ($300)
• International flights to Baghdad and from Erbil
• Lunches, dinners and personal spending
• Baghdad Airport transfer to Baghdad hotel on arrival ($35) – paid at airport
• Tips for the local guide and drivers
• Travel insurance
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.