Join YPT, as we travel on one of our signature trips, to Iraqi Kurdistan to welcome in Spring 2021 and celebrate the Newroz festival!
A prospective new nation protected by the Peshmerga which were at the forefront of the fight with ISIS. Despite its significance and proximity to probably the most tense area in the world, Kurdistan offers not only safety, but beautiful scenery, famed in Middle Eastern literature as a paradise on earth, with more than 3500 archaeological sites, and some of the most friendly and welcoming people on earth.
The trip takes us to the world’s only Yazidi shrine at Lalish, before heading north to Duhok, the Saddam palace, Amadiya, and then looping around and heading south to Sulamaniyah, and back to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Erbil, checking out lots of cool sights in between.
We will also be lucky enough to be in the country to take in all the festivities surrounding the Newroz holiday, which celebrates the beginning of spring, represents new beginnings and is considered the most important Kurdish Festival on the calendar every year. The atmosphere in Iraqi Kurdistan during this holiday is fantastic with special local delicacies on sample, fireworks performances, live music, dance, and for good luck, the locals smash pottery
Whether you are a former Pioneer, or new to us, you can join this trip in a region that is living history.
Iraqi Kurdistan is visa free for many nationalities. At present everyone requires a covid-19 test which can be done in your home country before travel or on arrival at the airport in Erbil. There will be safety precautions in place, contact us for details, but we are hoping this trip will run very similar to all how it has run in the past.
Monday 15th March – Erbil
Tuesday 16th March – Duhok
Wednesday 17th March – Rawandas
Thursday 18th March – Sulaymaniyah
Friday 19th March – Halabja/Sulaymaniyah
Saturday 20th March – Sulaymaniyah/Erbil – Newroz Festival
Sunday 21st March – Erbil
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Accommodation on twin share basis with breakfast
• Transport to complete the itinerary
• English speaking local guide and YPT guide at all times
• Breakfast and lunches
• Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
• Visa (some nationalities)
• Tips for local guides and drivers
• Drinks and personal expenses
• Single supplement (€300)
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.