Join YPT, as we travel on one of our signature trips, to Iraqi Kurdistan to 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 you to the second major city of Sulamaniyah, onwards to the beautiful gorge of Rawanduz, and then heading north to Duhok, Saddam’s Palace, Amadiya and the world’s only Yazidi shrine at Lalish before heading 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 in the city of Akre, 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
Iraqi Kurdistan is visa on arrival for many nationalities. Whether you are a former Pioneer, or new to us, you can join this trip in a region that is living history.
You can also join this tour up with our earlier Southern Iraq tour. If you’re more adventurous, you could also combine it with our even earlier Iran revolutionary tour, or combine all together in our grand Iran and Whole Iraq combo tour!
Thursday 16th March – Erbil
Friday 17th March – Erbil – Sulaymaniyah
Saturday 18th March – Rawanduz
Sunday 19th March – Amadiya – Dohuk
Monday 20th March – Lalish – Akre: Newroz Festival – Erbil
Tuesday 21st March – Erbil
Wednesday 22nd 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
• Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
• Kurdistan Iraq Visa on $75
• Single supplement ($300)
• Tips for local guides and drivers
• Lunches and Dinners
• Drinks and personal expenses
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.