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 tensest 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 offers visa on arrival or e-visa for many nationalities.
Saturday 16th March – Erbil
Sunday 17th March – Erbil – Sulaymaniyah
Monday 18th March – Rawanduz
Tuesday 19th March – Amadiya – Dohuk
Wednesday 20th March – Dohuk – Lalish – Akre: Newroz Festival – Erbil
Thursday 21st March – Erbil
Friday 22nd March – 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
• Kurdistan visa on arrival or e-visa $75
• Single supplement ($300)
• International flights to and from Erbil
• Lunches, dinners and personal spending
• Tips for the local guide and drivers
• Travel insurance
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