Following the fall of ISIS in 2017, YPT conducted our first ever research trip to Baghdad and beyond in April 2018 and followed up with our first regular tour. It proved to be not only very safe but incredibly informative and fascinating. The region has world-class heritage in abundance and is completely unspoilt by tourism, meaning we will feel like the only foreign travellers in town. This is now quickly turning into a YPT signature tour and certainly one of our most interesting ones.
There is a huge amount of ancient and modern history waiting to be explored in Iraq. We’ll start our tour in Najaf which is well connected with flights and a good starting point away from high security Baghdad.
We’ll visit the ancient site of Babylon, the Mesopotamian marshes, see the holy city of Karbala and the southern city of Basra. We cover a huge amount of ground with our expert local guide explaining all as we go. We’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!
We recommend booking this trip with a visit to the northern part of Iraq, to the autonomous region of Kurdistan, on our Whole Iraq combo.
Please note: Due to visa-related, security and logistical reasons, this tour is capped at 14 people and bookings will end two months before the tour so that the letter of invitation for the visa can be processed, demand is high, so book now!
For a tour of this nature, security is the most important factor and the itinerary is subject to change depending on the situation on the ground and the information we receive from our local partners. The local guide and YPT guide’s decision on eventual itinerary changes is final and taken with your safety in mind.
Friday 14th May – Najaf Arrival
Saturday 15th May – Najaf/Babylon/Karbala/Najaf
Sunday 16th May – Najaf/Nasriyah/Basra
Monday 17th May – Basra/Baghdad
Tuesday 18th May – Baghdad
Wednesday 19th May – Baghdad/Samarra/Baghdad
Thursday 20th May – Baghdad
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Iraqi Visa LOA support
• Accommodation on twin share basis with breakfast
• Transport to complete the itinerary
• Breakfasts and lunch
• English speaking local guide and YPT guide at all times
• Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
• Iraqi Visa to be obtained at embassy after LOA secured
• Single Supplement (€300)
• International flights to Najaf and out of Baghdad
• Dinners and personal spending
• Tips for the local guide and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.