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 former Camp Al-Adala – where the execution of Saddam Hussein took place in 2006, now known as Camp Justice.
You’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 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.
Please note: 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 10th March – Baghdad Arrival
Saturday 11th March – Baghdad – Ctesiphon – Baghdad
Sunday 12th March – Samarra – Agargouf Ziggurat – Karbala
Monday 13th March – Karbala – Babylon – Najaf
Tuesday 14th March – Najaf – Ur – Marshes – Basra
Wednesday 15th March – Basra – Baghdad
Thursday 16th March – 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
• English speaking local guide and YPT guide at all times
• Entrance fees unless otherwise specified
• Iraqi visa if required: YPT provides full support
• Single Supplement (€300)
• International flights to and from Baghdad
• Lunches, dinners and personal spending
• Tips for the local guide and drivers
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.