Lalish, Iraqi Kurdistan

Iraqi-Kurdistan add-on

from $2,100

This 7-day trip explores the Northern area of Iraq, Kurdistan, taking in the cultural, geographical and historical highlights as well as getting a greater understanding of life in this semi-autonomous region of Iraq.

**Please note this trip is only available for guests who book the Iraq Cradle of Civilisation trip beforehand.**

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    • Group Size Medium Group
      10
    All about the Iraqi-Kurdistan add-on.

    **Please note this trip is only available for guests who book the Iraq Cradle of Civilisation trip beforehand.**

    This 7-day trip explores the Northern area of Iraq, Kurdistan, taking in the cultural, geographical and historical highlights as well as getting a greater understanding of life in this semi-autonomous region of Iraq. We start in Erbil with its famous citadel. At 6,500 years old, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    Departing the city, the trip encompasses many natural sights: from blue waterfalls to steep gorges, deep caves and spectacular mountains between Dohuk and Soran. We explore the regions cultural and ethnic diversity by taking in Christian monasteries, and the spiritual home of the Yazidi people as well as places that give us an understanding of modern Iraq including one of Saddams’ palaces and the notorious Red Prison in Sulaymaniyah.

    Highlights:

    • Lalish – spiritual home of the Yazidi people
    • Visit Mar Mattai monastery, Alqosh and Raban Hormizd monastery
    • Explore Rawanduz canyon and the Hamilton Road
    • Visit the Amna Saraka or Red Prison – the museum dedicated to the terrors of Saddam

    Start Point: Erbil, Iraq
    End Point: Erbil, Iraq
    Maximum number of people: 10

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All accommodation – 6 nights (3/4 star hotels)
    • Breakfast
    • All ground transport
    • Guide/driver
    • International guide
    • Entrance fees
    • Internal flight from Basra to Erbil
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Insurance
    • International flights to and from Iraq
    • Lunch & Dinner
    • Visa
    • Drinks
    • Tips for guides / drivers
    1. Day 1 Fly from Basra to Erbil

      Arrive in Erbil.
      Transfer from airport to Hotel for briefing.
      If there is time some short sightseeing in Erbil, such as the citadel and bazaar.
      Overnight in hotel in Erbil

    2. Day 2 Erbil - Lalish - Dohuk

      Drive from Erbil to Dohuk.
      En route we will visit Lalish (the spiritual home of the Yazidi people),
      Mar Mattai monastery, Alqosh and Raban Hormizd monastery. Once in Dohuk you will have time to explore the city.
      Overnight in hotel in Dohuk

    3. Day 3 Dohuk – Amedi - Dohuk

      A day visiting the region surrounding Dohuk including Duhok dam, Chwarstoon cave, a ruined palace that belonged to Saddam Hussein and the walled town of Amedi.
      Overnight in hotel in Dohuk

    4. Day 4 Dohuk - Soran

      A full day driving between Dohuk and Soran through the mountains of Kurdistan. Visiting the Gali Sheran waterfalls, Shanader cave as well as passing through the Barzan gorge and the Korek Mountains.
      Overnight in hotel in Soran

    5. Day 5 Soran – Hamilton Road – Erbil

      A day visiting the mountains of Kurdistan including Rawanduz canyon, Bekhal and Gali Ali Bag waterfalls. Part of this includes driving the famous Hamilton road as well as visiting Shaqlawa – famous for its honey. Continue on to Erbil.
      Overnight in hotel in Erbil

    6. Day 6 Erbil - Sulaymaniyah

      A morning drive to Sulaymaniyah via Dukan lake. Once in the city you will have time to walk the busy streets and visit the Amna Saraka – the museum dedicated to the terrors of Saddam located in the Ba’ath parties old intelligence headquarters.
      Overnight in hotel in Sulaymaniyah

    7. Day 7 Sulaymaniyah – Halabja – Erbil

      Drive to the memorial to Saddam’s gas attacks at Halabja. You can also visit the viewpoint of the city from Azmer hill.
      Then drive back to Erbil.
      Trip ends in the evening in Erbil.

    Accommodation

    We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards and costs in Erbil cannot be compared to a hotel in Soran. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
    The accommodation will be based on you sharing a twin room.
    Optional single supplement is available for US$300 per person.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Included in the price:
    • All accommodation – 6 nights (3/4 star hotels)
    • Breakfast
    • All ground transport
    • Guide/driver
    • International guide
    • Entrance fees
    • Internal flight from Basra to Erbil
    Not included in the price:
    • Insurance
    • International flights to and from Iraq
    • Lunch & Dinner
    • Visa
    • Drinks
    • Tips for guides / drivers

    We do not directly arrange international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
    You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
    Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk   Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966

    For most nationalities, a visa is available on arrival in Erbil airport. The visa is valid for Iraqi Kurdistan only and NOT for southern Iraq.
    If you have an Iraq visa in advance then it is valid for all of Iraq.

    We provide breakfast everyday. We know plenty of places in Erbil & Sulaymaniyah for lunch and dinner. From traditional kebab houses to International Restaurants at International prices. When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend.

    When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Your comfort, enjoyment and safety of the journey is the first priority.

    You will be accompanied by an international guide from Untamed Borders along with a Kurdish driver/guide for the length of the trip.

    Trips to Iraq do create dangers of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour guide has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.

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    October 31, 2020 - November 6, 2020
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