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Iraqi-Kurdistan Newroz Festival

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$2,750

This 9-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.

The trips finale is a visit to the town of Akre during the Newruz New Years festivities.

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All about the Iraqi-Kurdistan Newroz Festival.

This 9 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 visiting the Halabja memorial and the notorious Red Prison in Sulaymaniyah.

The trips finale is a visit to the town of Akre during the Newruz New Years festivities.

Highlights:

  • Lalish – spiritual home of the Yazidi people
  • Visit Mar Mattai monastery, Alqosh and Raban Hormizd monastery
  • Explore Rawanduz canyon and the Hamilton Road
  • Celebrate Newruz. The Kurdish New Year

Start Point: Erbil
End Point: Erbil
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 – 8 nights
  • Breakfast
  • All ground transport
  • Guide/driver
  • International guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Internal flight from Basra to Erbil (if booked on Cradle of Civilisation trip)

 

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 Erbil

    Arrive in Erbil.
    Transfer from airport to the hotel for briefing.
    Visit the main square and the bazaar in the evening

    Overnight in Hotel in Erbil

  2. Day 2 Erbil - Lalish - Dohuk

    Drive from Erbil to Dohuk.
    En route we will stop and have lunch in Lalish, the spiritual home of the Yazidi people.
    Visit the church in Alqosh and the nearby Raban Hormizd monastery (closed at the time of writing).
    Once in Dohuk you will have time to explore the city.

    Overnight in Hotel in Dohuk

  3. Day 3 Dohuk – Amedi

    Spend the morning exploring Dohuk and its surrounding area, including Duhok dam and Chwarstoon Cave. Continue the drive to the walled town of Amedi and see the mosque ruins in the valley.

    Overnight in Simple Hotel in Amedi

  4. Day 4 Amedi – Barzan – Shanidar - Soran

    Drive between Amedi and Soran through the mountains of Kurdistan. Stop in Barzan and see the Barzani Memorial Centre.
    There will be a chance to visit the Shanidar cave as well as passing through the Korek Mountains.

    Overnight in Hotel in Soran

  5. Day 5 Soran – Hamilton Road – Sulaymaniyah

    A day visiting the mountains of Kurdistan including Rawanduz canyon, Bekhal and Gali Ali Bag waterfalls. Part of this day includes driving the famous Hamilton Road and stop by Dukan Lake before arriving in Sulaymaniyah. Enjoy an evening walk in the city centre in Iraq’s most liberal city.

    Overnight in Hotel in Sulaymaniyah

  6. Day 6 Sulaymaniyah

    Walk the busy streets of the city before visiting the Amna Saraka – the museum dedicated to the terrors of Saddam located in the Ba’ath party’s 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. Stop by the Goizha viewpoint before driving back to Erbil for a good night’s rest.

    Overnight in Hotel in Erbil

  8. Day 8 Erbil – Akre - Erbil

    A late start then a full day visiting Akre for the Kurdish festival of Newruz. The highlight being the torch lit procession at dusk up the mountain.
    A late return to Erbil.

    Overnight in Hotel in Erbil

  9. Day 9 Eribl - End of Trip

    Transfer to airport – end of trip

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$360 per person.

We do not directly arrange international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan. However, we can suggest routes and operators.

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.

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Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
March 14, 2023 - March 22, 2023
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