Iraqi Kurdistan: 5-Day Budget Tour

Iraqi Kurdistan: 5-Day Budget Tour

Day 1: Erbil

  1. Arrive in Erbil

    1. Erbil; and known in ancient history as Arbela and also spelled Arbil, Arbel and Irbil, is the largest most populated city in Iraqi Kurdistan and capital city of Kurdistan Region. It is located approximately in the center of Iraqi Kurdistan region and the north of Iraq

  2. Rawanduz

    1. ​Rawandiz is a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, located in Erbil Governorate, Iraq, close to the borders with Iran and Turkey, it is located 10 km to the east from Bekhal Waterfall. The district is 123 km from Erbil

  3. Gali Ali Beg 

    1. ​Geli Ali Beg Waterfall is located in Iraqi Kurdistan, which lies in the mountainous northern part of the country in the Kurdistan Region, some 130 km north of Arbil. The waterfall is named after the Yazidi leader Ali Beg who was killed there in 1832 by the Kurdish prince Mohammed Pasha Rawanduz

  4. Bekhal Falls 

  5. Pank Resort 

  6. Hamilton Road

    1. In 1928, Archibald Hamilton traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan, having been commissioned to build a road that would stretch from Northern Iraq, through the mountains and gorges of Kurdistan and on to the Iranian border. Now called the Hamilton Road, this was, even by today's standards, a considerable feat of engineering and remains one of the most strategically important roads in the region

  7. Korek Mountain

    1. Mount Korek is a mountain in town of Rawandiz, Irbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, 50 kilometers from the Iranian border 

  8. Shaqlawa 

    1. Shaqlawa is a historic city and a Hill station in the Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Shaqlawa, a city of approximately 25,500 people, lies 51 km to the northeast of Erbil, at the bottom of Safeen Mountain

  9. Khanzad Castle

    1. Khanzad Castle is situated 22 km from Erbil, on the road between Erbil and Shaqlawa. Constructed during the Soran Emirate in the 16th century 

  10. Drive back to Erbil

  11. Erbil at night


Day 2: Dohuk

  1. Lalish, Mar Mattai Monastery

    1. Lalish is a mountain valley temple situated in the Shekhan District and controlled by the autonomous Kurdistan Region since 1991. It is the holiest temple of the Yazidis. It is the location of the tomb of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir, a central figure of the Yazidi faith 

  2. Khanis, Alqosh 

    1. Alqōsh, alternatively spelled Alkosh, Al-qosh or Alqush, is an Assyrian town in northern Iraq and is within Nineveh Plains. It is a sub-district of the Tel Kaif District and is 45km north of Mosul. The town is controlled by the Kurdistan Democratic Party and Peshmerga

  3. Mar Mattai monastery

    1. Dayro d-Mor Mattai is located atop Mount Alfaf in northern Iraq and is 20 kilometers from Mosul. It is recognized as one of the oldest Christian monasteries in existence and is famous for its magnificent library and considerable collection of Syriac Christian manuscripts

  4. Raban Hormizd Monastery

    1. Rabban Hormizd Monastery is an important monastery of the Chaldean Catholic Church, founded about 640 AD, carved out in the mountains about 2 miles from Alqosh, Iraq, 28 miles north of Mosul 

  5. Mosul Lake/Tigris River (if checkpoint allows)

    1. The Tigris is the eastern of the two great rivers that define Mesopotamia, the other being the Euphrates. The river flows south from the mountains of southeastern Turkey through Iraq and empties into the Persian Gulf 

  6. Dohuk

    1. Duhok or Dohuk is the capital of the Duhok Governorate in Kurdistan Region. The city is encircled by mountains along the Tigris river. Duhok has a growing tourist industry. Its population has increased rapidly since the 1990s, as the rural population moved to the cities after villages were destroyed by the Iraqi army

  7. Dohuk at night


Day 3: Amedi

  1. Dohuk Dam

    1. The Dohuk Dam is an earth-fill embankment dam on the Dohuk River just north of Dohuk in Dahuk Governorate, Iraq. The dam was completed in 1988 with the primary purpose of providing water for irrigation. It is 60 m tall and can withhold 52,000,000 m³ of water

  2. Chwarstoon Cave 

    1. Halamata Cave where Assyrian Bas reliefs were carved into the side of a mountain

  3. Bazaar 

  4. Saddam's Palace

    1. It was looted during the Kurdish uprising against Baghdad rule in March 1991 and has remained idle ever since. It offers spectacular views of the Amedi Valley 

  5. Inishke Cave 

  6. Amedi

    1. Amadiya is an Iraqi Kurdish town and popular summer resort and Hill station along a tributary to the Great Zab in the Dahuk Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan. The city is situated 4,600 feet above sea level

  7. Drive back to Erbil

  8. Erbil at night


Day 4: Sulaimaniya

  1. Koya 

    1. The town Koy Sanjaq, original Kurdish name Bijhenjar, is located in the Erbil Governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan, close to the Iranian border. Most of the town was property of two families Which were also known by the title of Agha which represents them for being wealthy

  2. Dokan Lake 

    1. Lake Dukan is the largest lake in Iraqi Kurdistan. It is located close to the city of Ranya, and is a reservoir on the Little Zab created by the construction of the Dukan Dam. The Dukan Dam was built between 1954 and 1959 as a multi-purpose dam to provide water storage, irrigation and hydroelectricity

  3. Sulaimaniya (Slemani Museum, Amna Suraka/Red Prison, Bazaar, Goyje Mountain)

    1. Sulaymaniyah, also called Slemani, is a city in Kurdistan Region. It is surrounded by the Azmer Range, Goyija Range and the Qaiwan Range in the northeast, Baranan Mountain in the south and the Tasluja Hills in the west. The city has a semi-arid climate with very hot dry summers and cool wet winters

  4. Sulaimaniya at night


Day 5: Tour Ends

  1. Ahmad Awa 

    1. An incredible waterfall hidden between the valleys and mountains of Hawraman region

  2. Halabja

    1. Halabja is a city in Kurdistan Region and the capital of Halabja Governorate, located about 240 km northeast of Baghdad and 14 km from the Iranian border. The city lies at the base of what is often referred to as the greater Hewraman region stretching across the Iran–Iraq border

  3. Drive back to Erbil 

  4. Tour ends

  5. Hotel or Airport Transfer



  1. English-speaking guide / driver

  2. Airport pickup

  3. Visa assistance for those who need visa prior to departure

  4. Assistance with hotel booking/reservation 


Does not include:

  1. Food

  2. Accommodations

  3. Souvenirs and other purchases

  4. Meals for guide


  1. English-speaking guide / driver

  2. Airport pickup

  3. Visa assistance for those who need visa prior to departure

  4. Assistance with hotel booking/reservation

Not Included

  1. Food

  2. Accommodations

  3. Souvenirs and other purchases

  4. Meals for guide

  5. Insurance

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this tour, or would like to book, just contact us below!

Thanks for submitting!