tours

Arrive at Erbil International Airport in the capital of Kurdistan, After arrival formalities you will be met at the airport by a representative who will escort you to your hotel – the five star Erbil International Hotel.

After checking in to the hotel you will be given a briefing on your stay in Kurdistan while enjoying a complimentary welcome drink in the hotel lounge.
Dinner is at the hotel’s main restaurant where you will often find outstanding local live entertainment.

Note – The hotels you will be staying at normally have pool & spa facilities (Massage, Sauna and/or Turkish bath). The hotels also have full service Executive Centers and in room wireless Internet and adaptors. If you have any questions or special requests please inform your guide who will be with you throughout your journey. We are famous for our attention to detail!

Breakfast at hotel's main restaurant.

Depart for the 7000 year old Citadel of Erbil – the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth (There are cities perhaps as old but not continuously inhabited). Erbil Citadel was once a Sumerian City called Urbellum or Arbella (4 gods) and it is believed that Abraham passed through this city on one of his journeys. It once housed the Temple of the Goddess Ishtar and was the city Darius III fled to after facing defeat by Alexander the Great on the nearby plains of Gaugemela. A massive restoration project is currently being undertaken by UNESCO. You will meet the site director who will share fascinating facts about this incredible ancient fortress (subject to availability).

Tour the famous Textile Museum in the Citadel. The museum, housed in a 220 year old residence features ancient Kurdish fighting tools, traditional dresses, handmade rugs from different regions and eras of Kurdish history, jewelry and photos. In addition to Kurdish antiquities there are a number of pieces from Iran and Turkey. Women are taught on site how to weave in traditional style with a goal to preserving the ancient arts of the land. The fascinating art of felt making is also practiced on site. At the Museums’ gift shop you will have an opportunity to acquire a sample of local crafts.

Across from the Museum is a large and well known antique shop where one can acquire a piece of Kurdistan’s history as well as its more modern crafts.

Choli MinaretTake lunch in one of Erbil famous local restaurants joined by Lolan Mustapha the Founder and Director of the Textile Museum who will share the fascinating story of the lost Arts of Kurdistan – now being restored through the efforts of Lolan and his Museum Curator Dr. Anne-Marie Diesser of Belgium.

Time permitting we will take a brief stop at Choli Minaret. The minaret is one of Erbil’s most famous landmarks dating to the Atabag period (12th century). The structure was built from burnt bricks and tiles imported from Egypt – a nation linked to Kurdistan in Antiquity. Due to the long term effect of deterioration, the essential part of the architecture has disappeared and thus the leaning minaret is the last survivor of Erbil’s most famous historical mosque.

Graveyard and Dwins Castle, said to date from the time of Salah al-Din

Depart for Dwin Castle and the surrounding ancient graveyard in the area known as the hometown of Saladin Ayoubi. Saladin was a Kurdish Muslim, who became the first sultan of Egypt & Syria, & founded the Ayoubi Dynasty. He led Muslim & Arab opposition to the Franks & other European Crusaders in the Levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hijaz & Yemen. Under his leadership, his forces defeated the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin, leading the way to the capture of Palestine & Jerusalem. Many have seen famous and better preserved examples of Salahadin fortresses – few have visited the place that gave birth to this incredible historic figure.

 Tonight you will be dinner guests in the home of a local resident where you can interact with both  expatriates living and working in Kurdistan and their Kurdish friends (five guests minimum only; smaller group TBA)

Breakfast at the hotel’s main restaurant.

Depart to the Dayro d-Mor Matay Monastery (St. Matthew’s Monastery/ third Century) for a tour conducted by the Monastery’s Monks. The Monastery is one of eastern Christendom’s most famous sites and apart from a few forced closures has been in continuous use for nearly 2000 years.

Depart the Monastery for Gaugemela – site of the famous battle between King Darius III and Alexander the Great. While standing on a hill overlooking the vast plain below you will enjoy a lecture by a well known military historian & imagine the clash of arms that made Alexander King of Persian & undisputed ruler of the civilized world.

Xaringeha Niruj Restaurant for lunch – simple traditional Kurdish fare.

Jirwana

See Jirwana – the oldest aqueduct and bridge ruin in the world built in the time of Sennacharib (690 BC). The site was once part of a vast complex that was built to water the gardens of Nineveh. Huge stones transported by hand from quarries hundreds of miles away are in scripted with the story of this amazing feat. Here you will find the secret of the “hidden message of Sennacharib” known by only a few living scholars in the world – join them in this amazing revelation.

Lalish

Visit Lalish – pilgrimage site of the Yezidis who are descendants of the Zoroastrians – one of the most mysterious people in the world. Learn about the ancient rituals of this people who are considered by many to be the remnant of the original religion of Kurdistan

From here you will travel to Dohuk and check into the city’s finest hotel – the Dilshad Palace. Dine in the hotel’s famous Lebanese restaurant where Lebanese entertainers often animate the evening with the most popular oriental songs.

Breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Visit Al Qush and see the tomb of Nahum the Old Testament Prophet (7th Century BC) which is situated next to the Mar Gorgis Monastery and Mar Mekha Churches (third century AD) and a famous Monastery in the mountains above the tomb. Six hundred monks once inhabited the caves around the Monastery. Rabban Hormizd Monastery is an important site of the Chaldean Church. It is carved out of the mountains about 2 miles from Alqosh, Iraq, 28 miles north of Mosul (ancient Nineveh prophesied against by Nahum). Founded about 640 AD, the monastery has been the official residence of the patriarchs of the Eliya line of the Church of the East from 1551 to the 18th century, and after the union with Rome in the early 19th century, it became a prominent monastery of the Chaldean Church. It is named after Rabban Hormizd (rabban is the Syriac for monk) who founded it in the seventh century and is buried within the sanctuary.

Return to Dohuk and enjoy lunch at the famous Malta Restaurant serving traditional Kurdish fare as well as other dishes.

Travel to scenic Gara Mountain and visit the ruins of one of Saddam’s palaces. There were 10 palaces built in the same region – all of which were opulent complexes where meals were prepared in each three times a day in anticipation that Saddam ‘might” visit at any moment. One of the palaces was venue to extravagant parties hosting the world’s glitterati and a nearby stadium and pool was under construction where Saddam hoped to one day host the Olympics. Almost nothing remains of the palaces as the people of Kurdistan tore them all down when liberated from Saddam in 1991 to express their anger at the genocide he perpetrated against them.

Return to the hotel and relax or enjoy a refreshing beverage in the hotel bar or lounge. Enjoy dinner at the famous local Sadeer Restaurant where you will dine on the finest local, regional and International Cuisine

A buffet breakfast will be served before departing for the ancient city of Amadiya (dating from the Assyrian era) located on a high promontory above a breathtaking landscape and fed by a geothermal spring originating far below the mountain. 90 Km northeast of Dohuk; about 1400 m above sea level; surrounded by heights it was once an almost impenetrable fortress. The city Gate (Bab Zebar) is located in the eastern side of the City of Amadiya. Its width was 4 meters, built by Imaduddin Al- Zanki in 5-600 AD. A minaret is located in the middle of Amadiya. It is 30 meters high. The Islamic ornamentation (arabesque) is clearly seen on the minaret. It was built in the time of Sultan Hussein Wali and was part of an already existing ancient city. Pass by a third Century Synagogue and at the base of the mountain  visit an ancient Egyptian Madrasa reportedly founded by the University of Cairo centuries ago.

Lunch at Kurdistan Restaurant 30 minutes from Amadiya

Depart for Rawanduz through breathtaking rawanduz scenery in the region of Barzan where you will meet a local official and see the Mullah Mustapha Memorial (Father of modern Kurdistan) and continue through Soran passing by Shanidar Cave where some of the world’s first pre-historic remains were discovered. Travel on the renowned Hamilton Road – one of the greatest engineering feats of the last century.

Check into the Pank Resort Hotel. Dinner in the hotel’s Pasha Restaurant.

In the evening, enjoy the facilities of the hotel and if you dare take a toboggan ride through the deepest gorge in the Middle East ~ 1475 meters long ~ at 55 miles an hour.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the Pasha Restaurant.

Morning visit to Bekhal waterfalls & enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

Visit Bestoon Cave – A fascinating Neanderthal Cave 500 meters deep and adorned with Stalactites & Stalagmites.

Dinner in the hotel’s Pasha Restaurant.

Breakfast in the Hotel’s Pasha Restaurant.

Depart for Sulymania via the beautiful lake Dokan.

Lunch at Kosrat restaurant in Dokan.

Check into the Ramada Hotel, Suly's finest!

Visit the infamous Red House where Saddam tortured and killed thousands of Kurds. Take a tour led by a former inmate of the prison – one of its few survivors (subject to availability).

Breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Depart for Halabja where on March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein ordered the use of chemical weapons in attacking 24 villages in the Kurdish region beginning with Halabja. At least 5,000 people died as an immediate result of the chemical attack and it is estimated that a further 7,000 people were injured or suffered long term illness. Before the war ended the Iraqis moved in on the ground and completely destroyed the town.

In March 2010, the Iraqi High Criminal Court recognized the Halabja massacre as genocide. Saddam was executed for other crimes just before he was to be tried in Kurdistan for his acts of atrocity – learn why. Today the city lives again – testimony to the Kurds amazing resilience and ability to survive the most brutal assault on their people and culture. The Halabja Museum and Memorial Cemetery is both fascinating and moving. 

Lunch at Sulaymani Culture Centre – Fine local and International cuisine.

Return to the hotel for rest or explore the city. Sulymania is the most modern of Kurdistan’s cities, its cultural capital and home to Kurdistan’s first American University.

After dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant relax and enjoy the spa or a drink in the bar with friends.

Breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Visit Sulymania Museum, Kurdistan’s largest collection and Iraq’s second largest collection of antiquities.. We have arranged to meet with director Showan Muhammad (Subject to availability) who will talk about how the home of irreplaceable treasures has withstood looting in chaotic times. There are other museums in Kurdistan but nothing to equal this one in Sulymania. 

 

Depart for the ancient Qizqapan Cave and old Jewish city of Koisinjak en route to Erbil. Visit the ancient Caravanserai (Hostel on the ancient Silk Road). 

Check into Van Royal Hotel – your home base in Erbil

A special farewell dinner – location  - A SURPISE!

Breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a Q & A with one of The Other Iraq Tours owners.

Depart for Erbil International Airport.

Arrive to Erbil International Airport in the capital of Kurdistan – Check into Hotel

Dinner at hotel’s main restaurant

Breakfast at hotel's main restaurant

9:00 AM – Depart for the 7000 year old Citadel of Erbil.

Visit Civilization museum and Chooli Minaret

Take lunch at one of the well known local restaurants

Tour the famous Textile Museum in the Citadel. The museum, housed in a 220 year old residence features ancient Kurdish fighting tools, traditional dresses, handmade rugs from different regions and eras of Kurdish history, jewelry and photos. In addition to Kurdish antiquities there are a number of pieces from Iran and Turkey.

Tour of Erbil’s Ancient Citadel – the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth (There are cities as old but not continuously inhabited). Erbil Citadel was once a Sumerian City called Urbellum or Arbella (4 gods) and it is believed that Abraham passed through this city on one of his journeys. It also once housed the Temple of Ishtar.

Depart for Dwin Castle, the ruins of a fortress built by Salahadin

Dinner at a fine local restaurant

Breakfast at hotel’s main restaurant and CHECK OUT OF HOTEL

Departure to the Dayro d-Mor Matay Monastery (St. Matthew’s Monastery (third Century) for a tour conducted by the Monastery’s Monks

Depart Monastery for Gaugamela – site of the famous battle between King Darius III and Alexander the Great which ended the Persian Empire

Xaringeha Niruj restaurant for lunch

See Jirwan – the oldest aqueduct and bridge ruin in the world built in the time of Sennacharib. Visit Lalish – pilgrimage site of the Yezidis who are descendants of the Zoroastrians

Depart for Duhok

Visit Chwar Stoon Cave where Zoroastrian fire worshippers performed rituals

Check in to Hotel,

Dinner at hotel or TBA
 

Breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant

Visit Al Qush and see the tomb of Nahum next to the Mar Gorgis Monastery and Mar Mekha Church (third Century) and the third century Monastery (Hormizd) in the mountains above the tomb. Six hundred monks once inhabited the caves around the Hurmizd Monastery.

Enjoy lunch in Duhok’s Malta Restaurant serving traditional Kurdish fare as well as other dishes.

Visit Gara mountain that overlooks amazing touristic towns of Solav, Ashawa, Aneshki, and Bamerni.

Return to Hotel.

Have dinner at the well known Sadeer Restaurant or TBA

A buffet breakfast will be served before departing from Duhok in the main restaurant

Check out of Hotel

Depart for the ancient city of Amadiya (dating from Assyrian era) located on a high promontory above a breathtaking landscape and fed by a geothermal spring originating far below the mountain. 90 Km northeast of Duhok; about 1400 m above sea level it was once an almost impenetrable fortress. The city Gate (Bab Zebar) is located in the eastern side of the City of Amadiya. Its width was 4 meters, built by Imaduddin Al- Zanki in 5-600 AD. A minaret is located in the middle of Amadiya. It is 30 meters high. The Islamic ornamentation (arabesque) is clearly seen on the minaret. It is said that it was built in the time of Sultan Hussein Wali Amadiya as part of an already existing ancient city.

Pass by a third Century Synagogue and enjoy tea by the Sulav Waterfall

Lunch at Kurdistan Restaurant 30 minutes from Amadiya

Depart for Rawanduz through breathtaking scenery in the region of Barzan where you will meet a local official and see the Mullah Mustapha Memorial (Father of modern Kurdistan) and continue through Soran passing by Shanidar Cave where some of the world’s first pre-historic remains were discovered.

Check into the Pank Resort Hotel

Dinner in the resort’s Pasha Restaurant

Evening – Enjoy the facilities of the resort including (if you wish) a toboggan ride through the deepest gorge in the Middle East

Breakfast in the resort’s Pasha Restaurant

Drive through the Hamilton Road, see Bekhal and Gali Ali Beg waterfall

Depart for Sulymani via the beautiful lake Dokan

Lunch at Kosrat restaurant in Dokan

Visit the Sulymani Zamwa Art Gallery and Sulymania Bazaar

Check into Hotel

Dinner at Hotel main restaurant

Breakfast in the hotel’s main restaurant on the top floor

Visit the infamous Red House where Saddam tortured and killed thousands of Kurds.

Visit Sulymani Museum to view Kurdistan’s largest collection of antiquities displaying local items dating back thousands of years. We have arranged for the group to meet with director (depending on availability) who will talk about how the home of irreplaceable treasures has withstood looting in chaotic times. There are other museums in Kurdistan but nothing to equal this one in Sulymani.

Lunch at Cultural Centre

afternoon visit to Halabjah.

Dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant or TBA

Depart for the ancient Qizqapan Cave and old Jewish city of Koisinjak en route to Erbil. Old Jewish house and Caravanserai (Hostel on the ancient Silk Road)

Lunch in The Bakery and More restaurant serving Lebanese, local and Int’l cuisine including pizza and various salads (Owned by Lebanese businessmen)

Over night in Erbil

Morning exploration of the capital or Q & A with one of the company’s owners

Lunch at one of best local restaurants

Afternoon return flight

Afternoon: Arrive in Erbil and check-in to the hotel.

Rest, freshen up, and enjoy a drink or dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Business center is available as well as a spa and exercise facilities.

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Introductory remarks by tour leader and/or tour scholar.

Morning visit to the Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Afternoon: Lunch in the vicinity of the Citadel.

Possible meeting at Ministry of Municipalities, or general sightseeing of Erbil.

Evening: Return to hotel. Rest and freshen up or enjoy a drink in the hotel bar.

Dinner will be at the hotel’s restaurant.

Informal discussions with tour scholar.

Morning: A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Lecture on current political situation or other subjects. Mid morning visit to sites in Erbil.

Afternoon: Lunch at a local restaurant in Erbil.

Visit to the resort town of Shaqlawa.

Evening: Dinner will be at a well known International restaurant serving Italian and local cuisine. Drive a miniature Formula I car after dinner if you like.

Morning: A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant.

Morning drive to Duhok. Our first stop will be at an ancient monastery. Then on to the site of the battle between Alexander the Great and Darius III. Lectures on the site and the life of Alexander.

Drive to Jerwan, the oldest aqueduct in the world built by King Sennacharib. 

Afternoon: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Drive to Lalish, Yezidi's most famous shrine, and to Khanis to see the site of the headwaters that brought irrigation to Ninevah and Sennacharib’s palace. See ancient Assyrian carvings.

Evening: Return to Duhok. Dinner at the hotel main restaurant this evening.

Morning: A buffet breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Visit to the Duhok Museum to see archeological finds.

Afternoon: Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch drive a short distance to an ancient cave. Possible visit to Duhok Bazaar.

Evening: Return to the hotel for a rest. Enjoy dinner tonight at one of Duhok’s finest serving local cuisine.

Morning: A buffet breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant.

Visit to an ancient Christian monastery and a stop at Nahum's tomb.

Afternoon: Return to Duhok for lunch

Afternoon visit to ancient Jewish city. Enjoy tea beside the Habur River, a tributary of the Tigris River and site of an ancient Abbasid bridge.

Evening: Dinner is at the Lebanese restaurant in the hotel. Entertainment is usually provided.

Morning: A buffet breakfast will be served in the main hotel restaurant.

A magnificent drive to the ancient city of Amadiya (dating from Assyrian era) located on a high promontory above a breathtaking landscape and fed by a geothermal spring originating far below the mountain.

Afternoon: Lunch on the way to Barzan.

Tour the Mullah Mustapha Museum (father of modern Kurdistan).

Climb to a cave where discoveries were made of Neanderthal remains - one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world.

Evening Check into a famous resort. Dinner at the resort’s restaurant. 

There are several “amusement rides” including a Ferris wheel and a wonderful toboggan ride which is not to be missed! 

Morning: After breakfast drive on the winding rock-cut Hamilton Road to a number of local villages and water falls.

Afternoon: Picnic lunch on the way. Return to the hotel mid-afternoon to give people a chance to use the roller-coaster and other facilities of the hotel. 

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Sulaimani, driving south through a scenic valley to a famous lake of Dokan.

Afternoon: Arrive at Dokan Lake for lunch.

After lunch visit to the Red House – Saddam's Torture Chamber converted to a museum.

Visit to the market or possible meeting with the president of a major university.

Evening: Check in to the hotel and have dinner with prominent locals (schedule permitting).

Morning: A buffet breakfast will be served in the Hotel.

Morning drive to Halabja. Tour the Halabja Memorial Museum.

Afternoon: Return to Sulaymani for lunch.

Afternoon free (shopping, site seeing or rest).

Evening: Dinner tonight will be at one of Sulaymani's fine restaurants.

Morning: A buffet breakfast will be served in the hotel restaurant before departure forErbil.

Begin the day with a visit to the Sulaymani Museum before we leave the city. After the museum visit, begin the journey back to Erbil with two stops on the way to visit ancient caves and and old Jewish bazaar and houses and other sites on the ancient Silk Road.

Afternoon: Lunch at a local Lebanese restaurant, serving Western cuisine as well.

Evening: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with Kurdish cultural entertainment.

Morning: A buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s main restaurant located.

Final question and answer session by tour scholar.

Afternoon: Lunch at a German restaurant.

Depart Erbil.

Afternoon – Arrive at Erbil

Evening – A buffet dinner will be served at the hotel.

Morning – Breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

Lecture on the political and security situation in Kurdistan. Emphasis will be given on Assyrian Christian situation in Mosul and other areas.

Depart for the 8000 year old Citadel of Erbil, the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth.

Tour the famous Textile Museum in the Citadel. The museum, housed in a 220 year old residence features ancient Kurdish fighting tools, traditional dresses, handmade rugs from different regions and eras of Kurdish history, jewelry and photos. In addition to Kurdish antiquities there are a number of pieces from Iran and Turkey and carpets/traditional dress of the Assyrians.

Afternoon: Lunch.

Visit the resort town of Shaqlawa – half of which is largely Assyrian and Chaldean. See the Christian fertility Shrine on Safeen Mountain above the city.

Evening: Dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart for a monastery dating from the 4th century AD and meet the monks that live on the premises.

From here continue on to the the world’s oldest aqueduct. The Assyrian King Sennacharib was the builder of the Aqueduct. Sennacharib is mentioned in the Bible – II Kings 18-19.

Afternoon: Lunch at one of Duhok's finest restaurants.

After lunch drive to Khanis, the site of the headwaters that brought irrigation to Ninevah and Sennacharib’s palace. See ancient Assyrian carvings.

Visit the holiest shrine of the Yezidis, descdants of the Zoroastrians.

Evening - Dinner at the hotel.

Morning: Buffet breakfast.

See an ancient cave of Zoroastrian fire worshippers.

Visit to Duhok Bazaar.

Afternoon: Lunch at one of Duhok's restaurant.

Visit an ancient monastery and visit Nahum's tomb (author of one of the books of the Bible).

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: Buffet breakfast.

Depart the hotel this morning on a magnificent drive to Amadiya (several Assyrian connections).

Afternoon: Stop for lunch at a local Kurdistan Restaurant.

After lunch continue to Barzan. Meeting with the director of the new Mullah Mustapha Memorial (if available).

Climb to a cave where discoveries were made of Neanderthal remains - one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world.

Evening: Check into a resort and enjoy its facilities. Dinner included.

Morning - Breakfast.

Drive on the winding rock-cut Hamilton Road to a number of local villages – one of the most beautiful sites in Kurdistan and one of the great engineering feats of the Century.

Afternoon - Lunch at Dokan.

Drive south through the scenic Balisan valley to Sulaymani.

Evening - Check into hotel and dine.

Morning: Breakfast.

Begin the day with a visit to the Sulaymani Museum housing Kurdistan’s finest collection of antiquities  (including a number of Assyrian artifacts).

Visit the Red House torture chambers of Saddam Hussein.

Shop in the local Bazaar.

Afternoon: Lunch.

Drive to Halabja, the most famous site of Saddam’s Anfal and chemical gas campaign against the Kurds for which he was later charged with the crime of genocide.

Evening: Return to the hotel and dine.

Morning: Buffet breakfast.

Set out on the journey back to Erbil stopping at an ancient cave and a Jewish town.

Afternoon: Lunch and final Q & A. 

Depart from Erbil.

Afternoon: Arrive at Erbil’s new International Airport from Vienna and check into the hotel.

Meet with the tour scholar.

Evening: A buffet dinner will be served at the hotel’s restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

Orientation and lecture on Kurdistan’s history. Discover the Kurds’ relationship with the ancient Medes and early experiments in democracy. 

Tour of Erbil’s 8000 year old Citadel – the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth.

Afternoon: Take lunch in the Citadel or at a nearby restaurant.

Tour the famous Textile Museum in the Citadel. The museum, housed in a 220 year old residence features ancient Kurdish fighting tools, traditional dresses, handmade rugs from different regions and eras of Kurdish history, jewelry and photos. In addition to Kurdish antiquities there are a number of pieces from Iran and Turkey.

Visit the Covered Bazaar  

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for a monastery dating from the 4th century AD.  Meet the monks that live on the premises.

From here continue on to the site of Gaugamela and hear a lecture on the famous battle between Alexander the Great and Darius III.

Afternoon: Lunch in Erbil.

After lunch enjoy a general orientation tour of the city of Erbil.

Evening: After dinner, drive a miniature Formula I if you are up for a little excitement.

Morning – Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit an ancient Jewish city and a prehistoric cave en route to Sulaymani.

Afternoon: Lunch.

Upon reaching Sulaymani see the Red-House – site of Saddam’s torture chambers.

Evening: Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the Museum of Antiquities, Kurdistan’s finest collection of antiquities.

Depart for the town of Halabja.

Afternoon: Return to Sulaymani and eat at a well-known local restaurant serving a buffet lunch.

Afternoon – Shop in the Bazaar and see Zamwa Art Gallery (local artists on display).

Evning: Dinner will be at one of Sulaymani’s finest restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast at hotel.

Depart for Rawanduz driving north through the scenic Christian Resort of Shaqlawa.

Afternoon: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Evening: Check into a resort in Rawanduz.

Dinner will be at the resort’s restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast.

Take a scenic drive on the winding rock-cut Hamilton Road to a number of local villages and waterfalls. Spectacular views, warm and welcoming people and pure, clean air make this an extremely attractive part of Kurdistan and a very enjoyable day.

Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the dramatic valleys of Gali Ali Beg.

Return to the hotel mid-afternoon and enjoy some of the facilities of the hotel.

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for city of Duhok.

Climb to a cave where discoveries were made of Neanderthal remains -  one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world

Afternoon: Lunch.

Visit the city of Amadiya (dating from Assyrian era) located on a high promontory above a breathtaking landscape and fed by a geothermal spring originating far below the mountain. 

Evening: Dinner at the hotel.

Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for the main pilgrimage site of the world’s Yezidis - descendants of the Zoroastrians.

See caves dating from the time of Sennacharib and located next to the headwaters of the Aqueduct that fed Nineveh and the palaces of the king.

Afternoon: Lunch.

See the oldest aqueduct in the world built by the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib.

Visit an ancient monastery and Nahum's tomb.

Evening: Dinner.

Morning: Breakfast.

Explore Duhok this morning.

Visit the newly built University of Duhok as guests of the University President (subject to availability).

Afternoon: Lunch.

Drive to ancient site of Zoroastrian fire worshippers. Remains of an irrigation/canal system can also be seen.

Time permitting we will stop at Duhok’s bazaar.

Evening: Dine at one of Duhok’s finest restaurant.

Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for the Jewish town of Zakho, See the ancient bridge crossing the Habur River.

Take a short drive to the border with Turkey bidding Iraqi Kurdistan farewell.