Dates: December 14 - 22, 2023
12 spots available on a first come, first served basis!
Our 9-day, 8-night tour of Iraq will be a comprehensive deep dive into the country. You'll experience Iraq's rich and storied history, culture, cuisine, and of course, Iraq's wonderful people.
You'll travel with Doug as well as highly experienced, professional Iraqi tour guides.
The tour will include:
Baghdad, Babylon, Karbala, Najaf, the Iraqi Marshes, Samarra, Mosul, and Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan.
Arrive to Baghdad International Airport, pre-arranged transfer to hotel, rest, and meet up with the team.
If time permits, afternoon tour of Baghdad. Stops may include the statues and monuments of the Arabian Nights, Firdos Square (where Saddam's statue was torn down in 2003), and the Martyr's Monument.
Inclusions & Price
8 nights lodging (Shared twin rooms)
All meals (Breakfast only on last day)
All tours, tour guides, & entry fees
Ground transportation throughout the tour
Visa (see more info)
Souvenirs, snacks, etc.
10% of proceeds will be donated to charity supporting iraqi children
How to Join
There are limited spots available on the trip!
To apply to join, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A $700 deposit will be required to reserve your spot. This deposit is non-refundable in lieu of extraordinary circumstances.
Iraq offers an easy Visa On Arrival for citizens of the US, UK, EU, Switzerland, Canada, Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.
The visa process will be completed upon your arrival to Baghdad International Airport. The Visa On Arrival costs ~$77 USD (subject to change), and must be paid in cash (USD only).
If you are not eligible for a Visa On Arrival, please contact us to discuss the steps for obtaining a visa.
Who should come on this trip?
Anyone and everyone is welcome on this trip. Iraq is a beautiful country with so much to offer visitors. Those interested in joining us on this trip should come with an open mind and be ready to immerse themselves in a culture that may be very different from their own. There will be light physical activity involved throughout the trip (climbing stairs, monuments, etc.), but nothing overly strenuous. In December, weather in Iraq is temperate, with temperatures typically ranging from 50-70° F (10-22° C). We will send a detailed recommended packing list to confirmed participants.
Is it safe to visit Iraq?
Yes. Iraq today is a very different place than it was just a few years ago. The country is now relatively stable, and it has been visited by thousands of tourists in recent years. Throughout the duration of the trip, you will be accompanied by experienced American and Iraqi guides. If you have more specific questions about safety & security in Iraq, get in touch with us.
Who are the guides?
The trip will be led by American and local Iraqi tour guides.
Doug Barnard is an American traveler and YouTuber. He has significant experience traveling throughout Iraq and the Arab world, and has led several group trips to Iraq. See his experience in Iraq on his YouTube channel.
Hussein Rasheed is a professional tour guide from Babylon, Iraq. He has led countless guests from all over the world on tours throughout Iraq, sharing with them his immense knowledge of Iraq's history, culture, and customs.
Are Iraqis friendly to foreigners? What about Americans?
Iraqis are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. You'll likely be amazed by the kindness and generosity that normal Iraqis will offer to complete strangers. Meeting the Iraqi people is one of the best parts of visiting Iraq.
While Iraqis' views on the American government and recent history between the two countries may vary, the vast majority of Iraqis will treat American visitors with the same kindness and hospitality that they would offer any guest. Any negative opinions of the American government are not directed towards individual US citizens.
What are the hotels like?
We will be staying in upscale local hotels. All hotels offer wifi, air conditioning, and breakfast. The rooms are shared twin rooms, meaning that if you're traveling solo, you'll be paired up with a roommate. If you'd like your own room, this can be arranged for an additional cost.
What is the food like?
Iraqi food is delicious and we'll be eating a lot of it! You can expect a mix of meat and vegetarian dishes. All meals (unless otherwise indicated) are included in the price of the trip, and most will be served family style. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies so we can accommodate you!
What's the best way to get to Iraq?
Depending on your point of origin, you'll likely transit through Istanbul, Doha, or Dubai. We can help you find good flights and even link up with other trip participants before your flight to Baghdad, if possible.
The trip will begin in Baghdad and end in Erbil. Participants should book arrival flights to Baghdad International Airport and departure flights from Erbil International Airport.
Have more questions? Email email@example.com and we'll get back to you ASAP!