Tour itinerary can be seen below.
Arrive into Erbil and transfer to the hotel. The group will meet together in the evening and go for dinner.
Early morning departure to the remote mountain village of Lalish; the spiritual heartland of the Yazidi people. Afterwards we drive north to the city of Duhok. Duhok is encircled by mountains and the Tigris River. After checking into our hotel, we will visit the huge man-made dam and the local bazaar.
After breakfast we return to Erbil. We will see the ancient Citadel before stopping for a drink in one of the old tea houses. Afterwards we visit the Jalil Khayat mosque. In the evening we will head out to Ainkawa for food and drinks in the Christian district.
After breakfast we travel out onto the famous Hamilton Road. Widely regarded as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th Century, the road was engineered by New Zealand-born Archibald Hamilton between 1928 and 1932. The road snakes through incredible scenery, from gorges, canyons, rivers, lakes and mountains. We will stop along the way at Bekhal Waterfall, Gali Ali Bag Waterfall and also pass through the towns and villages of Shaqlawa, Harir and Soran. In the late afternoon we will head to Pank Resort, a holiday destination for both Kurdish and Arab Iraqis. As well as breathtaking panoramic views there is also the chance to use a self drive rollercoaster! Afterwards we have the option to head to the Korek Mountain ski resort with a 15 minute cable car ride to the top. Afterwards we will return to Shaqlawa where we stay overnight.
After breakfast we will travel to Sulaymaniyah. En route we will visit the Qshla of Koya Citadel and the beautiful Dokan Lake where it is possible to take a boat ride, and then we will stop for lunch. Upon arrival in Sulaymaniyah we check into our hotel and then evening spent at leisure.
In the morning we take a sombre visit to Amna Sukhara, also known as the 'Red Prison'. This was the former Northern headquarters of Mukhbarat (the Iraqi Intelligence Service) and was used by Saddam Hussein's regime for imprisonment and torture of Kurds. Within the prison is a beautiful memorial made from 182,000 mirrored pieces and 5400 lights. Each piece of mirror signifies one Kurd killed by Saddam's regime and the lights for each Kurdish village destroyed. In the afternoon we have a leisurely stroll around the city including the Sulaymaniyah bazaar. Evening spent at leisure.
Today we will visit the town of Halabja. On March 16th 1988, the town was subjected to the worst case of genocide in Iraq's history. Over a period of 5 hours, chemical weapons were used against the civilians of Halabja with 5000 killed and up to 10,000 injured. We will visit the Halabja Monument Museum before driving back to Sulaymaniyah for a walk around the bazaar. Afterwards drive back to Erbil and spend the evening at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Rooms are on a twin basis and if you are travelling alone we will allocate someone for you to share with if possible. To have your own single room there is an additional cost of £180.