Our Autumn 2017 group tour will run from 14-21 October 2017.

 

 

Despite current issues in Iraq and Syria, this region still remains perfectly safe to visit. Check out this blog from on of our past clients.

14th October 2016

Arrive in Diyarbakir and check into hotel.

An afternoon tour of South East Turkey's biggest city.
Walk around the city walls, see the Great Mosque, the four legged minaret, the Armenian and Cyriac churches and the two restored caravanseries.

Evening at leisure.

15th October

Depart at 8:00 by bus and travel through the ancient city of Hasankeyf.

Travel South before arriving at the border point of Silopi.
Undergo border formalities before crossing into Iraqi Kurdistan. Drive through Zakho before travelling onwards to Erbil, arriving around 20:00.

Evening at leisure.

16th October

After breakfast we will take a tour of Erbil.

Early in the day we will see old Erbil visiting the ancient Citadel, the Kurdish Archaeology Museum, the Mound of Qalich Agha and Erbil FC stadium.

Afterwards we will see modern Erbil, visiting parks, malls and shopping areas.
Evening spent at leisure around Erbil.

Drink in one of the tea houses around the city square before heading for dinner at one of Erbil's many restaurants.

Head out to the Christian Ainkawa area later for alcoholic drinks at a bar or club.

17th October

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 Kiwi, 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 Erbil.

18th October

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. Afterwards we stop for lunch.

Upon arrival in Sulaymaniyah 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 each Kurd killed by Saddam's regime and the lights for each Kurdish village destroyed.

Evening spent at leisure.

19th October

Today we will visit the town of Halabja. On March 16th 1988, the town was subjected to the worst cases 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 North to the Ahmed Away waterfall, close to the Iranian border.
Afterwards drive back to Erbil and spend the evening at leisure.

20th October

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 bazaar and huge man made dam before spending the evening socialising with the locals at the Dream City amusement park.

21st October

After breakfast we will travel back across the border and to Diyarbakir where we will arrive around 17:00

Depart home or we can arrange an additional night on request for £20.