Travel date: 23-30 October 2022 (8 days 7 nights)
Start and End in Baghdad, Iraq
Group size: 6-12 travelers
*This expedition must be booked at least 2 months in advance due to visa processing time
Price (double occupancy):
82,500 THB/person subject to 10-12 travelers
92,500 THB/person subject to 8-9 travelers
103,500 THB/person subject to 6-7 travelers
+14,000 THB/person for single supplement
*Price is inclusive of 7% VAT
77 USD visa fee for any nationalities eligible for visa on arrival
570 USD for Thai passport holders and any nationalities ineligible for visa on arrival.
Note: This price consists of 500 USD for the invitation letter and 70 USD for visa fee. The visa price is high due to the cost of pre-arranged invitation letter by a lawyer in Iraq and the visa fee itself. Our staff will facilitate your visa process by obtaining your visa sticker abroad for you since Thailand has no Iraqi embassy.
Day 1 (23 October) | Arrival in Baghdad
Pickup from the airport at 9:30 am on the Emirates Airline and go through the immigration processes.
12:30 pm visit Martyr Monument dedicated to Iraqi soldiers who died in 80’s Iraq-Iran war, Iraqis today generally consider it a commemoration of all the martyrs of Iraq
03:00 pm visit Ctesiphon It is considered a landmark in the history of architecture, with its massive arched design which happens to be the largest in the world of unsupported bricks.
Go to and visit The famous statue of Shahryar and Scheherazade, represented by the famous story of the Thousand and One Nights. Where we see Scheherazade standing with her hand raised, telling her stories on Shahryar who is sitting in front of her, leaning on his chair, listening to her stories, watching her start with a common tradition of her tales, which is (Tellme, O happy king......) and ends with (Schherazade realized the morning and
Visit Al-Kadhimiya is one of the important neighborhoods in Baghdad and enjoy the beautiful night market and also includes the Al Kadhimiya holy Shrine (golden Dome) The tomb of Imam Musa al-Kadhim and his grandson, Imam Muhammad al-Jawad, one of the most prominent Muslims and the seventh imam of Twelver Shiites.
Overnight in Baghdad
Accommodation: Shanashel Palace
*Recommended flight from Bangkok: Bangkok-Baghdad departs on 23 October 01:35-09:35 by Emirates (check-in the night of 22 October)
Day 2 (24 October) | Babylon - Karbala
Checkout from the hotel
Tour to the ancient ruins of Babylon cradle of Mesopotamian civilization dated 18th - 6th BC, with the Hanging Gardens, that was supposed to be attached to the Palace of King Nebuchadnezzar. Appointed as Seven Wonders of Hellenic World, have a presence in various literature sources but its physical existence has never been proven
Saddam Palace nowadays Museum, Perched on top of Babylon, as the palace was inspired by the Babylonian palace of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Go to Karbala
Go to restaurant and hotel for resting
Visit Imam Abbas shrine that contains the tomb of the Al-Abbas B. Imam Ali was one of the greatest Islamic and historical characters. He reflected the real brotherhood trait during Al-Taff battle when he sacrificed himself to protect his family, in addition to granting his palms for the sake of defending the Islamic values
and idealism of Ahlul-Bayt, which Yazid was seeking to alter.
Imam Hussein shrine that contain the tomb of the imam Hussein He is the second son of Imam Ali and the second grandson of the Messenger of Allah Muhammad after his brother Imam Hassan.
Overnight in Karbala
Accommodation: Awlad Al Hasan Hotel
Day 3 (25 October) | Najaf - Ur
Go to Najaf City
See over the Najaf cemetery(Wadi-us Salaam) It is the most important tomb seen in the city of Najaf in Iraq, the largest cemetery in the world, containing nearly six million graves and was included in the World Heritage List.
Go to Nasiriyah city
Visit Ziggurat of Ur The ziggurat is the most distinctive architectural invention of the Ancient Near East. Like an ancient Egyptian pyramid, an ancient Near Eastern ziggurat has four sides and rises up to the realm of the gods. However, unlike Egyptian pyramids, the exterior of Ziggurats were not smooth but tiered to accommodate the work which took place at the structure as well as the administrative oversight and religious rituals essential to Ancient
Near Eastern cities. Ziggurats are found scattered around what is today Iraq and Iran, and stand as an imposing testament to the power and skill of the ancient culture that produced them.
06:00 pm check-in Hotel
Overnight in Nasiriyah
Accommodation: Somerion Hotel
Day 4 (26 October) | Marshes of Iraq - Basra
Marshes of Iraq are the largest wetlands in the Middle East. They not only provide habitat to hundreds of bird and fish species, but they are also home to thousands of Marsh Arabs are returning more and more to their historical heartland. Draining of The Marshes We stop to have some rest and drink the traditional tea and meet the locals and have some chat with them talking old stories, then we will take a boat trip using the old traditions boat called “shakhtura” through the maze of marshes and have the famous
lunch time and eat the famous masgouf (fish grilled using reeds instead of woods,) inside one of the houses build by reeds only called “almutheef”
Go to Al-Qurnah
Tree of Adam It is a tree that the people of the region believe grew in the place where the Prophet Adam descended to the earth and where the Prophet of God Abraham prayed.
This does not stem from Islamic beliefs. Rather, this place is frequented by many foreign Jews and Christians, and it seems that it constitutes one of their holy places.
Al-Multaqa (Meeting point) We will see the meeting point of Tigris and Euphrates rivers meet and form Shatt al-Arab river
Go to Basra and check-in Hotel. Overnight in Basra
Accommodation: Atlas Hotel
Day 5 (27 October) | Basra - Baghdad
We will take boat trip in Shat alarab and see the view of sadam Palace for the river side
Shanashel They are houses from the fragrance of the past and the charm of heritage, with a heritage and cultural nature, and what made them unique them is their wooden balconies decorated with skill and mastery, and their large courtyards, and their stained-glass windows, and their high surfaces, as most of them, are still weak, in light of the erosion of their foundations, cracked ceilings, and cracks Its walls are eroding its ornate balconies
Back to Baghdad, Overnight in Baghdad
Accommodation: Shanashel Palace
Day 6 (28 October) | Samarra - Mosul
08:00 am leave hotel
visit Samarra spiral minaret One of the prominent distinctive Landmarks of Iraq because of its unique shape because of the ascending spiral conical design,
Al burqa Palace One of the historical palaces built by Caliph Abu al-Fadl Jaafar al-Mutawakkil as a palace for convalescence, rest and recreation at the time.
Go to Mosul City
visit hatra was an ancient city and strongly fortified caravan city and capital of the small Arab Kingdom of Hatra, located between the Roman and Parthian/Persian empires. Hatra flourished in the 2nd century and was destroyed and deserted in the 3rd century. Its impressive ruins were discovered in the 19th century
Overnight in Mosul
Accommodation: Modern Plaza or Royal city
Day 7 (29 October) | Mosul - Baghdad
Leave hotel and drive to Mosul city and visit Bash Tapia Castle is a ruined 12th-century its also one of seven castles within Mosul's city wall. The castle was damaged by Timur in 1393, and was later rebuilt by the Ottoman Empire
Visit The Old City of Mosul one of the oldest neighborhoods in the Middle East, this was the last ISIS stronghold, so it was completely wiped out in a matter of weeks, and the several-hundred-year-old buildings were all destroyed.
Visit the Great Mosque of al-Nuri, the oldest mosque in Mosul (12th century), today under reconstruction. This is where the historical ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-declared the ISIS caliphate, the first and only time he ever appeared in public.
Visit Al Tahira church, The church was partially destroyed by ISIL during its campaign to destroy cultural heritage during 2014–2017. A reconstruction effort was organized by UNESCO with the support of the United Arab Emirates
to rebuild the church.
Accommodation: Shanashel Palace
Day 8 (30 October) | Baghdad - Departure
Visit Liberation Square one of the main squares in Baghdad where This square played an important role in some of the revolutions, marches and uprisings that took place in the city of Baghdad,
Then we will have a short boat trip over Tigris river and cross the river and Al-Mutanabi street : Al-Mutanabbi Street is considered the oldest cultural market for the people of Baghdad, where the trade of books of all kinds and fields flourishes.
Al-Qishla It is one of the heritage buildings of Baghdad, which is located in the building of the Al-Muwaffaqia School. Its construction dates back to the second half of the nineteenth century AD, during the Ottoman era.
Visit the Abbasid Palace
Then we will walk through the Old bazar And see also the copper Market. then we will have some rest to drink the traditional Iraqi tea and Dried lime tea in Al-shabander It is one of the most famous old cafes in Baghdad.
Go to the Airport at 5:00pm to departure at 7:45pm
*Recommended flight to Bangkok: Baghdad-Bangkok depart on 30 October 19:45-12:05 (+1 day) by Flydubai/Emirates
3/4 star Hotel accommodation double room sharing with breakfast
Transportations and airport transfers
Local guide team
Trip leader from TEAM SAGA
Accommodations for the team outside Baghdad
All entry fees mentioned in the itinerary
Boat trip with dining in marshes
Round-trip international flight to/from Baghdad
Lunches and dinners
Drinks and shisha
PCR test if needed
Saga club discount: You are automatically offered our club membership after your first expedition. The following discount applies: 3% on 2nd trip, 5% on 3rd trip, 7% on 4th trip or 10% all after. This cannot be combined with the early bird discount.
Payment & Deposit:
50% deposit payment is required for reserving your spots
Balance payment is due 60 days before the departure date. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of booking.
If the booking is made within 60 days of departure date, full payment is required.
In any case of cancellation, 20% of the deposit payment is refundable or the whole amount can be kept as credits for any other Saga expeditions within 2 years of the cancellation date.
In any case of cancellation, if full payment is made, a full refund will be issued minus a 10% cancellation fee and any cost to the third parties.
If the cancellation is due to COVID19, a full refund will be issued minus any cost incurred. We always attempt to maximize the refund for our client’s benefit!
In the event of premature departure during the expedition for any reason, no refund will be issued.
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All of our expeditions take you through one of the most challenging roads in the world. While the Saga team endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate agenda of activities rather than a rigid schedule. Trip itineraries are subject to last-minute, and on-the-ground revision due to weather, road conditions, government and local restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. Note that the order of visits and excursions can be modified according to local conditions (i.e. state of roads, market days etc.). If some visits and/or tours could not be done due to external conditions, they will be replaced when possible. Your safety is always our first priority!