9 days in Jeddah, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

9 days in Jeddah, Karbala & Najaf Itinerary

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
— 4 nights
Fly to Baghdad International Airport / New Al Muthana Air Base, Drive to Karbala
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Karbala, Iraq
— 1 night
Drive
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Najaf, Iraq
— 3 nights
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

— 4 nights

The Bride of the Red Sea

The commercial and entertainment capital of Saudi Arabia, Jeddah offers a dazzling range of sites and activities combined with mouthwatering cuisine.
Let the collections at Makkah Clock Tower Museum and Darat Safeya Bizagr capture your imagination. Get some cultural insight at Kaaba and Al Rahma Mosque. Get out of town with these interesting Jeddah side-trips: Mecca (Mount Arafat, Jabal al-Nour, &more). The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, browse the different shops at Red Sea Mall, take a stroll through Al-Balad, and don't miss a visit to Jeddah Corniche.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Jeddah journey tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is King Abdulaziz International Airport. In October, daytime highs in Jeddah are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Karbala.

Things to do in Jeddah

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Karbala, Iraq

— 1 night
Karbala is a city in central Iraq, located about 100km southwest of Baghdad, and a few miles east of Lake Milh. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tal Al Zainabeiah site and then make a trip to Imam Hussain's Shrine.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Karbala attractions planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Jeddah to Karbala. When traveling from Jeddah in November, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Karbala: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Najaf.

Things to do in Karbala

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:

Najaf, Iraq

— 3 nights
Najaf ranks among the most frequented places of Islamic pilgrimage in the world.
Babylon and Al Sahlah Great Mosque will appeal to history buffs. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like House of Imam Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and Shrine Amir al-mo'menin Ali bin Abi Talib peace be upon him. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maytham al-Tammar Shrine, and don't miss a visit to Great Mosque of Kufa.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Najaf trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Karbala to Najaf takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Najaf

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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