The Road Through Kurdistan exit Turkey

Day Eleven

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Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for the Jewish town of Zakho, See the ancient bridge crossing the Habur River.

Take a short drive to the border with Turkey bidding Iraqi Kurdistan farewell.

Day Ten

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Morning: Breakfast.

Explore Duhok this morning.

Visit the newly built University of Duhok as guests of the University President (subject to availability).

Afternoon: Lunch.

Drive to ancient site of Zoroastrian fire worshippers. Remains of an irrigation/canal system can also be seen.

Day Nine

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Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for the main pilgrimage site of the world’s Yezidis - descendants of the Zoroastrians.

See caves dating from the time of Sennacharib and located next to the headwaters of the Aqueduct that fed Nineveh and the palaces of the king.

Afternoon: Lunch.

See the oldest aqueduct in the world built by the Assyrian emperor Sennacherib.

Visit an ancient monastery and Nahum's tomb.

Evening: Dinner.

Day Eight

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Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for city of Duhok.

Climb to a cave where discoveries were made of Neanderthal remains -  one of the most important Neanderthal sites in the world

Afternoon: Lunch.

Day Seven

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Morning: Breakfast.

Take a scenic drive on the winding rock-cut Hamilton Road to a number of local villages and waterfalls. Spectacular views, warm and welcoming people and pure, clean air make this an extremely attractive part of Kurdistan and a very enjoyable day.

Day Five

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Morning: Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit the Museum of Antiquities, Kurdistan’s finest collection of antiquities.

Depart for the town of Halabja.

Afternoon: Return to Sulaymani and eat at a well-known local restaurant serving a buffet lunch.

Afternoon – Shop in the Bazaar and see Zamwa Art Gallery (local artists on display).

Day Four

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Morning – Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit an ancient Jewish city and a prehistoric cave en route to Sulaymani.

Afternoon: Lunch.

Upon reaching Sulaymani see the Red-House – site of Saddam’s torture chambers.

Evening: Dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Day Three

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Morning: Breakfast.

Depart for a monastery dating from the 4th century AD.  Meet the monks that live on the premises.

From here continue on to the site of Gaugamela and hear a lecture on the famous battle between Alexander the Great and Darius III.

Afternoon: Lunch in Erbil.

Day Two

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Morning: Breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant.

Orientation and lecture on Kurdistan’s history. Discover the Kurds’ relationship with the ancient Medes and early experiments in democracy. 

Tour of Erbil’s 8000 year old Citadel – the oldest continuously inhabited city on earth.

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