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On the Road to Baghdad: Exploring Southern Iraq

Journey Through the Cradle of Civilization

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On the Road to Baghdad: Exploring Southern Iraq

Luxury Group Travel | 12 Days
  • Cruise among the reeds of the UNESCO-listed Mesopotamian Marshes, and understand their ancient and modern significance to Iraq
  • Access to the eerie former palace of Saddam Hussein in Babylon
  • Discover ancient Babylon, Ur, Uruk, and Ctesiphon
  • Soak in the street-level atmospheres of Baghdad and Basra, two cities reclaiming their destinies after decades of conflict
  • Masterpieces of Islamic architecture at the Shrines of Ali, Hussein, and Abbas, and the spiraling Malwiyya Tower in Samarra
  • View a premier collection of ancient art at the Iraq Museum in Baghdad

Iraq contains multitudes. On this meticulously-scouted GeoEx Baghdad trip, you cross between them as you ponder the land that invented writing systems and the city-state, bore witness to some of the most climactic events in Islam, and has persisted throughout some of the twenty-first century’s most protracted political and economic struggles. You’ll gaze upon the towering ziggurat of Ur, experience the full-bodied devotion of Shi’ite worshippers in Karbala and Najaf, wander the silent hallways of one of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces, and share tea with locals in Baghdadi cafes. With each passing day, the many multitudes of Iraq converge into a single mosaic, honoring the enduring resilience and pride of the Iraqi people.

Trip Overview

1 – 2

Arrive into Basra and get oriented on a tour of this city of “Sinbad the Sailor” Enjoy insider access to the interiors of gracious Ottoman-era homes and cruise the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers

3 – 4

Take tea with a local family in the Mesopotamian Marshes, then drive through the oil fields en route to Nasiriyah Stand in awe of the ziggurat of Ur and the archaeological site of Uruk, said to be the world’s first city

5 – 6

Feel the hum of devotion in Najaf, one of Iraq’s holy cities Walk among the city’s magnificent cemetery, lively bazaar, and the splendid Shrine of Imam Ali


Visit the site of the climactic Battle of Karbala, an event central to Shi’ite identity  Tour the shrines of Hussein and Abbas


At the archaeological site of Babylon, look for bricks stamped with the names of rulers separated by centuries: Nebuchadnezzar II and Saddam Hussein Tour the empty halls of the dictator’s former palace

9 – 10

Admire ancient treasures at Baghdad’s Iraq Museum Walk the streets of Old Baghdad with stops for tea, coffee, or shisha Witness the quiet majesty of the ruins of Ctesiphon

11 – 12

On an excursion to Samarra, see the architectural masterpiece of the Malwiyya Tower  Observe the solemnity of the Martyr’s Monument in Baghdad  Depart Baghdad



Sylvie Franquet

Longtime GeoEx trip leader, Sylvie lived in Cairo for six years, studying Arabic and working as a translator and guide. She has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and North Africa and has written and contributed to guide books on Syria, Lebanon, Tunis, and Egypt.


Bill Jones

A British-born, Paris-based explorer, raconteur, and widely respected guide, Bill Jones has led countless tours across the globe over the past four decades. He is deeply knowledgeable, experienced, caring, informative, and fun.

Geo Ex Trip Leader Bill Jones


Tese Wintz Neighbor

An Indiana-born, Seattle-based teacher, writer, artist, and compassionate guide, Tese has led more than 60 educational tours across the Pacific. Her interests and travels “traverse” the globe, and she has written numerous curriculums on Asia and the Middle East for the Seattle World Affairs Council. Recent accolades from guests include, “She handled unusual situations with expert knowledge and diplomacy.” 

GeoEx Trip Leader Tese Wintz Neighbor

Dates & Prices


11/06/24 – 11/17/24   Led by Sylvie Franquet (Limited space; please call)

12/04/24 – 12/15/24   Led by Tese Wintz Neighbor

01/08/25 – 01/19/25   Led by Sylvie Franquet

02/12/25 – 02/23/25   Led by Bill Jones (Limited space; please call)

11/05/25 – 11/16/25   Led by Bill Jones

12/03/25 – 12/14/25   Led by Sylvie Franquet


From $10,350


  • Expertise of GeoEx's travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx's in-house air reservation team
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • All ground transportations and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, national guide, drivers, and other staff
  • All gratuities, except for GeoEx trip leader
  • Emergency evacuation services up to $300,000, secondary medical expense insurance up to $50,000 (restrictions apply; a description of coverage is available upon request), and security evacuation insurance up to $100,000 on select trips determined by GeoEx

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