Now that ISIL is effectively vanquished in Iraq, the time has come to visit the safer parts of the country to get your fill of Presidential Palaces, the Marsh Arabs, Gulf war memorabilia and an architectural heritage both from the earliest human occupation to the great mosques of Islam.
The first Baghdad Basra trip ran in Dec 2017 we all had a stunning time.
The next trip will run on Dec 29 2018, ending on Jan 4/5 2019. Thanks to Baghdad now being served by Budget airlines, the cost of flying there is not expected to be excessive (expect to pay around £350). Iraqi fly from Gatwick on Thursdays. The tour itself including transport in Iraq, hotels and all meals is expected to cost £1,700. We are limiting numbers to the capacity of a minibus. A New Year special will also run starting Dec 29 and ending Jan 1 2019. Cost will be £850. If keen, please fill in the application form and we will need a £500 deposit which is non-refundable. Do not book your flights until the tour is confirmed. Visas are required which entails a visit to the local Iraqi embassy. We provide the paperwork. The tour will run with a minimum of 5 people.
A day planner might look like this:
Dec 29 Arrive Baghdad
Dec 30 City tour and second night in Baghdad.
Dec 31 Babylon including Saddam’s palace. New Years eve in Baghdad
Jan 1 Samarra, night Baghdad, and short stay guys fly home.
Jan 2 Various sites, night at Samawih or Nasiriya.
Jan 3 The Marsh Arabs, night at Basra
Jan 4 Return to Baghdad. Option of flying out of Basra instead.
Jan 5 Those who returned to Baghdad fly home today.
On the Dec 2017 trip we had: Julian Nowill, Charlie Kennedy, Harry Nowill, Alastair Nowill, Roland Rittchen, Dan Whitfield,Andreas Beutelspacher. For Dec 2018 we have possibles: Jordan Hargrave,Yi Pin Lin, Will Leong, Chris Furman, Xavier Hay, Terrance Oconnell, Dick & Sue Miller(no-go on current dates). I plan to ask for deposits late July and if we get 5 at least then it will run. If not then you get your deposit back and we wait for more interest.