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 Jan 25 2019 (note change of date from Dec 2018). Thanks to Baghdad now being served by Budget airlines, the cost of ying 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 $1900. We are limiting numbers to the capacity of a minibus. If keen, please fill in the application form and we will need a £150 deposit which is non-refundable, if the tour runs. 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:
Jan 25 fly to Baghdad
Jan 26 Baghdad
Jan 27 Baghdad
Jan 28 Samara & Ctestiphon
Jan 29 Kerbala
Jan 30 Najaf
Jan 31 leave Iraq:
On the Dec 2017 trip we had: Julian Nowill, Charlie Kennedy, Harry Nowill, Alastair Nowill, Roland Rittchen, Dan Whitfield,Andreas Beutelspacher. For Jan 2019 we have possibles: Ray Whinray, Jordan Hargrave,Yi Pin Lin, Will Leong, Chris Furman, Xavier Hay, Terrance Oconnell, Lucy Huang, Piotr Wasil, Dick & Sue Miller. I now need deposits and if we get 5 at least by end Oct, then it will run. If not then you get your deposit back and we wait for more interest.