Drive from Rawanduz to Sulaymaniyah via Dukan
Depart Rawanduz and travel to the riverside town of Dukan via the British-built Hamilton road that carves its way through this beautiful but challenging landscape. The journey will take approximately five hours.
Located at the head of the Dukan Reservoir, the small town of Dukan is picturesquely located. Stop here for lunch before continuing to Sulaymaniyah, which is around two hours away.
Considered the cultural capital of Northern Iraq, Sulaymaniyah is famed for its Kurdish singers, poets, writers and academics. Founded by a Kurdish prince in the 18th century, the city is much younger than many of its contemporaries. However, it has quickly developed into an important economic hub and cultural centre for Sorani Kurds.
Beautifully situated in mountainous surroundings, Sulaymaniyah is dotted with green parks and bustling bazaars. Of the many foods on offer on the city's streets, Yaprax - meat and rice wrapped in a delicate vine leaf - is the most famous.
Half Day Tour of the Archaeological Museum
Visit Sulaymaniyah's Archaeological Museum, the finest museum in Iraqi Kurdistan and the second largest in Iraq.
Housing collections from various dynasties, the artefacts range from Paleolithic times up to the Baban Era. Highlights include Neo Assyrian ivory carvings, golden jewellery from the 21st century BC and Early Islamic ceramics.
You will be staying at Dawa Hotel, Bed & Breakfast