In the Footsteps of Saladin
The ancient land of Kurdistan in the north of Iraq occupies a special place in history. Its monuments and cities date back millennia and are evidence of the diverse civilisations that once ruled here. This short trip takes you on a journey to discover a place that for many years was off limits to western travellers, but rivals any of its better known Middle Eastern counterparts.
We start in the ancient city of Erbil, which is over seven thousand years old. Its fascinating citadel gives you a real idea of how important this region once was.
From here we follow the footsteps of Alexander the Great at the ancient battle site of Gaugamela. We join Yezidi pilgrims at Lalish and get an insight into one of the Middle East’s most ancient religions.
In Rawanduz we enjoy some of the best scenery in the region, with lush mountains, plunging chasms and caves that stretch far underground.
Finally, we head to Suleimaniyah, exploring its chaotic bazaars and splendid museum. We also visit the tragic site of Halabja and get an insight into Kurdistan’s recent history.
Despite the wealth of sites here your overwhelming memory is bound to be the hospitality and friendliness of the Kurdish people, keen to welcome people to their land and rejoicing in their new freedom. Kurdistan is a treasure waiting to be discovered.