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Discover Afghanistan

Welcome to Afghanistan, a country that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Our tour will take you on a journey through some of Afghanistan’s most fascinating cities, including Kabul, Bamyan, Herat, and Kandahar. With the option to extend your trip, you can also visit Mazar-e Sharif, known for its stunning Blue Mosque. Explore ancient ruins, colorful bazaars, and breathtaking landscapes as we discover the rich heritage of this remarkable nation. Join us on an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories of Afghanistan.

General info

Start date29 September 2023
End date8 / 11 October 2023
Days10 / 13 days
Price€ 3,445
Mazar extension: € 995
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Western & local guide
Breakfast
Entry fees
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room € 250
Single room Mazar € 100
Insurance
Visa
Lunch & Dinner
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
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Itinerary

Thursday 28 September – Pretour day

Friday 29 September – Kabul

  • Airport pick-up. We advise you to take the 3:05am KamAir RQ902 flight from Dubai.
  • Meeting with the guide and the group (max. 8 people).
  • Briefing on traveling in Afghanistan, including on the local customs & dress.
  • Sakhi Shrine, a well-known mosque, where Mohammed’s cloak is said to have been brought.
  • Highlight: We’ll visit the Bibi Mehro Hill, a place where many Afghans come together to relax. On top of the mountain is a large swimming pool with a giant Afghan flag.
  • Overnight stay in Kabul.

Saturday 30 September – Kabul – Kandahar

  • 6:00am early departure before the traffic to Kandahar, the largest city in the South of the country. It’s a long journey and along the way we make a few stops to stretch our legs and to enjoy the scenery.
  • Highlight: If time permits we will visit the Minarets of Ghazni.
  • Arrival in Kandahar before darkness.
  • Overnight stay in Kandahar.

Sunday 1 October – Kandahar

  • City tour of Kandahar.
  • Highlight: We’ll visit famous sights as the Forty Stairs, Ahmad Shah Durani Shrine, Mirwais Hotak Shrine and the colourful bazar.
  • Overnight stay in Kandahar.

Monday 2 October – Kandahar – Herat

  • Early departure for Herat.
  • Upon arrival in Herat we’ll start our sightseeing tour of Herat.
  • Gawhar Shad Mausoleum, also known as the tomb of Baysunghur, was built in the 15th century.
  • Highlight: Musalla Complex, a place built in the 15th century. Today there are 5 large minarets still standing.
  • Shrine of Khoja Ansari, a famous sufi poet / writer from the 11th century.
  • Overnight stay in Herat.

Tuesday 3 October – Herat – Kabul

  • The Great Mosque of Herat, also known as the Friday Mosque.
  • Highlight: Walk through the old town of Herat.
  • Traditional Caravanserais, this is where people came together at the time of the Silk Road.
  • Jihad Museum.
  • Midday flight to Kabul.
  • Highlight: We visit the famous Bird Market of Kabul.
  • Chicken Street, the famous hippie street with souvenirs.
  • OMAR Landmine Museum.
  • Bala Hissar Park, with a beautiful view over the city.
  • Overnight stay in Kabul.

Wednesday 4 October Kabul Bamian

  • Morning departure by car to Bamian. An area that has been quite isolated in Afghanistan, but is known for its incredible scenery.
  • Highlight: After arrival we’ll visit the mountains where once monasteries and giant Buddha statues stood. These statues were blown up by the Taliban.
  • Overnight stay in Bamian.

Thursday 5 October – Bamian

  • Walk through Bamian, a city that has always been quite different then the rest of the country due to its isolation and the Hazara population.
  • Highlight: Visit the local market, a great place for photos.
  • Short hike to a former Taliban lookout post.
  • Dragon Valley and its beautiful landscape.
  • Shah-e Zohak (Red Fort), historical ruins destroyed by Genghis Khan.
  • Shah-e Golghola, historic site destroyed in 1221, but from here you’ll still have an amazing view over the valley.
  • Overnight stay in Bamian.

Friday 6 October – Bamian – Band-e Amir

  • Drive to Band-e Amir.
  • Highlight: Visit the Band-e Amir lakes, beautiful deep blue lakes between high peaks.
  • Cruise over the lakes in a paddleboat swan (optional).
  • Walk along the lakes, in the background you’ll see the high peaks of the Hindu Kush.
  • We return to the city of Bamian.
  • Overnight stay in Bamian.

Saturday 7 October – Bamian – Kabul

  • Drive back to Kabul via the majestic mountains and valleys. Driving here is not just a drive, it’s a whole experience with incredible landscapes.
  • We will visit Darulaman Palace, the former palace of the king of the country.
  • Highlight: Babur’s Gardens, an oasis of tranquillity in busy Kabul. Here people get together for games and to relax.
  • Kabul Museum, the national museum where you’ll still find ancient artifacts.
  • Overnight stay in Kabul.

Sunday 8 October – Kabul

  • Airport drop off.
  • End of the tour. We advise you to take the 5:25pm KamAir RQ901 flight to Dubai.
  • OR: extension to Mazar-E Sharif – with a local guide.
  • Afternoon flight to Mazar-e Sharif.
  • Overnight stay in Mazar-e Sharif.

Monday 9 October – Mazar-e Sharif – Bakh

  • Highlight: The famous blue tomb of Hazrat Ali, the Blue Mosque. One of the most famous sights of Afghanistan.
  • Drive to Bakh.
  • Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa shrine, a famous lecturer from Herat. The shrine was built in 1958.
  • No Gombad Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Afghanistan. Nowadays a lot of excavations are done here.
  • Drive to Mazar-e Sharif.
  • Overnight stay in Mazar-e Sharif.

Tuesday 10 October – Mazar-e Sharif – Samangan – Kabul

  • Ride to Samangan.
  • Tashkurgan, also known as Choelm. Here we drive through deep ravines.
  • Old King’s Hunting Lodge, the King’s old loot and palace.
  • Highlight: Buddhist monastery, a complex of different caves.
  • We continue our drive via the Soviet Tunnel (Salang) towards Kabul.
  • Overnight stay in Kabul.

Wednesday 11 October – Kabul

  • Airport drop off.
  • End of the tour. We advise you to take the 5:25pm KamAir RQ901 flight to Dubai.