13 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

13 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

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Bamyan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Shahrak
— 1 day
Drive
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Herat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mazar-i-Sharif
— 1 night
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Kabul
— 5 nights

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Bamyan

— 2 nights

Place of Shining Light

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Visit Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley for their historical value. Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Band-e-Amir National Park.

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Kabul to Bamyan is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shahrak.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:

Shahrak

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Shahrak travel route planner.

Getting from Bamyan to Shahrak by car takes about 12 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Herat.

Things to do in Shahrak

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

Herat

— 2 nights
Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, and then make a trip to Herat Citadel. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Herat trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Shahrak to Herat takes 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Herat can reach 54°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Mazar-i-Sharif.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:

Mazar-i-Sharif

— 1 night
Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque and then make a trip to Green Mosque.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mazar-i-Sharif trip builder app.

You can drive from Herat to Mazar-i-Sharif in 13 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mazar-i-Sharif are 50°F, while nighttime lows are 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kabul.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Kabul

— 5 nights
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Khost Mosque. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Christian Cemetery and Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque. Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque and Pul-e Kheshti Mosque will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: stroll around Bagh-e Babur, make a trip to Babur Tomb, admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, and browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kabul holiday planner.

Fly from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kabul in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kabul

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 13:

Afghanistan travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · National Parks
Often the central story in the evening news for the worst of reasons, Afghanistan remains a troubled country ravaged by internal conflict and shaken to its core by political instability. Although few travelers take a trip to Afghanistan for pleasure, this landlocked nation boasts breathtaking extremes of landscape and a rich history spanning over 2,000 years. Powerful empires came and went over the ages, leaving an indelible mark on Afghanistan's culture, arts, and religion. The last few decades have brought mostly chaos, from the invasion of the Soviets in 1979, to the 2001 offensive led jointly by NATO and American forces. Today, Afghanistan remains a battered though undeniably picturesque country slowly figuring out how to reinvent itself as a young democracy.