12 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

12 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Afghanistan journey planner
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Mazar-i-Sharif
— 3 nights
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Bamyan
— 2 nights
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Kabul
— 3 nights
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Herat
— 3 nights
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Mazar-i-Sharif — 3 nights

Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Change things up with a short trip to Green Mosque in Balkh (about 40 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque.

Start your trip to Mazar-i-Sharif by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Cairo, Egypt to Mazar-i-Sharif is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Cairo to Mazar-i-Sharif, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cairo in June; daily highs in Mazar-i-Sharif reach 45°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Bamyan.
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Historic Sites
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 4:

Bamyan — 2 nights

For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Band-e-Amir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then contemplate the long history of Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Bamyan trip planner.

Getting from Mazar-i-Sharif to Bamyan by car takes about 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kabul.
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Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Kabul — 3 nights

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Kabul is known for sightseeing, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Darul Aman Palace, stroll around Bagh-e Babur, explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pul-e Kheshti Mosque.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kabul road trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Bamyan to Kabul takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to fly to Herat.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Side Trip
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Herat — 3 nights

Sitting in a fertile river valley, the city of Herat has a diverse history spanning over 3,000 years.
On the 10th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, don't miss a visit to Herat Citadel, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Herat online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Kabul to Herat takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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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.
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