12 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

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Mazar-i-Sharif
— 1 night
Fly to Kabul, Taxi to Panjshir Province
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Panjshir Province
— 1 night
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Bamyan
— 2 nights
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Kabul
— 4 nights
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Herat
— 3 nights
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Mazar-i-Sharif — 1 night

Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): make a trip to Green Mosque.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mazar-i-Sharif trip itinerary builder tool.

Istanbul, Turkey to Mazar-i-Sharif is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Istanbul to Mazar-i-Sharif due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mazar-i-Sharif when traveling from Istanbul in October, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Panjshir Province.
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Panjshir Province — 1 night

Panjshir is one of the thirty-four provinces of Afghanistan, located in the northeastern part of the country. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Panjshir Mountains.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Panjshir Province online holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mazar-i-Sharif to Panjshir Province in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bamyan.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Band-e-Amir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness the site of a historic battle at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then contemplate the long history of Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bamyan online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Panjshir Province to Bamyan takes 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kabul.
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Kabul — 4 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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque, contemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir, and stroll around Bagh-e Babur.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kabul sightseeing tool.

Getting from Bamyan to Kabul by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Herat.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Gawhar Shad Madrasa and Mausoleum, then make a trip to Herat Citadel, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Friday Mosque.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Herat trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kabul to Herat by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Herat sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 11°C at night. On the 1st (Tue), you're off to 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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