8 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

8 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

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Mazar-i-Sharif
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Kabul
— 2 nights
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Bamyan
— 2 nights
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Herat
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Mazar-i-Sharif

Surrounded by scenic mountains, Mazar-i-Sharif stands as one of the largest cities in the country.
On the 20th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Blue Mosque.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mazar-i-Sharif day trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Mazar-i-Sharif is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Mazar-i-Sharif is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in June, expect Mazar-i-Sharif to be much hotter, temps between 45°C and 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kabul.

Things to do in Mazar-i-Sharif

Historic Sites
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Kabul

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
On the 21st (Sun), don't miss a visit to Babur Tomb, browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan, and then admire the striking features of Darul Aman Palace. On the next day, walk around Bagh-e Babur, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque, then contemplate the waterfront views at Qargha Reservoir, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kabul online vacation planner.

You can fly from Mazar-i-Sharif to Kabul in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Bamyan.

Things to do in Kabul

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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Bamyan

Place of Shining Light

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 23rd (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Band-e-Amir National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: witness the site of a historic battle at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Bamyan travel planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kabul to Bamyan takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Herat.

Things to do in Bamyan

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Herat

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 25th (Thu): make a trip to Herat Citadel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Friday Mosque, and then make a trip to Khwaja Abd Allah Ansari Shrine.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Herat trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Bamyan to Herat takes 17 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Herat

Historic Sites
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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.