8 days in Afghanistan Itinerary

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Fly
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Herat
— 1 night
Fly
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Kabul
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Mazar-i-Sharif
— 1 night
Drive
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Bamyan
— 3 nights
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Herat — 1 night

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 1st (Thu): 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.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Herat day trip tool.

Tokyo, Japan to Herat is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Tokyo to Herat due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Herat when traveling from Tokyo in November, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to fly to Kabul.
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Kabul — 2 nights

A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
On the 2nd (Fri), explore the activities along Qargha Reservoir, explore the different monuments and memorials at Christian Cemetery, stroll around Bagh-e Babur, then make a trip to Babur Tomb, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah-e Doh Shamshira Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the exhibits of National Museum of Afghanistan, admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pul-e Kheshti Mosque.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kabul day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Herat to Kabul takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly to Mazar-i-Sharif.
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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 4th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Blue Mosque.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Mazar-i-Sharif online holiday builder.

Getting from Kabul to Mazar-i-Sharif by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Mazar-i-Sharif, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 2°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for Bamyan.
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Bamyan — 3 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 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Band-e-Amir National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then contemplate the long history of Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Bamyan day trip planner.

You can drive from Mazar-i-Sharif to Bamyan in 8 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Afghanistan travel guide

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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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