13-day tour of Afghanistan » Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni + Herat

13 Days

Embark on an unforgettable 13-day tour of Afghanistan, exploring the diverse and captivating cities of Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Bamiyan, Jam, Ghazni, and Herat. Begin your journey in the bustling capital city of Kabul, where you’ll visit iconic landmarks such as the Sakhi Shrine and Gardens of Babur. Journey to Mazar-e-Sharif to witness the spiritual beauty of the Blue Mosque and immerse yourself in the local bazaars. Discover the ancient wonders of Bamiyan, including the mesmerizing Buddha statues and Band-e Amir National Park. Explore the archaeological site of Jam, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and marvel at its stunning historical ruins. Visit the historical city of Ghazni to explore its minarets, fortress, and open-air war museum. Finally, journey to Herat, known for its Great Mosque, Citadel, and vibrant bazaars. This comprehensive tour will immerse you in Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and historical treasures.

13-day tour of Afghanistan - Kabul, Mazar, Bamiyan, Jam, Ghazni, Herat
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13-day tour of Afghanistan » Airport Meet & Great, transportation, hotels with breakfast, English-speaking guide. Visit Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni + Herat.


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13-day Afghanistan itinerary

On Day 1, you will arrive in Kabul from Dubai at 6:35 am. After being greeted at the airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for a rest period of approximately 4 hours. At noon, your Kabul city tour begins, including visits to the lively Bird market, the historic Shah Do Shrine of Shah e du Shamshira, the magnificent Shah Do Shamshira Mosque, the bustling Temor Shahi street markets, the poignant Farkhonda’s Memorial, and the picturesque Bibi Mahro Hills. This tour offers a diverse exploration of Kabul’s cultural, historical, and natural attractions.

On Day 2, you will leave Kabul for a visit to Ghazni, an ancient city with a rich history. Your day will be filled with exploring Ghazni’s historical and cultural landmarks. You will have the opportunity to visit the famous minarets of Ghazni, iconic structures dating back to the 12th century. These minarets showcase the architectural beauty of the region and provide a glimpse into its past.

Next, you will visit the Ghazni Fortress, a formidable structure that has stood for centuries. The fortress offers a fascinating insight into the city’s military history and provides panoramic views of the surrounding area.

In addition to the minarets and fortresses, you will have the chance to explore the open-air war museum in Ghazni. This unique museum displays various military equipment and artifacts from different periods, offering a glimpse into the region’s turbulent history.

Day 2 offers a captivating journey through Ghazni’s historical sites, allowing you to appreciate its architectural wonders and delve into its storied past.

On Day 3, your exploration takes you from Ghazni to the historic city of Kandahar. Your itinerary for the day includes visits to several significant landmarks in Kandahar. First, you will explore the Shrine of Baba Wali, a revered Sufi saint, and a popular pilgrimage site. The shrine holds religious and cultural significance and attracts devotees from various backgrounds.

Next, you will visit the Citadel of Kandahar, an ancient fortress that has witnessed centuries of history. The Citadel is a testament to the city’s strategic importance and offers insights into its past as a significant center of power.

Finally, you will visit the Shrine of the Cloak, a place of spiritual importance. The shrine is believed to house a cloak worn by the Prophet Muhammad and is considered a sacred site for Muslims.

Day 3 provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in Kandahar’s cultural and religious heritage as you explore these iconic landmarks and gain a deeper understanding of the city’s historical significance.

On Day 4, your exploration continues in Kandahar before returning to Kabul. The day begins with a visit to Chil Zena, a beautiful area known for its gardens and orchards. Chil Zena offers a serene and picturesque setting, allowing you to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.

After your visit to Chil Zena, at 11:00 am, you will be transferred to Kandahar Airport for your flight back to Kabul. The flight is scheduled for 2 pm, except on Fridays. The flight will take you back to Kabul, where you can reflect on the memorable experiences and sights you encountered during your Afghanistan journey.

Day 4 marks the end of your time in Kandahar as you return to Kabul, concluding your exploration of the region and leaving you with lasting memories of Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage and natural splendor.

On Day 5, your journey takes you from Kabul to the captivating region of Bamiyan. The day begins with a visit to the Zuhak Ancient City, an archaeological site of historical significance. Here, you can explore the ruins and gain insight into the ancient civilization that once thrived there.

Next, you will witness the awe-inspiring Buddha 1 and Buddha 2, monumental statues carved into the cliffs of Bamiyan. These UNESCO World Heritage Sites offer a glimpse into Afghanistan’s rich Buddhist heritage and testify to its cultural diversity.

Afterward, you will have the opportunity to explore the local market in Bamiyan, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and experiencing the local flavors, crafts, and traditions.

Day 5 provides a blend of historical exploration and cultural immersion as you discover the ancient city of Zuhak, marvel at the magnificent Buddha statues, and engage with the local community in Bamiyan’s lively market.

On Day 6, your adventure in Bamiyan continues with visits to breathtaking natural wonders and ancient historical sites. You will start the day by exploring Band-e Amir National Park, a remarkable natural gem known for its stunning blue lakes. Immerse yourself in the park’s tranquil beauty, surrounded by picturesque landscapes and crystal-clear waters.

Afterward, you will delve into the ancient ruins of Gholghola, an archaeological site that once thrived as a medieval city. Wander through the remnants of this ancient city, marveling at its historical significance and imagining life in its prime.

After exploring Gholghola, you will have the opportunity to revisit Bamiyan, where you can further explore the local attractions, interact with the friendly locals, and experience the town’s vibrant atmosphere.

Day 6 offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and historical exploration, allowing you to appreciate the enchanting landscapes of Band-e Amir National Park and discover the remnants of Bamiyan’s rich past at Gholghola.

On Day 7, your journey takes you from Bamiyan to Mazar-e-Sharif. After breakfast in Bamiyan, you will embark on a scenic drive to Mazar-e-Sharif, located in northern Afghanistan. The drive will allow you to witness the diverse landscapes and picturesque views.

Once you arrive in Mazar-e-Sharif, you can immerse yourself in the city’s unique culture and heritage. Known as the “Noble Shrine,” Mazar-e-Sharif is home to one of Afghanistan’s most important religious sites, the Blue Mosque. This magnificent mosque showcases exquisite blue-tiled minarets and architecture, creating a captivating sight for visitors.

Additionally, you can explore the bustling local markets of Mazar-e-Sharif, where you can indulge in the vibrant atmosphere and discover traditional crafts, spices, and other local goods.

Day 7 marks the transition from Bamiyan to Mazar-e-Sharif, allowing you to discover the city’s religious and cultural treasures while experiencing the lively markets.

On Day 8, your exploration continues in Mazar-e-Sharif and takes you to the nearby historical city of Balkh. The day begins with a visit to Tepe Rustam, an ancient archaeological site in Balkh. Tepe Rustam is known for its ancient ruins and provides insights into the region’s rich history.

Next, you will explore the Green Mosque, an iconic religious site in Balkh. This mosque is renowned for its unique architectural design and tranquil ambiance. It holds cultural and religious significance, attracting visitors from near and far.

Afterward, you will visit Bala Hissar, an ancient fortress in Balkh. Bala Hissar offers panoramic views of the surrounding area and provides a glimpse into the city’s past as a center of power and defense.

Once you have finished exploring Balkh, you will return to Mazar-e-Sharif, where you can discover the city’s charms. Mazar-e-Sharif is known for its vibrant bazaars, friendly locals, and religious sites, including the famous Blue Mosque.

Day 8 offers a combination of historical exploration and cultural immersion as you journey from Mazar-e-Sharif to Balkh, experiencing the ancient ruins, architectural marvels, and vibrant atmosphere of these captivating cities.

On Day 9, your exploration focuses on the regions surrounding Mazar-e-Sharif. You will begin the day by visiting the renowned Blue Mosque in Mazar-e-Sharif. This magnificent mosque is one of the holiest sites in Afghanistan, known for its beautiful architecture and spiritual significance.

Afterward, you will journey to Samangan, exploring several historical and cultural sites. Your first stop will be Takht-i Rustam, an ancient archaeological site that showcases the remains of Buddhist monasteries and stupas. This site offers a glimpse into the region’s rich Buddhist heritage.

Next, you will visit Robatak, another archaeological site in Samangan known for its ancient Buddhist ruins. It provides a fascinating insight into the history and religious practices of the area.

Afterward, you can explore the Cave Bazaar, a unique market in a series of caves. Here, you can browse various goods and immerse yourself in the local trading culture.

You will continue your journey to Kholm, visiting Bagh e Jana Nama Palace. This historic palace showcases beautiful gardens and architecture, offering a serene retreat.

Finally, you will return to Mazar-e-Sharif, where you can reflect on the day’s explorations and further explore the city’s charms.

Day 9 presents an enriching experience as you visit the famous Blue Mosque, explore the archaeological sites of Samangan, and discover the beauty of Bagh e Jana Nama Palace in Kholm, creating lasting memories of the cultural and historical treasures in the region.

On Day 10, an early start awaits as you are transferred from Mazar-e-Sharif to the airport at 4:00 am for your flight to Kabul, scheduled for 6:00 am. Once you arrive in Kabul, you will have time to explore the city before your next flight.

In Kabul, you can take the opportunity to visit various attractions and soak in the cultural atmosphere. Explore historical sites such as the Sakhi Shrine, Gardens of Babur, or the Shah Do Shamshira Mosque. You can also enjoy the local markets and sample delicious Afghan cuisine.

Later in the day, at 4:00 pm, you will take a flight from Kabul to Herat. This will mark the final leg of your journey, taking you to the city of Herat in western Afghanistan.

Day 10 offers a transition from Mazar-e-Sharif to Kabul and then to Herat, allowing you to experience the diverse landscapes, cultural heritage, and historical significance of these different regions of Afghanistan.

On Day 11, you will immerse yourself in the cultural and historical treasures of Herat, a city in western Afghanistan. The day begins with a visit to the Great Mosque, an architectural masterpiece showcasing the region’s rich Islamic heritage. You can admire the intricate details and grandeur of the mosque as you explore its prayer halls and courtyards.

Next, you will explore the Citadel of Herat, a magnificent fortress that has stood for centuries. This fortified complex offers a glimpse into the city’s military past and panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Afterward, you can indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of the local bazaar, where you can browse various goods and immerse yourself in the colorful market experience.

Continuing your exploration, you will visit the Musallah Minarets, a set of tall minarets that have become an iconic symbol of Herat. These minarets offer a picturesque view and testify to the city’s rich architectural heritage.

You will also be able to visit the Gowar Shad Mausoleum, a stunning example of Timurid architecture. The mausoleum is dedicated to Queen Gowar Shad, an influential figure in the region’s history.

Lastly, you will explore the Shahzadeh Tomb, a beautiful tomb complex known for its intricate tilework and peaceful atmosphere.

Day 11 in Herat allows you to dive into the historical and cultural splendors of the city, from grand mosques and fortresses to bustling bazaars and remarkable mausoleums, leaving you with a deeper appreciation of Herat’s rich heritage.

On Day 12, your journey continues as you depart from Herat. At 8 am, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Kabul, which is scheduled for 11:15 am. Once you arrive in Kabul, you will have the opportunity to explore the city’s cultural attractions.

The first stop is the Sakhi Shrine, an important religious site in Kabul known for its historical and cultural significance. You can take in the spiritual ambiance and learn about the shrine’s importance to the local community.

Next, you will visit the Gardens of Babur, a beautiful and serene park with lush greenery. These gardens hold historical significance as they are the final resting place of Emperor Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire. Enjoy a stroll and admire the picturesque surroundings.

In addition, you will explore the vibrant Bird market, where you can observe various colorful birds and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere. It’s a chance to witness a unique aspect of local life.

Day 12 offers a combination of religious, historical, and cultural experiences in Kabul, allowing you to appreciate the city’s diverse attractions and delve into its rich heritage.

On Day 13, you will start your morning in Kabul with a visit to the Id Gah Mosque, an important religious site where Muslims gather for Eid prayers. The mosque holds cultural and historical significance and provides a glimpse into the religious practices of the local community.

Next, you will explore the Bibi Mahro Hills, which offers a scenic view of Kabul and provide a peaceful retreat from the bustling city. You can take in the natural beauty and enjoy a serene atmosphere.

At 1 pm, you will have lunch to replenish your energy. Following that, at 3 pm, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure from Kabul to Dubai. The flight is scheduled for 5:25 pm, marking the end of your stay in Kabul and the continuation of your journey.

Day 13 offers a blend of religious and natural exploration, allowing you to appreciate the cultural significance of the Id Gah Mosque and the tranquil beauty of the Bibi Mahro Hills before bidding farewell to Kabul and heading to your next destination.

  • This is a private Afghanistan tour package.
  • Travel to Afghanistan with a local guide, learn about its culture and religion and visit the most important touristic destinations.


  • Multi-day private tour in Afghanistan.
  • Best choice of hotels in Afghanistan.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Learn about the culture of Afghanistan.
  • One-morning Afghanistan visa in Dubai.


  • 13 days in Afghanistan.
  • All accommodations with breakfast
  • English-speaking local guide
  • All transportation with driver, fuel, and vehicle expenses
  • All drinks (water and soft drinks)
  • All sightseeing tickets
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Domestic flights Kandahar-Kabul, Kabul-Mazar, Kabul-Herat-Kabul (clients and guide)
  • Taliban taxes and Touristic permits

Not included

  • International flights (Kam Air)
  • Travel insurance.
  • Afghanistan visa (300-350 USD per person)
  • Lunch and dinner (about 2 USD per meal)
  • All not mentioned as “included”.
What is the current security situation - Is Afghanistan safe?

The security situation in Afghanistan has significantly improved under the current administration of the Taliban. They are committed to ensuring stability, safety, and a welcoming environment for visitors. The Taliban will always be very welcoming and protective of your presence in the country. Strict regulations have been implemented throughout Afghanistan to maintain stability and safeguard travelers. By adhering to these rules, obtaining necessary permits, and fulfilling the relevant Taliban taxes and permits, you can confidently enjoy a secure and pleasant travel experience in Afghanistan.

What security measures should I be aware of during my visit?

The locations you will visit have been assessed for security. Cooperate with your guide during emergencies and follow their instructions. Expect Taliban roadblocks and checkpoints, which will be managed by your guide. You will have the paperwork ready, so these are just formalities to insure your security.

How can I obtain a visa for Afghanistan?

Our team will provide comprehensive assistance in Dubai to ensure an efficient Afghanistan visa process. Our colleague will meet you at any Dubai hotel at 8 am to collect your passport and the required payment in US dollars, with new bills issued after 2009. The Afghan visa processing typically takes place within a single morning, and your passport will be returned to you by approximately 2 pm on the same day.

The cost for our visa service is $300 per person, while US passport holders are charged $350. Please note that in addition to the visa process, you will need to arrange a flight from Dubai to Kabul. The average fares on Kar Air for this route are approximately $700 per ticket.

Considering the flight schedule, you can plan to spend one night in Dubai and depart for Kabul in the evening. The flight to Kabul typically departs at 3 am, so we recommend arriving at the airport at least three hours before departure to ensure a smooth check-in process.

What should I expect upon arrival at the airport in Afghanistan?

Upon arrival in Dubai, proceed through immigration for visa approval and stamping. After collecting your luggage, you will need to complete the tourist registration process, which is facilitated by the Taliban officers. To expedite the process, it is recommended to bring two passport-type photos with you. Once at the foreign registration booth, fill out the provided A4 form and the small white tourist card, using a pen you have brought along to speed up the process. Hand over the two photos, and patiently wait for the stamp on your documents. Remember to always maintain a friendly and cordial demeanor throughout the process. This is held all in one place, and once you have completed these steps, you will be all set to continue your journey.

How will I find my guide at the airport?

After receiving your immigration entry stamp, collecting your bags, getting your foreign registration card you can go out of the airport building. As you step outside, head towards the East (on your left) going around the building in your left, and continue walking for approximately 400 meters. Along the way, you will pass the domestic terminal and an “I Love Afghanistan” sign until you reach a white fenced gate on your right hand side. On the other side of the gate, you will notice a group of people eagerly waiting for friends and family members. Look for our guide, who will be holding up a welcoming sign with your name on it or a logo of RJ Travel. Finding him will be a straightforward and hassle-free process.

What is the recommended dress code for women in Afghanistan?

Women have to wear a hijab (headscarf) and dress modestly, covering their buttocks and avoiding tight-fitting clothing and exposed skin areas.

What should men wear in Afghanistan?

Men should dress conservatively, covering their arms and legs with loose-fitting clothing. Shorts are not permitted, and offensive designs on clothing should be avoided.

How should I behave when visiting mosques in Afghanistan?

Show respect by not crossing in front of someone who is praying. Pass by from the sides or behind the person praying.

How should I interact with locals in Afghanistan?

Engage in conversations with students and young people, but keep personal information confidential. Sharing social media contacts is optional.

Is tap water safe to drink in Afghanistan?

It is recommended to drink bottled water during your stay. Tap water in your hotel room is suitable for showering and rinsing your mouth but not for consumption.

Are there any guidelines for photography in Afghanistan?

Always ask for permission before photographing people or places. Avoid taking photos of women as everyone will promply complain. Respect privacy and cultural sensitivities.

What should I keep in mind during an official Taliban meeting in Ghazni?

While Ghazni may not be fully equipped to accommodate tourists, it offers a unique experience and is worth visiting. You will be personally escorted by the Taliban Tourism and Culture Task Force, who are actively working to improve tourist sites and ensure a welcoming environment. The tourism manager will provide a private tour, showcasing the best sights in the city.

Are all the sites mentioned in the itinerary accessible for people with low mobility?

Please note that the ruins of Shahr-e Zuhak involve a steep climb and may not be accessible for individuals with low mobility. However, it remains in the itinerary for your consideration.

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13-day tour of Afghanistan » Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni + Herat
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  • Kabul, Ghazni, Kandahar, Zuhak, Bamiyan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, Samangan, Kholm, Herat

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