8-day tour of Afghanistan » Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni

8 Days

This 8-day tour comprehensively explores Afghanistan, covering key cities and regions, including Kabul, Mazar, Bamiyan, and Ghazni. It begins in the bustling capital of Kabul with city highlights and historical sites before flying to Mazar-e-Sharif to explore the sacred Blue Mosque and surrounding ancient ruins. The tour continues to Bamiyan, known for its cultural heritage, vibrant market, and breathtaking Band-e Amir National Park. The journey concludes in Ghazni, an ancient city rich with stunning architecture and a poignant open-air war museum. This tour offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing an unforgettable immersion into the heart of Afghanistan.

8-day tour of Afghanistan - Kabul, Mazar, Bamiyan, Ghazni
8-day tour of Afghanistan » Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni Balkh

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


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8-day Afghanistan Itinerary

We start our journey from Dubai, landing in Kabul at 6:35 am. You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can rest for a few hours. At 10 am, we begin exploring Kabul city, starting with the sacred Sakhi Shrine, continuing to the serene Gardens of Babur, and visiting the bustling Bird Market. We’ll also see the Shah Do Shamshira Mosque and enjoy the panoramic views from the Bibi Mahro Hills.

We start early with a 7:30 am transfer to Kabul airport for a 10:30 am flight to Mazar-e-Sharif. Upon arrival, we head to Balkh to explore the ancient Tepe Rustam, marvel at the architectural beauty of the Green Mosque, and visit the historic fortress, Bala Hissar. Our day concludes in Mazar-e-Sharif, known for its colorful and vibrant bazaars.

The day starts in Mazar-e-Sharif with a visit to the stunning Blue Mosque. From there, we travel to Samangan to explore the ancient Buddhist stupa and monastery at Takht-i Rustam, the historical Robatak pass, and the unique underground Cave Bazaar. We then proceed to Kholm, where we visit the enchanting Bagh e Jana Nama Palace. We wrap up the day back in Mazar-e-Sharif, indulging in local cuisine and culture.

An early start today with a 4 am transfer to Mazar-e-Sharif airport for a 6 am flight back to Kabul. Post-arrival, we head straight to the archaeological site of Zuhak Ancient City, steeped in history and mystery. Our next destination is the bustling marketplace in Bamiyan, where we can explore a diverse array of local goods, interact with friendly locals, and taste traditional cuisine.

Our day in Bamiyan begins with a visit to the great sites of Buddha 1 and Buddha 2, representing the cultural heritage and resilience of the region. We then delve into history at the ruins of Gholghola, also known as the “City of Screams.” We conclude the day back at Bamiyan’s vibrant market, giving us another opportunity to purchase local crafts and sample regional dishes.

The day starts with a breathtaking journey to Band-e Amir National Park, the first national park of Afghanistan, renowned for its stunning natural beauty featuring six turquoise-hued lakes. After immersing ourselves in the awe-inspiring landscapes, we head back to Bamiyan and its bustling market. Here, we can savor more local dishes and buy souvenirs to remember this unique travel experience.

We depart from Bamiyan to visit Ghazni, an ancient city known for its impressive historical sites. Our exploration begins with the iconic Ghazni minarets, examples of exquisite medieval Islamic architecture. Next, we tour the majestic Ghazni fortress, which provides an intriguing glimpse into the city’s past. The day concludes with a visit to the open-air war museum, presenting a sad yet critical look at the region’s history of warfare.

  • 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.


  • 8 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 Mazar-Kabul (clients and guide)
  • Taliban taxes
  • 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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8-day tour of Afghanistan » Kabul + Mazar + Bamiyan + Ghazni
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  • 3-star hotels with breakfast
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  • Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh, Samangan, Zuhak, Bamiyan, Gholghola, Ghazni

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