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Afghanistan Buddhism Pilgrimage Tour Afghanistan - [ Cultural and Heritage Tours ]

Afghanistan hardly needs introduction; just the name is enough to have most politicians panicking, journalists packing and travellers salivating with expectation. News, time and again over the centuries, has focused on this most extraordinary arid and mountainous country in middle-Asia and now, as always, its place at the heart of world affairs is as poignant as ever. Our Afghan Explorer tour takes you through the mountains and plains, following in the footsteps of Marco Polo. From Kabul and the foothills of the Hindu Kush, you will visit the extraordinary city of Herat, the famous mountain caves of Bamiyan, the breathtaking lakes at Band-e Amir, the historical northern towns of Mazar-e Sharif and Balkh as well as the famous Panjshir Valley. Afghanistan is undergoing tremendous change at the moment but for the vast majority of Afghans, daily life continues in much the same vein as it has for centuries and there will be ample opportunities to witness traditional lifestyles from farming and pottery-making to silk-weaving and daily prayer.

It may sound obvious but anyone wishing to travel to Afghanistan must understand that in places tourist infrastructure is almost non-existent. Days can be long and hard, and the levels of services will not match those offered in more regular tourist locations. However, don’t let this put you off. In our opinion Afghanistan is simply the most fascinating country in the world.

 

 
ITINERARY:

Day 1: Tour starts in Kabul

The tour starts mid-afternoon with a security briefing before dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: In Kabul

Full of hidden gems, today we see the Kabul that doesn't make the headlines and is truly wonderful.

Day 3: Kabul - Herat

Herat has been restored to much of its ancient glory but remains a haunting place to wander through.

Day 4: In Herat

We visit the incredible Friday Mosque, the tile factory and the Citadel as well as the famed bazaar.

Day 5: Herat - Mazar-e-Sharif

Today we fly up to Mazar, which means 'Tomb of the Exhalted' and start exploring.

Day 6: Day trip to Tashkurgan

A 28m Buddhist stupa carved out of rock is a rewarding sight with the dramatic Tashkurgan town en route.

Day 7: Drive to Panjshir Valley

Panjshir was a legendary stronghold of Commander Massoud with striking beauty and glorious history and we pass through the famous Salang Tunnel.

Day 8: In Panjshir - Kabul

Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great as we explore this amazing mountain valley on foot.

Day 9: In Kabul

We climb the city walls for great views then visit Chicken Street and some excellent bookstores.

Day 10: Fly to Bamiyan

Always a trip highlight, Bamiyan is visually stunning with cliffs and craters and a great bazaar.

Day 11: Bamiyan - Band-e-Amir

Two hours away is this extraordinary chain of lakes in the middle of a barren mountain landscape.

Day 12: In Bamiyan

Today we see some of the lesser known sites, including the fortress at Shar-e Zohak.

Day 13: Fly to Kabul

We return to the capital for a final wander around before our farewell dinner.

Day 14: Tour ends in Kabul

The tour ends after breakfast this morning.

 



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