War-torn for decades, Afghan people still manage to keep their hospitality intact. We’ll fly to Kabul, wander the legendary capital, traditional carpet markets, explore amazing blue-tiled mosques in Herat, ancient Buddhas carved in stone in Bamyan, mind-blowing landscapes and finger-licking food. It’s one of the most unique journeys you will undertake, the thrill of a lifetime!
Note: this is a rough itinerary and may vary its order or parts of it based on our local crew’s guidance and knowledge of the situation in every region and for safety purposes.
Day 1: Kabul
We fly from Dubai at 6:45 am and land in Kabul at 8:30 am. Arrival and briefing. We’ll have a full day in Kabul exploring the infamous viewpoint Bibi Mehro Hill, Chicken Street,
Overnight in Kabul.
Day 2: Kabul – Herat
We will explore Herat, which has the largest collection of ancient buildings in the country: the Friday Mosque, the tomb of Gowar Shad, the Masullah complex, and the atmospheric shrine of Khoja Ansari at Gazar Gah, among others.
Overnight in Herat.
Day 3: Herat – Kabul
The day starts in Herat, wandering every nook and cranny and letting all the history sink in, before heading over to Kabul where we will continue our journey in this awesome capital.
Day 4: Kabul – Bamyan
We’ll fly between Kabul and Bamyan, the capital of the Hazarajat – home of the Hazaras and one of the most peaceful places in Afghanistan. When we arrive in Bamyan we will have time to look at the hillsides containing many caves in which monasteries and Buddhist carvings were once situated.
Overnight in Bamyan.
Day 5 & 6: Bamyan and Band-e Amir
We will spend two days in and around Bamyan, an area of striking natural beauty. The mountains and valleys are dotted with ruins from Afghanistan’s past as well as friendly Hazara villages. It is one of the few places in Afghanistan where we can walk freely and safely in a rural environment.
The Lapis Lazuli blue waters of Band-e-Amir are often the highlight of any trip to Afghanistan. Legend has it that the dams that separate the 5 lakes were made by Ali, the prophet Mohamed’s cousin and son in law. However, geologists insist they are natural dams made from mineral deposits. The lakes contrast to the stark landscape surrounding them only adds to the beauty of this area. We will also visit the natural landscape of Dragon Valley, see the ruins of Shah e Zohak (Red Fort), and the remains of Shah e Golghola (The City of Screams).
Overnight in Bamyan.
Day 7: Bamyan – Kabul
We will drive back to Kabul enjoying the scenic landscapes on the way. Then, we will explore what’s left of the city: the bird market, the Friday Mosque…
We fly out in the evening back to Dubai.
HotelsSingle room in secure hotels.
Domestic FlightsTo and From Herat.
GuidesExpert local guide and fixer.
TransportPrivate vehicles and drivers in every city.
Visa SupportWe will supply you with a letter of invitation to apply at your nearest embassy.
FoodAll meals and drinks.
Entrance FeesAll entrance fees to sites on your itinerary.
We will assist you with the several options of Embassies you can get a visa from. We will coordinate an interview date and we will supply you with a visa invitation letter to allow you to get the visa without any issues.
For flights into Kabul – Dubai and Islamabad are the most reliable flights right now. We will all try to fly together from Dubai in the same flight.
Afghanistan is a destination for experienced travelers that know about the country and what they are signing up for. It’s an incredibly rich destination and you will have life changing experiences, but you have to be prepared to blend in, follow directions and bring an open mind.
We just ran two Expeditions in June and had no issues in these same places. We have all the permits, the best local crew and contacts to make our journey the smoothest one possible. Americans had no issues, and half of our groups were girls. Female tourists were required to cover their hair with a headscarf.
how to join?
If you want to be one of the fortunate people selected for our Afghanistan Expedition:
- Make sure the dates work with you before you start the selection process.
- SAY YES and complete our online application form below.
- Once you’ve applied and signed up to Wander Expedition, we’ll update you as you move on in the selection process. Check your Spam folder regularly in case the automated emails go there!