Afghanistan in Spring


Afghanistan in Spring


Date: 31st May – 6th June 2020

A 7 day trip through the best bits of Afghanistan in Spring. The blossom is out and the country is at its greenest.

We start in Kabul before flying to Mazar e Sharif to see the blue-tiled shrine of Hazrat Ali, the remains of the once great Silk Road city of Balkh and the Greco-Buddhist caves at Samangan. Finally, we will make a trip to Panjshir valley, described as the most beautiful place in Afghanistan.

Highlights:

  • Discover Kabul
  • Visit the Shrine of Ali in Mazar e Sharif
  • Exploring Panjshir valley

Start Point: Kabul, Afghanistan
End Point: Kabul, Afghanistan
Maximum number of people: 8


Day 1 Kabul
Sunday 31st May 2020
Arrival and briefing. If you arrive early then you have time to visit Kabul. Options include Kabul museum, Sakhi shrine, Babur’s Gardens or the hills of Bibi Mahru.
Overnight in Kabul.

Day 2 Kabul – Mazar e Sharif
Monday 1st June 2020
A morning in Kabul to visit places of interest such as the British cemetery.
Then fly to Mazar e Sharif.
Overnight in Mazar e Sharif.

Day 3 Mazar e Sharif – visit Balkh
Tuesday 2nd June 2020
Full day in Mazar & Balkh
You will have time to visit the majestic blue tiled tomb of Hazrat Ali, Afghanistan’s most important religious site. You will spend part of the day visiting the ancient Silk Road city of Balkh, called Bactria to the Greeks. Bactria was the birthplace of Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism as well as Rumi the legendary Persian poet. Legacy of its Islamic and Buddhist past can be found in the stupas at the entrance to the town, at the blue tiled shrine of Khoja Parsa and at the oldest mosque in Afghanistan, the 9th century No Gombad mosque.
Overnight in Mazar e Sharif

Day 4 Mazar e Sharif – Samangan – Mazar e Sharif
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
A day trip to the Buddhist monastery remains at Samangan, two hours drive south of Mazar e Sharif. The 1500 year old complex contains a huge stupa carved out of the bedrock as well as a number of caves used as places of worship.
En route you will also be able to visit Tashkurgan and the old king’s hunting lodge.
Overnight in Mazar e Sharif

Day 5 Mazar e Sharif – Kabul
Thursday 4th June 2020
Early morning flight from Mazar e Sharif to Kabul.
An afternoon in Kabul to visit Shah-e Doh Shamshira mosque and Chicken Street.
Overnight in Kabul

Day 6 Kabul – Panjshir – Kabul
Friday 5th June 2020
We will take a day to visit the Panjshir valley, described as the most beautiful place in Afghanistan by locals. We will stop to view the tomb of Ahmed Shah Massoud, the lion of the Panjshir and Afghanistan’s most universally revered Mujahedin commanders as well as stopping off at a local fish restaurant on the banks of the Panjshir river.
Overnight in Kabul

Day 7 Kabul – End of trip
Saturday 6th June 2020
If there is time before your flight we can take you for some last minute shopping in Kabul.
You will be dropped at the airport.
End of trip.

You will be accompanied by an English speaking Afghan guide from Untamed Borders for the entire length of this trip.


The trip includes:

  • All accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Transport/transfers
  • Guiding
  • 2 internal flights within Afghanistan (Kabul-Mazar/Mazar-Kabul)

The trip does not include:

  • Any necessary visas
  • Insurance
  • Flights to Afghanistan
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Any additional flights needed in Afghanistan that may be necessary due to security concerns.

Cost – US$1975
A deposit of US$240 is required to reserve your place on this trip.

Flights:
We do not directly arrange international flights to Afghanistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk
Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966

Visas:
We do not arrange Afghanistan visas directly. We will provide visa support in the form of letters of invitation to assist in your Afghanistan visa application.

Food:
With the exception of breakfast, meals are not included as part of the trip. In our experience people sometimes want to eat different things in different places at different times. We know some great places and will also happily show you some of our favourite restaurants and tea houses. Some are luxurious, some are earthier, but all have character. However, we do not pretend to be the arbiters of good taste and are equally happy for you to go off and find your own favourites.

Accommodation:
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a twin room.

Transport:
In Afghanistan, we take at least 2 vehicles when driving between towns if there is a big group, for safety reasons. If there is a breakdown we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel (not a laughing matter in a country that should be the setting for a live action version of the Wacky races). Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is the first priority.

Guides:
On this trip you will be accompanied at all times by an English speaking guide from Untamed Borders. This allows for greater security and means that there will always be someone on hand to help or assist.
Sometimes we also hire local guides. If we are a large group, we may wish to split into smaller groups for city tours to allow greater flexibility and keep a lower profile. An extra local guide allows us to do that.

Security:
Trips to Afghanistan do create dangers all of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas that we consider to be stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
If there is an extra expense incurred due to the change of itinerary then you may be asked to bear part of that cost. For example, if we have to fly between cities rather than drive.

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