Afghanistan




2005 has seen the publication of a new travel guidebook (Odyssey Guides), and for the first time in over a quarter of a century, the north of Afghanistan is once again considered safe for travellers. Be among the first to return to this fascinating country, with its high mountains, beautiful and varied landscapes, rich history and hospitable people !

Afghanistan has always been at the crossroads of Asia, conquered and reconquered through its history. From Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, from the Mogul Emperor Babur to “Bukhara” Burnes, they were all here. Marco Polo explored Afghanistan and Rudyard Kipling wrote about it. Many of the world's great religions influenced Afghanistan – Zoroaster preached his first sermons in Balkh; the Kushans brought Buddhism and built Bamiyan; Mazar-i-Sharif is one of the world's great Muslim shrines. The country is a tapestry of different civilisations, each of which has left its mark in architecture, art, literature and culture.

No one is unaware of Afghanistan's recent history – the Soviet invasion and withdrawal, the in-fighting between the Mujahadeen and the legacy of the Taliban. To visit Afghanistan is to witness the terrible effects of war on a country. But it is also to see the resilience of the Afghan people and their desire to rebuild their nation. Visitors to Afghanistan are guaranteed an unforgettable experience.

Route

This tour begins in Kabul. After a side trip to see Bamiyan and the lakes at Band-i-Amir, the route works its way north through the Salang Tunnel to Mazar-i-Sharif and Balkh. We will then travel back south through the Salang Pass to Kabul, where the tour finishes.

This tour can be combined with trekking in the Fann Mountains (Tajikistan) or with a jeep tour to north Tajikistan/Uzbekistan or along the Pamir Highway to Kyrgyzstan. Please see our other factsheets for details of these routes.

 

Afghanistan Tours:

Security

Great Game Travel puts a strong emphasis on security during out trips. Travel in Afghanistan, if not done properly, can be risky, and there are areas of the country that are definitely no-go areas. In order to protect our customers, we have a full-time security officer who has 18 years of experience in security matters in Afghanistan. He is in constant contact with local power brokers and officials to make sure that we avoid any areas that might be experiencing difficulties. Further, our drivers and guides have all been trained in security measures as well as first-aid, and defensive driving. We are careful in choosing only the safest routes and destinations. If you travel with Great Game you can rest assured that we will take very good care of you. To note, our Security Officer reserves the right to alter your tour at any moment in order to protect you during your trip. Please note, taking pictures of women is a very sensitive cultural issue, and can cause the local population to react in violent anger. We ask that you respect the local culture′ s sensitivity toward taking pictures of women. In the past we have had customers disregard our guidelines, and have had serious problems with the local population and local authorities. Please help us avoid security issues in the future by planning to be circumspect in your picture taking, especially of women. Our guides have been instructed by our security officer to cancel the remaining part of the trip with no refund for anyone that is endangering their own presence or that of our personnel by their behaviour

Price Quotation

1 pax 2-3 pax 4-6 pax +1 7-9 pax+1 10-14 pax +1 15+ pax +1 Single supplement *
$3900 USD pp $2500 USD pp $2450 USD pp $2250 USD pp $2050 USD pp $1950 USD pp $500 USD

Normally we include the following services in our quotation:

  • All documentation and paperwork (visa support, registration, all government taxes and licenses for Afghanistan).
  • Vehicles and drivers.
  • English-speaking guide/interpreter. (Please enquire for languages other than English).
  • Accommodation and full board (including a dedicated cook if required) – except in large cities (Kabul and Mazar) with a good choice of restaurants, where we usually provide breakfast only.

Note: airfare, airport taxes, alcoholic drinks, and tips are not included.