Afghanistan small group holiday

“Small group tour of Afghanistan including overland travel by 4x4 vehicle and return flights to key locations from Kabul. Cultural and natural sightseeing.”

Highlights

Kabul | Panjshir Valley | Friday Mosque, Herat | Tomb of the Exalted, Mazar-e-Sharif | Takht-e Rostam Buddhist stupa | Tashkurgan, Hindu Kush foothills | Bamiyan lakes | Shar-e Zohak Fortress |

Description of Afghanistan small group holiday

This 12 day small group holiday takes you into the realm of the adventurer where the mountains of central Asia rise above arid Afghanistan plains to unfold some extraordinary travelling tales.

Afghanistan has long been one of the world’s least understood nations with no end of political, religious and social upheaval causing many to give the country a wide berth.

However, where’s the fun in that? Fortune favours the brave and if you’re not the kind of traveller to let fear of the unknown stand in your way then this small group tour provides ample excuses to explore Afghanistan in the safest and most informative way possible.

Starting in the capital city of Kabul allows you to hit the ground running with internal flights to Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif enabling an efficient means of covering more important sites as part of a two week tour.

Other key locations include the Hindu Kush Mountains, the carved Buddha statues of the Bamyan Valley and the blue lakes of Band-e Amir National Park; all of which add to the excitement of exploring in Afghanistan in the company of a local guide.

From learning about traditional pottery, silk weaving and rural farming techniques to walking in the natural beautiful Panjshir Valley, this small group holiday is your opportunity to unearth the real Afghanistan, and witness first-hand the truth behind the headlines.

It's important to remember that tourism in Afghanistan is practically unheard of and as such there's not much in the way of tourist-focused infrastructure with some long and arduous days that might be adapted at a moment's notice due to safety and security notices. However, therein lies the charm of venturing into previously uncharted tourist territory.

All of our 2018/19 departures will be subject to a review in relation to current circumstances in Afghanistan. We will only run a tour if safe to do so and will continually reassess recent events around three months prior to every small group departure date. Please contact us if you require any more information.

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19 Sep 2019
£ 5245
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Afghanistan small group holiday

Environment

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.

Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to this trip to Afghanistan. We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the land is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. This will be particuarly important when visiting natural wonders that are yet to be affected by tourism, to help prolong the beauty of these incredible sites. For example on day 11 the group will visit an extraordinary chain of limestone lakes at Band-e-Amir that are set in the middle of a barren mountain landscape. The lakes are astonishingly beautiful with the water colour varying from turquoise to deep blue-black from lake to lake.

Trying to do our bit for the environment, in 2005 we were among the first UK-based travel companies to automatically offset every client’s international flight (if booked with us) with a payment to 'Carbon Clear' - an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions, to help promote sustainable energy.

Community

In Afghanistan we pride ourselves on working directly with as many local hotels, drivers, guides and cooks as possible, thereby putting money directly into the local community.

We also employ jeep drivers on a revolving basis and different ones in each area to ensure that the money we bring in is distributed evenly. With the small local guesthouses and home stays we use, the money goes and stays in these pagan valleys rather than being siphoned out to rich, down-country hoteliers.

We employ local guides, which again places funds directly in the pockets of local families. With our travels we also help support a number of educational trusts.

We are proud to support the Adopt-A-Minefield project, an NGO that saves and improves lives by raising funds to clear landmines and help landmine survivors. With more than 830 square kilometres of land left to clear in Afghanistan, we feel that this organisation makes a huge difference to the quality of life for people in this area. For further details please visit www.landmines.org.uk

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