Tour itinerary can be seen below.
Arrive on the morning flight at 07:00 from Istanbul and transfer to the hotel for a briefing. In the afternoon we will take a tour of the city, visiting the bazaars and the Blue Mosque of Hazrati Ali; one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture in the whole of Central Asia.
Today we will visit Takht-i-Rustam (throne of Rustam); named after a king in Persian mythology. It is a hilltop settlement and a well known archaeological site. We’ll also visit the adjacent Buddhist caves and hilltop stupas north of the Hindu Kush passes. At this location caves were hewn out of the rock and inhabited by Buddhists. The Buddhist stupa here is in the form of a mound. It represents the earliest link to the evolution of Buddhist architecture in Afghanistan.
Today we will visit Balkh; an ancient city and centre of Buddhism, Sufism and Zoroastrianism in what is now northern Afghanistan. While in Balkh, we visit the Haji Piyada Mosque (the walking pilgrim) and the Tomb of Rabia Balkhi, a semi-legendary figure of Persian literature. She was possibly the first female poet in the history of New Persian poetry. Later we explore the Khoja Parsa Mosque and Bala Hisar. For tours between December and March, in the afternoon we will attend a Buzkhashi game. For tours at other times of year, we will take a further tour of Mazar.
Today we will travel west to Aqcha to visit the Turkmen bazar and the surrounding ancient buildings.
Transfer to the airport for our flight back home through Istanbul.