10 days in Seoul & Afghanistan Itinerary

10 days in Seoul & Afghanistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly + Train:  15 h
1
Seoul, South Korea
— 3 nights
2
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Drive:  15 h
3
Bamyan, Afghanistan
— 1 day
Drive:  4 h
4
Kabul, Afghanistan
— 2 nights
Fly:  28 h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
You've now added Bukhansan National Park to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Insadong, get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream, admire the masterpieces at National Folk Museum of Korea, and visit Myeongdong Shopping Street.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Seoul online trip itinerary builder.

Auckland, New Zealand to Seoul is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Korean Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Auckland in March, expect nights in Seoul to be cooler, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Neighborhoods Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Insadong ©
Insadong
Namsan Park ©
Namsan Park

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bukhansan National Park. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bukhansan National Park and then get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at The War Memorial of Korea and then find something for the whole family at Lotte World.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Seoul route builder website.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Bamyan.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks Theme Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Bukhansan National Park ©
Bukhansan National Park
Lotte World ©
Lotte World
Namdaemun Market ©
Namdaemun Market

1
day
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Bamyan ©
For centuries a major Buddhist pilgrimage site, Bamyan now represents one of the most stable places in war-torn Afghanistan.
On the 8th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) and then steep yourself in history at Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bamyan day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of bus, flight, and car from Seoul to Bamyan in 15 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Seoul to Bamyan. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kabul.

Things to do in Bamyan

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City) ©
Shahr-e-Zahak (Red City)

2
nights
Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul ©
A trip to Kabul reveals an intense portrait of Afghanistan's past, present, and future.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): walk around Bagh-e Babur, then don't miss a visit to Babur Tomb, then admire the landmark architecture of Darul Aman Palace, and finally explore the galleries of National Museum of Afghanistan.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Kabul road trip planner.

Drive from Bamyan to Kabul in 4 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kabul

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bagh-e Babur
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National Museum of Afghanistan ©
National Museum of Afghanistan
Bagh-e Babur ©
Bagh-e Babur
Babur Tomb ©
Babur Tomb