Tour Highlights

  • The historic cities of Peshawar and Swat
  • UNESCO world heritage sites of Taxila and Takh-i-Bahi
  • The beautiful Swat Valley, a very important historical location with history going back to 1700BC
  • In Hunza Valley, we will visit the historic sights of Hunza valley, including an 1100 year old castle and a 1000 year old village, along with accessible Borit and Attabad lakes

Day 01 – Islamabad | Serena Islamabad

The morning is free to recover from your journey. In the afternoon we will have a lunch reception where your guide will brief the group about the tour. In the evening you will have the option to visit a fabric shop and have a Pakistani dress made overnight.

Day 02 – Islamabad | Serena Islamabad

Our first stop is the nearby UNESCO world heritage site of Taxila just 30 minute drive from the hotel.

 The origins of Taxila as a city go back to 1500 BC and it was an important Buddhist Centre from 5th century BC to 6th Century AD. Taxila Museum is famous for its magnificent collection of Gandhara Art.

After Taxila we will head to Islamabad for Lunch. In the evening you will have a chance to visit some of sights in Islamabad, including Faisal Mosque and the national institute of folk heritage. You will also have an opportunity to shop for local handicrafts and carpets.

Day 03 – Islamabad to Hunza Valley | Darbar Hotel

We take an early morning flight from Islamabad to Gilgit. We will stop for brunch in Gilgit and continue to Hunza Valley, stopping along the way to see the 7th century carving of a large standing Buddha known as Kargah Buddha. We continue to Gulmet for views of Rakaposhi before reaching Hunza where we will spend the night.

Day 04 – Hunza Valley | Darbar Hotel

We will visit the1,000 year old Ganesh village. This village is the oldest settlement on the ancient Silk Road; the original layout of the village remains, along with three of the original watch towers and seven 500 year old richly carved mosques. Our next stop is the 700 year old Baltit Fort where the Mir (title of the Hunza ruler) resided until the 1950s.

In the afternoon we will visit the 1100 years old Altit fort, the original seat of the Hunza state and the oldest monument in Gilgit-Baltistan. For those interested there will an option to take a cooking class in Pakistani cuisine.

Day 05 – Passu Village | Serai Silk Route

Today we head to “Passu Cones” also known as Cathedral Ridge a series of pointed 6,000 m peaks that are located next to the Karakoram Highway. After a short break on the Passu glacier, we will continue towards Khunjerab Pass, the land route to Chinese border and at 4,934m(16,187ft) the highest border crossing in the world. The scenery is beautiful, high peaks all around and if we are lucky we will get to see herds of Yaks and Ibex roaming in the grass lands below as we drive through the mountains. Due to the dramatic change in altitude, we will only take a brief stop at the top before heading back. Our last stop for the night is Attabad Lake, formed in 2010 after a landslide that blocked the flow of the river. We will take a boat ride and then head to Passu Village where we will spend the night.

Day 06 – Passu Village | Serai Silk Route

You have many options to explore the area. You can do easy hikes to Borith Lake, or the Passu and Batura glaciers. They can also be combined with driving to the location.

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Day 07 – Passu to Swat | Serena Swat Hotel

We will depart our hotel early morning and head to Gilgit Airport for our flight to Islamabad. From Islamabad airport we will head over to Swat Valley where we will stay at the Serena Swat Hotel.

The hotel is located in the annex of the Palace of the last ruler of Swat. You will have the afternoon to relax and there will be time to visit the nearby Swat Museum with its excellent collection of Gandhara era artifacts.

Day 08 – Swat Valley | Serena Swat Hotel

The area of Swat was a major buddhist center and buddhist and Ghandhara sites are littered all over the valley. We will visit the important archeological remains of Butkara stupa, one of the most important buddhist shrines dating back to 2nd century BC and believed to contain the ashes of Buddha. We continue to visit Shingerdar stupa and stop at Udegram village where you will have the option to hike to Raja Gira’s castle, site with a history stretching from 1,000 BC to 14th century.

The evening is free to relax.

Day 09 – Peshawar | Pearl Continental

We start our day with a 3 hour drive to the historic city of Peshawar. We start exploring the city starting with the Peshawar Museum, known for one of the largest and most extensive collections of Gandhara art of the Buddhist period one of the biggest collections of Buddhist objects in the world. We continue to the 17th century Mahabat Khan Mosque built using white marble in the Mughal style. Finally we will visit Bala Hissar Fort, which has existed since 7th century and has been in continuous use ever since.

In the evening you will have a chance to explore the Qissa Khwani Bazaar (the Bazaar of Story-Tellers) a market place that has existed since the 2nd century.

Day 10 – Islamabad – Takht Bhai | Serena Islamabad

We drive from Peshawar to Islamabad, stopping at the Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi a UNESCO world heritage site.

We will arrive at your hotel in the afternoon. After relaxing at the hotel, we will head to the Margala hills for a celebration dinner to end an amazing experience.

Day 11 – Fly Out

Fly out Our private transport will take you to the airport.

Pakistan Highlights

A land based tour of the important cultural and historic sites in Pakistan.

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