Marco Polo Trail Tour
Your journey across Northern Pakistan is like a modern-day odyssey, reminiscent of Marco Polo's adventures. It's a thrilling expedition through diverse and contrasting landscapes, from lush valleys to rugged cliffs, roaring rivers to serene lakes, and towering peaks to arid deserts. Each twist of the path reveals a new facet of this captivating region. As you traverse the formidable Hindu Kush, Karakoram, and Himalayan mountain ranges, you're not only experiencing nature's grandeur but also witnessing the evolution of cultures and languages in the local communities. The journey begins in Peshawar, leading you to the ancient remnants of Gandhara in Swat. Crossing the challenging Lowari Pass, you arrive in Chitral with Tirich Mir, the Hindu Kush's highest peak, as your backdrop. Your time spent with the Kalash people provides a unique cultural immersion. As you ascend Shandur Pass and visit Phandar Lake, the natural beauty of the region continues to enchant you.
The Hunza Valley and Khunjerab Pass lead you to Karimabad, where history and local encounters await. Your return journey through Gilgit and along the Karakoram Highway is a culmination of an extraordinary expedition that combines natural marvels, cultural immersion, and historical revelations. It's an enthralling adventure through the diverse landscapes and cultures of Northern Pakistan.
|Age: 05- 90 Years
|Best Time: July - September
|Cost: 2750 Euro /person
- Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast
- Air-conditioned transportation
- English-speaking guide
- Sightseeing tickets
- Local lunch
- Pick-up and drop-off services
- Tips for driver and guide
- Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Cost (More than one person)
- for 2 persons: 1550 Euro per person
- for 3 persons: 1200 Euro per person
- for 4 persons: 1100 Euro per person
- for 5 persons: 1050 Euro per person
- for 6 persons: 950 Euro per person
- for 8 persons: 900 Euro per person
- for 10 persons: 850 Euro per person
Prices for more than 10 persons are available on request.
Arrival - Islamabad Sightseeing
Pick up from Islamabad and transfer to hotel. What an exciting adventure you have in store for your guests! Retracing the footsteps of Marco Polo along the legendary Marco Polo Trail promises to be a journey filled with history, culture, and vibrant local experiences. From Kashgar in China to Samarkand in Uzbekistan, and eventually to Venice in Italy, your guests will have the opportunity to explore ancient bazaars, visit historical sites, and immerse themselves in diverse cultures. This tour is sure to leave them with unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the rich history of the trade routes Marco Polo once traversed. Safe travels and may your guests have an incredible journey along the Marco Polo Trail. Overnight Islamabad.
Islamabad - Taxila - Besham
Your journey from Islamabad to Besham, with a stopover at Taxila, offers a wonderful blend of history and natural beauty. Taxila, with its ancient ruins and historical significance, provides a glimpse into the rich Gandhara civilization. As you continue your drive, the changing landscapes of Pakistan, from mountains to rivers and valleys, will undoubtedly captivate your senses. The beauty of the region is indeed awe-inspiring, making the journey to Besham a memorable experience. Enjoy the historical treasures of Taxila and the breathtaking scenery along the way. Overnight Besham.
Besham - Chilas
Embarking on a journey from Besham to Chilas along the Karakoram Highway is a thrilling adventure filled with awe-inspiring beauty. The scenic drive, punctuated with stops at breathtaking viewpoints, offers panoramic vistas of majestic mountains, meandering rivers, and picturesque valleys. The Karakoram Highway showcases the grandeur of nature at every turn, making it a memorable experience. The Shatial Rock Carvings, with their ancient rock art, provide a historical and cultural dimension to your journey. This drive is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Karakoram region and appreciate the wonders of nature. Enjoy the adventure. Overnight Chilas.
Chilas - Hunza Karimabad
Your journey from Chilas to Hunza Karimabad promises to be a truly captivating experience. The Nanga Parbat Viewpoint offers a majestic view of one of the world's highest mountains. Witnessing the convergence of the Karakoram, Himalayas, and Hindu Kush mountain ranges is a breathtaking sight, as is the confluence of the Indus and Gilgit rivers, which showcases the grandeur of nature. Rakaposhi, with its towering presence, adds to the scenic beauty of the region. Traveling along the Old Silk Road provides a historical dimension to your journey, connecting you with the ancient trade routes between East and West. This day is bound to be filled with natural wonders, historical significance, and awe-inspiring landscapes. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Hunza Valley Sightseeing
Your exploration of the Hunza Valley today is set to be a memorable and enriching experience. Ganish Village, with its traditional architecture and serene ambiance, provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with locals and appreciate the stone houses that make the village unique. The visits to Baltit Fort and Altit Fort offer insights into the rich history and intricate designs of these UNESCO World Heritage sites. The excursion to Hoper Glacier, a striking natural wonder, allows you to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of icy landscapes. The highlight of the day, the visit to the Eagle's Nest viewpoint, promises a breathtaking sunset over the valley, creating a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime. This day is filled with the wonders of nature, cultural immersion, and spectacular vistas in the captivating Hunza Valley. Enjoy every moment of this remarkable journey. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Karimabad - Khunjerab Pass
Today's journey promises a spectacular blend of natural wonders, cultural encounters, and thrilling exploration as you head to Khunjerab Pass, the world's highest paved international border crossing. The scenic drive will take you to Attabad Lake, a mesmerizing body of water with its distinctive turquoise hue, a result of a natural landslide. Then, the visit to Gulmit Village will introduce you to the warm hospitality and captivating landscapes of the region. The adventure continues as you cross the Hussaini Bridge, a thrilling suspension bridge that spans the Hunza River, offering unforgettable views of the surrounding terrain. The journey to Khunjerab Pass, with its towering Passu Cones, is sure to leave you in awe of the rugged beauty of the Karakoram Highway. Finally, as you reach Khunjerab Pass, standing at the border between Pakistan and China, you'll have the chance to appreciate panoramic vistas and witness the unique experience of being at this high-altitude international boundary. Enjoy this extraordinary day of exploration and discovery in one of the world's most remote and stunning regions. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.
Hunza Karimabad - Shigar Valley
Today's journey takes you on a scenic drive to the picturesque Shigar Valley, a hidden gem nestled in the stunning Karakoram Range. As you traverse the winding roads, you'll be captivated by the majestic mountains, glistening rivers, and serene landscapes that envelop you on this route. Shigar Valley is renowned for its pristine beauty and rich cultural heritage, offering a captivating experience for travelers. Exploring the charming village of Shigar, with its traditional wooden houses and welcoming locals, allows you to immerse yourself in the local culture. The historic Shigar Fort, a beautifully restored 17th-century palace, offers insights into the region's royal history and architectural splendor. Furthermore, you can take the opportunity to indulge in the natural splendor of the valley, with options for hiking, strolling through apple orchards, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the surroundings. This day promises a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and relaxation in the serene paradise of Shigar Valley. Overnight Shigar Valley.
Shigar Valley - Khaplu Valley
Today, we embark on an enchanting full-day excursion to the captivating town of Khaplu, nestled in the mesmerizing mountains of Gilgit-Baltistan. Khaplu is known for its pristine beauty, rich history, and cultural heritage. Our exploration begins with a visit to the historic Khaplu Palace, a grand structure that showcases the architectural splendor of the region. We'll delve into the palace's intriguing history and marvel at its intricate designs. Next, we'll wander through the charming streets of Khaplu, immersing ourselves in the local culture and interacting with the friendly residents. We'll have the opportunity to visit the ancient Chaqchan Mosque, known for its architectural beauty and spiritual significance. The excursion promises breathtaking mountain vistas, serene landscapes, and a captivating glimpse into the traditions and lifestyle of the local people. This day in Khaplu guarantees an unforgettable experience, filled with cultural exploration and the natural wonders of the region. Overnight Shigar Valley.
Shigar Valley - Deosai Plateau
Today, we embark on an awe-inspiring full-day excursion to the magnificent Deosai Plateau and enchanting Satpara Lake. Our journey takes us through the breathtaking landscapes of Gilgit-Baltistan, where we'll witness the untouched beauty of Deosai, often referred to as the "Roof of the World."We'll explore the vast alpine meadows, dotted with colorful wildflowers and inhabited by unique wildlife such as the Himalayan brown bear. Continuing our adventure, we'll visit the serene Satpara Lake, surrounded by towering mountains and offering a tranquil ambiance. We can indulge in boating or simply soak in the serenity of the surroundings. The excursion promises panoramic vistas, serendipitous encounters with wildlife, and moments of tranquility amidst nature's wonders. This day in Deosai Plateau and Satpara Lake guarantees an unforgettable experience, connecting us with the raw beauty of the region. Overnight Shigar Valley.
Shigar Valley - Gilgit
Today, we embark on a scenic drive to Gilgit, immersing ourselves in the breathtaking beauty of the region. Upon reaching Gilgit, our first stop is the vibrant Gilgit Bazaar, where we'll experience the hustle and bustle of local life. We'll have the opportunity to browse through a variety of traditional handicrafts, textiles, and local produce. Next, we'll visit the iconic Suspension Bridge, an architectural marvel that spans over the Gilgit River, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. If time permits, we may also witness a thrilling Polo match, a popular sport in the region known for its exciting displays of horsemanship and skill. This day promises a blend of cultural immersion, scenic beauty, and the excitement of local sporting traditions as we explore the wonders of Gilgit. Overnight Gilgit.
Gilgit - Phandar
The serene beauty of Gilgit-Baltistan. As we journey through winding roads, we'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of majestic mountains, sparkling rivers, and lush green valleys. The drive to Phandar promises a sensory feast, with every turn revealing a new panorama of natural splendor. We'll witness the changing landscapes and feel a sense of tranquility as we immerse ourselves in the untouched wilderness. Upon reaching Phandar, we'll be enchanted by its idyllic setting, with the pristine Phandar Lake shimmering in the sunlight. This day promises a captivating blend of natural wonders, scenic delights, and the serenity of Phandar's tranquil surroundings. Overnight Phandar.
Phandar - Shandur - Mastuj
Today, we embark on a journey from Phandar to Shandur, taking in the stunning landscapes of the region. We'll traverse through the captivating Shandur Pass, known as the "Roof of the World," at an elevation of 3,734 meters. The pass offers breathtaking views of Rolling Meadows and rugged mountains. Shandur is also famous for its annual polo festival, and if our visit coincides with the festival, we'll have the opportunity to witness this thrilling sport played in its traditional form. As we continue our journey, the captivating Shandur Lake comes into view, surrounded by pristine landscapes. This day promises a blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and the excitement of the Shandur Pass. Overnight Mastuj.
Mastuj - Chitral - Ayun Valley
Today, we continue our journey from Mastuj to Ayun, with a captivating stopover in the charming city of Chitral. Our exploration begins with a visit to the vibrant bazaar, where we'll experience the local culture and find an array of traditional handicrafts and souvenirs. Next, we'll explore the historic Chitral Fort, a magnificent structure that showcases the architectural grandeur of the region. We'll delve into its intriguing history and admire its intricate design. The tour continues with a visit to the Shahi Mosque, an exquisite place of worship adorned with beautiful craftsmanship. We'll witness the spiritual ambiance and appreciate the architectural splendor. This day promises a captivating blend of cultural immersion, historical wonders, and the vibrant atmosphere of Chitral as we continue our journey to Ayun. Overnight Ayun Valley.
Ayun Valley - Kalash Valley
Today, we embark on a captivating full-day excursion to the mystical Kalash Valley, immersing ourselves in the unique culture and traditions of the Kalash people. Our journey takes us through various Kalash villages, including Rumbur, Bumburate, and Birir, where we'll have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals and witness their vibrant cultural practices. We'll experience their colorful festivals, intricate handicrafts, and traditional dances, gaining insights into their ancient beliefs and way of life. The Kalash Valley is known for its breathtaking landscapes, lush green meadows, and snow-capped peaks, providing a picturesque backdrop for our exploration. This excursion promises an enriching blend of cultural immersion, natural beauty, and the warmth of the Kalash hospitality. We'll create lasting memories as we delve into the cultural richness of the Kalash Valley. Overnight Ayun Valley.
Ayun Valley - Peshawar
Today, we embark on a scenic drive from Ayun to Peshawar, with a thrilling stopover at the Lowari Pass. As we traverse the winding roads, we'll be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Lowari Pass offers a unique perspective on the natural beauty of the region, with its rugged terrain and sweeping vistas. We'll witness the raw grandeur of the landscape and immerse ourselves in the tranquility of the untouched wilderness. The drive to Peshawar promises moments of serenity and awe-inspiring beauty. This journey allows us to appreciate the wonders of nature and sets the stage for our exploration of the vibrant city of Peshawar. Overnight Peshawar.
Embarking on a full-day city tour of Peshawar, we delve into its ancient allure and vibrant essence. Our exploration leads us to iconic landmarks like the Mahabat Khan Mosque, a masterpiece of intricate design. The Peshawar Museum awaits, housing a treasure trove of artifacts that chronicle the region's diverse heritage. Venturing into Sethi Street, we savor local cuisine amidst lively street scenes. The historic Qissa Khwani Bazaar unfolds, where storytelling traditions date back centuries. Lastly, we admire the grandeur of the Khyber Gate, symbolizing Peshawar's significance as a gateway to the Khyber Pass. This immersive journey captures Peshawar's history, culture, and dynamic spirit, promising an unforgettable experience. Overnight Peshawar.
Peshawar - Islamabad - Departure
Today, we embark on a scenic drive from Peshawar to Islamabad, with fascinating stops along the way. Our first destination is the stunning Takht Bhai archaeological site, an ancient treasure trove showcasing the rich history of the region. We'll explore the ruins, temples, and monasteries that provide insights into the Gandhara civilization. Continuing our journey, we'll visit the Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, a modern architectural marvel and one of the largest mosques in the world. We'll appreciate its grandeur and learn about its cultural significance. Our drive through the picturesque landscapes of Pakistan offers moments of awe-inspiring beauty and tranquility. As we reach Islamabad, the capital city, we'll have the opportunity to explore its modernity and cultural richness. This leg of our journey promises a blend of historical treasures, architectural wonders, and scenic beauty as we make our way to Islamabad. This Marco Polo Trail tour has been an unforgettable adventure, connecting us with the diverse cultures along the path of one of history's greatest travelers. Until we meet again, Pakistan!