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Embarking on a tour covering Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Mohenjo-Daro, Thatta, and Karachi promises an enriching and diverse experience, spanning historical landmarks. 


The Great Game Tour

Kalash-Summer-FestivalThe Great Game, a fascinating geopolitical rivalry of the 19th and early 20th centuries, played out between the British Empire in India and the Russian Empire, with its epicenter in Central Asia. Both empires were vying for control over key territories, including Afghanistan, Persia, and areas around the Pamir Mountains, driven by the desire to protect their respective imperial interests. India's significance to the British Empire as the "jewel in the crown" intensified concerns that Russian expansion could threaten British control in the region. To further their aims, both sides employed spies and agents, engaged in diplomatic maneuvers, and at times, resorted to military actions to gather intelligence, secure alliances, and undermine their adversaries. Afghanistan became a central battleground in this competition, leading to conflicts such as the First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars.

The culmination of the Great Game came with the signing of the 1907 Anglo-Russian Convention, which marked the end of this intense rivalry. The convention established a framework for cooperation and had a lasting impact on regional geopolitics. The Great Game left a significant legacy, shaping borders, politics, and the popular imagination. It symbolizes a complex era of imperial ambitions, strategic maneuvering, and enduring historical consequences.

Days: 15Age: 05- 90 YearsBest Time: June - OctoberCost: 2350 Euro /person
Included:
  • Accommodation in 3-4 star hotels with breakfast
  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • Jeeps
  • Local lunch
  • Pick-up and drop-off services
Not Included:
  • Dinner
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
Cost (More than one person)
  • for 2 persons:  1350 Euro per person
  • for 3 persons:  1050 Euro per person
  • for 4 persons:   950 Euro per person
  • for 5 persons:   900 Euro per person
  • for 6 persons:   850 Euro per person
  • for 8 persons:   800 Euro per person
  • for 10 persons:  750 Euro per person

Prices for more than 10 persons are available on request.

Day 01

Arrival - Lahore Sightseeing

In Lahore, your day begins with a visit to the magnificent Lahore Fort, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture dating back to the 16th century. Inside, you'll marvel at the Shish Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) and explore well-preserved halls where special and common audiences were once held. The intricate design and historical significance of this fort offer a glimpse into the grandeur of the Mughal era. Next, you'll explore the Badshahi Mosque, a historic mosque dating from the 17th century. It is known for its grand scale and is considered one of the world's largest mosques. The mosque's stunning architecture and historical importance make it a must-visit. In the afternoon, your journey takes you to the vibrant Walled City of Lahore. This area is a captivating maze of interconnected alleys and old houses, offering a unique atmosphere and a chance to immerse yourself in Lahore's rich cultural heritage. You'll have the opportunity to explore the local markets, sample traditional cuisine, and experience the lively streets of this historic district. To conclude your day, you'll drive to the Wagah border, located 27 km from Lahore, where you'll witness the impressive and exciting daily ceremony that takes place between India and Pakistan. This ritual features a symbolic handshake between the captains of the two countries, followed by a martial and war-like drill, creating a unique and thrilling experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Overnight Lahore.

Day 02

Lahore Sightseeing

Your morning exploration in Lahore begins at the enchanting Shalimar Garden, which was built by Emperor Shah Jehan. This garden is renowned for its triple terraced layout adorned with marble pavilions and is considered one of the world's most exquisite Persian-style gardens. Its design evokes a sense of love and happiness, making it a serene and beautiful place to visit. Next, you'll visit the Lahore Museum, a treasure trove of culture and history. Here, you can marvel at rare manuscripts, miniatures, Islamic calligraphy, and contemporary arts and crafts. Of particular note is the museum's exceptional collection of Buddhist art from the Gandhara Period, which is a must-see for art enthusiasts. your journey continues with a visit to Emperor Jahangir's Tomb. This architectural marvel showcases intricate mosaics and inlays and serves as the final resting place of the fourth Mughal emperor. The tomb is set amidst serene and symmetrical gardens, offering a tranquil and awe-inspiring experience that provides insights into the architectural and historical grandeur of the Mughal era. Overnight Lahore.

Day 03

Islamabad - Taxila - Peshawar

En route to Peshawar, you'll make a captivating stop at Taxila, a renowned archaeological site that provides a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of the region. Taxila is a treasure trove of ancient cities, and your exploration will include sites such as Bhir mound and Sirkap, which were once significant centers of the Gandhara civilization. One of the highlights of your visit to Taxila is the Taxila Museum, where you'll have the opportunity to witness a remarkable collection of Gandhara Art. This art style is unique to the region and reflects the artistic heritage of Gandhara. Your journey will also take you to the Greek city of Sirkap, showcasing the historical connections between different cultures that influenced this region. The visit to the Jaulian Buddhist monastery and Dharmarajika adds further depth to your exploration, allowing you to delve into the spiritual and cultural aspects of Taxila. This journey promises to be an enriching experience, offering insights into the historical significance of Taxila and its role in connecting diverse cultures and traditions. Overnight Peshawar.

Day 04

Peshawar Sightseeing

Your visit to Peshawar is filled with historical and cultural exploration. The British-built Museum, designed in the Moghul Gothic style, showcases architectural beauty and holds historical treasures that provide insights into the region's past. The Peshawar Club, once a hub for British officers, offers a glimpse into the colonial history of the city, where you can almost feel the echoes of the past. Exploring Qissa Khwani Bazaar, you'll find yourself in the midst of a vibrant and bustling street that has a rich history of storytelling and entertainment. Today, it's a place filled with dentists seeking attention, a unique blend of the old and the new. As you wander through the side streets, you'll encounter scenes of daily life, from donkeys and goats to people enjoying their hookahs or sipping tea. The presence of veiled women accompanied by males is a reflection of local customs and traditions. The Cunningham Clock tower, symbolizing the Diamond Jubilee, stands proudly in the bazaar, reminding visitors of historical events and the enduring spirit of the city. Your exploration in Peshawar promises to be a captivating journey through time and culture. Overnight Peshawar.

Day 05

Peshawar - Swat Valley

Your journey to Swat takes you through historical and picturesque landscapes. Mardan, with its rich history, has been a significant military base for nearly two centuries. It's where the prestigious Guides Corps was established in 1846, a force tasked with providing guidance, intelligence, and maintaining peace on the North-West Frontier. Notably, the Guides were the first British soldiers to wear the iconic khaki uniform. In the heart of Mardan, the majestic Mughal Gothic memorial arch stands as a solemn tribute to the Guides who sacrificed their lives during the Second Afghan War in 1879. Your path then leads you across the historic Malakand Pass, a strategic location once protected by none other than Sir Winston Churchill himself. The remnants of Buddhist monasteries dotting the hills are a testament to the deep historical roots of the region. Finally, as you enter the captivating Swat Valley, you're about to embark on a journey through one of Pakistan's most scenic and culturally rich areas, where history and natural beauty intertwine. Overnight Swat Valley.

Day 06

Swat Valley - Ayun Valley

Your journey takes you through the rugged terrain of the Lowari Pass, a high mountain pass located at an elevation of 3,200 meters. This pass holds historical significance as it was part of General Lowe's swift journey to relieve the siege of Chitral. The fort in Chitral, where Surgeon General George Robertson and his companions anxiously awaited assistance, remains largely unchanged over the years. It serves as a powerful symbol of the Great Game era, evoking memories of a pivotal moment in history. For travelers like you, visiting this fort is a chance to connect with the past and reflect on the events of the past, appreciating the historical significance of the region. Overnight Ayun Valley.

Day 07

Excursion Kalash Valley

Your journey to the Kalash Valley promises an immersion in the unique culture and traditions of the Kalash people. These fascinating tribes are distinct from the rest of Pakistan, with a history that includes legends of being descendants of Alexander the Great's soldiers who settled in Chitral. The Kalash villages, nestled on hillsides near streams, boast double-storied houses constructed from rough-hewn logs, reflecting the challenging terrain of their homeland. The Kalash are renowned for their vibrant culture, distinctive religion, and customs, which include lively festivals. Music plays a significant role in their culture, with drums and flutes as their preferred instruments. The Kalash people's colorful dances exude a sense of peace, joy, and contentment. By participating in their dances, you have the opportunity to establish a bond of friendship and gain insights into their mysteries, joys, and sorrows, creating a truly enriching and unforgettable experience. Overnight Chitral.

Day 08

Ayun Valley - Chitral - Phander

Your journey to Phander and Chitral is a captivating exploration of the region's history and the enduring legacies of the Great Game era. Driving through the majestic Hindukush Range and crossing the historic Shandur Pass, you'll reach the picturesque Shandur Lake, where Colonel Kelly's heroic feat in lifting the Siege of Chitral is remembered. This beautiful area is imbued with the memories of the Great Game, and the nearby rustic bazaars and winding lanes of Chitral offer an intriguing atmosphere. With the towering Trichmir peak in the background, you'll head southwest to the Kailash Valleys, where centuries-old culture thrives. This area has been a subject of extensive research by British officers stationed in Chitral. At Koghozi, you'll pause to reflect on Colonel Kelly's disappointment when he learned that the siege had already been lifted before his arrival. Additionally, you'll visit Reshun, situated between Chitral and Mastuj, which holds a somber history due to a tragic incident where two British lieutenants were attacked by Chitralis during a polo match. Their remains may rest beneath the shade of the walnut trees that dot the area, serving as poignant reminders of the region's complex history and the legacy of the Great Game. Overnight Phander.

Day 09

Phander - Gilgit

Darkot, near Gupis, is a place shrouded in haunting history, closely associated with the tragic fate of George Hayward, a traveler whose journey became legendary through Henry Newbolt's poem "He died among Thieves." Hayward was a fervent believer in the route from Peshawar to Central Asia via Chitral and the Broghul Pass, which stands at an elevation of 3,700 meters. However, his journey ended in tragedy when he was beheaded by a local chief of Hindukush in Darkot. The banks of Farang Bur, also known as the Whiteman's Stream, is said to be where his spirit lingers. Hayward's grave lies in a quiet corner of Gilgit, serving as a somber reminder of his quest and the perils he faced in his pursuit of the real road to Central Asia. His story is a significant chapter in the region's history, evoking both fascination and solemnity. Overnight Gilgit.

Day 10

Gilgit - Hunza Valley

Gilgit, surrounded by formidable mountains and located amidst some of the world's highest peaks, holds a significant place in history as a crucial stop on the ancient Silk Route. Serving as a rooftop oasis, it was a vital point for traders who engaged in the perilous journey, allowing them to trade essential goods before continuing on their way. Today, Gilgit preserves its trading legacy, where it offers Chinese products and supplies for modern adventurers, trekkers, and mountaineers. The city's bustling bazaar mirrors the diverse faces and costumes of Central Asia. Overlooking Gilgit is the majestic Mt. Rakaposhi, standing at 7,788 meters, inviting visitors with its awe-inspiring vistas. During our stay, we pay our respects at the Christian cemetery, offering prayers for George Hayward, and explore the old British barracks and the Public Library, bearing witness to the region's historical connections. Gilgit's rich history and stunning surroundings make it a captivating place for exploration and reflection. Overnight Karimabad.

Day 11

Hunza Sightseeing

In December 1891, a series of intense battles occurred between the British forces and the valiant Hunza people in Nilt, Cyat, and Chaprot. The Hunza warriors displayed remarkable courage and tenacity, leading to the award of three Victoria Crosses to British soldiers who took part in these conflicts. These battles unfolded in the beautiful Hunza Valley, the northernmost region to come under the British Raj. As the British forces advanced, they reached Baltit Fort, an imposing structure that overlooks the village of Karimabad (formerly known as Baltit). Karimabad, the former capital of Hunza, is nestled amidst the mountains and offers breathtaking views of the snow-covered peaks, which are particularly captivating at sunrise and sunset. The terraced fields in the valley below are bathed in the gentle hues of light and shadows, creating a picturesque landscape. Today, Karimabad is still home to the former Mir, or king, of Hunza, and it remains a place of historical significance, natural beauty, and cultural heritage. Overnight Hunza Karimabad.

Day 12

Hunza Valley - Chilas

Karakoram, Himalayas, and Hindukush. This unique confluence provides a mesmerizing panorama of towering peaks, rugged terrains, and a sense of grandeur that is truly captivating. Another remarkable sight along our route is the confluence of the Gilgit River with the Indus River. Here, the turquoise waters of the Gilgit River merge with the mighty Indus River, creating a breathtaking display of nature's power and beauty. These natural wonders serve as a reminder of the region's geographical diversity and its ability to leave travelers in awe of its breathtaking landscapes. Our journey through this scenic route promises unforgettable vistas and a deep appreciation for the majestic beauty of nature. Overnight Chilas.

Day 13

Chilas - Besham

Embarking on a picturesque journey, today we traverse the captivating landscapes from Chilas to Besham, navigating the renowned Karakoram Highway. Along this iconic route, we pause to explore the mesmerizing rock carvings that grace the highway, offering glimpses into the ancient artistry etched into the stones. The highway itself, a marvel of engineering, unfolds panoramic vistas of rugged mountains, meandering rivers, and pristine valleys, creating a visual symphony of nature's grandeur. Our drive is punctuated with stops at scenic viewpoints, allowing you to capture the essence of this breathtaking terrain. As we wind through the Karakoram Range, each turn reveals new wonders, and the indomitable Indus River accompanies us, carving its path through the dramatic landscape. The journey is not merely a drive but an immersion into the soul-stirring beauty that defines this region, making the road from Chilas to Besham an unforgettable chapter in your Pakistani odyssey. Overnight Besham.

Day 14

Besham - Islamabad

Embarking on the next leg of our adventure, today's journey takes us from Besham to Islamabad, weaving through scenic landscapes that showcase the diverse beauty of Pakistan. The road winds alongside the majestic Indus River, offering captivating views of lush valleys and towering mountains. As we traverse the picturesque Karakoram Highway, each twist and turn reveals a new facet of the country's natural splendor. Along the way, we may pause to capture the essence of the journey, immersing ourselves in the serenity of the surroundings. The drive back to Islamabad is not merely a transition between destinations; it's an opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories woven into the fabric of our expedition. Whether it's the quaint villages, the meandering rivers, or the distant mountain peaks, every element contributes to the rich tapestry of this unforgettable sojourn through the heart of Pakistan. Overnight Islamabad.

Day 15

Islamabad Sightseeing

Today's itinerary offers a comprehensive exploration of both Islamabad and Rawalpindi, allowing you to experience the unique blend of modernity and historical charm. As the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad represents modernity, government, and diplomacy. It's a city known for its meticulously planned layout, modern infrastructure, and cultural diversity. You'll have the opportunity to visit key landmarks in Islamabad, such as the Faisal Mosque, Pakistan Monument, and Daman-e-Koh viewpoint, all of which showcase the city's contemporary architecture and scenic beauty. On the other hand, Rawalpindi carries a rich colonial history and retains the allure of a garrison town during the British Raj. The city's red-roofed bungalows, military barracks, and historic churches stand as remnants of that era. Rawalpindi's old bazaars provide a fascinating glimpse into traditional craftsmanship, with artisans practicing age-old techniques to create jewelry, copper and brass items, cane baskets, and walnut furniture. This unique blend of old-world charm and modernity makes the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi a captivating and multifaceted destination to explore. This journey will enable you to appreciate the diverse aspects of these two cities and the cultural tapestry they collectively represent.

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