Itinerary

Day 1 Left London Heathrow Airport in the afternoon via Dubai to Karachi.

Day 2 Arrived in the early morning. The rest of the day was free.

Day 3 Karachi.  Sightseeing.

Day 4 Karachi to Peshawar in the North West Frontier Province.

Day 5 We drove up through the legendary Khyber Pass, the stronghold of the fierce Pathan peoples. Winding some 30 miles through barren, rugged cliffs, the Khyber Pass connects Peshawar with the Afghan capital of Kabul, and was used for centuries by invading armies coming into India.

Day 6 Early morning departure for the Swat Valley via the Malakand Pass, visiting en route the fantastic ruins at Takht-e-Bhai. Arrive in Saidu Sharif for stay at the Swat Serena Hotel.

Day 7 A full day’s drive up through the beautiful Swat Valley.

Day 8 Depart for Chilas, with marvellous scenery all along the way. Stayed overnight at the Midway Hotel.

Day 9 Drove this morning to Gilgit, which in the last century became important in the so-called ‘Great Game’, the strategic battle between Russia and Great Britain for control of the borders of Russia, China and British India. After sightseeing and lunch, continued to Hunza, the mountainous state of north-east Pakistan where the fair-skinned, blue-eyed natives are famed for their longevity. Stayed at the Hunza View Hotel.

Day 10 Full day excursion to the Khunjerab Pass and the border with China travelling along the Karakoram Highway section of the ancient ‘Silk Road’.

Day 11 Returned in the afternoon to Gilgit where we stayed overnight at the Serena Hotel.

Day 12 Returned south through this spectacular mountain region to Besham, for overnight at the Besham Motel.

Day 13 Continued to Rawalpindi, Islamabad’s twin city.

Day 14 A short flight to Lahore, where we stayed for 2 nights.

Day 15 Sightseeing which included Badshahi Mosque, Lahore Fort and Shalimar Gardens.

Day 16 Departed in the early morning via Dubai to London Heathrow, arriving around midday.