Beginning in Pakistan’s second largest city, Lahore, and ending in capital Islamabad our City Dweller tour aims to engage first-time visitors with Pakistan’s history, culture and cuisine.
You’ll visit mosques and cathedrals, mausoleums and gardens, museums and libraries. You’ll get to sample delicious food and pick up souvenirs to treasure at local markets. You’ll even have the chance to step outside the city and swim in the Arabian Sea and trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.
Day 1: Lahore
After an early breakfast in Lahore, we will spend the day exploring the sights within the Walled City. Lahore’s old city was originally located within a network of 13 gates of which 10 are still intact. We’ll make a grand entrance via Delhi Gate and call in at the ancient Mughal Shahi Hammam. We’ll pay our respects at the Ranjit Singh Gurdwara, which houses the funerary urns of this former Sikh ruler. We will tour the elegant Wazir Khan Mosque, which is famous for its ornate tiles (kashi-kari) and intricate frescoes. Pakistan’s second largest mosque, the Badshai Mosque is found to the west of the Moghul beauty that is Lahore Fort. We’ll have chance to explore these as well!Lahore is famous for food, so we’ll tuck into local specialties at Food Street! After dinner you have the option to see the largest Sufi shrine in South Asia, Data Darbar, lit up under the night sky.
Day 2: Lahore
Waking up in Lahore, we’ll visit the public library of Quaid-e Azam and explore the Shaalimar Gardens. This Mughal era ‘paradise’ garden features fountains, pavilions and flowerbeds. If you missed it last night, we’ll head to Data Darbar today and take in the grandeur of the 4 mile Mall Road which is dotted with tourist attractions including the Lahore Museum as well as important offices, housed within Mughal and colonial-era buildings. There are some exotic residents too – Lahore Zoo is found on The Mall!This afternoon our private mini bus will take us to the watch the flag-lowering service at the Wagah border crossing. You’ll get to see representatives from both Pakistan and India perform ceremonial marching and dancing as music plays, marking the closure of the border for the day. Truly unique and a highlight of this trip!After a busy day, we hope you will get a good night’s sleep on the night train to Karachi.
Day 3: Karachi
Alighting in Karachi, we’ll get started on exploring the sights of this buzzing, sprawling coastal city.The plan for today includes the Quaid-e-Azam Mazar, the mausoleum of Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We’ll see the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi, St Patricks Cathedral and tour the elegant Frere Hall, a souvenir from the days of the British Raj.Encounter art, textiles and crafts at the Mohatta Palace – a museum which was originally the seaside retreat of a wealthy businessman.We’ll pick up local food at Port Grand and take some time to shop for trinkets or simply take in the atmosphere at Empress Market!
Day 4: Karachi
After all this city dwelling, today we’ll plunge into nature and hit the high seas – well, the Arabian Sea to be specific! Our own private boat will sail us to the uninhabited, phenomenally beautiful Charna Island.The exquisitely clear water is rich with exotic marine life and coral. You can choose to snorkel or scuba diver (at an additional cost) or simply kick back under the sun with a book or float in the warm sea.This evening we’ll fly from Karachi to Islamabad.
Day 5: Islamabad
Waking up early in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad, we’ll bypass the city today and go trekking in the Margalla Hills National Park. Savour views of Pakistan’s capital nestled amongst lush, scenic greenery from the Daman-e-Koh lookout and get some group photos.We’ll swing by Saidpur Village, a hilltop village marked by a grand Hindu temple. We’ll visit the Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in Pakistan and pick up some local history knowledge at the Lok Virsa Heritage Museum.Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner with a view at The Monal.
Day 6: Islamabad & Rawalpindi
After our second trek among the Margalla peaks, we’ll travel by private minibus to Islamabad’s sister city, Rawalpindi, or Pindi. You have the option to visit a local village or enjoy some personal time in the afternoon.Take some time to shop for souvenirs and clothes at the Saddar Bazaar and tuck into local delicacies including Nihari, Karahi and Pakistani tikkas at Pindi’s Food Street.
Day 7: Islamabad
Today concludes your City Dweller tour, so you can make your own onwards travel arrangements and revisit any favourites from Islamabad.
Uncover secrets of the ancient Walled City of old Lahore with private guided tours of the major attractions
Observe the unique flag-lowering ceremony on the Pakistan-India border before the sun sets
Witness up-close the most sacred place in Lahore, the Data Darbar shrine
Feast on delicious local food in restaurants and markets
Take a tour of Karachi’s beautiful and extremely varied historic buildings
Sail aboard our own private boat in the Arabian Sea, with the option to snorkel or scuba dive
Visit the two mosques in Pakistan, the Faisal Mosque and the Badshai Mosque
Trek into the lush, green peaks surrounding Islamabad
Escape the crowds at Islamabad’s sister city, Rawalpindi
Accommodation (double occupancy)
All travel (Flight, air conditioned minibuses and trains)