Pakistan is fast becoming a popular choice for many travellers, thanks to its diverse landscapes, delicious cuisine and immense history. A country that is often neglected, Pakistan boasts untapped secrets which perfectly encapsulates Jules Verne’s pioneering spirit of adventure.
Jules Verne’s General Manager Debbie O’Neill says: “With Pakistan set to be one of the top travel destinations of 2023, we’ve worked with local tour guides to carefully curate the perfect tour of Pakistan. We are proud to launch Jules Verne’s new Mughals, Mystics & Mountains small group escorted tour that gets to the heart of the country, culture and people with genuine, authentic experiences. It includes breathtaking landscape, heartfelt local interaction and the most wonderful hotels in Pakistan”.
Travel Trend of 2023
Many from around the world are now eager more than ever to visit Pakistan – and for good reason! This new tour to Pakistan in 2023 will cater to the growing appetite for escorted travel to the area. Revenue from travel and tourism in Pakistan is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2027) of 6.14% compared to a worldwide annual growth rate (CAGR 2023-2027) of 4.41%. The market’s largest segment is Package Holidays with a projected market volume of US$1,305.00m in 2023. (statista.com)
Jules Verne and Pakistan
Pakistan is a big part of Jules Verne’s heritage. It escorted the first western groups across the Karakoram Mountain range, from Pakistan to China over the Khunjerab Pass in 1983.
Breakdown of Jules Verne’s Pakistan Tour 2023
The new tour is titled Mughals, Mystics and Mountains as it focuses deeply on history and heritage. The tour will include:
– Heritage properties
– Lahore food tour
– Qawali evening
– Wagah border ceremony
– Truck painting
– Khaplu Women’s Vocational Training Centre
– Polo match – meet the players
– A women-run carpet weaving centre
– Meet with Hunza Women’s Social Enterprise. (NGO)
With the incredible Karakoram Highway, often referred to as ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, Pakistan is blessed with abundant natural and historical riches. Remarkable mountain landscapes are set against a backdrop of desert forts, tea stalls and djinns. Jules Verne’s Mughals, Mystics & Mountains tour will visit Lahore, where Mughal Emperors once held court, modern Islamabad and the remnants of the Gandharan Buddhist civilisation at Taxila, the beautiful and isolated region of Skardu, the scenic alpine lakes at Kachura and The Hunza Valley, tucked away in the rugged north with its own rhythm, culture and traditions.
The tour will see visitors travel on the Karakoram Highway to the old kingdom of Hunza, where the Three Empires meet. By visiting Northern Pakistan, visitors will be taken on a voyage through culture, natural beauty and ancient civilisations.
What’s more, with a visit to the splendid alpine lakes at Kachura, visitors will also be able to explore The Hunza Valley which boasts incredible scenery, its own rhythm, culture and unmatched hospitality.
Pakistan Tour 2023 Dates, Departures, and Prices:
Departing from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic, prices are transparent and guaranteed.
June 2, £4,895
September 8, £4,995
October 6, £5195
About Jules Verne
Established in 1978, Jules Verne’s innovative small group escorted tours offer authentic travel with a twist via air, road, rail and river. Every Jules Verne traveller is guaranteed a unique, quality experience within a small group of around 15 like-minded companions.
The spirit of Jules Verne is to seek out fascinating adventures around the world. Jules Verne works thoughtfully with local tour guides and communities to craft tours which reveal the true heart of each destination.
Jules Verne tours are packed with special events and little extras. Fully ABTA and ATOL bonded and winner of many travel awards, our experts organise every detail to the highest standard so customers can book in complete confidence. www.vjv.com.
Main Image Credit: Ganish Bridge, Karakoram Highway, Ganish (Pakistan Tourism)
Juber Ahmed is our Digital Editor and travel enthusiast with a keen interest in Islamic history and heritage. He travels with his wife to various places around the world and writes about his experiences.
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