27 days in Pakistan, Melbourne & Sydney Itinerary

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Islamabad, Pakistan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lahore, Pakistan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Melbourne, Australia
— 8 nights
Fly
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Sydney, Australia
— 10 nights
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Islamabad, Pakistan — 2 nights

The country's capital since 1963, Islamabad has the look and feel of a planned administrative city because, by and large, that's exactly what it is.
When in Islamabad, make a side trip to see Karakoram Highway in Hassan Abdal, approximately Hassan Abdal away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Faisal Mosque, examine the collection at Pakistan Monument Museum, pause for some photo ops at Pakistan monument, and take some stellar pictures from Margalla Hills.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Islamabad online trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Pakistan, the closest major aiports are Islamabad International Airport, Peshawar International Airport and Sialkot International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lahore.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
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Lahore, Pakistan — 4 nights

Seen by many to be the most forward-thinking, culturally important, and artistic of the country's metropolises, Lahore has plenty of charms, plenty of history, and plenty of people.
Lahore is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Lahore Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Badshahi Mosque, examine the collection at Lahore Museum, and brush up on your military savvy at Army Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lahore online visit planner.

Getting from Islamabad to Lahore by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Islamabad in May; daily highs in Lahore reach 46°C and lows reach 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Melbourne.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors
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Melbourne, Australia — 8 nights

Australia's Garden City

The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Melbourne: Ballarat (The Titanic Memorial Bandstand & Sovereign Hill). Dedicate the 30th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 4th (Sun), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, make a trip to Block Arcade, admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Victoria, and appreciate the history behind Shrine of Remembrance.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Melbourne vacation planner.

Explore your travel options from Lahore to Melbourne with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Lahore to Melbourne is 5 hours. Traveling from Lahore in May, things will get much colder in Melbourne: highs are around 20°C and lows about 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Sydney.
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Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries
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Sydney, Australia — 10 nights

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sydney: Wentworth Falls Lookout (in Wentworth Falls), Everglades House & Gardens (in Leura) and Shelly Beach (in Manly). There's lots more to do: visit Darling Harbour, take a stroll through The Rocks, snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge, and explore the world behind art at Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Melbourne to Sydney takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect Sydney to be somewhat warmer, temps between 21°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Pakistan travel guide

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Occupying territory inhabited since prehistoric times, Pakistan saw more than its share of ancient invaders, from the Bronze Age civilizations that thrived in the Indus Valley to the armies of Alexander of Macedonia. Each culture left a deep mark on the country's cultural heritage, shaping its religious traditions, art, and cuisine. Because of continued political instability in the region, few casual travelers consider a trip to Pakistan for pleasure, yet the intrepid explorers who do will discover a land blessed with numerous natural and cultural treasures. While thriving cities lie in the country's south, the remote and rarely visited north remains a wild frontier of soaring mountain ranges, which include K2, the world's second-highest mountain.
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