Uzbekistan holidays, tailor made

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This trip is tailor made and departs year round, every Tuesday
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Responsible tourism: Uzbekistan holidays, tailor made

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the desert is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote. In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flight. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on your behalf through sustainable energy or rainforest restoration. We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Community

In Uzbekistan we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and local guides at the sites – our clients are taken to local family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy. For example in Samarkand we take our clients to a paper making factory that is reviving the traditional form of paper manufacture that only died out in the early part of the 20th century. This is reviving an ancient art and providing local employment.

Reviews of Uzbekistan holidays, tailor made

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 28 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The magnificent Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand... meeting local people both in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (both adults and children wanting to practise their English with us); hearing authentic traditional music; wonderful mountain scenery in north Tajikistan and the warm welcomes we received everywhere.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It was a very full schedule and we made a conscious decision not to try and do everything, especially as we experienced travel delays in Tajikistan due to very poor roads (and road closures). Be prepared for possible stomach upsets and basic plumbing. If that doesn't worry you, then you will have one of the most fascinating and thought-provoking trips of your life and you should go!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


With one possible exception (in Tashkent) we stayed in locally owned/managed hotels and homestays, and our meals/shopping will have benefitted local people. Tajikistan in particular is very keen to build tourism after its civil war, and we felt the fact we'd travelled there had a positive effect on the people we met.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well organised, fascinating, memorable and packed with thought-provoking information. Feel I've been on a rollercoaster history lesson from 500 BC to the 21st century. Highly recommended.

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The flight in the Russian helicopter to base camp, the cycling & horse riding through amazing scenery, Emma's cooking and great travelling companions.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The first week is fairly relaxed but the second week is full on - 75km is the first day's bike ride after an 8 hour trek over the pass (which we didn't do because of bad weather). Take padded shorts for cycling & horse riding. You don't need to pack snacks as they are always on the table and lots in the shops.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we used local homestays, yurts and camps. We bought items in local shops in villages and towns. When 'wild' camping everything was taken in and taken away.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a great trip with such varied scenery and activities. The tour leader and guide were very knowledgeable and made every effort to make sure that all went well.

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


How wonderful the people were.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The buildings and culture are out of this world but don't go for the cuisine.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Most certainly because we only dealt with local people and that was so important.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a totally different experience, challenging on occassions (the roads) but absolutely well worth it.

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