Uzbekistan small group tour
Optional single supplement £190.
Minimum age 16.
Description of Uzbekistan small group tour
A vast, landlocked country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan is the fascinating focus of this small group tour. Travelling for 12 days, we’ll discover its centuries of history, from the distant past when nomadic tribes roamed through the region, to the Great Game of the 19th century, when Victorian Britain and Tsarist Russia fought a secret war in the deserts and plains of Central Asia. The famous Silk Road passed through Uzbekistan, connecting China with the Mediterranean, and grand mosques and mausoleums decorated with colourful mosaics pepper the country.
This tour begins in Urgench, our base for exploring Khiva, home to the 12th century fortress of the Khans, Kunya-Ark, and for venturing out onto the arid plains of Khorezm to discover the 2,000 year old ruined city fortress of Toprak-Qala. We’ll take our time in Bukhara – two full days here provide the chance to see some of the city’s over 900 historical monuments. We’ll also explore beautiful Samarkand, often considered the greatest city on the Silk Road. There’s time in the capital, Tashkent, too, for an insight into modern life in Uzbekistan, while a night in a traditional yurt, still used by Kazakh nomads today, gives a sense of what life along the Silk Road was like centuries ago.
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8 Reviews of Uzbekistan small group tour
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2018 by Christine BiggsThe UNESCO-listed walled, old city of Khiva, known as Ichon Qala, was the unexpected gem of this trip. Also, swimming in the man-made Lake Aidarkul in the middle of the Kyzylkum desert was a surprising and relaxing pleasure. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Apr 2018 by Sally-Anne DeardsVisiting the silk road cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara and having time to wander in each place and admire the reconstructed buildings. The guide Dilshod is extremely knowledgeable and a superb fixer. Uzbekistan is full of architectural surprises and friendly people. I would highly recommend a trip there. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Oct 2018 by Rosemary ChinchenEach of the cities visited were very different and interesting and I really enjoyed the night in the Yurt and the camel ride and swim in the lake Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2018 by Carol GoodwrightThere were many highlights and the places we visited were unique and really interesting, but I think the Registan Square in Samarkand will be rated among the top. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by Lesley ProsserThe Registan at Samarkand was the most memorable. Everything just led up to that experience. Excellent, mainly due to highly expert and very likable guide Dilshod. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2017 by Tamsin MartinThe highlights were the sights. Historical and cultural, the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis was my favourite place, absolutely stunning. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by Hewavasam De SilvaSamarkand and Kiva was the highlights Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Nov 2013 by Dominic LongThe whole trip was memorable but plov night really sticks in the mind. The locals were very friendly which added a bit of magic. Read full review
PlanetAccommodation and Meals:
We will be spending 9 nights in standard hotels and 1 night in a yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert. All of our accommodation is predominantly locally owned and staffed, which is beneficial to surrounding communities. The yurt camp is also run by local people and uses very little electricity and water, so this is a reduction to our overall impact on the environment. Where meals are provided, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are sourced at local farms and markets. Free meal times are a wonderful opportunity to support small bazaar vendors, cafes and authentic, local restaurants. Uzbekistan’s signature dish is a rice dish with meat, carrot and onions called ‘plov’. Also expect varied salads, fresh fruit, Middle Eastern style stews and dumplings from the Far East.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
We explore the many museums and mosques, mausoleums and markets of Tashkent, Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkland. By visiting these cultural and historical sites, we are supporting maintenance, restoration and research. Traditional craftsmanship is evident everywhere we go- from intricate tilework, wooden carvings and patterned textiles, to locally produced delicacies. At the bazaars we visit, Uzbek embroidered products, handmade carpets, painted ceramics and jewellery are all for sale. Not only does buying from market vendors benefit local people and celebrate traditional crafts, but it is a cultural experience in itself! (Expect to haggle). Throughout the journey there are also opportunities to eat dinner with local families in their homes which might be the most valuable cultural experience on offer. The group can sample local, home-cooked food and learn about Uzbek, culture.
A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Part of this is employing local leaders, who are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.