Uzbekistan small group tour

“Fancy a culture shock that's as educational as it's exciting? This tour of Uzbekistan will take you on a round trip from Tashkent, with Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand in between. ”

Highlights

Tashkent | Khiva | Central Asian Plateau | Bukhara | Bolo Khauz Mosque | Char Minar | Sarmysh Gorge | Nurata, Alexander the Great's fortress | Yangikazgan | Lake Aidarkul | Samarkand | Registan Square | Ulugbek Observatory | Tamerlane Mausoleum | Optional: camel ride in Yangikazgan

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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Our top tip:
Much of what you'll find in Uzbekistan will have been deemed appropriate by the Russian government. In order to achieve a more rounded perspective, books, such as Christopher Aslan Alexander's: A carpet ride to Khiva, provide plenty more food for thought.
Trip type:
Small group. Average group size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Cultural sightseeing, yurt camp and some long drives.
Accomm:
9 nights in en-suite standard hotels and 1 night in yurt with basic shared facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uzbekistan small group tour

Accommodation 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.

Local 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.

UK Office:
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.

Group Size:
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.

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Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by

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


The Registan at Samarkand was the most memorable. Everything just led up to that experience.

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


Be prepared for full and active days despite the 'Leisurely' rating.

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


Certainly local restaurants and vendors benefitted.

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


Excellent, mainly due to highly expert and very likable guide Dilshod

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by

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


Samarkand, Kiva

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


Bit demanding but manageable and worth it

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


Do not know

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


Very good

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2013 by

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


The whole trip was memorable but plov night really sticks in the mind. The locals were very friendly which added a bit of magic.

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


Take your own tonic it is not available anywhere in the country!

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


We certainly put some investment into the country not sure how much benefit it was. Environmentally no idea of our impact.

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


Great, nice group, well rounded tour

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