Uzbekistan small group holiday
Description of Uzbekistan small group holiday
Hear someone mention Uzbekistan and you’ll immediately think of the mysteries and legends of the ancient Silk Road – and this small group holiday takes you to its very heart. Along with a band of likeminded travellers and expert guides, you’ll spend ten days exploring the treasures of this extraordinary country and you’re sure to rack up a large collection of memories that will stay with you for a long time to come.
Your journey begins in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, where there’s time to acclimatise before hopping on a plane to Nukus. Here, highlights include a visit to the Savitsky Museum, which details the region’s Karakalpakstan culture and early 1900s avantgarde Russian art. Next, it’s on to Khiva and its ancient city centre, before following the Silk Route to Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved medieval city in Central Asia.
The peace and quiet of the Nuratau Mountains are next on the agenda, and you’ll get a real insight into local village life around these parts. Your journey ends in fabled Samarkand, where the myths and legends of the Silk Road still loom large.
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PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
PeopleIn Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many people of the region and through our form of interactive, socially conscience tourism have helped them adapt to the modern, changing world by providing important income opportunities. On this tour we will be staying in a homestay in Nuratau Reserve for a unique glimpse into the traditions and customs of local life. The homestay market, helps them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in turn allows them to educate their children and improve their standard of living. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.
We are promoting the natural beauty and ancient heritage of Uzbekistan through visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bukhara and Samarkand. UNESCO Sites are chosen by the UNESCO committee and must "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to civilisation", "an important interchange of human values" or be outstanding examples of major stages of Earth's history or ecological and biological processes in evolution. Visiting such sites helps sustain the traditions and natural ecosystems of Uzbekistan.
Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.