Uzbekistan tailor made holiday, colourful Uzbekistan

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We are a responsible company, interested and engaged in the changing world around us. We not only want to act responsibly but to take responsibility for the activities we undertake and mitigate negative impacts wherever we can.

This stuff matters to us - It isn’t a case of lip service or ticking boxes, but what we think we should and can be doing to reduce our impact on the environment that we treasure so much. This adventure passes through a fabulous country, and we want to keep it that way.
Wherever possible, we will choose operators, guesthouses and suppliers who use renewable energy. In the cities in Uzbekistan, this is almost impossible but wherever possible we can and do choose places to stay that use solar thermal water heating where it has been possible. For example, in the mountian villages, in the guesthouse they put solar panels on top of the constructions that benefit from the long sunny days. This helps them to heat water even they have water heating system.

We will never encourage the use of firewood or other wild collection of unsustainable timber/brush for fires where this can have a negative impact on the local ecosystem. Our suppliers are made aware of this.

Our local suppliers are chosen carefully, after plenty of research, meetings and discussions to ensure that we are aligned in our thinking and have mutual trust in our approach and standards. When we say 'our thinking', we mean that they must share our desire to protect the environment that we are passing through. In Uzbekistan this means not only avoiding plastic waste being thrown into the local environment, but actually taking bin bags and ensuring that on each trip both our local providers and our guests are encouraged to pick litter and remove it from the wild environment. Sadly recycling is not available in Uzbekistan, so it is far better to reduce waste in he first instance.

The suppliers we choose must either share our approach to protecting and enhancing the quality of the natural environment, or be willing to work with us to develop better practices.

All of our suppliers work with us to ensure that groups avoid negatively affecting the local environments through which they pass. Waste is removed and wildlife is respected. Watercourses are not polluted by human waste.We encourage frugal use of fresh water and discourage the spoiling of water sources by any means. We provide water filtration bottles to all customers as part of their package and encourage them to be used as alternatives to bottled water. Our use of filtration water bottles permits the reduction of our single-use plastic footprint. Where filtered water is necessary, we will purchase only in bulk containers and request that wherever it is available, our local partners supply filtered water in the same way. We do not accept the cliche that freshwater can only be supplied in tightly-sealed personal 1-liter bottles and loathe how wasteful this practice is.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

During this journey you will have a chance to be very close to people who live and work at rural areas. Witness the locals making the effort on changing their lives influencing the change of the lives of others. It is great to feel the mood and the atmosphere of people, who have not been yet spoiled or got used to tourists. Enjoy untouched, unreached by tourists destinations, helping them to make their lives economically viable.

We visit some places which were founded and funded by international Non-profit organizations in the beginning and see how they are getting on nowadays. Observe their past and present. Transformation of the villages, rural districts into something bigger community, how they live and try their contribution to culture, tradition and mentality. They preserve primal crafts and customs, handling their knowledge on lifestyle from generation to generation. Meet local people, become part of a community.

We use local guides to ensure specialist skills and knowledge are retained in the local community and to be certain that tourism income is kept as circular as possible within the local economy. We stay as often as possible - or visit and meet - with local people to encourage cultural exchange, to give our guests the best possible cultural experience and to ensure that economic benefits are retained locally.

We will also be staying with small local hotels rather than international chain hotels wherever this is possible. Not only does this help retain income in the local economy but it also helps develop a sense of place that is often not possible from an identikit room that could be the same in New York, Delhi or Samarkand.

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