Uzbekistan cultural holiday, people of the Silk Road

“An excellent introduction to the history, culture and communities of Uzbekistan with an internal flight and overland transfers helping groups get to grips with the lay of the land.”


Tashkent | Kukeldash Madrassah | Kaffal Shashi Mausoleum | Khiva old town | Islam Khodja Minaret | Abd Al Bobo complex | Bukhara | Chor-Minor and Chashma-Ayub mausoleums | Amir-Alim-Khan Madrassah | folklore shows | Sitoarai-Mohi-Hosa | Yangikazgan | Lake Aydarkul | Samarkand | Shahi-Zinda necropolis | Ulugbek observatory | ceramics workshop | Optional camel ride in Yangikazgan |

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Departure information

Departures are available at a time to suit you, throughout the year (usually on Saturdays)
Our top tip:
Throughout the tour you'll find loads of chances to meet the locals and packing a few gifts, stationery, for instance, helps you win favour with grateful children.
Trip type:
Small group. Avg size 4.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Cultural sightseeing, overnight in a yurt and transfers.
9 nights in double or twin hotel rooms with private facilities, and 1 night in an authentic yurt tent.
Accommodation, transport, listed entrance fees and activities, English speaking escort throughout and bottled water.
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Single travellers welcome. Single room supplements apply.
Holiday type

Small group cultural tours

These tours are unique in that they bring you into contact with some of the world’s most fascinating cultures in iconic locations, where those people actually deliver the experience or are central to your trip. You will see a destination through the eyes of the local people and you will stay with them for part of the trip in traditional and comfortable accommodation to get to know them and to learn about their ways and beliefs. Itineraries are pre-planned and they may vary slightly according to various things, but they will always give you the best experience possible. The mix of genuine contact with a culture, exciting and traditional activities, iconic locations and traditional and contemporary accommodation will leave you refreshed, inspired and informed –with some beautiful memories and maybe some new contacts too!

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uzbekistan cultural holiday, people of the Silk Road


We operate our Tours under an environmental policy that sees us using efficient vehicles and ensuring that we leave nothing behind in terms of waste material. Where possible we use eco-friendly accommodation providers and the overnight stay at the Yangikazgan Yurt camp (Kyzyl Kum steppe) on Day 8 is with people who have a natural approach to ecological and environmentally-conscious living.


We give a proportion of your money to a local charity, or if we cannot find an appropriate one, we donate to an International Charity, which is currently Save the Children or Unicef.

We aim to ensure that your visit will not only allow you to experience the local culture, but that they benefit from your visit, both economically and culturally. On Day 4 you will see a local Folklore Show, which will introduce you to the food, music and traditional dress of the Uzbek people. You may later wish to purchase goods which are made locally and throughout the Tour you will eat in local restaurants and visit local businesses making ceramics and silk paper. On Day 6 you will stay with local people in Yurt Tents in Yangikazgan and your visit will contribute to their way of living, allowing them to carry on traditional ways and sharing those ways and the background beliefs with guests. On Day 8 you meet a local family and share a traditional meal using local produce.

In addition, we operate our Tours using local guides and we meet local communities and ensure that the benefits of your visit, both financial and cultural are gained by both them and yourselves.

1 Reviews of Uzbekistan cultural holiday, people of the Silk Road

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2017 by

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

It was an amazing adventure from start to finish. Everything was extremely well organised and our guides and drivers were excellent in every respect. It's hard to pick one day or event that stood out from the others, but perhaps I would say that the stay at the yurt camp in the Kyzlkum desert was particularly memorable, and the stay with the family in the Nuratau mountains. We enjoyed all the cities, but especially enjoyed our stay in Khiva at the amazing Orient Star hotel.

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

Uzbekistan is a country of contrasts. Go with an open mind, and take lots of dollars [ask your guide to change them for you]. Get used to Uzbekistan security, and be prepared to tip the drivers and guides generously.

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

Yes, particularly when we stayed in the countryside. Uzbek people really welcome tourists. I'm not sure about reducing environmental impact, but I don't believe our trip was detrimental. It's difficult to support conservation in a country where all aspects are controlled by the government and a lot of illegal hunting clearly takes place.

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

Possibly the best holiday we have ever had.

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