6 independent reviews for Uzbekistan small group tour

Reviews for Uzbekistan small group tour

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review 23 Aug 2018

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

The 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.

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

Roads are in bad-condition, so be prepared for long, uncomfortable hours spent travelling between cities.

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

Financially yes, but one fears that too many tourists can only have a negative impact upon the environment.

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

Brilliant! We travelled with an excellent guide and a sociable, compatible group. The pace was perfect for us, and there was sufficient free time in the programme for extra sight-seeing or activities.

review 24 Apr 2018

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

Visiting 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.

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

You have to be comfortable with travelling in a mid sized group and there are long distances to cover by road. It is a very cheap place to visit, unless you want to buy a carpet. Do try the delicious green pasta in Khiva.

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

We shopped locally and stayed in locally run hotels and family run yurts.

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

Uzbekistan is full of architectural surprises and friendly people. I would highly recommend a trip there.

review 27 Sep 2017

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

review 26 Jul 2017

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

The sights - historical and cultural, the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis was my favourite place, absolutely stunning

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

Don't book in July and August, its too hot! Also be prepared to be very careful with what you eat, its easy to get sick

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

Definitely benefited local people through the money spent. I don't think it reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.

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

Excellent - great itinerary, great guide, good group, wonderful country, easy to travel in, well organised.

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Tamsin, Firstly, thank you for your comments, we are delighted that overall you had a great trip. It is great that you saw the benefit to local people that the holiday delivered we make every effort to ensure as many people benefit from our custom as possible. Regarding your comments about reducing environmental impacts I would like to reassure you that this is something we are continuously working on. One such example of this is our current push to reduce our plastic waste on trips we are in the process of starting a new initiative whereby all trips will provide clients with drinking water from a large receptacle. 20ltr bottles will be employed and clients will be able to fill up throughout the trip. We are currently trialling this approach in India and South East Asia and it has been a great success. We regret that this wasn't quite ready for your trip but please rest assured that it is to happen soon as we take the reduction of our environmental impacts very seriously. We do hope that this explanation provides an adequate response to your review and offers you reassurance that we are continuously working on ensuring our trips are as responsible as possible. We hope to welcome you back to Uzbekistan one day.

review 27 Sep 2017

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

review 22 Nov 2013

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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