2 independent reviews for Uzbekistan small group tour, Uzbekistan odyssey

Reviews for Uzbekistan small group tour, Uzbekistan odyssey

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review 7 Oct 2019

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

The Ubek people - so friendly - it was hard not to accept having photos taken with them. Also the architecture, increasing in grandeur from Khiva to Bukhara to Samarkand - breathtaking.

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

Don't go for the food... (although once we started to choose our own restaurants over the guide's recommendations the food improved greatly - but also became less authentic). Be prepared for A LOT of travel. Based on an 8 hour sightseeing day, we estimated to have spent 50% of our time (and 3000km) on trains, planes, minibuses and cars - which got pretty exhausting by the end of the 2 weeks...

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

Our group certainly tried to use local companies and brands rather than international ones - and the hotels felt like locally run establishments rather than international chains which was good. It was also good to get the opportunities to buy directly from the local producers rather than 'tourist shops'. I bought pottery, fabric and metalwork items directly from the craftsman we visited.

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

Excellent - I wouldn't remove anything from the itinerary but 12 days didn't feel long enough to cover what we covered. A couple of 'rest days' would have been appreciated - and the 10 hour round trip to the Fergana Valley at the end, whilst an interesting visit, didn't include anything materially different to what we'd seen already and felt like a long journey to make at the end of an already packed schedule.

review 27 Sep 2019

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

My most memorable part of the holiday was emerging from our taxi and seeing Registan Square in Samarkand sparkling in the afternoon sunshine. It was absolutely breathtaking.

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

Just to relax and soak up everything as it is a full-on itinerary.

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

I think local people benefitted from tourists buying local produce.

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

I had never been on an organised group holiday before and I was a little apprehensive before I went but I needn't have worried as everything was so well organised and hotels, transport, restaurants and places we visited were amazing. I would definitely recommend a holiday to Uzbekistan for the history, the wonderful architecture and the people of Uzbekistan are so happy and kind.

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