Forget a long-weekend in Paris or Amsterdam – instead why not hop on a plane for a culture-busting trip to Uzbekistan, the jewel at the heart of the Silk Road?
This fabulous whistle-stop tour of Uzbekistan will take you from the bustling streets of the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, to the glittering Timurid dome of Samarkand and Bukhara. You’ll stroll beneath the golden arches of the world-famous Registan Square, see the tomb of the ‘conqueror of worlds’ Timur, learn to make the national dish, pilav, and visit a series of stunning mosques, madrassahs and minarets.
Uzbekistan has featured on many ‘Where to Visit in 2019’ lists – and for good reason. This beguiling land at the heart of the ancient Silk Road is a nation of sumptuous architecture, fascinating history, dazzling arts and welcoming people. Plus, as of 1 February 2019, UK nationals (and citizens of 44 other countries) don’t need a visa to go there.
What are you waiting for?
||The trip will depart from and end at Tashkent’s Islam Karimov International Airport
||Please ensure you arrive in good time for our scheduled departure from Tashkent
- All accommodation (See single supplement details below)
- All meals
- Local airport transfers
- All land travel costs (high-speed train and air-conditioned vehicle)
- All museum entrance costs
- A number of bespoke, exclusive experiences
- A professional local guiding team with English speaking local guides.
- Fresh filtered water + a Water 2 Go water filtration bottle, in order to reduce plastic waste
- Professional route planning and logistics, backed by risk assessments, emergency procedures and satellite communications (where necessary).We don’t take risks lightly and we plan for all eventualities, believing it is better to have prepared and not require a procedure than not to plan at all.
- International Flights to and from Tashkent
- Domestic Flight with Uzbekistan Airways From Bukhara to Tashkent (HY24/HY52)
- Guide gratuities
- Single Supplement £110
- Personal spending money for alcohol or souvenirs
- Your personal travel insurance including medi-evac
- Your Uzbek visa (most nationalities no longer require a visa, but for those that do, see our visa information here)
This trip is designed to fit in with Uzbekistan Airways direct flights between London Heathrow (or Paris CDG) and Tashkent and is a full-board, fully-escorted trip.
Where will we be staying?
We’ll be staying in a mix of places – from four star hotels in Tashkent to stylish, boutique hotels in Bukhara and Samarkand. You will always have en-suite bathrooms and, if you are a single traveller, your own room. However, if it’s a tailor-made tour then you can choose to upgrade your hotel choices to include, for example, the 5* Hyatt in Tashkent.
What does the price include?
The price includes all entrance fees to museums, an expert English-speaking local escort guide, accommodation in high-quality hotels, all meals, one internal flight, business class train tickets, travel in an air-conditioned minibus and all transfers. It does not include international flights, alcohol or your own personal travel insurance.
What size of group will it be?
Our group sizes are always small, allowing for an intimate experience of the cultures we meet along our path. On this trip we won’t have more than ten guests, plus the local guides and drivers. We usually find groups are made of like-minded people, both male and female, from a wide age range.
I’m a solo traveller – is this for me?
Yes. More than 85% of our clients travel alone as part of our group. We don’t charge single supplements to solo travellers – see below.
Do you charge single supplements – I can’t see them in your information?
We try our best not to charge these, and don’t on many of our trips – but on this one I’m afraid we do charge a £110 single supplement.
What kit do I need to bring?
We will provide you with an information pack after signing up to this trip, and this will detail any particular equipment we think either necessary or useful.
What vehicles will we be travelling in?
We will be travelling in a well-maintained minibus.
How much are flights?
This is a moving feast! It depends on where you are travelling from and how you want to get there. If you take the recommended direct Uzbek Airways flights from London to Tashkent, it’s about £400 return.
What will the food be like?
Varied – the ‘stans are a region known for meaty delicacies so you can expect tasty shashlik and pilav almost anywhere if this is your thing. But it’s not all bad news for veggies as the salads in Central Asia are fantastic. Bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, dill and vodka all feature heavily!
Will I have to share a room?
No, not if you are a single traveller and request a room to yourself.
How fit do I need to be?
Not very – although there is some walking in each city we visit, how much you walk is largely up to you. There is always the option to do your own thing, or relax at the hotel for a few hours instead.
Do you perform proper risk management on your expeditions?
Yes. We are members of TRIP – the Travel Risk and Incident Prevention Group – and perform detailed country risk assessments prior to departure, in line with the ISO 31000 international standard for risk assessment. We also maintain close contact with the relevant Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for countries we plan to visit, in addition to making use of the Australian Smart Traveller assessment tool, and the US State Department’s OSAC service. Beyond this, we have a full set of risk management and disaster contingency plans for each expedition. For final back up we also use the services of Remote Medical Support that allows us to have a UK expedition doctor on the end of a telephone line wherever we may be. We really don’t mess around when it comes to safety.
I can’t do your dates but love the sound of your tour – can you be flexible?
Yes. We offer set group dates for many of our trips but we can organise and deliver bespoke holidays to groups and individuals to suit your itinerary and budget. More information is available on our Tailor Made tours page.
Who will be guiding this trip?
This trip will be guided by one of our excellent English-speaking Uzbek guides.
Is it a guaranteed departure?
No – we do need to reach a minimum number of guests to make this viable. For this trip, we need a minimum of 4 guests. When you express interest in this trip we will send you a deposit invoice to hold your place. This is refundable according to our terms and conditions if we do not reach the minimum numbers. We recommend that you do not book your flights or other arrangements until we have communicated that the expedition is definitely departing as planned and will aim to do this in order to give you at least 3 months prior to the scheduled departure in which to make your travel arrangements.
Is this really for me?
If you love adventure, new places, friendly people, history and culture then yes!