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Uzbekistan - Best Tours & Trips 2019

60 trips to Uzbekistan tours from 24 tour companies. 113 reviews. 4.7/5 avg rating.
Home to the legendary Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Samarkand, and Bukhara, ancient Uzbekistan is known for its intricate Islamic architecture featuring dazzling mosaics and impressive mausoleums and mosques It’s the most visited of all the Central Asian “Stans,” and for good reason. Besides its historic cities and Silk Road legacy, Uzbekistan offers mountain adventures, bazaars, and hospitable people
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Uzbekistan Highlights

8 days
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Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Private Comfort in Uzbekistan - 12 Days

Project Expedition
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12 days
$ 143 / day
$ 1,715
From : $ 2,109
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Tashkent: Hotel Lotte City Tashkent 4* or Ramada International 4* or similar
  • Samarkand: Registon Plaza 4* or Emirkhan 4* or similar
  • Yangigazgan: Overnight in Yurts
  • Bukhara: Asia Bukhara 4* or Amelia Boutique or Sasha & Son or similar
  • Khiva: Hotel Asia Khiva 3* or Orient Star 3* or similar
Visits:
Uzbekistan
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Highlights of Uzbekistan

G Adventures
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10 days
$ 112 / day
$ 1,349
From : $ 1,511
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Connect with the locals in a desert yurt community
  • Marvel at colourful mosaic buildings
  • Gain an understanding of the cultures of central asia
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan Uncovered

Exodus Travels
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
12 days
$ 115 / day
$ 2,149
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Time to explore Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan
  • A visit to the Kunya-Ark, the 12th century fortress of the Khans
  • Two full days to explore Bukhara, a city with over 900 historical monuments
  • Spend the night in a traditional Yurt camp
  • Explore Samarkand, the greatest city on the historic Silk Road
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Jewels of Uzbekistan

Peregrine Adventures
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11 days
$ 204 / day
$ 2,240
From : $ 3,024
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • The largest city in central asia, tashkent will surprise you with its soviet legacy and it's contemporary culture.
  • Join a local family in their home for a cooking class of the quintessential central asian rice dish - plov.
  • Stop by the famed ceramics town of gijduvan and visit a ceramics maker in their workshop.
  • Explore the vast chorsu bazaar - one of asia's oldest markets.
  • Steeped in silk road history and immortalised in many a tale, the unesco-protected town of khiva is as photogenic as it is legendary.
  • Absorb the magic of uzbekistan's "holiest city" as you tour the minarets, madressas and mosques of bukhara.
  • Witness the extraordinary architecture of samarkand's registan. this public square is one of the true wonders of the islamic world.
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Taj Mahal, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
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Highlights of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan

Evaneos
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15 days
$ 146 / day
$ 1,785
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan by Bike

World Expeditions
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15 days
$ 227 / day
$ 3,399
From : $ 4,759
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Explore the ancient Silk Road cities of Bukhara & Samarkand
  • Cross the Pistalitau Ridge on mountain trails
  • Cycle on the red sand desert of Kyzyl-Kum
  • Experience remote Nuratau mountain villages
  • Enjoy an authentic family homestay experience
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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Kazakhstan & Uzbekistan - Best of Central Asia 2019

17 days
$ 371 / day
$ 6,300
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Himalayan Snowcock
  • Ibisbill
  • Chukar Partridge
  • Pin-tailed
  • Black-bellied & Pallas’s Sandgrouse
  • Demoiselle Crane
  • Macqueen’s Bustard
  • Pygmy Cormorant
  • Dalmatian & Great White Pelican
  • Bearded & Cinereous Vulture
  • Himalayan Griffon
  • Eastern Imperial & Steppe Eagle
  • Pallid Harrier
  • Saker & Red-footed Falcon
  • White-headed & Marbled Duck
  • Slavonian Grebe
  • Sociable Lapwing
  • Caspian Plover
  • Terek Sandpiper
  • Lesser Sand Plover
  • Pander’s Ground Jay
  • White-winged Woodpecker
  • Blue-cheeeked Bee-eater
  • Spotted Nutcracker
  • European Roller
  • Wallcreeper
  • Streaked Scrub Warbler
  • Red-headed & Grey-necked Bunting
  • Asian Desert Warbler
  • Asian Paradise Flycatcher
  • Finch’s
  • Desert & Pied Wheatear
  • Eastern Rock Nuthatch
  • Turkestan
  • Daurian & Long-tailed Shrike
  • Blue-capped
  • Guldenstadt’s & Eversmann’s Redstart
  • White-tailed Rubythroat
  • Brown & Altai Accentor
  • Yellow-breasted
  • Azure
  • Turkestan and Rufous-naped Tit
  • White-throated Robin
  • Pied Bush Chat
  • Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin
  • White-browed Tit-warbler
  • Saxaul Sparrow
  • White-winged & Black Lark
  • Citrine & Masked Wagtail
  • Asian Crimson-winged Finch
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Silk Road Odyssey

Wild Frontiers Travel
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23 days
$ 224 / day
$ 5,161
From : $ 6,348
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • The Silk Road Caravanserai of Tash Rabat
  • Visiting with the nomads at Son Kul
  • The Kashgar Sunday Market
  • Travelling the Fergana Valley into Tajikistan
  • The stunning sites of Samarkand, Khiva & Bukhara
Visits:
Samarkand, China, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan
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Xi'an to Istanbul Overland

Intrepid Travel
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80 days
$ 138 / day
$ 11,050
From : $ 15,470
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
  • Admire the Buddhist art at the Mogao Caves
  • Cross the infamous Torugart Pass from Kyrgyzstan to China
  • See the dramatic glaciers adorning the Ala Archa Canyon
  • Admire quaint Karakol
  • Meet local shepherds on a yurt stay
  • Explore the historic town of Bukhara
  • Walk the ancient walls of Khiva
  • Discover the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Explore the hub of East and West in Istanbul
Visits:
Blue Mosque, Bukhara, Cappadocia, Georgia, Great Wall of China, Istanbul, Kashgar, Rabat, Samarkand, Silk Road, Tbilisi, Tibet, Narikala Fortress , Azerbaijan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent to Ashgabat

Intrepid Travel
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15 days
$ 151 / day
$ 2,260
From : $ 3,164
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Pick up souvenirs in the bazaars of Tashkent
  • Experience the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Spend a memorable night sleeping in a yurt
  • Walk through Bukhara's historic Old Town
  • Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva
  • Discover the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat
  • Learn about Tamerlane’s dynasty
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Ashgabat to Bishkek

Intrepid Travel
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30 days
$ 131 / day
$ 3,940
From : $ 5,516
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Visit the wilds of Chong Kemin National Park
  • Be amazed by the ferocity of the Darvaza Gas Crate
  • Walk the lively streets of Ashgabat
  • Uncover Soviet memorabilia in Chorsu Bazaar
  • Practise your echoes in the canyons of Djety Oguz
Visits:
Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent to Isfahan

World Expeditions
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21 days
$ 243 / day
$ 5,160
From : $ 7,139
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Experience Registan Square in Samarkand
    • Discover the desert city of Bukhara & incredible architectural monuments
    • Visit the ancient Persian ruins at Persepolis
    • Explore the exquisite cities of Shiraz and Isfahan
    • Take in the wonderful culture and sights of Tehran
    Visits:
    Bukhara, Isfahan, Persepolis, Samarkand, Shiraz, Silk Road, Tehran, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
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    The Silk Road

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    15 days
    $ 223 / day
    $ 3,349
    From : $ 4,521
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Samarkand and Bukhara : two of the greatest cities on the Silk Road
    • Almaty with its leafy streets and cafe culture
    • Kyrgyzstan’s spectacular mountain scenery
    • Issyk Kul Lake
    Visits:
    Bukhara, Samarkand, Silk Road, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
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    Silk Road to Samarkand via Kashgar

    World Expeditions
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    27 days
    $ 230 / day
    $ 6,199
    From : $ 8,679
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Marvel at The Great Wall
    • Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Summer Palace in Beijing
    • Visit Xian and the famous Terracotta Warriors
    • Cross the Torugart pass in the Tian Shan mountains on one of the world's most remote high altitude roads
    • Take in the magnificent Labrang Monastery and Jiayuguan frontier fortress
    • Venture to the Mogau Caves & Dunhuang
    • Immerse yourself in the Sunday Markets in Kashgar
    • Drive spectacular mountain scenery & visit the quaint town of Bishkek
    • Journey to the fabled Silk Rd cities of Samarkand, Bukhara & Khiva
    Visits:
    Beijing, Bukhara, Kashgar, Samarkand, Silk Road, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan
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    Uzbekistan Trip Reviews

    113 Uzbekistan Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

    4.7 out of 5
    Excellent 78
    Great 31
    Average 3
    Disappointing 1
    Terrible 0
    Value
    4.6
    Guide
    4.6
    Activities
    4.7
    Lodging
    4.7
    Transportation
    4.6
    Meals
    4.7

    Tour Reviews Write a Review

    A bit more activity would be good

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    A bit more activity would be good. And less madrassas in the last days..... it were nice madrassas but a bit too many ;)

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    Operator G Adventures

    The Silk Road in September

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Overall a fantastic trip but not a relaxing one. Each country is different from the others and it feels like three holidays in one. Early starts and long journeys made for arduous travelling at times and the border crossing into China was a pain, but spectacular scenery and reasonably regular stops made it interesting and nearly every day had highlights to look forward to.
    The hotels were comfortable and the food was better and more varied that we were led to believe from reading previous reviews. I'd score it 9 out of 10 overall.
    Lots of great moments to choose from. The ceramic mosaics and architecture of Bukhara's mosques and mausoleums are every bit as impressive as the gallery photos. All are within easy walking distance of each other which made for an enjoyable ambling day although another night in Bukhara would be worth considering as there is so much to see. Samarkand equally remarkable visually but driving distance between each site.
    The livestock market in Kashgar was a real spectacle and in itself justified the trials of the border crossing; great for people-watching, comparing hat and beard styles, watching deals being done. Animal lovers may find it uncomfortable seeing rows of sheep tethered by the neck, interlocked like the front row of a particularly long and shaggy scrum. There were camels, yaks, donkeys, goats with horns like Chopper handlebars, sheep-wrestling, It had a bit of everything.
    Sparcely populated landscape dotted with yurts and yaks with snow-capped mountain backdrop and fascinating cemeteries makes Kyrgyzstan very easy on the eye.
    Good fun on the overnight train back to Tashkent with Klara the bolshy 'barmaid' knocking off the bottletops to our beers on the edge of the tables and shouting friendly (?) abuse.

    The three leaders, Dilshod in Uzbekistan, Musa in Kashgar and Alexander in Kyrgyzstan, were excellent.
    A storm in Istanbul meant the group missed the connecting flight hence we set off to Samarkand a day late but Dilshod skilfully rearranged the schedule to put us back on track as soon as practically possible although inevitably our tour of Samarkand was more of a dash than originally planned.
    All were knowledgable, efficient, organised and enthusiastic. They also seemed to have contacts to smooth the way when the going got tricky which meant, for example, that the Chinese customs officials were persuaded somehow by Musa and associates to delay their lunch break until after we had been processed. The hour and a half this saved meant we had the extra time needed to spend an hour at Tash Rabat caravansarai in a stunning valley half an hour drive off the main drag and still get to Naryn before dark.

    The border crossing into China is painfully slow. Nothing much to be done but stay patient. Checks at four separate venues are made. These are handled at snail pace with repeated passport checks by multitudes of officials some of whom check you are queuing in a straight line and ask questions such as 'Do you have ebola?' In all it took 5 1/2 hours to get into China.
    Some long driving days although time passes pretty quickly, particularly in Kyrgyzstan, where the scenery is so stunning.
    If you do climb the minaret in Registan Square, Samarkand be warned although you get a good view of the tiger mosaic on the facade opposite that is pretty much all you will see from the restricted rooftop. Not really worth the 15 min wait (only 2 at a time allowed) or the fee.
    Beds were pretty hard in most hotels.
    Bring immodium !

    The morning visit to Tashkent's Haza Mosque complex felt like overkill after feasting on two days of architectural wonders at Bukhara and Samarkand. We all felt a bit domed out. The three hours in Tashkent after the sleeper train might be better spent at Chorsu market or something less cultural for a bit of variety.
    The trip presumably is designed to fit into a fortnight to accommodate travelling at weekends but a day or two extra would allow a bit of much needed chill time.
    $100 goes a long way in each of the three countries. Excluding gifts and souvenirs you will be hard pushed to spend more than $400 in the whole trip.
    Late- September climate was perfect; rain-free, blue skies, 25 to 30 deg C dry heat by day and the trees and bushes turning to autumn colours.

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    Operator Exodus Travels

    ***** I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on! Absolutely wonderful, a once in a life time experience and all the guides were extremely knowledgable, funny and helpful

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    The sights and experience was truly magnificent, hard to pinpoint as there were so many.

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    Operator World Expeditions

    The Silk Road

    4.0
    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    As mentioned in the trip notes and supported by previous reviews the 15 day tour, while not physically strenuous, is a fast-paced journey through rapidly changing scenery, temperatures (and local currencies) as well as numerous border crossings that may test your patience, altitude-fitness (and luggage durability). However, the early starts and long days on the road are quickly forgotten when you view the imposing turquoise-domed mosques and mausoleums of Uzbekistan, the isolation and stunning mountain landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and the fascinating millennia-old cultures across the Uyghur region of western China. Every day there are many highlights – too many to list – and you will really appreciate the hundreds (or more?) stunning photos that will constantly remind you of your time on the Silk Road.
    On reflection, three moments of inspiration come to mind but the ‘common thread’ is imagining you are an ancient Silk Road traveller at these places. On route from Samarkand to Bukhara we visited an unremarkable and crumbling C11th caravanserai and the adjacent C14th water reservoir. The very long journeys to/from Kashgar (Kashi) revealed a barren and inhospitable alpine landscape that would have provided physical challenges to any traveller. Finally, a diversion on route from Torugart Pass to Naryn took us to the imposing fortifications of Tash Rabat in the windswept mountains. At these locations you don’t expect to be touched … but you are. (Tip: If the group leader suggests an interesting place or activity, which may incur additional cost, then just do it. You won’t be back in these parts for a very long time!)

    In my opinion our three group leaders – Dilshod (Uzbek), Alexandr (Kyrgyz) and Mohammed (Uyghur) – were terrific. All speaking English fluently, as well as multiple local languages, I found they knew their history, hotels, landmarks and restaurants very well. My snapshot – Dilshod’s ‘cotton fields’ narrative was memorable, Mohammed’s choice of the former British Consulate for dinner was brilliant and Alexandr’s use of tablet technology really was C21st-touring. Each appreciated when ‘photo stops’ (toilet breaks) were required, helpful at all times, especially when acting as the local currency exchange. Last, but not least, the coach drivers in each country were friendly, dependable and deserve to be rewarded at the end of their shift. (Tip: If you like ‘white-knuckle’ rides then sit in the front seat of a taxi on its way to Fergana Valley!)

    As mentioned above and elsewhere, the two-week trip is exhausting enough changing hotels every day (except Kashgar) but if you plan additional weeks before and/or after (as I did) then fatigue may become a factor unless you are reasonably fit. In addition, the summer temperatures in Uzbekistan and China can make touring uncomfortable and you will get sunburn without a hat or sunscreen. On the flip side, bring a sweater and/or rain jacket because it can get very cool and wet when visiting the yurt, even in summer. (Tip: For non-UK passport holders, get the China visa early because the Uzbek ‘letter of invitation’ and subsequent visa application may take longer and cost more than you expect)

    This information is for any traveller who has a special diet for medical reasons. As an insulin-dependent diabetic used to low-GI foods, zero-sugar drinks and a strict eating regime I would recommend forgetting about this for two weeks, be more flexible and use common sense. You won’t find a suitable soft drink anywhere but green/black tea is served at every meal and you will drink litres of water each day whilst touring. You can choose to have lunch or not but it’s great to try different cuisines as part of the central Asian cultural experience. Ditto for dinner. My BGL levels were often 20+ but after only one week at home the levels are back to normal. (Tip: Enjoy the trip and don’t stress!)

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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Amazing cultural tourism trip Exceeded my expectations So lucky with my travel mates (amazing team spirit) Lovely guide who loves her country and job and thus inspires

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    • Meals 4.0

    Amazing cultural tourism trip Exceeded my expectations So lucky with my travel mates (amazing team spirit) Lovely guide who loves her country and job and thus inspires

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    Operator G Adventures

    It was a good group

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    • Value 4.0
    • Guide 4.0
    • Activities 4.0
    • Lodging 4.0
    • Transportation 4.0
    • Meals 4.0

    ..Enjoyed Uzbekistan ...but mostly it was the warm friendliness of the people in Uzbekistan and Iran.

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