Uzbekistan Tours

Uzbekistan tours

Uzbekistan Tours

Uzbekistan tours will help you to explore Uzbekistan’s wonderful past and heritage. We give you a number of special Uzbekistan tours in the old cities of Uzbekistan – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Tashkent. Enjoy local people’s hospitality by discovering Uzbekistan’s culture and heritage.

Samarkand Tours Operator provides tours through Uzbekistan to the most famous local attractions. Our company offers a wide variety of exclusive Uzbekistan tour packages. We’re going to tailor the tour schedule to your thoughts, desire and time. Private instruction is available in English, Russian, French and Spanish.

According to your wishes and desires, we have developed exclusive customized tours and holiday packages in Uzbekistan. Depending on individual needs and travel budget, our team has long-term experience in arranging tours to Uzbekistan.

Whatever you intend to come to Uzbekistan, we schedule the tours to encourage you to explore and experience the full number of Uzbekistan’s special, cultural and natural sights.

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About Uzbekistan Tours

Our Uzbekistan tours, private tours and travel packages in Uzbekistan take you to the main cities of the Silk Road: Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara. Intact models of ancient Silk Road towns are the cores of these towns, where you can walk through alleyways and monuments and see these towns as they appeared centuries ago. Recognizing their remarkable nature, environment and importance to mankind, UNESCO has named them as World Heritage Sites.

As part of our Uzbekistan tours and holiday packages, we deliver a wide variety of activities in addition to visiting historic sights: you can ride a camel in the Kyzylkum Desert, stay in a yurt, taste (or even cook) the best pilaf, or meet master craftsmen as they produce silk cloth in Margilan or pottery in Gijduvan. If you want an adventurous holiday, visit the Chimgan and Beldersay mountain resorts or travel to the Aral Sea for a rare chance for explorers, photographers and ecologists. Alternatively, spend some time in the Nurata Mountains to see the wild environment and daily life of the village while promoting local ecotourism.

The Fergana Valley, with its vibrant and vibrant textiles and other handicrafts, is perfect for those who enjoy the arts. Intricate expertise in embroidery, pottery, rug weaving and blacksmithing have been passed down to families for six or seven generations. Another choice is to go to Nukus, which has one of the best art collections in the country, including the second largest collection of Russian avant-garde art in the world. In Tashkent, take part in a ballet or opera production or dine in one of the finest restaurants in Uzbekistan.

Book Uzbekistan tours with us if you enjoy ancient history, mesmerizing architecture, exotic legends, applied arts, warm hospitality, rich pilaf with crisp bread, and plentiful fruits and vegetables grown naturally under the bright sun. We are pleased to give both small group tours and private tours, and we can also create a personalized travel plan for you! No matter which choice you chose, when your trip is done, you’ll have an extra piece of luggage and plenty of memorable memories to take home.

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It is fun to travel to Uzbekistan from the breathtaking architecture to the fantastic historical exhibits. There is a range of sightseeing attractions with the comfortable climate of the nation attracting many visitors. There is an excellent opportunity for Uzbekistan tours in 2020. You can, therefore, explore the beautiful rivers, vast valleys, high mountain ranges, and great deserts of the region.

Uzbekistan is an ancient city in central Asia. It shares an extensive history of vivid kings, rulers, and also people who have lived their power. If you intend to take Uzbekistan tours, then you need to be ready to see the archaic beauty as well as the widespread remnants ancient dynasty. You will encounter a place of rich Persian, Samanid, and Turkic culture. The site was part of the earlier Russian empire (USSR).

Its location is between river Sir-Darya and river Amu-Darya. The area forms a haven for religion and culture. Zoroastrianism predates Islam and Christianity, started in Uzbekistan, and people still practice this religion worldwide. With Uzbekistan holiday packages, you can enjoy your travel.

Suppose you are looking for an Uzbekistan day tour. There are several exciting places you can visit and things to see that you will have a challenging time choosing what attractions points to visit. Uzbekistan travel is like stepping into another world.

Uzbekistan, the only city in Central Asia that is fully developed, tidy, neat, and clean subway systems in the whole world! You could plan to use an affordable Uzbekistan tour packages without waiting a minute more if you’re an ardent lover of travel. You will see the cultural intermingle and the traces of many cultural groups in their lifestyle. You could also tour Bukhara to see the historical monuments, archetypes, buildings, etc.

Uzbekistan travel is an experience you won’t forget soon!

Uzbekistan Tours Information

Capital city: Tashkent

Population:32.4 million

Language:

Official – Uzbek

Widely spoken – Russian, Tajik

Currency: UZS

Time zone:(GMT+05:00) Tashkent

Electricity:

Type C (European 2-pin) and

Type F (2-pin with earth sockets)

220V supply voltage and 50Hz

Dialing code:+998

Located in Central Asia and sharing borders with TurkmenistanKazakhstanTajikistanKyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, Uzbekistan is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world (the other is Liechtenstein). It has a variety of different terrain, and travellers can expect to see deserts, mountains and valleys with little water mainly due to most areas receiving very little rainfall throughout the year. As a result of this, much of Uzbekistan’s countryside is dusty, sandy and dry, with pockets of fertile, green land interspersed throughout the rocky landscapes.

The Kyzylkum Desert is one of the country’s biggest features; a red sand desert (Kyzylkum means red sand in Turkic) located between two rivers – Amu Darya and Syr Darya. It spans Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. This part of Uzbekistan is largely inhabited by Kazakh ethnic people, some of whom are nomadic and inhabit traditional yurt style homes. The Karakum Desert (meaning black sand) is predominantly found in Turkmenistan but also spans Uzbekistan.

Another prominent topographical feature of Uzbekistan is the Nuratau Mountains, found east of the Kyzylkum Desert. These mountains are a luscious ecosystem of forests, rivers, lakes and small villages. In the winter months of the year this area will see snow.

There are mixed ethnicities in Uzbekistan with Uzbek making up 80 per cent of the population. Other ethnicities include Russian, Tajik, Kazakh and even Korean and Armenian. This is largely due to its strategic location as part of the ancient Silk Road trade route between the East and West.

Uzbekistan was part of the Persian Empire in the 4th Century, when Alexander the Great arrived and married a local Uzbek chieftain’s daughter in Samarkand. This attracted the attention of Western Turks, who ceased their nomadic existence in the 6th century and settled in Uzbekistan. The introduction of Islam in the 8th century then saw many Arabic groups immigrate into the area.

In the 13th century, Genghis Khan conquered Uzbekistan as part of his Mongol empire and over the next few centuries there were numerous smaller invasions. The most notable of these was Amir Timur (also known as Tamerlane), who dreamed of restoring Uzbekistan to the former glory of Genghis Khan’s Mongol empire. Amir Timur was an Islamic leader but led a people and army that was inclusive of a range of ethnicities. He was known as a patron of arts, architecture and intelligence.

The next great change in Uzbekistan came in the form of the Soviet takeover in the late 19th century. While it was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, Uzbekistan has retained much of its Islamic history and culture, making it a melting pot of Russian, Central Asian and Islamic customs today. It is a welcoming, yet conservative society.

Food in Uzbekistan is hearty, with an emphasis on red meat, bread and noodle-based dishes. Both green and black loose-leaf tea are the national drink and accompany all meals in Uzbekistan and are traditionally drunk without milk or sugar.

Unlike many other conservative countries, alcohol is widely available and accepted in Uzbekistan, largely thanks to the Soviet influence from the 20th century. Some restaurants may have designated dry family areas but will often still serve alcohol to people over the age of 20 years old, which is the legal drinking age. Locals will toast to good health in Uzbek by saying rahmat.

Must try dishes
  • Plov – Uzbekistan’s national dish and version of pilaf. A rice dish containing pieces of meat, onions, yellow carrots, spices and sometimes raisins or chickpeas.
  • Soups – there are many varieties of local soups that normally include a thin broth, pieces of meat, an assortment of vegetables and may include either rice or noodles. They are normally topped with fresh herbs such as parsley and dill and served with local bread.
  • Somsa – Uzbekistan’s answer to a meat pie, somsa is a street food pastry filled with minced meat, onions and spices.
  • Manti – A Turkic style steamed or boiled dumpling, filled with spiced minced lamb or beef meat and often served with yogurt as a dressing.
  • Kebabs – a kebab can refer to a variety of grilled meat dishes, often cooked over an open flame and served with onions and tomatoes. A shish kebab is a common type and consists of spiced, ground meat that has been skewered and cooked over a fire.

The best time to visit Uzbekistan is April-May and September-October. Make the most of your trip by checking out upcoming festivals and international exhibitions that are held in Uzbekistan and combine your trip with one of these events.

If you haven’t decided when to travel, we recommend visiting Uzbekistan during Navruz, a bright and vibrant holiday in March, or the Silk and Spices Festival, a colorful festival of Uzbek traditions held annually at the end of May in Bukhara.

If local handicrafts and unique cultural items are your bag, then you will love shopping in Uzbekistan. Whether you’re in a large city like Tashkent or a smaller town with a local bazaar, there will be opportunities to buy local souvenirs. When you visit mosques or other historic buildings in Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva you’ll find many little shops full of knick-knacks and local crafts like traditional clothing and accessories such as hand-painted ceramics, colourful doppi (skullcaps) woollen hats, handmade cloaks and jackets and embroidered bags.

In the old city of Tashkent, a visit to the Chorsu Bazaar is a must. This traditional bazaar is frequented by locals and travellers alike and is famed for its attractive, blue-domed ceiling. Here you can buy everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, spices, nuts, sweets, local breads and pastries and meat (including the local delicacy of horsemeat), through to jewellery, souvenir knives, ceramics, clothes and embroideries. There is also a large street food market where you can stop for lunch to eat a number of local favourites including fried pike, plov, kababs, soups, manti and more.

In Samarkand, the Siyob Bazaar is the place to for artistic souvenirs, traditional clothing and embroidery. It is also where locals will shop for all types of fresh produce, dairy, bakery goods and meat. Most vendors will be happy to let tourists taste different dried fruits, nuts and other items before buying, which can be a fun way to tour around the market.

Due to the melting pot of cultures and ethnic groups in Uzbekistan, there are a diverse number of national, historical and religious holidays recognised. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Independence Day (September 1) – this day marks Uzbekistan’s independence from the Soviet Union and is celebrated with feasts and festive performances throughout the entire country.
  • Day of Defenders of the Native Land (January 14) – has been celebrated since 1992, to honour the creation of Uzbekistan’s own armed forces, once they had been liberated from the Soviet Union.
  • Navruz (March 21) – one of the oldest national holidays that celebrates the spring equinox. Families celebrate with traditional feasts.
  • Day of Memory and Honour (May 9) – celebrates the opening of the Square of Memory in Tashkent, which honours the memory of national heroes who have defended Uzbekistan over the centuries.
  • The cultural festival of Boysun Bahori – which dates back to the Persian Empire and celebrates ancient local traditions through a celebration of song, dance and storytelling. This has been labelled a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
  • Ramadan Hayit (celebration date changes every year) – Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Ramadan Hayit has been celebrated to mark the end of the 30 days of fasting and purification of Ramadan. There is no exact day, but each year there are several days of celebration and traditional feasting and the first of these days is a public holiday.
Top 5 Must-See Monuments of Uzbekistan
1. Ark Fortress

Bukhara’s massive fortress is a most impressive architectural wonder. Masked in legend, tourists flock to this grand structure to both admire its existence and gain some understanding of local history. If the walls could talk they would speak of royal dynasties, Mongol conquerors and Bolshevik sieges, all taking place over hundreds of years of history.

2. Shah-i-Zinda Mausoleum

This ancient, sprawling complex features mausoleums and other buildings used for rituals and worship. With intricately carved mosaics, elaborate tile work and arched doors, a visit here reveals architectural gems and fascinating moments in Central Asia’s history.

3. Ak-Saray Palace

Shakhrisabz is home to many monumental buildings but one of the most spectacular is the ruins of the awesome Ak-Saray Palace. With coloured, glazed bricks that shimmer in the sun, elegant mosaics and splendid calligraphy, this monument is a standout of Uzbekistan.

4. Bibi Khanum Mosque

This huge, holy site located in Samarkand was built all the way back in the 14th century. Suffering damage due to earthquakes and the ravages of time, it has now been partially restored and stands as a magnificent example of Central Asian Islamic architecture.

5. The Registan

Hailed as one of Central Asia’s most recognisable monuments, the Registan’s towering minarets, blue domes and beautiful, tiled exteriors are decadently dazzling. The interiors are as exceptional as the facade, so don’t miss a visit here while travelling through Samarkand.

SamarkandTours takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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From Canada?

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From UK?

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From New Zealand?

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From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information. Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Uzbekistan Travel FAQs

UZBEKISTAN VISAS
From 1st February 2019 many nationalities no longer require a visa for stays of up to 30 days, including most European countries, Great Britain, Australia & Canada. You can check if you are eligible here: https://e-visa.gov.uz/main

E-VISAS
For nationalities not included in the visa exemption list an e-visa is available. The e-visa is issued for a period of stay in the territory of Uzbekistan up to 30 days with a single entry and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. Travellers must submit an online application for a visa at least three working days before the planned date of travel to Uzbekistan. The consular fee for processing and issuing an e-visa is US$20 to be paid online. Please check if you are eligible for an e-visa and apply here: https://e-visa.gov.uz/main

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR E-VISA APPLICATION
– Address of your joining point hotel
– You will need to have a scanned PDF copy of your passport to upload for your application
– You will need to upload a passport photo that meet the standard of ICAO – you can check here for the standards of the photo https://central-asia.tours/uzbekistan/visa/guidelines/

– Your passport will need to be valid for at least three months after you’ve entered Uzbekistan to obtain a visa.

The best time to visit Uzbekistan is April-May and September-October. Make the most of your trip by checking out upcoming festivals and international exhibitions that are held in Uzbekistan and combine your trip with one of these events.

If you haven’t decided when to travel, we recommend visiting Uzbekistan during Navruz, a bright and vibrant holiday in March, or the Silk and Spices Festival, a colorful festival of Uzbek traditions held annually at the end of May in Bukhara.

Uzbekistan has an extreme continental climate. It is generally warmest in the south and coldest in the north. Temperatures in December average -8°C (18°F) in the north and 0°C (32 °F) in the south. However, extreme fluctuations can take temperatures as low as -35°C (-31°F). During the summer temperatures can reach 45°C (113°F) and above. Humidity is low.

 

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While Uzbekistan is a conservative country, western clothing is worn by many people, particularly in the larger cities. Both men and women will need to cover their shoulders and knees at certain historic and religious sites, so it is a good idea to wear pants/ skirts that reach the knee and avoid singlets where possible. Carrying a scarf to wrap around your shoulders is also an option.

Tipping isn’t generally expected in Uzbekistan but is considered polite, particularly when considering the low wages earned by service workers. Leaving 5% extra for guides, porters, restaurants workers and taxi drivers is a good idea, but not mandatory.

Travellers should be able to use the internet in the internet cafes and some hotels and restaurants of Uzbekistan’s big cities. Rural areas will have little to no access so be prepared to disconnect from the net when travelling in remote areas.

Depending on where you are from and what handset you’re using, your phone may or may not work while in Uzbekistan. Coverage is generally good in the cities but is not available in remote and mountainous areas. Ensure that global roaming is activated before leaving home but be aware that you may not be able to access texts and calls when in Uzbekistan. Buying a local SIM card from a general store to put in your phone is an easy way to ensure you will have more reliable access to texts and calls in cities. Some stores require you to show your passport to buy a SIM card.

Uzbekistan has a mix of Western and squat toilets, with Western-style toilets usually found in city hotels, cafes and tourists areas, and more basic toilets found in rural areas. Be prepared by carrying your own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and/or soap as these aren’t always provided.

Bottle of beer = 5000 UZS
1 hour in an internet café = 2000 USZ
Lunch or market snack = 5000 USZ
Simple lunch at a cafe = 10000-15000 UZS
Dinner at a restaurant = 20000-30,000 UZS

Drinking water from the tap isn’t recommended in Uzbekistan. Tea is served with most meals and we recommended you ask your leader were filtered water can be found instead of relying on bottled water.

Foreign credit cards aren’t widely accepted so be sure to carry other modes of payment ; however, since September 2017, most banks in Uzbekistan started to accept foreign Visa and Master cards. 

Relying on ATM access isn’t wise when travelling in Uzbekistan. Be sure to arrive in Uzbekistan with enough USD for the trip to exchange at the airport or hotels for local currency. While you will encounter some ATMs, operational ATMs that accept foreign cards are hard to come by.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

  • 1 Jan New Year Day
  • 8 Mar International Women’s Day
  • 21 Mar Navruz
  • 9 May Day of Memory and Remembrance
  • 25 Jun Eid al-Fitr
  • 1 Sep Independence Day
  • 1 Sep Eid al-Adha
  • 1 Oct Day of Teachers and Instructors
  • 8 Dec Constitution Day

For a current list of public holidays in Uzbekistan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/uzbekistan/public-holidays

Everyone should feel comfortable when they travel with Intrepid and we know that many of our travellers are part of the LGBTQI community. It’s important for our travellers to be aware of the local laws and customs. Same-sex relationships between men are illegal under Uzbek law. The law does not specifically address same-sex sexual activity between women or the status of transgender people.

Regardless, if you are a man or woman in a same-sex relationship and are travelling with your partner, it is best to avoid any public displays of affection and discussing your relationship with locals openly. Double rooms have twin beds as a standard and our trips are twin share (unless you request a single supplement), so asking for one room is unlikely to raise any suspicions. Travellers will find little scrutiny compared to locals, but using discretion is advised in this tightly monitored country.

Uzbekistan can be a little bit difficult destination for travellers with disabilities, with very little infrastructure at sights or hotels. Smaller hotels are unlikely to have lifts and even larger ones may have floors without lift access. Few locals will have experience in interacting with people with disabilities and assistance from staff isn’t guaranteed. The traditional architecture of old towns in places like Bukhara and Khiva can make getting around challenging with uneven ground, narrow doorways, steps and unrestored brickwork etc. Other hazards include broken paving, open drains, uncovered manholes and exposed utility pipes. Crossing the street in Tashkent often requires using underpasses rather than street level crossings. Metro entrances and underpasses may sometimes look to be equipped with wheelchair lifts but are unlikely to be operational.

For those with mobility restrictions or wheelchair users, getting around will take plenty of patience and determination. If you are travelling to Uzbekistan and have a disability your experience will be greatly enhanced if you can travel with a companion who can help when the infrastructure and customer service aren’t able to meet your needs.

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