Uzbekistan small group tour

“Fancy a culture shock that's as educational as it's exciting? This tour of Uzbekistan will take you on a round trip from Tashkent, with Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand in between. ”

Highlights

Tashkent | Khiva | Central Asian Plateau | Bukhara | Bolo Khauz Mosque | Char Minar | Sarmysh Gorge | Nurata, Alexander the Great's fortress | Yangikazgan | Lake Aydarkul | Samarkand | Registan Square | Ulugbek Observatory | Tamerlane Mausoleum | Optional camel ride in Yangikazgan |

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Our top tip:
Much of what you'll find in Uzbekistan will have been deemed appropriate by the Russian government. In order to achieve a more rounded perspective, books, such as Christopher Aslan Alexander's: A carpet ride to Khiva, provide plenty more food for thought.
Trip type:
Small group. Average group size 12. Minimum age 16.
Activity level:
Leisurely. Cultural sightseeing, yurt camp and some long drives.
Accomm:
9 nights in en-suite standard hotels and 1 night in yurt with basic shared facilities.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities and tour leader.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group vacation

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travelers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Uzbekistan small group tour

Accommodation and Meals:
We will be spending 9 nights in standard hotels and 1 night in a yurt camp in Kyzyl-Kum desert. All of our accommodation is predominantly locally owned and staffed, which is beneficial to surrounding communities. The yurt camp is also run by local people and uses very little electricity and water, so this is a reduction to our overall impact on the environment. Where meals are provided, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are sourced at local farms and markets. Free meal times are a wonderful opportunity to support small bazaar vendors, cafes and authentic, local restaurants. Uzbekistan’s signature dish is a rice dish with meat, carrot and onions called ‘plov’. Also expect varied salads, fresh fruit, Middle Eastern style stews and dumplings from the Far East.

Local Craft and Culture:
We explore the many museums and mosques, mausoleums and markets of Tashkent, Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkland. By visiting these cultural and historical sites, we are supporting maintenance, restoration and research. Traditional craftsmanship is evident everywhere we go- from intricate tilework, wooden carvings and patterned textiles, to locally produced delicacies. At the bazaars we visit, Uzbek embroidered products, handmade carpets, painted ceramics and jewellery are all for sale. Not only does buying from market vendors benefit local people and celebrate traditional crafts, but it is a cultural experience in itself! (Expect to haggle). Throughout the journey there are also opportunities to eat dinner with local families in their homes which might be the most valuable cultural experience on offer. The group can sample local, home-cooked food and learn about Uzbek, culture.

A Fair Deal:
We work closely with our local operator to run this trip in a way that aims to reduce impacts and to give as much back as possible to the local communities. Part of this is employing local leaders, who are committed to responsible tourism and helping to preserve the way of life in their area. The leaders will give a briefing on responsible tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

3 Reviews of Uzbekistan small group tour

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Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by

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


The Registan at Samarkand was the most memorable. Everything just led up to that experience.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be prepared for full and active days despite the 'Leisurely' rating.

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


Certainly local restaurants and vendors benefitted.

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


Excellent, mainly due to highly expert and very likable guide Dilshod

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017 by

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


Samarkand, Kiva

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bit demanding but manageable and worth it

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


Do not know

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


Very good

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2013 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


Take your own tonic it is not available anywhere in the country!

3. Did you feel that your vacation 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 vacation overall?


Great, nice group, well rounded tour

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