Uzbekistan Silk Road tour

“Take an unforgettable journey through the Central Asian 'Stan at the Silk Road's cultural and geographical crossroads.”

Highlights

Tashkent | Khiva | Kyzyl-Kum Desert and citadels | Bukhara | Vabkent and Gijduvan | Samarkand | Shakhrisabz and Zerafshan Mountains

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Uzbekistan Silk Road tour

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-structure of the desert is not damaged or spoilt in any way. Our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote. In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.

We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.

Community

In Uzbekistan we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and local guides at the sites – our clients are taken to local family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy. For example in Samarkand we take our clients to a paper making factory that is reviving the traditional form of paper manufacture that only died out in the early part of the 20th century. This is reviving an ancient art and providing local employment.

In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.

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Reviewed on 29 Apr 2019 by

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


All pretty exciting but particularly enjoyed Bukhara

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


There's some long drives involved which can be a bit tedious, as landscape doesn't really vary, and toilets en route a bit dodgy. Take water and something to read.

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


The tourist spend benefits local people

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


Excellent. One hotel (Samarkand) a bit disappointing - adequate but characterless, and staff not particularly helpful - but all others very good. Guide on route from Tashkent to Khiva was very poor, and guide in Shakhrisabz rather disinterested, but all other guides and drivers very good.

Reviewed on 01 May 2014 by

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


Visit to desert fortresses north of Urgench.

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


Relax and enjoy the people and country but make sure your drivers and guides understand your itinerary and interests.

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


Yes although one does wonder about the use of cars in certain environments.

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


Excellent!

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