Islamic Buildings, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Holidays

Back in the early 90s when we started arranging holidays in Uzbekistan, we were the only company in the UK to be offering trips to the region. As such, our expertise in this region is unrivalled and we would recommend a trip to Uzbekistan for anyone who wants to get to the heart of central Asia. If you're considering visiting Uzbekistan we'd recommend reading Peter Hopkirk’s book The Great Game which sets the scene for any travel in Uzbekistan and brings to life the places and scenes that you will encounter. 

Why we like Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan possesses the cream of Central Asian architecture, epitomised by the magnificent ensemble in Registan Square in Samarkand. In addition, recent investment has produced some excellent hotels and small guesthouses, brimming with character. Now there are also direct flights from London, meaning Uzbekistan is becoming an increasingly sophisticated destination. But despite the modernisation, the traditional chapan or coat and the long afternoon battles of chess and backgammon are still very much a common sight.

What to expect on your Uzbekistan holiday

Today much of Uzbekistan is a shadow of its former glory, however the buildings and architecture which remain, much dating from the 13th and 15th centuries, are truly magnificent and one can only wonder at the skills of the craftsmen who laboured with such primitive tools. The markets are a delight and a photographic paradise while outside the cities the dusty, isolated villages with their flocks of woolly, fat-tailed sheep have changed little over the years. Food tends to be repetitive and based around kebabs making it tricky for vegetarians, although rice is always available.

Some ideas for an Uzbekistan holiday

  • Stroll through the ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara.
  • Visit Aidarkul Lake in the Kizyl-Kum Desert, one of the few places which can claim total silence. There are yurts to sleep in and camels to ride.
  • Watch the sunset on the Nuratinski Mountains, eat fish by a campfire and sleep in a yurt.
  • Travel beyond the restored UNESCO city of Khiva to the shrinking Aral Sea where ships lie stranded far from the water’s edge.
  • Visit the fertile silk producing region of the Ferghana Valley.
  • Trek in the Chimgan Mountains.

Beyond the ordinary

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Since 1995, when Paul joined the team, he has travelled the length and breadth of this fascinating area and is rightly regarded as one of the top specialists for the area. He has crossed every border known to man and some known only to donkeys, and can use his expertise to plan your trip to Uzbekistan.

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