Discover our Uzbekistan holidays and escorted tours
Travel to Uzbekistan and find desert cities, great domed madrasahs, bazaars filled with exotic spices and silks – Uzbekistan certainly conjures up images of the enchanted tales of ‘Arabian Nights’.
This Central Asian country is a joy to explore. Its walled cities and windswept fortresses were key stopping points on the fabled Silk Road a trading route which ran between China and Europe. Our Uzbekistan tours combine the Silk Road heritage with the country’s desert landscapes and culture-packed capital city, for a real once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara are three names to add to your must-see list for Uzbekistan. Each brims with treasures, from the ornate palaces and mosques of medieval Itchan Kala (Khiva’s walled ‘inner town’), to Samarkand’s vast Registan Square, home to grand, elaborately tiled madrasahs.
Up in the north-west of the country is Nukus. You’ll definitely see Soviet influences here, from the architecture to the city’s fantastic Russian art museum. Tashkent, the country’s capital, also displays Soviet-era architecture – as well as richly decorated metro stations which rival Moscow’s famously beautiful underground.See All Holidays to Uzbekistan
Although tipping is not expected, hotel and restaurant staff appreciate a small tip. Normal tipping is 3 to 5% of the value or US$ 1-3 should be sufficient. Suggested tips per guest per day: Tour Manager £2, Driver US$2, Guides US$3.
Uzbekistani Som (UZS) Sterling, Euros and US dollars can be easily exchanged at hotels. ATMs are widely available.
Food & Drink
Uzbek food tends to be quite bland with some Russian influences. Uzbekistan’s signature dish is palov (plov or osh or “pilaf”), a main course typically made with rice, pieces of meat, grated carrots and onions. Meals often include mutton, beef or horse meat, soups of meat or vegetables, pastry and sour-milk dishes of Katyk or suzma (similar to cottage cheese), with a great variety of fruits and vegetables grown in their fertile valleys and Lepyoshka (flat bread). There are a number of restaurants that serve both European and Korean food. Tea is the staple drink and chai-khanas (tea houses) can be found almost everywhere.Hotels & Facilities
Hotels in Uzbekistan have limited rooms available with walk-in showers (some hotels do not have any available).
GMT +5 hours
220V, 50Hz. 2 round pins, 2 flat prongs in a parallel position or 2 flat prongs in an inverted ‘V’ shape.
Spring and autumn are generally the most pleasant times to travel, between the extremes of summer and winter. As temperatures fluctuate with the terrain, layers are recommended, particularly for the cooler evenings and occasional rainfall may be experienced.
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