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Uzbekistan

UZBEKISTAN TOURS

Blessed with stunning architecture and ancient cities, an Uzbekistan tour will leave you with a lifetime of memories.

Travellers visiting this Central-Asian destination get to explore the country at the epicentre of the Silk Road, which has seen a host of different cultures journey through its pathways.

Uzbekistan shares its borders with five other Asian countries: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

What you can expect on an Uzbekistan tour

Uzbekistan, in particular, is a country of incredible architecture, unique cultures and fascinating history which spans the centuries. Here you can truly take a step back in time and immerse yourself in the Uzbek culture, marvel at the modern architecture in Tashkent, shop for souvenirs in ancient Samarkand and experience a country like no other.

The western 'Stans' are made up of sparsely populated plains, where life passes slowly and adventure travellers can turn back the clock amongst nomads whose lifestyle hasn't changed for centuries.

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If an Uzbekistan tour is on your travel wishlist, contact us today and one of our friendly travel consultants will guide you through what we have on offer or you can have a look at our list of tours below.

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Do you want to know more about Uzbekistan and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Uzbekistan tourism board for more information.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it safe to visit Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan is a pretty safe country and the political situation is stable. The country is landlocked and most of its border areas are not safe to visit. You should avoid visiting the areas bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Tajik, Kyrgyz and Kyrgyzstan.

What is the official currency of Uzbekistan

The currency used in Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani so'm (UZS), which is subdivided into 100 tiyin.

When is the best time of the year to visit Uzbekistan?

The best time to visit Uzbekistan is during spring and autumn (April to May, and September to early November). The weather is dry and warm, and you can explore the desert without the scorching temperatures.

What should you wear in Uzbekistan?

Wearing light, loose-fitting clothing in the summer is recommended. Shorts are not appropriate for either men or women. Women should also cover up their legs and shoulders in conservative, rural areas.

Can you drink the tap water in Uzbekistan?

The tap water is not safe for drinking in Uzbekistan unless it has been boiled. Bottled water is available throughout the country.

How much is a meal in Uzbekistan?

How much a meal costs in Uzbekistan is dependant on where you decide to eat - fine dining or fast food - however, typically, lunch and dinner together sho9uld cost around 15 USD. Breakfast is usually a little cheaper than lunch and dinner.

Do people in Uzbekistan speak English?

English in Uzbekistan isn't as widely spoken as it is in Western Europe. In recent years more people are starting to learn English - especially the younger generation.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Uzbekistan?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Uzbekistan. The CDC and WHO recommends hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

Where should we go to in Uzbekistan?

There is much to see and do when you in Uzbesikstan, such as its famous silk road cities and monuments. Our favourite places to visit are Tashkent, Old Urgench, Ichan-Qala fortress in Khiva, Bukhara, the incredible Registan Square in Samarkand

What is the best month to visit Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan is best visited during spring and autumn - April to May, and September to early November - During these months, it's typically warm and dry.

Is Uzbekistan expensive?

Uzbekistan is still extremely affordable by Western standards. It's just slightly more expensive than Kazakhstan.

Mosques, shrines, madrasahs, and museums are generally very cheap -between 1 and 3 USD for the visit.

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Uzbekistan Country Guide

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Time: GMT+5
Dial Code: +998
Area: 447,400 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Uzbekistan is Sariqarnish Kuli at -12m (-39 ft.) below sea level | The highest point in Uzbekistan is Khazret Sultan at 4,643m (15,233 ft.)
Population: 32,364,996 (2018)
Capital: Tashkent
Government: Republic, Presidential system, Unitary state
Language: Uzbek, Russian

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is the only doubly landlocked country in Central Asia and one of the only two in Eurasia or anywhere in the world. The country is bordered by five landlocked countries: Kazakhstan to the north, Kyrgyzstan to the northeast, Tajikistan to the southeast, Afghanistan to the south, and Turkmenistan to the southwest.

Consisting of 12 provinces, Uzbekistan is a sovereign state with a secular, unitary constitutional republic. In ancient times, Uzbekistan was the Iranian-speaking region of Transoxiana. The culture of the country is varied as a result of its diverse history and strategic location.

The major language spoken in Uzbekistan is Uzbek - a Turkic language written in the Latin alphabet. Russian is used as a governmental language and is the most widely taught second language. The main religion practised in the country is Islam, followed by Russian Orthodox Christianity.

The economy of Uzbekistan is in a gradual transition to the market economy. The country is a major producer and exporter of cotton. It also operates the largest open-pit gold mine in the world. With a vast supply of natural gas and

power generation facilities of the Soviet era, the country has become the largest electricity producer in Central Asia.

The climate of Uzbekistan is continental, with little precipitation expected annually. The Aral Sea is the fourth largest inland sea on Earth and plays a role in affecting the air moisture and arid land. Majority of the country's water resources are used for farming.

Highlights

  • Khiva - an ancient city in the Xorazm Region, established at the beginning of the Christian era.
  • Savitsky Museum - an art museum based in Nukus, displaying art collections dating back to Soviet times.
  • Margilon - the world’s third-largest silk producer and the traditional centre of the industry.
  • Ark - Bukhara’s oldest structure and a fortress that was built and occupied in the 5th century.
  • Bibi-Khanym Mosque - one of the most important monuments of Samarkand, located northeast of Registan.
  • Gur-e-Amir Mausoleum - a mausoleum of the Asian conquer Timur in Samarkand, decorated with mosaic tiles.
  • Old Urgench - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and municipality of about 30, 000 inhabitants in Turkmenistan.
  • Tashkent - the capital city, known for its museums and assortment of modern and Soviet-era architecture.

Tips

  • In general, tipping is not expected, but is appreciated, especially by guides, drivers and servers.
  • Bring your medicine, along with your prescription, as it may be in short supply.
  • The weather can be scorching in the summer, so stay hydrated and protected from the sun.
  • Do not be surprised that smoking is allowed everywhere and in public places.
  • Avoid flashing your valuables or cash, as petty crime and pick-pocketing are common.
  • Many places accept US dollars in the country and they can be drawn from ATMs.
  • The country is a police state - ask permission before taking photographs of people and places.
  • It is the law to carry your ID with you throughout your trip.

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