Traveling to Uzbekistan is an experience like no other. From its stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage to its vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes, there’s something for everyone in this Central Asian country. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday or an adventure-filled journey, Uzbekistan has it all.
Uzbekistan has some of the most impressive architecture in the world. The country is home to many ancient cities, such as Samarkand and Bukhara, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites due to their incredible beauty and historical significance. These cities feature stunning mosques and madrasas that have been around for centuries, as well as intricate tilework and colorful mosaics that will take your breath away.
In addition to its amazing architecture, Uzbekistan also boasts a rich cultural heritage that can be experienced through its traditional music, dance, art, and cuisine. The country’s unique blend of Persian, Russian, Mongolian, and Central Asian influences make it a truly unique destination for travelers looking to explore something different. From the lively bazaars filled with authentic souvenirs to the vibrant performances of local musicians playing traditional instruments like the dutar or doira (a two-stringed lute), there’s plenty of culture to explore in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan is also home to some spectacular natural landscapes that are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an adventure-filled holiday. From the snow-capped mountains of Tashkent Province to the lush green valleys of Fergana Valley or the stunning canyons of Kyzylkum Desert, there are plenty of opportunities for hikers and nature lovers alike. For those who prefer more leisurely activities such as birdwatching or horseback riding, there are plenty of options available too!
No trip to Uzbekistan would be complete without experiencing its vibrant cities. From bustling Tashkent – which is full of modern amenities – to smaller towns like Khiva or Bukhara – which still retain their traditional charm – there’s something for everyone in these bustling urban centers. Whether you’re looking for delicious street food or interesting museums and galleries showcasing local artisanship; whether you want to explore bustling bazaars filled with souvenirs or simply relax in one of the city’s many parks; there’s something special waiting in every corner of Uzbekistan's cities!
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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Tashkent, Old Urgench, Ichan-Qala fortress in Khiva, Bukhara, the incredible Registan Square in Samarkand
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
I had an amazing time on the trip. Everything was incredibly well organized and planned out to a tee. Our tour guide, Big Mo, was amazing and super knowledgeable. I couldn't have imagined a better trip to Egypt!
When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
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)
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.
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