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.
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.
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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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.
The currency used in Uzbekistan is the Uzbekistani so'm (UZS), which is subdivided into 100 tiyin.
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.
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.
The tap water is not safe for drinking in Uzbekistan unless it has been boiled. Bottled water is available throughout the country.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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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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