Uzbekistan is one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world. Sharing borders with other Central Asian countries like Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan is literally the heart of Central Asia. Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic of Uzbekistan is an excitingly varied region. Home to the world’s newest desert (created by the Aral Sea shrinkage), rare wildlife and unique geology, dotted with ruins of ancient fortresses, this is a region waiting to be explored.
From Termez in the southernmost part of Uzbekistan, to Aral Sea in the north, Fergana Valley in the east to the remote, less visited Khorezm region to the west, Uzbekistan offers the perfect blend of history, ancient culture, architecture, natural landscapes and modernity. The country is much more than the Silk Road cities of Samarkand & Bukhara. Travellers have a wide range to choose from, national parks to music festivals, medieval monuments to bullet trains and winter sports to traditional arts & crafts.
Tashkent, a fascinating city of contrasts, is one of the oldest and largest cities in Central Asia. It replaced Samarkand as the Uzbek capital in 1930. It is very much a showpiece of Soviet and post-Soviet architecture.
Follow in the footsteps of the greatest adventurers and conquerors, traverse the country on modern, high speed ‘Afrosiyob’ trains, visit caravanserais and stay in traditional yurts. This irresistible country has all the ingredients to make your visit a truly memorable experience.
Nuggets of information:
Samarkand has been chosen as the 2023 World Tourism Capital.
Uzbekistan is a combination of the Turkic words “uz” (self), “bek” (master) and the Persian suffix “stan” (country).
One of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Samarkand is known as a crossroad, due to its location at the junction of trade routes from China and India and a melting pot of the world’s cultures.
The national dish, Plov is a very important part of the Uzbek culture and traditions. One qualifies to be a master chef only if they can cook enough palov/plov in one caldron to serve a thousand people.
Uzbekistan is home to one of the world’s largest open-pit gold mine.
Tashkent metro stations are considered amongst the most beautiful in the world, with their chandeliers, marble and granite pillars and ceilings and engraved metal.
Gold embroidery is one of the most popular crafts in Uzbekistan. It’s origin dates back to the 1st-2nd centuries AD when golden threads were used for decoration of clothes. Later, clothes with golden threads became the privilege of Khans and Emirs.
Cotton in Uzbekistan is known as “white gold”, as it accounts for around 7% of the country’s exports.
UK passport holders do not require a visa for Uzbekistan for travel up to 30 days. Click on the link for a visa guide for Uzbekistan.
It is a mandatory requirement for travellers booking with a UK based tour operator to have adequate travel insurance to cover you against loss of luggage, personal belongings, Covid, hospitalisation, flight delays/cancellations and trip curtailments and cancellation due to unforeseen reasons. Sometimes there are travel advisories about specific areas or countries, where a standard insurance may not suffice. Should your itinerary include such regions or an advisory comes up after a trip has been booked, we will update you. It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain an insurance which provides you appropriate cover.
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Multi – Country tours and extensions:
Uzbekistan combines well with its neighbouring countries like Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. You have the option of exploring just one, two or more countries in a single trip.