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Tailor made Holidays to Uzbekistan

Map of Uzbekistan, AsiaAn exotic region largely overlooked by tourism. Uzbekistan is the crossroads of the largest landmass on earth and is open to those who wish to explore the hidden delights of this historic area.

The land of the Silk Road which stretched from the Middle East to China and along which lie the famous cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. This was the trade artery through which the great civilisations of the East and West exchanged not only produce, but also cultural ideas. Peoples, rulers and cultures have swept across the region's steppes, deserts and mountains for thousands of years. possible.

WHEN IN UZBEKISTAN WHY NOT…?
Stay overnight in a yurt and ride a camel along part of the Silk Road. As you roll along on the back of a camel close your eyes and imagine that you are at the head of a camel train carrying food and silks along the Silk Road, the greatest ancient trading route. Complete the picture with a night in a traditional yurt and eat with the locals under the stars.

Visit Nukus and see the receding Aral sea. You won’t be able to believe that what was once the fourth largest inland sea is now largely desert. Once the waters of the Aral Sea lapped Nukus and the port of Muynak, which now is now home to a ‘ship cemetery’.

See the fortresses that lie in the desert; Toprak Kala, a 2000-years-old ruined city fortress that grew up around the first century BC and became the capital of the Khorezm in the 3rd and 4th centuries. Also Ayaz Kala, located 60 kms from Toprak Kala and is an impressive mud-walled hilltop fortress of the 6th and 7th centuries.

Extend your stay in Uzbekistan and visit Kokand and the potter’s town of Rishton. Continue through the valley and visit the silk producing town of Margilan where the friendly locals still dress 
in traditional costume and with hardly a tourist in sight, take pleasure in the sights, sounds and aromas of the most interesting bazaar in the Fergana Valley.

Suggested tailor made holidays
Classical Uzbekistan
The Road To Samarkand

Uzbekistan Hotel Selection
Uzbekistan Brochure download
Foreign office travel advice
Bukhara stand virtually unchanged through a thousand years of history
Lady waving in Tashkant
Road side Marrow sales in Uzbekistan

RECOMMENDED GUIDE BOOKS
A Travellers Companion to Central Asia, published by John Murray in 1993
Central Asia by Lonely Planet, published by Lonely Planet in 2007
The Golden Road to Samarkand, published by Odyssey Guides in 2008

VISA REQUIREMENTS (UK Passport holders only)

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A visa must be obtained in advance and a copy of a letter of invitation (which is obtained through Silk Steps once booking has been confirmed) is required along with two copies of the visa application form, two photographs and your passport. Current cost from $40 plus service charge of $20 (subject to change).

WEATHER

Temperatures in this area vary widely, with dramatic differences between the deserts and mountains. The best time to visit is in the spring and autumn, as summer temperatures sometimes reach 40°C and winter temperatures dropping to as low as -10°C.  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather   www.bbc.co.uk/weather/

HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Dec-06 Constitution Day
Jan-01 New Year
Mar-08 International Women's Day
Mar-21 Navrus
May-01 Labour Day
Sep-01 Independence Day

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