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Try a host of different activities in glorious Turkish surroundings.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A brilliant tour to a wonderful country. The itinerary is very thorough and gives a comprehensive view of the life, landscapes, and culture of Uzbekistan. Recommended to anyone who likes to see a unique country and travel off the beaten track.
The whole trip was fascinating! I enjoyed visiting different areas, riding on a camel, wandering through the bazaars, and watch life go by in a tea house. The people are very friendly and welcoming, and the food is a great mixture from Middle Eastern stews to dumplings from the Far East. Most of all though, the architecture is breath-taking and was very inspirational. The tilework, patterns, colours, and wood carvings are beautiful and showcases traditional craftsmanship.
Dilshod was an excellent leader - full of information, happy to answer questions, and helpful with arranging our requests. He nearly always had a smile on his face! Our drivers Valenteen and Aziz were also good; getting us safely from A to B on both easy and difficult roads.
Be prepared to be amazed :) If you travel in the summer months beware of high temperatures from late 30s up into the 40s (but it is do-able and air conditioning is available to help). Pack a torch for the desert camp. Also be prepared to pay small amounts throughout the trip for camera fees and toilet fees.
The trip notes for the tour are good and prepare travelers well by being cautious - the accommodation was very good throughout, comfortable and clean with western facilities, and I would rate them more than 'standard'. Finally, Uzbekistan is a safe country, and I went out and about on my own without any problems - lovely!
This trip has an excellent itinerary - an absolutely perfect mix of guided sight-seeing, individual time to explore & little extras, like the camel ride and lake-side swim. (Again, this was just the right amount of time as we met other groups who had two nights at the yurt camp & we felt that the timing for us was perfect after after the desert castles).
With so many amazing sights, it is hard to pick one. I loved Khiva, probably because it was so compact and the first glimpse of the city really took my breath away. There so many beautiful buildings and sights and the Uzbek people offer a warm welcome wherever you go. I loved the fact that there were more Uzbek tourists at all the key sites than foreigners and we ended up starring in many of the locals' photos as a 'holiday oddity' for them.
Dilshod is an extremely knowledgeable and patient guide. He is able to answer any question and is extremely thoughtful, asking discreetly after health and able to make allowances as required. Not only did he book taxis for individuals to see whatever they desired in free moments, but he also put them into the taxi and helped to negotiate the fare.
We travelled at the start of August. It is hot (35-42 degrees) but the advantage of this is that it is 'off-season' so the sites are not crowded. If you can take the heat, it is a good time to go. Drink lots of water and wear long sleeves - cover up! You will quickly get used to dealing with the stacks of notes - but never as adept at flicking through them to add up as the locals! Some of the journeys are sometimes long because the roads surfaces are not always good, but the infrastructure is gradually improving and it is just one aspect of the trip.
The trip was 'exactly as it said on the tin' in terms of the trip notes and my expectations. I was truly delighted with every aspect of the trip and thoroughly recommend it. Book it now!
This was a well organised trip to a very interesting country.
It is difficult to select one moment from such an enjoyable trip
Dilshod was very well organised a capable guide who went out of his way to be helpful. He has an impressive knowledge of his subject and gave an exemplary service.
July might be a bit too warm for some people - on some occasions the temperature exceeded 40deg C. that said our group leader re-arranged plans so that we could have siesta during the middle of the day.
Uzbekistan Airways use Being and Airbus aircraft for both the international and domestic flights. The air travel was better.
This is a great trip and is recommended for anyone with even the slightest interest in visiting Central Asia
These areas of Central Asia have long, extremely hot summers, but the winters are very cold. The July and August departures may be rather hot with afternoon temperatures often reaching 35ºC. Other trips are planned for Spring and Autumn when the temperature should not be below 5ºC at night and may be up to 25-30ºC during the day. Sunny weather with clear blue skies should be experienced but there can be some rain at this time of year. Occasionally periods of unexpectedly hot or cold weather can be experienced.
Rebecca Caldicott - Asia Operations
This is a generally undemanding trip with reasonable roads and time for sightseeing. Most of the accommodation is modest but clean, mostly with private facilities. This is an extremely rewarding trip for those wishing to get to the heart of Central Asia and who are prepared to deal with long drives, early starts/long days and hot (but also sometimes rather cold) temperatures.
However, it must not be forgotten that until 1991 Uzbekistan was part of the USSR and tourist services and facilities can still be patchy and erratic. Tolerance and flexibility are required, and for this you will be rewarded with an insight into local life!
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
You spend 1 night at traditional Yurt camps. The camp consist of 5- 6 Yurts, there are basic washing facilities with simple basins (hot water can be heated on request) but no showers, toilet tent/basic outhouse and a dining yurt. Depending on group size and availability at the camp, you could be sharing up to 8 people (however it is more likely to be 2-4 people). According to local custom, the yurts may be divided by gender when higher occupation is necessary. Please note that the camps do have generator electricity, but because of the remoteness it may be inconsistent We strongly recommend that you fully charge your camera batteries and other electrical items before staying at the yurt camp, and that you carry spare batteries as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
All hotels are comfortable 3 star hotels with en suite facilities, although being Central Asia, this isn't always the same as Western 3 star standard. There is 1 night spent in a Kazakh yurt whilst in the Kysylkum desert. This is a large communal tent that sleeps approximately 5 people and the leader. Foam mattresses are provided but you must bring your own sleeping liner.
Rebecca Caldicott - Asia Operations
All clients require a visa for Uzbekistan. The Uzbekistan government has recently announced that you no longer require a visa authorisation letter if you are a passport holder of the following countries- UK, USA, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, Spain or Switzerland.
If you are a passport holder of a country not listed above please get in touch as we can organise a visa authorisation letter for you, this usually takes 2 weeks to obtain and should be done at 8 weeks before departure, for full information please contact Exodus.
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Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
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