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This is a small group guided 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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This was a well structured trip , and took in most of the spectacular sights of Uzbekistan. It is busy with little free time (in the right places ) and we didn't get to go on the train , which would have been a relief from the tour bus ,as it covers a lot of distance.
Uzbekistan is a fabulous place to visit , has many awesome buildings , and you cannot walk more than 50 metres without a local wanting a photo with you, which meant lovely conversations and interactions.
It was great to have a camel ride to the lake , as this meant chilling time and a much needed refreshing swim.
The Poi Kalyon was fabulous , and seeing the Koran in Tashkent (which we would have missed if we had not insisted on going )
Dilshod was very good , a calm and knowledgeable guide who would try to accommodate our wishes.
The vegetarian food is nowhere near as bad as suggested , try to avoid the set meals though , they are not worth it for Veggies.
Do not accept a ground floor room by reception in Bukhara Hotel Aist, it is very noisy ,dark (no window) and cramped.(which the other rooms are not )
The hotels are not always in the best location , Tashkent hotel was miles from anywhere in a residential suburb, so having a free morning there was pretty pointless.
Surpassed all expectations. This was an 11 day escorted tour across Uzbekistan, following the silk road.
The historical monuments were stunning. The sheer scale and colour was breathtaking. There was a nice mix of seeing the old alongside the new.
I can't speak highly enough of our tour leader Dilshod. Nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge of Uzbekistan history was incredible. He was helpful, informative and a real pleasure to have with us.
Take a raincoat as we had a couple of cooler wet days. Tea is the national drink, taken without milk. If you enjoy coffee or milk take your own.
The sun can be quite strong so take sun cream.
All the hotels had wifi, although it could be very intermittent. Alcohol was widely available and very cheap, even in restaurants.
A well balanced comprehensive trip in that we had time to see all the sights and look around in general before moving on to the next destination. Trips out to the desert fortresses and the night staying a yurt followed by a hike with camel ride to Aidarkul Lake were a welcome break from seeing the historical and other not so old blue tiled mosques and madrassas etc.
The long drives were made more bearable in the fact we had a full sized coach and only 16 people so were able to spread ourselves out, the rest stops were regular and unhurried.
The food was variable and rather greasy and mostly edible. The local people were friendly (apart from some taxi drivers)
It is difficult to say what was the most inspirational moment as the sights overall were all awesome and in particular when lit up at night. I think the most fabulous moment was when I was on a camel and saw Aidarkul Lake ahead of me.
The other people in the group were a lovely bunch and it made things even better.
I came home feeling well satisfied with it all.
Dilshod....He was wonderful, so kind and good humoured. Also very helpful to any needs of our group. His spoken English was excellent, the best of any guides that I have met on Exodus trips to date.
He was so organised when it came to ordering meals and drinks and managing the finances of it all.
Didn't want to say goodbye.
Do not waste time going and leaving Tashkent outside the trip itself, the flights to and fro from London are only twice a week so more time spent there is not worth it. It was difficult to explore as tourism virtually unknown and taxi drivers say they can take you to requested place but haven't a clue where they are going. The hotel used in Tashkent is not widely known or central.
The customs forms about permitted medication were non-existent, going through customs was trouble-free unlike what blogs say.
A good torch for the night at the yurt advisable unless you like fumbling around in the dark, but we all fell asleep very quickly.
Bring lots of of immodium and andrex loo paper, also air freshener as bathrooms have no ventilation!!
Maybe download some maps prior to trip because they are non-existent.
Highly recommend this trip....go now and enjoy.
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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