Uzbekistan offers adventurous travellers the chance to step away from the mainstream and dive in deep. With rugged landscapes, futuristic cities, cultural triumphs and a history that spans epochs, Uzbekistan is a place where you can sleep in a desert-bound yurt, marvel at modern architecture and shop for covetable, bespoke handicrafts. For something totally different, why not discover the remote romance, rich history and irrepressible charm of Uzbekistan.

Uzbekistan Tours & Travel

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Tajikistan Discovery

15 days from
USD $3,575
CAD $3,685
AUD $3,615
EUR €2,485
GBP £2,090
NZD $4,025
ZAR R36,185
CHF FR3,010

Kick off from Bishkek on this adventure through rugged and remote Tajikistan. Visit the unique cities of Osh, Khorog,...

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Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan Explorer

16 days from
USD $3,110
CAD $3,210
AUD $3,150
EUR €2,160
GBP £1,800
NZD $3,505
ZAR R31,490
CHF FR2,610

Travel through Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Discover ancient petroglyphs, stretch out on the shore of Lake Issyk-Kul...

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Classic Uzbekistan

12 days from
USD $2,270
CAD $2,340
AUD $2,295
EUR €1,580
GBP £1,325
NZD $2,555
ZAR R22,970
CHF FR1,910

Embark on an adventure around Uzbekistan. From Tashkent, journey to Khiva and the holy city of Bukhara, then follow a...

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Tashkent to Ashgabat

15 days from
USD $2,166
CAD $2,347
AUD $2,324
EUR €1,586
GBP £1,318
NZD $2,567
ZAR R23,377
CHF FR1,947

Travel Central Asia’s famous silk route and visit Turkmenistan’s desert landscapes, Uzbekistan’s futuristic capital...

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Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan

16 days from
USD $1,714
CAD $1,856
AUD $1,835
EUR €1,255
GBP £1,038
NZD $2,030
ZAR R18,206
CHF FR1,513

Traverse the Mountain Kingdoms of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. This challenging tour through Central Asia's mountains...

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Beijing to Istanbul

96 days from
USD $11,129
CAD $12,060
AUD $11,970
EUR €8,139
GBP £6,817
NZD $13,192
ZAR R118,341
CHF FR9,847

Travel to Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkey. See the Great Wall of China and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque. Discover Baku...

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Ashgabat to Tashkent

15 days from
USD $2,167
CAD $2,348
AUD $2,325
EUR €1,587
GBP £1,319
NZD $2,569
ZAR R23,033
CHF FR1,917

Travel Central Asia’s famous silk route and visit Turkmenistan’s desert landscapes, Uzbekistan’s futuristic Ashgabat,...

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Ashgabat to Bishkek

30 days from
USD $3,087
CAD $3,307
AUD $3,413
EUR €2,339
GBP £2,044
NZD $3,928
ZAR R31,628
CHF FR2,867

Follow the Silk Road through Central Asia and travel to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. See Kyrgyz Mountains and travel to...

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Bishkek to Ashgabat

30 days from
USD $3,990
CAD $4,324
AUD $3,960
EUR €2,919
GBP £2,424
NZD $4,733
ZAR R42,427
CHF FR3,530

Follow the Silk Road through Central Asia and travel to Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. See Kyrgyz mountains...

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Tashkent to Bishkek

16 days from
USD $1,506
CAD $1,563
AUD $1,593
EUR €1,136
GBP £953
NZD $1,839
ZAR R14,708
CHF FR1,339

Begin this journey in one capital and end in another: Tashkent to Bishkek, across Central Asia, through ethereal...

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Uzbekistan trip reviews

Our Uzbekistan trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Ashgabat to Tashkent, July 2013

Tashkent to Ashgabat, October 2013

Articles on Uzbekistan

Seven things you didn’t know about Uzbekistan

Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014

The extraordinary history and remarkable culture of Uzbekistan can easily catch you by surprise when you travel though Central Asia.

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11 things to wear on your head in Central Asia

Posted on Sun, 8 Jun 2014

If I was to give you one tip about travelling in Central Asia, it would be expect the unexpected. Everything about the region is surprising; the extraordinary landscapes, fascinating history, [...]

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A photo journey through Central Asia

Posted on Wed, 14 May 2014

The Silk Road originally extended over 6,000 km through ancient China, India, Persia, Europe and Arabia, linking the mighty civilisations of the East and the West. It’s an intrepid traveller’s [...]

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The barber of Bukhara

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2012

When the shaggy hair and holiday beard becomes too much, Intrepid's Boris Golodets knows a local character who you'll love to meet...

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About Uzbekistan

At a glance

Capital city: Tashkent
Population: 28.2 million
Language: Uzbek, Russian
Currency: UZS
Time zone: (GMT+05:00) Tashkent
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type I (Australian/New Zealand & Chinese/Argentine 2/3-pin)
Dialing code: +998

Best time to visit Uzbekistan

Autumn and spring are considered the best times to visit as the weather is mild and generally pleasant. The desert is in bloom briefly during spring (April) and markets are full of fresh produce in autumn because it's harvest time. Summer can get very hot everywhere other than in the mountains, with temperatures sometimes hitting beyond 40C. Winter can be bitterly cold, with snow and temperatures down to -5C.

Tashkent weather chart

Geography and environment

Desert camels taking a breather in Uzbekistan
Located in Central Asia and sharing borders with Turkmenistan, Kazakstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan, Uzbekistan is a landlocked country with a variety of different terrain. Visitors can expect to see deserts, mountains, valleys, with little water to speak of, mainly due to most areas receiving very little rainfall throughout the year. As a result of this, much of Uzbekistan's countryside is dusty, sandy and dry, with pockets of fertile, green land interspersed throughout the rocky landscapes.

Top Picks

Blue tiled temples in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Top 5 Must-See Monuments of Uzbekistan

1. Ark Fortress

Bukhara's massive fortress is a most impressive architectural wonder. Masked in legend, tourists flock to this grand structure to both admire its existence and gain some understanding of local history. If the walls could talk they would speak of royal dynasties, Mongol conquerors and Bolshevik sieges, all taking place over hundreds of years of history.

2. Shah-i-Zinda Mausoleum

This ancient, sprawling complex features mausoleums and other buildings used for rituals and worship. With intricately carved mosaics, elaborate tile work and arched doors, a visit here reveals architectural gems and fascinating moments in Central Asia's history.

3. Ak-Saray Palace

Shakhrisabz is home to many monumental buildings but one of the most spectacular is the ruins of the awesome Ak-Saray Palace. With colored, glazed bricks that shimmer in the sun, elegant mosaics and splendid calligraphy, this monument is a standout of Uzbekistan.

4. Bibi Khanum Mosque

This huge, holy site located in Samarkand was built all the way back in the 14th century. Suffering damage due to earthquakes and the ravages of time, it has now been partially restored and stands as a magnificent example of Central Asian Islamic architecture.

5. The Registan

Hailed as one of Central Asia's most recognisable monuments, the Registan's towering minarets, blue domes and beautiful, tiled exteriors are decadently dazzling. The interiors are as exceptional as the facade, so don't miss a visit here while travelling through Samarkand.

FAQs on Uzbekistan


All visitors to Uzbekistan require a visa. Most nationalities will need a Letter of Invitation (LOI) in order to apply for your visa. Citizens of Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, UK & USA do not currently need a LOI to apply for a tourist visa if applying within their home country, however this information is subject to change at short notice so we recommend checking with the embassy before you apply. If applying outside of your country of residency, a LOI will be required.
How and where you apply for your Uzbekistan visa will depend on how you enter the country.

Dragoman will apply for the letter of invitation on your behalf. In order to do this we need you to complete the Visa support form found here Once you have completed this form we will need you to email the supporting documents to with your name in the subject of the email followed by 'Dragoman LOI'.

Please complete the Visa Support form as soon as possible after booking. Any delays in returning this form, along with
the associated documents, will have a knock on effect to the amount of time you have in applying for the actual visa. Once a letter of support / Letter of Invitation has been authorised a copy will be sent to you. You can then begin the
process of applying for your visa.

*If you decide to obtain your visa in a different location, a new letter of invitation will be required
which will delay you obtaining your visa therefore it is vital that you are clear on where you will obtain your visa.

*From time to time some visa applications are rejected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan or incorrect dates given for travel. If this happens, Dragoman will contact you as soon as it is known and we will help you arrange alternative travel plans. Unfortunately Dragoman Overseas Travel cannot be held responsible if your visa application is refused.

For those travelling to Uzbekistan overland on a WESTBOUND itinerary (ie. coming from China or Kyrgyzstan) it may be possible to apply for your visa in Beijing or Bishkek. Please ensure you have enough time to apply for the visa in these destinations and check the embassy opening days and hours. The following website may have useful information and traveller reports about applying for visas at these and other embassies:

Travellers arriving into Tashkent International Airport can obtain their visa on arrival at the airport ONLY if there is no Uzbekistan embassy in the country where your flight is arriving from (not your country of residence). You will require a printed copy of your LOI that includes your exact flight details in order to board your flight so please ensure you supply this information to The Visa Machine. Costs will depend on your nationality (currently approx US$100) and payment must be in cash. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival at any land border.
* Supporting flight documents are required at time of booking for Visa on Arrival for Uzbekistan

In all other circumstances you must obtain your visa from an embassy before you travel and must indicate specifically where you will apply on the The Visa Machine LOI form. Uzbekistan visas are date specific, so please check carefully which dates you will enter and exit the country. Normally you are unable to apply for your visa more than 3 months before entry. Uzbekistan embassies where you may be able to apply for your visa include: Beijing, London, Istanbul, Bangkok, Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Jakarta, Amsterdam, Singapore, Paris. Some embassies may have an online visa application form. The following website may have useful information and traveller reports about applying for visas at these and other embassies:

You will need to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa.
Address in Uzbekistan:
Grand Orzu Hotel
27 Makhmud Tarobi Street
+998 71 120 8877

Inviting Party:
Golden Travel
Grand Orzu Hotel
27 Makhmud Tarobi Street
+998 71 120 8883

* Letter of Invitation (LOI) – depending on nationality and place of application
* Photocopy of ALL pages of your passport
* Passport size photo (up to 4)
* Please check with the embassy for any other specific requirements

All visitors to Uzbekistan must register with the local department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs within 3 working days after arrival. When staying at a hotel, you will be registered automatically. Please ensure you keep any registration documents issued by the hotel until you exit the country.

Tipping isn't generally expected in Uzbekistan but is considered polite, particularly when considering the low wages earned by service workers. Leaving 5% extra for guides, porters, restaurants workers and taxi drivers is a good idea, but not mandatory.
Travellers should be able to use the internet in the cyber cafes and large hotels of Uzbekistan's big cities. Rural areas will have little to no access so be prepared to disconnect from the net when travelling in remote areas.
Depending on where you are from and what handset you're using, your phone may or may not work while in Uzbekistan. Coverage is generally good in the cities, but is less reliable in remote and mountainous areas. Ensure that global roaming is activated before leaving home but be aware that you may not be able to access texts and calls when in Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan has a mix of Western and squat toilets, with Western-style toilets usually found in city hotels, cafes and tourists areas, and more basic toilets found in rural areas. Be prepared by carrying your own toilet paper, hand sanitizer and/or soap as these aren't always provided.
Bottle of beer = 1000 UZS
1 hour in an internet café = 1000 USZ
Lunch or market snack = 1000 USZ
Simple lunch at a cafe = 4000-5000 UZS
Dinner at a restaurant = 7000-10,000 UZS
Drinking water from the tap isn't recommended in Uzbekistan. Tea is served with most meals and we recommended you ask your leader were filtered water can be found instead of relying on bottled water.
Foreign credit cards aren't widely accepted so be sure to carry other modes of payment when travelling in Uzbekistan.
Relying on ATM access isn't wise when travelling in Uzbekistan. Be sure to carry enough cash for the trip, as operational ATMs that accept foreign cards are hard to come by. Refer to your trip notes for more information on money.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year's Day
Feb 4 Prophet's Birthday
Mar 8 International Women's Day
Mar 21 Navruz (Persian New Year)
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Day of Memory and Respect
Aug 19 Hait (End of Ramadan)
Sep 1 Independence Day
Oct 26 Qurban-Hait (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Dec 8 Constitution Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to:

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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Responsible Travel

Uzbekistan Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Uzbekistan

1. Be considerate of Uzbekistan’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Shards of WarMichael G Kesler
Shadow of the Silk RoadColin Thubron
A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk RoadChristopher Aslan Alexander
Taxi to Tashkent: Two Years with the Peace Corps in UzbekistanTom Fleming
The Opportunists: A NovelYohann de Silva