Uzbekistan, located at the heart of the famous Silk Road, has a fascinating history and rich cultural heritance, reflected in both the abundance of majestic and colourful monuments and buildings dating back as far as 2300 years. It is no wonder you may feel like traveling through the tales of 1001 nights. Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan has been largely destroyed by the 1966 earthquake, and yet, its remaining old city centre is worth a visit as is its lively day and night scene We gladly admit though it would be a shame to fly all the way to Uzbekistan and leave out the other cultural hot spots on the wealthy Silk Road…
Day 1 - Tashkent
Tashkent is the gateway to and capital of Uzbekistan. As soon as you arrive, your airport - hotel transfer awaits. Start your city exploration in your own time tour at your own pace. The contrast between old and new is nowhere more apparent than here. Glass, modern constructions rub shoulders with historic edifices and yet there is no culture shock. The city feels very European and safe and travel within the city is easy and efficient. Make sure to visit the old city centre at dusk when the all main monuments are lit and a fairy-tale like atmosphere looms over this part of town. There is a choice of local and international restaurants (Turkish, Italian, Korean).
Day 2 - Tashkent
Today you may consider renting a bike as the weather is bound to be fine and the impressions of the city are more intense as you cycle through this green city from park to park. Pop in at the famous, lively and ancient Chorzu-bazaar to taste the local cuisine and meet the hospitable vendors in their colourful, traditional costumes sell peaches, melons, herbs and spices. You may wish to lunch here and try the national dish called ‘pilov’, a rice based dish with carrots and usually lamb. If you didn’t have the time yesterday make sure to head to Independence and Amir Timur Square where ancient monuments form a string of ‘pearls’ and the hippest of Western brands have their flagship stores.
Day 3 - Tashkent
Today you may want to head to Alayski market to shop for dried fruits and souvenirs. If you would like to examine fine examples of traditional art first, a visit to the Museum of Applied arts comes highly recommended. Here you will find a diverse collection of embroidery, pottery, ceramics, jewellery, architectural arts, traditional clothing, just to name a few. The gift shop may be a good lead to know the prices for various items or even the spot to purchase and authentic, handmade souvenir. Tonight a farewell dinner has been scheduled.
Day 4 - Tashkent
- Belgian travelers (including children) must be in possession of an international passport that is valid for 3 months. No visa is required for a stay of up to 30 days for tourist purposes. More specific information about the visa can be found on the website of Uzbekistan's foreign affairs in English via the link: http://www.mfa.uz/en/consular/visa/.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or persons travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.
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The online tours are just a few examples of possible travel itineraries. Each one can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts
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No compulsory vaccinations. Please consult the websites of the Institute for Tropical Medicine ( www.itg.be.) and the World Health Organization (www.who.ing) at least 6 weeks before your departure for updated information on recommended vaccinations or recent developments.
Hygiene: with exception of hotels and classy restaurants, the sanitation is quite bad. It is advised to take your personal toilet roll.
Timezone:GMT +3 (Summer) & +4 (Winter)
Sum (UZS) : 1 EUR = 9.537 UZS & 1000 UZS = 0.104 EUR (25/10/2017)
- Take US Dollars to exchange locally.
Uzbekistan has a continental or land climate, that is, quite warm during the summer (although the desert keeps humidity levels and as such the persperation at bay) that runs from May to October and cold to very cold from November to February. Variables are associated with the altitude and location (plains or mountains). Best travel period is spring and autumn.
Average max. temperatures (°C):
- Return airport - hotel in Tashkent transfers
- 3 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in the listed hotels or equivalent
- A farewell dinner at a local restaurant
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The day-to-day programme is merely presented as guideline. Obviously you can plan all included activities at your convenience.