A Wild Frontiers group tour or tailor-made adventure in Uzbekistan showcases the glittering legacy of the Silk Road, best illustrated by the impressive mosques, minarets and bazaars of Khiva, Samarkand and Bukhara.
Uzbekistan has long considered itself different from the rest of Central Asia, these rich lands were settled as early as the 6th century, and led to a less nomadic existence compared to its neighbours – an ancient past that is etched into the very stone of Khiva and Bukhara’s towering fortresses.
Scythians settled here in the Bronze Age and built giant burial mounds for their kings, Alexander the Great briefly brought the area under control during his march eastwards and the armies of Islam were spreading Muhammad’s message through its valleys and cities as early as 700AD. However, it was under the reign of Tamerlane in the 14th century that Uzbekistan experienced its Golden Age, seen today in the breath-taking splendour of Samarkand’s Islamic architecture, most notably Registan Square and Gur-e-Amir – Tamerlane’s tomb. All of these different civilizations, migrations and conquerors have left their mark on the country we see today, physically, culturally and spiritually.
The cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva offer a glimpse into the country’s glittering past with their impressive architecture, intricately tiled domes, thriving bazaars, tea houses and alleyways. Here you can also witness the ancient techniques of silk production and other crafts for which Uzbekistan has been renowned for centuries, such as carpet weaving and colourful ceramics. For more modern artistry, the city of Nukus is home to a huge collection of avant-garde Soviet art ,much of it smuggled out of Russia in the 1930’s.
Although it is rightly renowned for its cities, we believe there is more to Uzbekistan than its Silk Road heritage. As always with Wild Frontiers, we like to get off the beaten track by leading our tours into the countryside where we get to experience Uzbekistan’s rugged natural beauty and friendly local culture. From the verdant slopes of the Ferghana Valley to the arid parched landscapes of the Aral Sea, this is a land whose beauty has long lived in the imagination of the west.
UK Passport holders require a visa to visit Uzbekistan.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your trip, and it must have at least one blank page for each visa required. Please ensure the passport details we hold for you are correct.
Please note it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa documentation when starting your trip. Country entry regulations can alter daily and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies for any changes.
You can also use a visa company such as::
6-12 Gladstone Road
Tel: 020 7223 5295
Fax: 020 7738 2617
Whether you are using a company or applying for the visa yourself you will require the following:
• Letter from your employer confirming you have taken the time from work for holiday.
• An authorisation letter from Wild Frontiers, which we will apply for and forward on to you a couple of months prior to departure.
• To inform us in the office which embassy you intend to apply for your visa from, as pertinent information needs to be forwarded there from us prior to your application.
• To inform us of your occupation title and the name of your employer.
• To provide us with a scanned copy of your passport photo page.
If you are travelling on a non-UK passport, please contact your nearest consulate/embassy for up to date visa information.
The best time to visit is generally May, June, September and October when the skies tend to be clear and the temperature warm. You can also visit Uzbekistan in July and August however it is hot and the temperature in Bukhara and Khiva can reach 40 degrees.
There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Uzbekistan, although you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.
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The Museum of Art in Nukus has the second largest collection of Soviet avant-garde art in the world and is a real gem.