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Jewels of Uzbekistan

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PCJU

Countries Visited

Uzbekistan

Start City

End City

Tashkent, Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Jewels of Uzbekistan

Welcome to Uzbekistan! With its medieval cities, stunning architecture and colourful history, this is a Central Asian gem just waiting to be discovered. We uncover all facets on our journey - from modern, cosmopolitan Tashkent to 2000-year-old fortress cities lost in the sands of time. Stand awestruck - as Genghis Khan once did - in front of Bukhara's Kalyan Minaret, gaze upon Samarkand's mighty Registan Ensemble, and camp at desert oases as Silk Road travellers have done for centuries.

Why we love it:

Jewels of Uzbekistan


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Tashkent

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:

Day 2: Tashkent

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:

Day 3: Khiva

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Malila or Isaak Guesthouse, Khiva

Activities:

Day 4: Khiva - Ayaz Qala

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Yurt or similar, Ayaz Kala

Activities:

Day 5: Bukhara

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Atlas or Lyabi Guesthouse, Bukhara

Activities:

Day 6: Bukhara

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Atlas or Lyabi Guesthouse, Bukhara

Activities:

Day 7: Bukhara

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Atlas or Lyabi Guesthouse, Bukhara

Activities:

Day 8-9: Nuratau Mountains - Samarkand

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Homestay or similar, Sentab

Activities:

Day 10: Samarkand

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Zarina or Caravan Guesthouse, Samarkand

Activities:

Day 11: Samarkand

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Zarina or Caravan Guesthouse, Samarkand

Activities:

Day 12-13: Samarkand - Tashkent

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Uzbekistan Hotel or similar, Tashkent

Activities:


Your Trip

What to know

Some accommodation and facilities may be basic but the rewards are immeasurable.

What's Included

Transport

Non-included Meals

Some meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.

Not Included


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Uzbekistan

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. If you are travelling on more than one trip, either with us or another operator, your LOI application will need to go through one local operator. Please send all required documentation to your booking agent, and they will be able to assist you with this process.

LETTERS OF INVITATION (LOI):
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 travel. If applying for a visa outside of your country of residency, a LOI will be required. We recommend that all documents be submitted no later than 3 months before your tour is scheduled to depart to allow for the time consuming visa process. In order for Intrepid to apply for the LOI on your behalf through our partners in Uzbekistan you will need to email the following information and documents to your booking agent immediately after booking.

• A completed visa/LOI application form which can be filled out online at the following website: http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en/
(You only need to fill in the sections marked with an asterix (HOWEVER you must enter your middle name). See below for specific information to help you fill in the form. Please send a copy to your booking agent and print a copy for yourself which you can use when you apply for your visa)
• Clear, colour scanned copy of your passport
• Letter of Employment or Study. This must be a letter from your employer or place of study on a business letterhead that states clearly that you are travelling for tourism purposes only. If you are retired or self-employed, please indicate this on booking.
• Exact dates of entry and exit from Uzbekistan (including 2nd entry if applicable)
• Where you will apply for your visa (for Visa on Arrival – Tashkent International Airport)
• Copy of your international flight tickets in and out of Tashkent

Submitting this information for your LOI is the responsibility of the traveller.

Please be aware that LOIs take an average of 15 days to be processed but this can be longer so you will need to allow a minimum of 20 days. This does not include the time it will take to apply for and receive your Uzbekistan Visa which will vary depending on place of application. Both LOI and Visa processing times are out of our control and can be unpredictable.

You must allow enough time to receive the LOI and apply for your visa if you are planning to get it in advance. You must indicate where you will apply for your visa and any changes in this information will result in your LOI being delayed so please plan carefully. p>

Once the LOI has been processed a copy will be sent to you or your tour leader. You can then begin the process of applying for your visa if you are getting it in advance. LOIs are valid for a 3 months period so you must apply for your visa within 3 months of the LOI being issued. Remember that LOIs are NOT the actual visa. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller and separate from the trip price. Costs will vary depending on your nationality and place of application. How and where you apply for your Uzbekistan visa will depend on how you enter the country – please see the trip specific advice below.

APPLYING FOR YOUR VISA

Some information you may need to fill out your visa application: • Inviting Party: Nuron Savdo /Asia Adventures +998 71 150 62 80 (These are our local partners in Uzbekistan)
• Purpose of Visit: Tourism
• Address in Uzbekistan: Use the name and address of your start or finish hotel
• Occupation: This must match the occupation listed on your supporting Employment letter. Indicate here if you are a student or retired.
• Place of Application: This must be the same as what you requested for your LOI.
Australian & New Zealand citizens wishing to apply for their Uzbekistan visa in advance can do so by post at the consulate in Singapore or Bangkok.

We advise all travellers to apply for either their Visa on Arrival or in advance and not attempt to obtain their visa en-route in China or Kyrgyzstan.

VISA ON ARRIVAL – AIR:

Travellers arriving into Tashkent International Airport can obtain their visa on arrival at the airport ONLY if this is nominated as your place of application on your LOI. Etickets will need to be provided when you apply for your LOI. You will require a printed copy of your LOI before your board your flight. 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. You will also need a printed copy of your Visa Application Form as these are not always available in English at airport immigration

Travellers on PCJU – Jewels of Uzbekistan, PCKL – Kyrgyzstan Lakes of The Sky, PCGS – Grand Silk Explorer & PCPT – Tajikistan Pamir Adventure may apply for an LOI indicating Tashkent International Airport as place of visa application in order to get a Visa on Arrival.

Please note that travellers on PCPT - Tajikistan Pamir Adventure will require a double entry visa. Enter the total number of days of your stay in Uzbekistan on your LOI form and indicate that a double entry is required

WARNING – REGISTRATION IN UZBEKISTAN:

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.

LAWS & HEALTH:

Some medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia, such as sleeping tablets, may be illegal or restricted in Uzbekistan. You should declare all prescription medications and other restricted items on arrival in Uzbekistan, and carry a copy of the prescription with you.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Uzbekistan

There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are:

The Great Game - Peter Hopkirk

Setting the East Ablaze - Peter Hopkirk

Land Beyond the River: The Untold Story of Central Asia - Monica Whitlock

The Lost Heart of Asia - Colin Thubron

Central Asia: A Travellers' Companion - Kathleen Hopkirk

Central Asia - Lonely Planet


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrines local ground representative Silk Tours can be contacted on Tel: +998 90 1852547 and +998 91 5206833

Single Supplements

Please note when booking a single supplement, single rooms across Central Asia are generally smaller in size than a standard hotel room and may not always have windows and or balconies. Please also note that Yurt and homestays will be on a shared basis and we will not be able to provide a single room in these locations.

Local Travel

Central Asia is a developing region whose infrastructure, values, customs and standards differ from what you are used to at home. Please bear this in mind as you are travelling in this exciting area and respect the fact that you should not impose your standards and expectations on the culture there.

Other Travellers

As this tour forms part of a number of itineraries you may be joined by other travellers at different stages of your trip. Your group leader may also change throughout this tour.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

21 May 2014


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