Like a timeline of epochs, Uzbekistan’s sites mark the land, from the ancient city of Nur to the Silk Road capital of Khiva.
Not many countries can say that they’ve been inhabited for over 5 millennia or had cities built by Alexander the Great. With its sand-coloured facades and sapphire minarets, Uzbekistan can make these claims and more. Take the city of Bukhara, a dazzling oasis in the sand and one of the holiest cities in the Muslim world. Or the present day capital of Tashkent, with it anomalously beautiful and eclectic modern architecture. Uzbekistan’s cultural depth never ceases to amaze.
Uzbekistan travel highlights
Stay in yurts in Ayaz Qala
There’s nothing quite like experiencing a place as the locals do, in this case, under the stars in a traditional nomadic yurt.
Visit Central Asia’s very own Taj Mahal in Samarkand
The Bibi-Khanym Mosque is sometimes compared to the Taj Mahal as this beautiful structure was built by the emperor for his wife.
Hear the tales of Khiva
This stunning city has legends aplenty, through a history on the Silk Road and during Soviet times.
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Uzbekistan holiday information
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Geography & environment
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Shopping guide to Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan festival calendar
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Food & drink in Uzbekistan
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Uzbekistan travel FAQs
- Australia: Yes – on arrival
- Belgium: Yes – on arrival
- Canada: Yes – on arrival
- Germany: Yes – on arrival
- Ireland: Yes – on arrival
- Netherlands: Yes – on arrival
- New Zealand: Yes – on arrival
- South Africa: Yes – on arrival
- Switzerland: Yes – on arrival
- United Kingdom: Yes – on arrival
- United States: Yes – on arrival
You’ll be able to access the internet at some cafes and hotels in the major cities, however don’t expect service when traveling outside of these areas.
Although coverage is good in major cities, some providers do not offer service in Uzbekistan. Check with your provider to see if your phone will work. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Uzbekistan has both Western-style toilets in the cities and squat toilets in rural areas. Soap and toilet paper aren’t always provided so you may like to carry some with you.
- 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 tap water is not considered safe in Uzbekistan. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a bottle or canteen with you. Ask your leader where you can access filters to refill your supply, or carry your own purification tablets with you.
Foreign cards aren’t accepted at most places in Uzbekistan. Prepare by carrying cash with you or arranging alternative payment methods.
Not many ATMs in Uzbekistan take foreign cards and they are often unreliable.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Uzbekistan/public-holidays