It’s safe to say that Uzbekistan is the gateway drug that makes you want to tour Central Asia in its entirety and commit to more Silk Road holidays. If we had more time I would have loved to check out Kiva, the mountains, and the lakes. It’s definitely possible to see the main tourist attractions in 4 days, but it means you’re giving up a fair amount of what you could see in a 7-day itinerary or more. Next time I’d also tack on side trips to Tajikistan and Turkmenistan given how close they are to the main Uzbek cities, which would also make it a tour of Central Asia more than just one Stan.
Huge thanks to Steppe Journeys who sponsored our Uzbekistan tour. They were exactly the travel agency that we hoped for on our first journey into Central Asia. It’s safe to say that I was beyond impressed with this country. Not only was it totally different than I expected, but it was beyond my expectations in so many ways like efficiency, cleanliness, safety, friendliness, and completely overwhelmingly beautiful sites.
With international flights into Tashkent from places like Dubai and New York, and new international routes opening up direct to Bukhara, Uzbekistan is a country about to totally take over tourism. And rightfully so, because it’s beautiful, authentic, welcoming and amazing, and it’s currently in my top 10 favorite places in recent years. Which is a mighty ribbon to give! So walk, run or maybe just fly to Uzbekistan with Steppe Journeys. You’ll thank me later!
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