Halfway between Europe and China, on the ancient Silk Road, described in the 13th century by Marco Polo in his Book of Wonders, lie infinite spaces of steppe and desert, bordered by snow-capped mountains and salt lakes such as Lake Aydar, to mer d'Aral.leave it in Central Asia is to find oneself at the crossroads of civilizations and religions, to live with one of Uzbekistan's tourist guides a unique and unforgettable experience in countries that are still little explored by tourist tours. Travelling to Uzbekistan also means going back in time in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Tamerlan the Mongolian Emperor, while enjoying a cultural and architectural heritage, particularly in the three mythical cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara, which contain some of the most beautiful monuments in the Muslim world. It is also sleeping under a yurt while having tea in the Ferghana valley or skiing down the slopes at the Chimgam ski resort, 80 km from Tashkent.

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When to go to Uzbekistan?

If it extends from April 1 to October 31, the tourist season is at its lowest during July and August because the summer is hot, dry and dusty with temperatures that can rise to 40-45°C. The best time to travel to Uzbekistan is therefore in spring (March-June) and autumn (September-November) with mild daytime weather, although the nights remain very cold in the west in the desert, steppe, Khorezm and Karakalpakie. It does not rain almost all year round despite a slight peak in March.

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Tour operators may offer you the opportunity to combine the Silk Road countries (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) or to focus on Uzbekistan, which alone is worth the trip. The visit of the three mythical cities (Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva) is a classic, as is a stroll on the Aral Sea or in the Ferghana Valley, which will be an opportunity to meet nomads and share with them yurts, meals and wild rides!

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Fares, with tickets booked well in advance, can be competitive, but there are often long stops in either Moscow or Istanbul and arrivals in the middle of the night. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so well in advance. Remember to buy your tickets six months before departure! If you have the time and taste for contemplation, it is also possible to come by train via Moscow.

The air network is very dense and covers all major cities in the country. The roads are in very poor condition, with the exception of the Ferghana Valley, but the bus remains the most economical and authentic way to travel to Uzbekistan even if punctuality is not their strong point. Between Bukhara and Tashkent, however, road terminals are more modern and sometimes even air-conditioned. The rail network is well developed with more than 3,000 km of railways.

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When to travel?

If it extends from April 1 to October 31, the tourist season is at its lowest during July and August becau...
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Weather forecast

The climate is continental, very dry and cold in winter, very hot in summer, with day and night temperature differenc...
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Budget

The national currency is the Uzbek soum (UZS).
The standard of living is higher in Tashkent than in the rest of t...
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Formalities

The tourist visa is mandatory and issued only by the Uzbek consulate in Paris, five working days after the applicatio...
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Health

Tap water is not drinkable in Uzbekistan. The sanitary conditions are quite rustic compared to what we can know in th...
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How to travel by yourself?

Fares, with tickets booked well in advance, can be competitive, but there are often long stops in either Moscow or Is...
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How to get organized?

Tour operators may offer you the opportunity to combine the Silk Road countries (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzsta...
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Getting around

The air network is very dense and covers all major cities in the country. The roads are in very poor condition, with...
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