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Uzbekistan Photography Tour

11th - 18th Oct, 2020 - AVAILABLE

Tutored by Paul Sanders and

£4699.00 pp / Deposit -£400.00

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The central Asian nation and former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan formed part of the ancient Silk Road trading route between China and the Mediterranean.

This landscape photography tour to Uzbekistan will be rich in cultural, religious and architectural diversity and will include photographing some landmark Islamic buildings including The Registan in Samarkand. This plaza is bordered by three religious schools dating from the 15th century each being covered with decorative ornate mosaics, a very special highlight of the tour.

The warm welcome from the Uzbek people in the villages along our route will make you feel at home and incredibly relaxed as we adventure across this beautiful country. Along the way, we will take in local markets filled with colour, vibrant with life and the air thick with spices. All of these factors will inspire you and your photography. 

This Uzbekistan photography tour is limited to six people and will be guided by Paul Sanders and experienced guide Yuri Boyanin. Paul started his career as a news photographer in 1991 and was appointed as Picture Editor of The Times in 2004, He is an animated and passionate speaker about all forms of photography, believing that the connection and moment you share with your subject is the key to creating great images.

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At a Glance

  • Tutored By
  • Exertion
    Moderate
  • Included
    • SMALL GROUP TOUR
    • ACCOMMODATION IN COSY, COMFORTABLE LODGINGS
    • TRANSPORT WITH A NEW, COMFORTABLE MINIBUS, DOMESTIC FLIGHT FROM TASHKENT TO NUKUS, AND THE AFROSIYOB HIGH-SPEED TRAIN BETWEEN BUKHARA, SAMARKAND AND TASHKENT
    • ALL MEALS: 6 BREAKFASTS, 6 LUNCHES, 6 DINNERS IN CAREFULLY SELECTED PLACES
    • ALL TAXES AND FEES
    • A KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE
    • BOTTLED WATER AND REFRESHMENTS WHILE ON THE BUS AND WHILE EXPLORING SIGHTS
    • A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION PACK WITH MAPS, LITERATURE, USEFUL KNOWLEDGE AND GIFTS
    • ENTRY TICKETS TO ALL SIGHTS
  • Excluded
    • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
    • MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
    • UZBEKISTAN VISA
    • PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS PHONE CALLS, LAUNDRY, INTERNET, DRINKS APART FROM THOSE INCLUDED
    • TIPS
  • Duration 7 Night Tours
  • Tour Code UZE02
Uzbekistan Photography Tour

Uzbekistan Photography Tour - Uzbekistan Landscape Photography

The central Asian nation and former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan formed part of the ancient Silk Road trading route between China and the Mediterranean.

This landscape photography tour to Uzbekistan will be rich in cultural, religious and architectural diversity and will include photographing some landmark Islamic buildings including The Registan in Samarkand. This plaza is bordered by three religious schools dating from the 15th century each being covered with decorative ornate mosaics, a very special highlight of the tour. Here we will also spend time going to the Hissar mountains, visiting a very pretty village with mud houses, photographing traditional dressed people and visit a work salt mine.

The warm welcome from the Uzbek people in the villages along our route will make you feel at home and incredibly relaxed as we adventure across this beautiful country. Along the way, we will take in local markets filled with colour, vibrant with life and the air thick with spices. All of these factors will inspire you and your photography. 

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been described as one of the world’s worst environmental disasters. Soviet irrigation policies led to the diversion of the rivers that fed the lake resulting in the lake shrinking to around 10% of its original size. The southern part of the lake is now called the Aralkum Desert. Although efforts are being made to replenish the lake, it is still littered with the rusting skeletons of the many stranded ships that were left behind as the water dried up. These provide a great photographic opportunity.

As we travel across the Kyzyl Kum desert, we will take time out at an oasis and visit the ruins of a citadel before arriving in the beautiful city of Bukhara.

One of the important factors in trips such as this are the personal experiences as well as the key photographic opportunities, meeting local people and understanding their way of life. As a result we will spend time with fishermen who struggle to get a living from the Aral Sea. We will also meet a Yurt maker and animal traders who will share their stories with us.

This is an experience not to be missed. It is a trip that will excite and inspire you in every way and leave you not only with some incredible memories of the wonderful people, but with some unique images that few other people will have had the opportunity to create. The result of all of the above make Uzbekistan a photographers dream location.

If you would like to go on and explore more of the Silk Road trading route, our sister tour to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan follows on from this tour. For those wanting to book on both tours, we will provide an extra night’s accommodation and flight from Tashkent to Dushanbe to all who sign up for both trips at no extra cost. (If for any reason the direct flight may be discontinued, we will cross by land via Panjikent and Aini, both historic, scenic cities).

This Uzbekistan photography tour is limited to six people and will be guided by Paul Sanders and experienced guide Yuri Boyanin. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

(Those who continue to Tajikistan after our Uzbekistan tour - you will actually spend three nights in Samarkand, and not come with us to Tashkent. It’s about a 40 minute ride from Samarkand to the recently re-opened border with Tajikistan. On the other side we will switch to 4WDs, and drive through the Fan mountains, stopping at the pretty village of Aini, about half way, and then crossing the legendary Anzob tunnel. Depending on weather we may do a detour to Yaghnob valley, one of the most isolated and stunning parts of Central Asia - where the people lived in isolation for centuries, and were thus able to preserve much of their culture and language since ancient times. In the evening we will arrive at our comfortable central Serena hotel in Dushanbe. Dinner. Time to rest. Our Tajikistan tour begins the next afternoon, so you will have a morning to rest or explore some interesting parts of Dushanbe on your own)

For tours outside of the UK, we will select a recommended flight which will depart from a London airport to the destination. In most cases (unless stated otherwise), the tour leaders will greet you at the destination airport from this flight and return you to the airport at the end of the tour.

Please DO NOT book your flights until advised to do so by the office. Tours have to become viable before we select the recommended flight.

Once a tour has enough bookings to make it viable, you will receive an email to alert you that the recommended flights have been uploaded to your client area on the website.

You are welcome to make alternative travel arrangements. If doing so, please ensure you are at the destination airport for the arrival time of the recommended flight to ensure you can take the transfer to the hotel. Alternatively you can arrange your own transfers and meet the group at the hotel on the first night.

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