Marat leads all the departures of our Golden road to Samarkand tour in Uzbekistan. He has worked with us for many years, consistently receiving great feedback from those who have travelled with him. Comments include:
"Considerate, went beyond the call of duty, very professional, excellent knowledge."
"Marat was very knowledgeable, spoke great English and was easy to understand. Excellent. Went out of his way to help us - nothing was too much trouble. Cannot speak highly enough of our tour leader."
We asked Marat a few questions...
If you were given a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would like to visit many countries, this world is so big! But the first one on my list is India.
What’s the best thing about life on the road as a tour leader?
Being an Explore tour leader I have opportunity to meet so many interesting people from so many different countries. At the same time I am able to them my beautiful country with it’s great people!
Have you got any packing tips for a travelling life?
Travel light, carry only what you’ll need for the trip.
What do you never leave home without?
Wallet, mobile phone and toothbrush!!!
On tour what has made you stop in your tracks and go “Wow!”?
Every time I come to the Registan square in Samarqand I go "Wow" as I think it is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
What’s your top tip for travelling responsibly?
Always have respect for the local people and environment.
If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Plov – a traditional Uzbek dish.
If you had the chance to start a new country with your own rules, what would be your first rule?
I would like to start with three rules: Think good, say good and do good!!!
What was your proudest moment as a tour leader?
When I had the same client visiting my country for three times in three years as he loved it!!!
What was your funniest moment as a tour leader?
It was in BUKHARA when, after a whole day of sight seeing, two ladies came to the local guide and told her: "Gulia, it was a nice day, we enjoyed a lot, SAMARKAND is a beautiful city!"
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