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Golden Road To Samarkand UZ

Visiting: Uzbekistan
Trip Duration 12 Days

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Golden Road To SamarkandScores 8.7 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(8 out of 10)


July 2016, probably the hottest time of the year(38-42) degrees, but we as a small group found it bearable and had time to find nice shady spots.Plenty of factor 50 and drink plenty of water, do not eat too much especially lunch time, as it's best to leave till evening , No one got sick and standards were high, with variety.
Highlight Khiva a relaxed open air museum, nice walks around, lucky with came across a music festival.
Bukhara , a little busier, again Hotel a little further out on a slight dirt track, dry in Summer.
On our way to Samarkand we stopped off at the desert yurt campsite, lovely for the night with some Koreans and French sitting around campsite fire.
Finally Samarkand a large busy city Lovely Mausoleum in Registan Square, lovely pics can walk up to Bazaar from this area for final gifts
Confirmed traveller: 26 July 2016
Published on: 02 September 2016
(10 out of 10)


Fantastic leader - knowledgeable, very conscientious and organised.
Excellent itinerary with the right number of suggested optional extras and free time.
Most of the hotels were well located and had character - the exception being in Bukhara which was too far out and not good to reach on foot at night through the mud and in the rain.
A great trip, good value for money with an exceptional tour guide.
Confirmed traveller: 05 April 2016
Published on: 07 April 2016
(4 out of 10)


Milton Keynes
The sights of Uzbekistan were wonderful, everything that was promised was on the itinerary. Transport was very good. The guide was excellent. dealing with the illnesses in a professional and sympathetic manner. However 16 out of 18 of our group contracted food poisoning. We spoke to people on another trip and found that 11 out of 13 of that group had also been ill. The group I was with were all experienced travellers, and took all of the precautions normally required, but we fell ill anyway. This was almost certainly caused by poor food hygiene in the kitchens. This was widespread, as we all fell ill at different times. Had I known that there was an 85% chance of falling ill on this trip, I would never have taken this trip. It should be noted that it is 8 days since I returned from Uzbekistan . I am still ill , and off work. I do not believe that it is reasonable that your customers should be put at such a high level of risk of illness
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2015
Published on: 03 November 2015

We’re sorry to hear that the majority of your group fell ill during your trip. Although there have been a few previous reports of illnesses during this trip, none of them have been indicative of poor food hygiene. We do monitor this very carefully and appropriate steps have been taken to ensure there will not be a repeat occurrence.

(8 out of 10)


Norden, Lancashire
Khiva is undoubtedly the star of the trip, a magical place when seen in the moonlight and early in the morning just before sunrise. The Orient Star hotel is so atmospheric and special; it would be worth spending one more night there to make the most of the stay and to see Khiva at a more leisurely pace. The optional excursion to the desert castles is another must.
Confirmed traveller: 06 October 2015
Published on: 28 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

This was my first tour with Explore, and what an introduction! Uzbekistan is a fantastic country, the history is fasinating, the architecture mindblowing and its people friendly. Strolling through the ancient preserved city of Khiva was my top highlight. An open air museum filled with beautiful historic architecture which is like stepping back in time! Camping in the desert was also a fantastic experience, sitting around a campfire with a local folk singer was a great way to wind down! Our guide was fantastic, there was nothing he did not know about his country and nothing he wouldn’t do to help the group out.
Confirmed traveller: 01 October 2015
Published on: 15 April 2016
(8 out of 10)


We have been on many adventure holidays, and the guide in Uzbekistan was up there in the top 3. Victoria made the difference between an OK holiday and one which was exceptional.
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2015
Published on: 09 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


Highlight was definitely Samarkand! I have wanted to visit Samarkand for over 42 years and it was definitely worth the wait!!
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2015
Published on: 07 October 2015
(10 out of 10)


The whole trip was fantastic and we came back richer for the experiences and knowledge that we gained. Any pre-conceived ideas about the country (in view of the IS problems elsewhere) were completely allayed. Learning about the history was superb and what our tour leader didn't know about her country, and indeed others, wasn't worth knowing!

Altogether a fantastic experience - I want to go again.
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2015
Published on: 03 October 2015
(9 out of 10)


Goring on Thames
The tour guide, Victoria, was excellent. One of the highlights was the night at the yurt camp but the whole trip was packed with interest.
Confirmed traveller: 22 September 2015
Published on: 02 October 2015