A special feature of our tours to Uzbekistan is the homestay in the Nuratau-Kyzylkum Biosphere Reserve. We travel in smaller vehicles to navigate the narrow local roads as we climb into the Nurata mountains to reach the tiny village of Sentab. Here, as part of a UN Development Programme Project, local families have established small private guesthouses and welcome visitors to their homes. Accommodation is in the traditional style - we sleep on mattresses in communal rooms - with very simple shower and toilet arrangements.
This is the perfect place to relax as we lounge on 'tapchan' (day beds) under the walnut trees, with the sound of the stream running nearby, or for those wanting to stretch their legs there are numerous local walking trails nearby which our hosts will be happy to show us. As our hosts are ethnic Tajiks, this is a unique opportunity to hear another regional language, eat delicious home-cooked local specialities, and see the day-to-day life of the village - an once-in-a-lifetime cultural exchange.
Uzbek visas are specific to services booked – clients cannot do their own thing, independently or through another tour operator. Our experienced, trusted local operator eases the process of visa applications prior to departure by organising the official government invitation letter and reference number which allows you to apply for a visa. Once in the country our experienced local staff will assist in any further formalities. All our local leaders have been 'de-Sovietised' and offer superb linguistic skills and local knowledge to ensure your adventure holiday to Uzbekistan is enjoyable and runs smoothly.
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