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Heart of the Silk Road

From the remarkable architecture and cultural life of post-Soviet Tashkent to the world heritage site of the ancient capital Khiva, follow the legendary Silk Road through the best of Uzbekistan. Roam the twisting lanes of medieval bazaars in Bukhara and explore the Islamic monuments and minarets of Samarkand, learning along the way about the famed Timurid dynasty that ruled over much of modern-day Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia. A true crossroads of empires, Central Asia (particularly the territory of today’s Uzbekistan) will have your head spinning with insights on the Mongols, the Persians, the Mughals, the Russians, and so much more. Beyond the incredibly rich historical sites and architectural monuments, this 12-day adventure will enlighten your understanding of Islam in its wide range of contexts and also introduce you to Uzbekistan’s greatest resource—its generous and kind people!


Itinerary

June 28 : Tashkent

Arrive at any time

June 29 : Tashkent (1B)

Tashkent guided tour. Optional visits to history museum, fine arts museum, mosques, bazaars.

June 30 to July 1: Samarkand (2B)

Samarkand city tour and tour of the Registan. Optional excursions include the Guri Amir Mausoleum, Tomb of the Prophet Daniel, Cultural History Museum and Registan minarets.

July 2 : Nurata- Sentyab Village (B, D)

Travel to rural Uzbekistan for our homestay in Sentyab village. On the way visit the remains of the Alexander the Great's fortress and Nurata Holy Spring.

July 3 to July 4: Bukhara (2B)

Bukhara guided tour, including entrance to the Ark. Optional visits to old city bazaars, dinner with a local family, visit a local hammam (bathhouse).

July 5 to July 6: Khiva (2B)

Wander through the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala and enjoy spectacular sunset views of the sand-colored mosques and madrassas.

July 7 : Khiva- Topraq Qala - Ayaz Qala (B, L, D)

Explore the remains of ancient Khorezmian Empire visiting Toprak Qala and Ayaz Qala sights. Stay in yurts near Ayaz Qala and take an optional camel ride.

July 8 : Nukus - Tashkent (B)

Drive to Nukus from where we take a short flight to Tashkent.

July 9 : Tashkent (B)

Depart Tashkent at any time.

Detailed Itinerary

June 28 : Tashkent

On Day 1 our group will arrive in Tashkent. If you are coming in the night before Day 1, make sure that you email GEEO to book an extra hotel night for that night. Upon arrival at the hotel please check the notice board for trip information and the group meeting - during the group meeting the leader will outline the trip itinerary and answer questions.

You will also have some free time in Tashkent, which is a city with an interesting mix of mosques, mud houses and Soviet architecture deep in the middle of Eurasia. Catch the metro out to Chorsu Bazaar to buy freshly-picked fruit or take in a ballet or opera at the Alisher Navoi theater.

June 29 : Tashkent (1B)

On Day 2 we will take a walking tour of the city's highlights. You an spend the rest of the day as you please with optional visits to history museum, fine arts museum, mosques and bazaars.

June 30 to July 1: Samarkand (2B)

In the morning of Day 3 a private transfer takes us to Samarkand (about 6 hours drive). Explore the mosaic-covered medressas and open spaces of the spectacular Registan, once the heart of Uzbek learning. One of the oldest cities in the world, Samarkand remains one of the most attractive in Central Asia despite a turbulent history of war and earthquakes. The city blossomed under Amir Timur (Known in the West as Tamerlane), a tyrannical 14th century ruler. A lover of art, Timur was responsible for the colorful domes and exquisite minarets that now form the city's evocative skyline. While Samarkand fell into disrepair during its Soviet days, restoration is slowly progressing and we take a look at some of the city's most impressive works of art such as the spectacular Registan. This impressive collection of buildings is probably the most recognizable of all of Central Asia's monuments.

On Day 4 we take a city tour. The afternoon is free to enjoy the Samarkand sights, have a cup of tea in a local tea house or wonder around the Bazaar.

July 2 : Nurata- Sentyab Village (B, D)

On Day 5 a private transfer will take us to Nurata (4 hour drive) where we will visit the remains of the military Fortress of Alexander the Great & Holy Chashma (Spring) of Nurata. Proceed to Sentyab village which is located in the picturesque Nurata mountain range for a home stay, a great chance to learn more of the life of villagers or take an optional short walk into the mountains. Evening dinner with local family.

July 3 to July 4: Bukhara (2B)

Today we will drive across the desert to the ancient city of Bukhara (about 4 hours) - one of most famous destinations on the Ancient Silk Road.

In the morning of day 7 we take a half-day guided walk around the beautifully restored mosques, medressas and covered markets that make up the Old City.

There is plenty of time to explore the artisan shops and wander the narrow twisting streets and alleyways. A center for pottery, cloth and Turkmen carpets, the old city is centered around Lyabi-Hauz, a delightful pool of water surrounded by ancient mulberry trees, where you can sit at cafe tables and let the evening drift by. There is also the option to take in a local puppet show held in an old caravanserai or indulge in a Turkish bath.

July 5 to July 6: Khiva (2B)

On Day 8 we take a trip (approx. 8 hours) to the edge of the Kyzyl Kum Desert and arrive in the ancient town of Khiva in the afternoon.

In the 19th century, Khiva was a center of the mighty Khiva Khanate, which hosted the most famous slave market on the Silk Road - nowadays, it's one of the best preserved ancient cities in the region. Explore the old town surrounded by city walls, bargain with locals in the market and see the town from the top of the Friday Mosque's Minaret. Don't forget to have a look at the amazing tiles in the yards of Tash Khauli Khan's Palace. Experience the sand-colored brick structures populating the inner walls of the Ichon-Qala, wander through the medressas, clamber up minarets, and explore the dark dungeons Khiva was infamous for back in the 10th century.

We have a guided tour of the city on Day 9, followed by free time to experience the amazing local life - browse the shops, wander the lanes, examine handmade silk rugs, sit in a cafe drinking tea or enjoy a cold beer in this ancient historical town.

July 7 : Khiva- Topraq Qala - Ayaz Qala (B, L, D)

After a morning drive (1.5 hours) we will explore the Desert Castles of Ancient Khorezm, both listed as UNESCO World Heritage sights. Later we will have chance to stay in a yurt & ride on Bactrian Camels.

July 8 : Nukus - Tashkent (B)

After breakfast, we drive to Nukus (3 hour drive), capital of the Karakalpakstan Autonomous Republic where we will have a short tour of the capital. We will also visit the unique museum in the Post Soviet area named after Igor Savitskiy which houses the best collection of artifacts of Ancient Khorezm Empire & Russian avant-garde, banned during Stalins rule through the 1960s. Later in the afternoon we take the short flight to Tashkent.

July 9 : Tashkent (B)

Depart Tashkent at any time.

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Western Turkey or Greece or China programs through our Multi-Trip Discount.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

Trip Notes

1. Uzbekistan is a cash-only economy, both in terms of spending while there as well as bringing money. Apparently there are very few ATMs that are hooked to the outside world, so participants need to know to bring everything they plan to spend in cash -- pristine, new dollar bills (1996 series or later), or Euros. Pounds are not as widely changeable as dollars and euros. We recommend bringing $600 in USD cash plus whatever you want to spend on souvenirs. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. We recommend to bring smaller denominations of USD as well (At least 70 USD in small denominations: 1, 5 and 10 USD notes)- many vendors accept them if you don't have local currency.

In a quick pinch, some banks can arrange a cash advance off of a credit card, but you'll lose time trying to find a bank that will do it. The other problem is that they'll dispense cash at the official exchange rate, which is well below the black market rate; you'll lose buying power because most merchants who calculate costs in dollars do so at the black market rate (In the summer of 2013 the official rate was just over 2,000 som to the dollar, while the black market rate was 2,700 to the dollar).

Carpet shops take credit cards; everywhere else you should plan to spend ca$h.

Travelers checks are not recommended, as only limited amount of banks work with them.

2. Uzbekistan is a country which may be very different to anything you have experienced before. The mixture of Soviet heritage and Islam, summer heat, religious conservatism, traffic and crowds can result in initial culture shock but should be seen as an exciting new challenge. During your time here you will come to love this wonderfully different country but know that you should always expect to encounter some difficulties along the way.

3. Though you can see lots of people in traditional clothes, Uzbekistan has adopted western style clothing as well. Don't hesitate to pack your usual travel clothing: in the summer it can be shorts and T-shorts, sandals etc. We recommend to forget about singlets, single tops and any types of clothes with bare shoulders and backs - it is unacceptable in most areas, and even in big cities. Our tours take us to many religious sights, where dress code is very strict. We recommend women to have a headscarf in their bags - to cover their head when going inside mosques (it's also a great help in the heat in summer). Best things to pack for hot Central Asian climate are loose, long clothing - long trousers and sarongs or long skirts for women.

A participant in 2013 told us you can wear shorts in Uzbekistan everywhere except into mosques, and there you're OK as long as your knees are covered. (Men too - board shorts or the tragic man-pris are ideal here)."

4. From a participant from last year: "Flights tend to come in and out at weird hours. Participants should be aware that the program is intended to begin and end at noon. The two most convenient flights for Americans are the Turkish Air and CSA (Czech) flights that come in in the wee hours -- it's really best for all concerned if participants plan to leave the day AFTER the program is done. I didn't realize how close I was cutting it -- we flew back from Nukus to Tashkent, arriving 11:30 pm and my flight was at 3 am to Istanbul; thank God everything ran on time. Would have been better to give myself the last day in Tashkent - I did have a bit of worry about the Uzbekistan Airways flight running on time. There is actually plenty to do in Tashkent (it's a pleasant enough city just to hang out in) -- the Uzbek history museum is not on the itinerary and participants will probably appreciate it more at the end of the program anyway."

5. The program moves a lot - smaller suitcases are better. Hotels usually don't have elevators and you're gonna carry them yourself.

6. Make sure bring an antibiotic like Cipro. Speak to your doctor to find out which one they recommend for treating travelers diarrhea. Many of the people in our groups seem to get sick at some point during this trip so having an antibiotic was very helpful. Make sure you also bring some re-hydration powder, like Gatorade mix.

Service Level

Standard:

Step out of the normal tourist mind-set and truly experience the world. Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity. Occasionally you may have a multi-share night at rustic local guesthouses, with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower. Transportation will be a combination of public transport, private buses and some private vehicles.

Physical Grading

2:

2: Light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program requires a minimum of 8 participants to run and will have a maximum of 15 participants.

Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Packing List

You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We highly recommend using a large multi-day backpack, plus a small daypack, like a messenger bag or purse. There are lots of different backpacks out there, but in general you want a bag that has a capacity of around 50 to 80 cubic liters. For an example click here. (Please email jesse@geeo.org if that link does not work)

You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them (max. 15-20 mins walking) and trekking up several flights of hotel stairs.

Suggested Checklist

•Clothes for Mosques – (shorts that go below the knees, shirts that cover shoulders)
•Light windproof/waterproof jacket (Chances are it won't rain)
•Small towel and swimwear
•Sun hat
•Personal clothing for mild to hot weather (We recommend packing 8 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once. For women we recommend clothing that covers knees and shoulders.)
•Day pack
•Sturdy walking shoes (Running shoes are fine too)
•Sport sandals
•Sunblock
•Sunglasses
•Toiletries (biodegradable)
•Watch or alarm clock
•Water bottle
•Flashlight or headlamp
•Wash cloth (If you normally use a washcloth at home as most hotels do not have them.)
•Money belt
•Camera
•First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine,
Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect
repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
Please note tampons can be hard to find in Uzbekistan

Optional Checklist

•Travel pillow (This one is great)
•Phone/Tablet for internet (Most hotels have WiFi)
•Chargers for electronics as well converters/adaptors if needed (See FAQ)
•Light fleece top for your flight. (You probably won't use it in Uzbekistan)
•Packing cubes (These are awesome)
•Flip-flops/Sandals
•Ear Plugs (These are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate)
•Snacks (Packing a few granola bars is a good idea. You can buy snacks when you get there too, so don't go crazy here.)
•Reading/writing material
•Hand Sanitizer/Baby wipes
•Fruit bars/granola bars, crackers and ramen
•Umbrella (For the sun, not rain)
•Probiotics (Good for avoiding stomach issues)

Document Checklist

•Passport (with photocopies)
•Visa (with photocopies)
•Travel insurance (with photocopies)
•Airline tickets (with photocopies)
•EUR/USD cash
•Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
•G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
•Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
•GEEO Classroom action plans for your group (This is sent 10-30 days before departure)

Single Travellers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our trips are designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Most of our trips have the option for a "My Own Room" which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself.

Money

Spending Money

Uzbekistan is a cash-only economy, both in terms of spending while there as well as bringing money. Apparently there are very few ATMs that are hooked to the outside world, so participants need to know to bring everything they plan to spend in cash -- pristine, new dollar bills (1996 series or later), or Euros. Pounds are not as widely changeable as dollars and euros. We recommend bringing $600 in USD cash plus whatever you want to spend on souvenirs. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. We recommend to bring smaller denominations of USD as well (At least 70 USD in small denominations: 1, 5 and 10 USD notes)- many vendors accept them if you don't have local currency.

In a quick pinch, some banks can arrange a cash advance off of a credit card, but you'll lose time trying to find a bank that will do it. The other problem is that they'll dispense cash at the official exchange rate, which is well below the black market rate; you'll lose buying power because most merchants who calculate costs in dollars do so at the black market rate (In the summer of 2013 the official rate was just over 2,000 som to the dollar, while the black market rate was 2,700 to the dollar).

Carpet shops take credit cards; everywhere else you should plan to spend ca$h.

Travelers checks are not recommended, as only limited amount of banks work with them.

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.

Samarkand

Ulugbek Observatory - 3 USD
Tomb of Daniel - 2 USD
Davlat Museum - 3 USD
Minaret - 6 USD
Meal in Local house - 15 USD

Bukhara

Hamom - traditional bath house - 25-30 USD
Puppet show - 25 USD
Meal in Local House - 9-15 USD

Khiva

Minaret - 5 USD

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Just breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$1424 USD

Non-Educator Fee

GEEO program fee for Non-Educators: $100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$100 USD

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1500-$2500 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare we would be happy to assist you. Just email air@gadventures.com for more information. Also see our FAQ for flight advice.

Insurance

$42-$200 USD
Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.

Tipping

$40-$50 USD for your G Adventures Tour leader, Another $50 should cover guides and drivers on other activities.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

$260-$315 USD

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

Make sure you budget for these types of expenses

Airport and Departure Taxes

This is usually included in your flight price.

Vaccines

(It all depends on what you don’t have already/what your insurance covers.)

Visa

$160 USD for Americans (Check with your local embassy if you are not American.)

Souvenirs

$0-????

FAQ

What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

Before you decide on travelling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. To summarize, our programs are quite adventurous.

• We use basic, no frills accommodation. The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury.

• The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• Many of our programs occur in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.

• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

• We try to set up a school visit on each program, but these sometimes fall through due to complications. Please understand they are not a guaranteed part of the program.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of trip departure. If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here.
Americans need to purchase a visa for travel to Uzbekistan. Instructions for the visa process can be found here. The cost for a US citizen is $160 for the needed tourist visa.
Please note that you don't need to put anything in the field "Invite Party" on the visa application form.

Here are more detailed instructions from Chris Rose's (A participant and our academic expert last summer) personal experience:

1) US Citizen Requirements page on the Uzbek Embassy Web site:
http://www.uzbekistan.org/consular/visa/us_citizens_requirements/

Residents of: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia apply to the Embassy in DC:
Consular Section
Embassy of Uzbekistan
1746 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 530-7291
Fax: (202) 202-9633
E-mail: consul@uzbekistan.org
Website: www.uzbekistan.org

Residents of all other states, including Canada and Mexico (seriously, that's what it says verbatim) apply to the New York Consulate:

Consulate General of Uzbekistan in New York City
801 Second Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 230-1341
Fax: (212) 754-7403
E-mail: info@uzbekcounsulny.org
Website: www.uzbekconsulny.org

Required documentation:

1. One duly completed and signed Visa Application Form. (see "Visa Form" below)
2. Valid original passport
3. Copy of passport (copy of pages with personal data, visas, stamps and other records – I guess this means I have to photocopy every page that has something written or stamped. Fortunately I have a new passport...)
3. One passport size color photo
4. Visa fee for U.S. Citizens:
10 business days processing ("usual") - US $ 160.00
4 business days processing ("urgent") - US $ 240.00

The Consular Section only accepts Money Orders, Postal Money Orders, Cashier's Checks and Certified Checks. Visa fee is non-refundable. Those applying by mail must include USPS, FedEx or UPS pre-paid self-addressed return envelope.

2) The visa application is online:
http://evisa.mfa.uz/evisa_en

This is one of those forms that loads up incredibly slowly, you fill it out, and then it basically downloads all the stuff into a PDF which you then download, print, sign, and send in. (Not like Brazil where you just print out a receipt page to send with your passport and they keep the data electronically.) Anyway, it does take forever to load up, but will eventually do so.

There is an un-required field where you can upload a photo. Since I had a photo, I selected the file and nothing happened. There's no actual "upload photo" function. I have no idea why it's there. I suggest you ignore it.

Purpose of visit: I put "tourism; participating in G Adventures program "Uzbekistan Discovered."

Inviting party: is a required field to complete the form, but American passport holders don't need this, so I put "n/a."

Address in Uzbekistan: As per G Adventures web site, I put the joining hotel:
Hotel Uzbekistan
45, Musakhanov str.,
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 100047

+998 71 113 11 11

Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

Where do I meet the group? What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip. Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel's front desk with the introductory meeting time and location.

When arriving to Tashkent International Airport, you can go outside the airport and take a taxi - there are lots of taxis. Our hotel is situated pretty close to the airport (About 2km). Many drivers will approach you - all of them know where the hotel is, but you should bargain before you get in the taxi. Depending on time of the day and your bargaining skills ride to the hotel cost approximately 5-10 USD.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

Half of the people that travel with us are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who wants to join you on our trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. If you want to room alone, there is a "My Own Room" fee of $499 USD.

Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops with the exception of the two nights when we stay in home stay & traditional yurts.

What is group travel like?

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Participants in our programs are permitted to bring friends or family members on their trip. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and of adequate fitness level for your chosen trip.

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. 2013 was the first year that we offered an Uzbekistan program. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to Uzbekistan for several years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is affordable. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 1000 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Tashkent by, which would usually mean departing the USA two days prior. You can arrive at anytime you choose.

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance, so you will need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan.

You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like. You must bring some proof of this insurance to your introduction meeting on the first day of the trip. If you do not have travel health insurance at that time, you will be forced to purchase insurance on the spot, which will be pricier than purchasing it in advance.

One of the least expensive options is the "International Volunteer Card." They have a $42 card (Plus Plan) that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits. DO NOT get the Basic Plan that they offer as it does not have enough coverage for our programs.

To sign up for the card you can follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/geeo.html.

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance too, which the IVC offers as an additional option. Trip Cancellation insurance costs 5% of up to the total cost of your trip. For example, if you chose to insure $1000 of your trip cost, Trip Cancellation would cost $50. You can call them at 1-877-359-4466, ext. 7663 to ask for details on the cancellation plan or follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/trip-cancellation-insurance/.

Another option is purchasing the insurance plan that G Adventures offers. Their comprehensive plan offers both health and cancellation insurance.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using www.kayak.com to see what is out there in terms of flights. G Adventures also has a wonderful air department, which can be reached at 1-800-708-7761.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at www.flyforgood.com or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations, and are sometimes higher than tickets found on on kayak, travelocity, orbitz, etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me?

You may want to stay longer in Tashkent so feel free to arrive a few days early or depart a few days later.

We can book your extra hotel nights for you if you wish. Just send a request by email to groups@gadventures.com with the dates you would like at least 30 days before departure.

When should I purchase my flights?

You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum amount of required participants before you book your flights. Typically we reach the minimum amount needed at least 60 days before departure, which often happens to be when you can find the best prices for purchasing flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed.

If I wanted to extend my stay in the region, is there any other tour you would recommend?

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Western Turkey or Greece or China programs through our Multi-Trip Discount.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip? Is there high altitude?

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. However, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health, (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/) who have travel clinics throughout the US. Please take this seriously!

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

Though you can see lots of people in traditional clothes, Uzbekistan has adopted western style clothing as well. Don't hesitate to pack your usual travel clothing: in the summer it can be shorts and T-shorts, sandals etc. We recommend to forget about singlets, single tops and any types of clothes with bare shoulders and backs - it is unacceptable in most areas, and even in big cities. Our tours take us to many religious sights, where dress code is very strict. We recommend women to have a headscarf in their bags - to cover their head when going inside mosques (it's also a great help in the heat in summer). Best things to pack for hot Central Asian climate are loose, long clothing - long trousers and sarongs or long skirts for women.

A participant in 2013 told us you can wear shorts in Uzbekistan everywhere except into mosques, and there you're OK as long as your knees are covered. (Men too - board shorts or the tragic man-pris are ideal here)."

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

The G Adventures Regional Office that manages Uzbekistan trips is in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok Office Tel: +66 2 381 5574 (9am-5pm Local Time)

If you are experiencing complications with your Tashkent AIRPORT TRANSFER that was booked through G Adventures please call: +998 97 332 73 04 (Gulnoza)

After hours Emergency:

Central Asia Manager Mobile: + 86 152 1031 2045 - Michael

If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office they have a toll-free line within North America (or our regular direct line), which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Other than the first hotel, our partner G Adventures does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips.

The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G Adventures does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at anytime your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Uzbekistan primarily uses a type C plug, which is the same two circular prong plug you find in most of Europe. Their voltage is 220 Volts.

U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100 - 240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unless your tour leader tells you differently, only bottled water should be drunk, and this is readily available for purchase. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled, washed in boiled water and in the case of the latter, well cooked. Meat and fish should also be fresh, well-cooked and hot, to avoid possible infection.

What should I expect in terms of school visits?

GEEO tries to include a school visit on each of our programs; however these visits are never a guaranteed part of our programming. School visits can be very tricky.

• In many of the countries we visit, schools will be closed for vacation over the summer. In that case we try to arrange an informal meeting with local teachers or a visit to a summer school.

• Some of our shorter programs are so packed with activities and places to see that we feel a school visit would mean the group would have to miss out on something important. In that case a school visit may not be scheduled.

• Many times we spend hours setting up a visit only for the school to cancel on us at the last minute.

• Often arranging school visits is easier if done in person with short notice. Your tour leader will try to schedule ad hoc school visits for your group when possible.

• Each school visit is different. We aim for you to get a tour of the school, sit in on a class and have a Q and A session with some of the staff.

• If we do schedule a school visit it is important that the entire group attend.

• Over time we try to establish long term relationships with schools so we can have more predictable, immersive visits that are rewarding for both our guests and the schools themselves.

Should I bring school supplies with me to donate to a school?

You can if you wish. Please keep in mind it is important for you to pack light for your trip and school supplies can take up a lot of space. Sometimes school visits are at the end of the trip so you may be carrying the supplies for the entire trip. Sometimes we aren't able to arrange a school visit at all so you would then have to figure out a way to give them out yourself.

Our advice is to bring little if any supplies with you and instead buy supplies locally when your tour leader tells you a school visit is planned. They can help the group pool money and purchase supplies such as books, athletic equipment, pencils and paper. This will allow you to give an appropriate gift, save room in your pack and also help the local economy. We encourage you to establish relationships with the schools that we visit. In the past some of our participants have run fundraisers for needy schools and have mailed supplies to the schools.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

Many of the hotels we use have WiFi (often free, sometime not). There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used. Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/tablet/smart phone if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

What is the weather like?

Large areas of Uzbekistan are desert. Summer is long, hot and dry. You should expect daytime temperatures in the 80's and 90's F and nighttime temperatures in 60's and 70's F. Often we have a packed early morning schedule and then a siesta in the afternoons to avoid the worst of the heat.

What is the food like?

There is a great deal of grain farming in Uzbekistan, so breads and noodles are of importance, and Uzbek cuisine has been characterized as "noodle-rich". Mutton is a popular variety of meat due to the abundance of sheep in the country and it is a part of various Uzbek dishes.

Uzbekistan's signature dish is palov (plov or osh), a main course typically made with rice, pieces of meat, and grated carrots and onions. Oshi nahor, or "morning plov", is served in the early morning (between 6 and 9 am) to large gatherings of guests, typically as part of an ongoing wedding celebration. Other notable national dishes include: shurpa (shurva or shorva), a soup made of large pieces of fatty meat (usually mutton) and fresh vegetables; norin and lagman, noodle-based dishes that may be served as a soup or a main course; manti (also called qasqoni), chuchvara, and somsa, stuffed pockets of dough served as an appetizer or a main course; dimlama (a meat and vegetable stew) and various kebabs, usually served as a main course.

Green tea is the national hot beverage taken throughout the day; teahouses (chaikhanas) are of cultural importance. The more usual black tea is preferred in Tashkent. Both are typically taken without milk or sugar. Tea always accompanies a meal, but it is also a drink of hospitality, automatically offered green or black to every guest. Ayran, a chilled yogurt drink, is popular in the summer, but does not replace hot tea.

The choice of desserts in Uzbek cuisines are limited. A typical festive meal ends with fruit or a compote of fresh or dried fruit, followed by nuts and halvah with green tea.

What is the transportation like?

We use an air conditioned private vehicle throughout this trip with a driver. We have one in-country flight at the end of the trip.

What is the accommodation like?

The hotels we use are clean and comfortable. GEEO trips are designed to be affordable for any teacher, so please don’t come in expecting luxury. All of our hotels on this trip have private bathrooms with western toilets and hot water showers.

You will also spend one night on a homestay and one night in a yurt.

The homestay is in Nurata Mountains, in a small village called Sentyab. There are 4 to 5 families who have set up the guesthouses in their homes. Depending on the particular home we use there will be 2-4 people per room. There are 2 showers with hot water and 2 toilets which are very clean. In the evening they serve us a dinner in their garden.

No gift is needed for the homestay, but if passengers want to bring some Western local snacks to share with their family, it would be welcomed. It always a great way to break the ice. Nothing special needed.

The Yurt camp we stay at is located near the Ayaz Qala archaeological site. There are around 10 Yurts. There will be 2-4 people per yurt. Inside there is carpet and our participants sleep on traditional mattresses (quite comfortable) on the floor. Bedding is clean.
There are four shared bathroom & showers. There is a restaurant in one of the Yurts where they serve dinners.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

Uzbekistan is a cash-only economy, both in terms of spending while there as well as bringing money. Apparently there are very few ATMs that are hooked to the outside world, so participants need to know to bring everything they plan to spend in cash -- pristine, new dollar bills (1996 series or later), or Euros. Pounds are not as widely changeable as dollars and euros. We recommend bringing $600 in USD cash plus whatever you want to spend on souvenirs. Usually 50 and 100 USD/EUR notes get better exchange rate. We recommend to bring smaller denominations of USD as well (At least 70 USD in small denominations: 1, 5 and 10 USD notes)- many vendors accept them if you don't have local currency.

In a quick pinch, some banks can arrange a cash advance off of a credit card, but you'll lose time trying to find a bank that will do it. The other problem is that they'll dispense cash at the official exchange rate, which is well below the black market rate; you'll lose buying power because most merchants who calculate costs in dollars do so at the black market rate (In the summer of 2013 the official rate was just over 2,000 som to the dollar, while the black market rate was 2,700 to the dollar).

Carpet shops take credit cards; everywhere else you should plan to spend ca$h.

Travelers checks are not recommended, as only limited amount of banks work with them.

What language is spoken in Uzbekistan?

Uzbek is a Turkic language and the official language of Uzbekistan. It has anywhere between 20 and 26 million native speakers and is spoken by the Uzbeks in Uzbekistan and elsewhere in Central Asia. Uzbek belongs to the Eastern Turkic, or Karluk, language group of the Altaic language family. The Uzbek language gets its lexicon and grammar mostly from Turkic languages. Other influences rose from Persian, Arabic and Russian. One of the most distinguishing aspects of Uzbek from other Turkic languages is its rounding of the vowels, a feature that was influenced by Persian.

Is there advice that past participants would like to pass onto you?

Quotes from past participants:

"To those interested in purchasing silk carpets traveling this route, the UNESCO carpet workshop in Khiva does NOT take credit cards! You must pay in cash!"

"Bring umbrella. And good hat. Lots of sunscreen. And bring something that will help moisten your nose ( I used carmex). Worked pretty good! Lot of tissues or wet wipes. Emphasize the "cash only" economy. And pay no more than $5 Usd for cab rides from airport"

"It was very hot and dry, which we knew it would be, but there was certainly no need for any kind of rain gear.

"Also, prices were incredibly low, so that unless you were going to buy loads of souvenirs or higher priced goods, the amount of money you need to bring along per person for incidentals would probably be less than recommended on the web site. I think $500 would do it. It is definitely a cash economy, and changing money was easy, but those who hadn't brought much cash had trouble finding ATM's that actually worked."

"Many of the folks on this year's trip came earlier, and stayed longer, than the duration of the tour. Most of those people said that that was unnecessary--12 days in country was solid and time enough spent there."

"We could have been better prepared with a traveler's package of dehydration salts and antibiotics for stomach issues. Imodium is not enough."

"1. You don't need to exchange money right away at the airport. Taxi drivers accept US dollars (the ride should cost around $5) as do many of the souvenir shops and stalls...so bringing some US money in smaller denominations was really helpful. The amount you suggested on the website was spot on for me ($600 plus souvenirs) and yes, bring cash only. I was only able to use my credit card at Hotel Uzbekistan (booked a couple nights on my own since I arrived early and left later).
2. I'm not sure if you can or want to publicize this, but what my guidebook said about money exchange was true...most people exchange money on the black/free market rather than an official exchange counter because the rate is better. I got 2300 som for $1 officially versus 3000 som for $1 on the black market. Hotel staff and money exchangers at the market will approach you. Once your tour begins, your guide can handle all of your money exchanges.
3. Bring toilet paper/tissue and antibacterial wipes. Sometimes the rest stops are in the desert with no bathrooms or toilets.
4. You need a towel for the home stay and a flashlight for the yurt camp to find your way to the bathroom.
5. Unfortunately, you will probably get diarrhea. Most people in our group had some stomach issues. A few more seasoned travelers brought probiotic supplements with them and took them every day...they never got sick.
6. Uzbekistan: The Golden Road to Samarkand is a great, comprehensive guidebook.
7. I know it can be scary looking at the expected temperatures in Uzbekistan but it is bearable and most of the guided tours take place in the morning and early afternoon so you can rest and cool off when it is the hottest outside.
8. If you forget to pack something, you can probably easily find it at a supermarket in Tashkent. There is one within walking distance from the hotel.
9. I arrived a couple days before the official tour started and was really happy that I did...and I scheduled my flight to arrive at night so I could go right to sleep. It gave me some time to adjust to the time change and the country so I felt good when the tour began. Most of the other travelers took a Turkish Airlines flight but I ended up booking a flight on Lufthansa from JFK to Frankfurt and then on Uzbekistan Airways from Frankfurt to Tashkent. I was a little worried about the 2nd leg but everything ran smoothly."

"It is in the itinerary and we are adults who know these were oasis towns, but I think it could be made a little clearer that a participant will spend every other or 3rd day on long bus rides. Secondly, what a meat culture it is, and that there are few options for vegetarians. Even many of the salads include meats. "

Do you have advice on tipping?

Uzbekistan has a strong tipping culture - it is customary and even expected to tip small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis and van drivers. Tips are regarded as an essential means of supplementing income for those working in the tourism industry.

Even though this might not be customary to you, nor such common practice in your home country, it is generally expected and of great significance to the people who will be assisting you during your travels.

Depending on your preference and/or that of the group, you may choose to tip individually, organize the tipping with your travelling companions, or, your Tour Leader will offer to collect the tip money at the beginning of your tour and tip as a group with your participation as the tour progresses. A recommendation for tipping small service providers, like drivers and local guides, is about $3 USD per day, depending on the quality of the service (this does not include your G Adventures Tour Leader).

Feel free to ask your Tour Leader for the breakdown/distribution of the tips. Note that if you have been very disappointed by a particular service, please inform your Tour Leader right away, and the tip will be adjusted accordingly.

Also, at the end of your trip if you felt your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is also expected and appreciated. The precise amount is entirely a personal preference, however $20-25 USD per person per week can be used as a general guideline.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

Will I be there for Ramadan?

This trip will take place during Ramadan. Uzbekistan is not terribly conservative. You are just as likely to see locals eating and drinking instead of fasting. Certainly in Samarkand/Bukhara you won't notice any difference. The only issue will be around sunset as locals head off home to "break fast" It might be tough to get a taxi for an hour or so, but that's about it.

Here is an article about Ramadan in Uzbekistan.

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, www.fundforteachers.org. These grants can be used on GEEO trips. If you want advice on applying for an FFT grant, please email us and we will send you a document that you will find helpful.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO negotiates with tour companies to get great deals for teachers. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teacher's experience into the classroom. GEEO markets these programs to convince teachers to explore the world. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 20 years G Adventures has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.


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1424.00 USD

*Based on Double Occupancy, International Airfare not included

Availability: +7

This program requires a minimum of 8 participants to run and will have a maximum of 15 participants.

What's Included

  • Tashkent walking tour, Samarkand walking tour including Registan, Home stay in mountainside village, Bukhara walking tour, Khiva walking tour, Yurt stay.

  • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guides

  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners. (Allow USD $240-$315 for meals not included.)

  • Taxis, local bus, air-con bus, plane.

  • Hotels (9 nts), homestay (1 nt), traditional yurts (1 nt)

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions