Although Uzbekistan may not seem like the natural choice for a winter holiday, winter is the ideal time to discover the country’s evocative Silk Road cities in peace and tranquillity. On this Uzbekistan Winter Tour, you’ll follow in the footsteps of caravans as you journey to the fabled trading hub of Samarkand; visit mosques and madrassahs in the 2,000-year-old city of Bukhara; and experience the blend of old and new in Uzbekistan’s capital, Tashkent. Photograph the famous monuments, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, without the crowds and, if you’re very lucky, with a dusting of snow. Depending on your departure date, you may also be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve in local style.
Every Thursday of the week , available between December-February
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All transfers 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3-7 pax by van type car; 8-13 pax by 20-seat bus; Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; Sightseeing tour programme with local, English-speaking guides in each city; Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights; Visa support letter for Uzbekistan visa; Bottled mineral water (500ml per person per day); Full board (lunches and dinners); English-speaking tour leader to accompany groups of 6 or more travelers.
Tour leader for the whole duration of the tour (unless there are 6 or more travellers); Hotel charges for additional services; Personal travel insurance; Consular fee for Uzbekistan tourist visa (if required); Camera fees charged separately by museums; International flight tickets before and after the tour.
The country’s climate is hot, dry and continental because of no direct access to the sea or ocean.
Winter in Uzbekistan unlike other countries of this area is cold enough. Winter weather may change very sharp: sunny days can be replaced by stormy and rainy ones several times during a week. Annual amount of precipitation falls in winter – nearly 30-40%.
In the north of Uzbekistan moderate climatic conditions dominate while subtropical one does in the far south of the country. Mostly dry and hot weather prevails during a year. The daylight contains 15 hours in summer and no less than 9 hours in winter. In the north the average sunlight is 2500-3000 hours and in the south it is 2800-3130 hours. It is comparable with California, the US with the same condition. In Uzbekistan it is cold in winter and hot in summer . January is the coldest month of the year while July is the hottest. Though the average winter temperature is about -23°C, in the north it may fall as low as -35,-40°C. However, there may be enough warm days during winter time. Uzbekistan doesn’t feature with heavy and long-lying snowfall. The average snowfall is about 5-15 centimeters. Spring usually starts in February in the southern parts while it reaches in April in northern area of the country. The weather is changeable in spring with warm, chilly and sometimes cold days. Summer starts even in May in the south and remains till august. In summer the temperature is about +35, +40°C and sometimes it may reach +50, +60°C in deserts.
Samarkand, the old city and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, located at 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level, has also a climate similar to that of Tashkent, though a little less hot in summer because of the higher altitude. Annual precipitation is around 355 mm (14 in), so it’s slightly lower than in the capital, but it follows a similar pattern, with a maximum in winter and spring and virtually no rain in summer.
The average annual rainfall is about 100-200 mm which mostly occurs in spring and winter as well as precipitation.
Breakfast. Start the second day with a visit to Sitorai Mokhi-khosa, the summer residence of Bukhara’s last emir and a unique combination of Oriental and Russian architecture. Continue to the Memorial Complex of Bakhouddin Naqshbandiand the Chor-Bakr Necropolis. At 14:50 transfer to Bukhara train station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Samarkand, which departs at 15:50 and arrives at 17:25. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours
Breakfast, followed by hotel check-out. Continue the sightseeing tour with visits to the Afrasiab Museum and the Tomb of Saint Daniel. Drive to Konigil village to explore the traditional way of making Samarkand paper from the bark of the mulberry tree. Then enjoy some free time in Samarkand with a car and driver at your disposal. At 16:00, transfer to the railway station to take the high-speed Afrosiyob train to Tashkent, which departs at 17:00 and arrives at 19:10. Transfer to the hotel for overnight. Duration of sightseeing tour: 3-4 hours