Advantour Team: Tashkent Office
Senior Travel Consultant
Sevara graduated from the Uzbek State World Languages University. Before joining Advantour she taught English language at secondary school and worked at the International Business School ‘Kelajak Ilmi’. Sevara speaks English, Spanish, Russian and Uzbek languages. She would also love to learn French – “beautiful language of love that is spoken by 220 million people”. Sevara joined Advantour in February, 2007. She has become a high-level professional on setting of the tours across Central Asia countries based on tourists’ requirements.
Sevara loves Tashkent and thinks that the most beautiful place in Uzbekistan is Registan Square in Samarkand. One of her dreams is visiting Japan: Hiroshima and Miyajima, Hakone Volcano, ancient temples and enjoy the nature of the Land of the Rising Sun.
Sevara likes reading A. Chekhov, drinking pomegranate juice, and rejoicing at family holidays. She believes that whatever happens, it happens for good. One should strive to see the positive in every aspect of his life and being optimistic about everything.
French speaking Travel Consultant
Kamila graduated from the National University of Uzbekistan with a major in French philology. She worked as an interpreter a board the flight of Tashkent-Paris-Tashkent of the National Air Company ‘Uzbekistan Airways’. Kamila wants to learn English and master her Uzbek language skills. In the company, she is responsible for correspondence with tourists and organization of tours. The best vacation for Kamila is traveling to nature where she can relax, enjoy the beauty of the landscapes and get distracted from everyday troubles. She advises: ‘Never ever go hiking in an open top and shorts, you will get burned and scratched. And don’t forget to take a compass and some food with yourself’.
Kamila would love to travel across Europe with a must visit of Florence while Leonid Agutin would give a concert on the bridge of Ponte Vecchio. If Kamila had a time machine, she would travel to Tashkent of 3015. On a rainy autumn day, she likes staying home, sitting next to a window, sipping a cup of coffee and dreaming to the sound of rain drops. She completely agrees with the quote from Faina Ranevskaya: ‘Life is too short to waste it on diets, greedy men and a bad mood’.
Senior Travel Consultant
Shavkat graduated from the Tashkent State Economics University. He also studied at Istanbul University and Universitaire FAculteiten Sint-Ignatius (Belgium). He has working experience in the Siemens AG representative office in Tashkent. He is a polyglot, speaks English, German, Russian, Uzbek, Turkish and Flemish. He would like to learn French, a beautiful language. He has been with Advantour since 2010. He is responsible for correspondence with tourists and tours organization. He is best at working: he never misses work, never gets sick and is never late. There is nothing better than preparing shashlik on mountain trips, thinks Shavkat. And a bonus to that would be, the perfectly visible Milky Way in the mountains sky as it is described in the astrology textbooks. Every resident of this planet needs to be at least once in Samarkand, the symbol of Uzbekistan, says Shavkat. It is interesting that some guests compare Uzbekistan to Iran seeing the similarity of the buildings. He prefers Uzbekistan to any country with Tashkent as his favourite city; a beautiful city and a country where it is good to live.
Polyglot Khodjaev as a child wished to be a pilot. If he had a chance he would travel to Burundi; an interesting country of an interesting continent. Shavkat loves autumn, season of fruits when it’s not too warm. In friends, he values most loyalty and cheerfulness.
Shukhrat is a bank worker according to his education. He is the Veteran of the company and before joining Advantour in 2004, he worked for the private hotel ‘Rovshan’. The Manager of Advantour, he is happy to speak perfect English, though he thinks that he is the best at keeping silent.
The best ‘selfie’ spot according to Shukhrat is on a donkey in front of the monument of Hodja Nasreddin near the Lyabi Haus in Bukhara. Even the richest man in the world would be amazed with the Uzbek cuisine if tried once, assures Shukhrat. He is a practical man and advises to cook tinned meat during mountain hike as it’s nourishing, tasty and easy to carry. And one must take food on a hike as it’s fine to find water, but it’s harder to find food.
The most unforgettable of Shukhrat’s vacations was a trip to China that left so many impressions on him. Shukhrat likes remembering school days, watching Jackie Chan films, a jolly actor who never plays in vulgar scenes.
His favorite saying is ‘It’s better to be silent and be known as a clever man rather than speak and dispel doubts’.
Director and the founder of Advantour
Feruza has graduated from the Tashkent State Economics University with a major in accounting-auditing. She has worked in the Business School ‘Kelajak Ilmi’ and in an International Consulting Firm. Besides native Uzbek and Russian, she speaks English and basic German. She likes Spanish and Portuguese that she would gladly learn.
Feruza founded the company ‘Advantour’ in 2003. She manages the company office in Tashkent and is responsible for group tours in Uzbekistan and Central Asia.
Feruza says that the best spot for a ‘selfie’ in Uzbekistan is Bukhara, a very romantic city with many monuments that can be used as backgrounds.
If she had a chance, Feruza would go to the Dominican Republic. She likes how the name sounds. Also, she would love to see the ocean floor.
Anvar graduated from the Tashkent University of Information Technologies with a major in management in the sphere of communication. Before joining Advantour in 2007, Anvar worked in the Uzbek Post Office and a private hotel ‘Rovshan’. He speaks four languages: Uzbek, Russian, Turkish and English. He is best at making hotel reservations and organizing transport services all around Tashkent. There is no accommodation, even the smallest hotel, in Central Asia that Anvar wouldn’t know about. As an experienced traveler, Anvar does not advise going hiking in a dinner jacket as you can’t keep everything you need for your trip in it: matches, salt, knife, cap, sunglasses and tinned food.
Anvar respects people who are able to work hard and achieve what they want in life. He would love to find himself for one day in Samarkand of the 15th century to meet the ruler and the scientist Mirzo Ulugbek. It would also be good to go on a trip across South America with Lionel Messi. Anvar likes Singapore where Lee Kuan Yew eradicated corruption completely and of course Tashkent just because he was born here. He is a great football fan, who loves running after a ball in a game with his colleagues.
Ekaterina graduated from the Tashkent State Oriental Institute with a major in history and historiography of peoples of Central Asia. She speaks Russian, English, as well as writes and reads Arabic. Working with Advantour since 2011 as a Tourism Consultant, she is responsible for hotel bookings and organization of guaranteed tours in Uzbekistan and tours to Caucasus.
Visiting Nurata Mountains via Samarkand is a must for any tourist coming to Uzbekistan, assures Ekaterina and of course, take a ‘selfie’ in the Registan Square.
Tourists are advised to not only try but also cook dishes of Uzbek cuisine; they are easy to cook and very delicious. She thinks it is one of the best cuisines in the world.
As a child, Katya dreamed of becoming a cosmonaut. Maybe this is why she is planning to parachute and paraglide in the near future. And she loves photography. This is an opportunity to deliver emotions through a picture, an image. Photography allows the discovery of something new every day. Ekaterina would gladly buy military HumVee, the best car for our roads. Besides, driving such a car would not raise stereotypes with the male drivers.
Ekaterina loves reading; among her favorites are Marquez and Bulgakov.
She is sure that the most important thing in life is to believe in yourself.
Sultankhoja Masharipov, graduated from International Business School and then Tashkent College of Tourism with a major in “Hotel and Restaurant Business Management”. Before joining Advantour, Sultankhoja had working experience in tourism including InterContinental Abu Dhabi Hotel. Besides his native language, he speaks Russian and English. He is willing to learn Arabic, the language that is spoken by more than hundreds of million people in the world. As a Tourism Consultant, Sultankhoja keeps up with email correspondence with tourists, arranges visa support, air and rail tickets, and organizes tours in Uzbekistan.
For any person, not only tourists, it will be a learning experience to visit mausoleum of Amir Temur in Samarkand, says Sultankhoja. This is a place for thinking about the meaning of life. The best place to watch the starry sky in Uzbekistan is the Maidanak Observatory near Shakhrisabz.
In his turn, Sultankhoja would like to visit Saudi Arabia and holy Mecca. Friends say that Sultankhoja has a special gift – finding friends in any part of the world. If he had a time machine for one trip, he would give it someone who needs it most. If it were possible, he would want eternal energy for himself.
Bahtiyor Aripov is a Travel Consultant who joined “Advantour” company in 2010. He successfully completed courses on Travel Consulting and Hotel Administration organized by “Uzbektourism”. He is responsible for arranging transportation and deals with tour guides in Uzbekistan.
His calm manner in dealing with any situation related to travel in Uzbekistan and ability to find superb guides were highly appreciated by the clients of Advantour. Despite his tight schedule, Bahtiyor always finds time for reading and his numerous hobbies.
Senior Travel Consultant
Olga graduated from the National University of Uzbekistan, MA in Linguistics. By the time she joined Advantour in 2012, Olga had worked in sphere of tourism which helps her a lot in dealing with clients and successfully arranging tours. Olga communicates with clients in English and French. She would like to learn Chinese as she thinks there are more perspectives with this language.
In people, Olga values punctuality, honesty and openness, loves rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam for its deep meaning and thinks that life is wonderful.
Before joining Advantour in 2012 Lemara had already worked for the Michelin restaurant ‘Richelieu’ on the island of Ile de Re (France). She speaks French and English, would like to learn Spanish as she loves the sound of the language of Cervantes. Her working experience helps Lemara successfully make hotel reservations and tourist catering. Besides, Lemara has a priceless trait – the ability to listen.
Lemara thinks that the best place for a ‘selfie’ is on the Charvak Water Reservoir, having a flight; paragliding or jumping with a parachute.
As a child, Lemara did gymnastics, dreamed of becoming a teacher and still hopes for Santa’s sleigh ride. If Lemara had a time machine for one trip, she would then travel to the year 1950, in Uzbekistan, to the childhood of her grandparents.
She perfectly prepares kazan-kabob, loves walking in late spring, never misses transmissions of figure-skating tournaments and in her friends, she values most loyalty, understanding, and the ability to be there anytime despite the distances between them.
Farrukh graduated from the Uzbek State University of World Languages majoring in English philology. Before joining Advantour in 2016, he worked in several hotels of Tashkent. In our company, he deals with hotel booking across Uzbekistan, assists colleagues with making reservation of train and flight tickets as well as participating in organization of services for tourists.
Farrukh likes cinematography, and follows all updates of the releases, and enjoys modern music. He adores football and is a huge fan of the Club Arsenal. Having visited many cities of Uzbekistan, Farrukh recommends to see different corners of our country that reveal its all beauty, interesting history and friendly people. In the first place, Farrukh recommends to visit Bukhara, a beautiful city with unique historical architecture.
Gulsanam graduated from the Westminster International University in Tashkent. She worked as an interpreter and as of April 2016 joined the Advantour team as a tour operator. Gulsanam corresponds with tourists and organizes tours around Uzbekistan. She speaks English, studies Korean and is planning to learn Spanish, Turkish and Italian to understand opera.
Apart from fancying opera, Gulsanam likes reading historical prose and detective stories and her beloved character is famous Hercule Poirot. Also, she is doing programming and the intellectual game “What?Where?When?”. She dreams of visiting all 1052 objects enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage. Gulsanam recommends all tourists visiting Uzbekistan to travel to Bukhara and take part in the master-class of the pottery studio in Gijduvan. However, her favorite place in Uzbekistan is Tilla-Qori mosque in Samarkand that amazed her with its inner interior.