For centuries, Uzbekistan was the important place where the cultures and technologies in Asia blended: caravans from China and India brought not only precious silk and spices, but also the knowledge of oriental scientists, and various beliefs. On the territory of modern Uzbekistan, monuments of Zoroastrianism and Buddhism, and traces of Hellenistic culture have been preserved. This land gave the world the great scientists of the Middle Ages: the mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, the scientist Al-Biruni, the physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna), the astronomer Ulugbek and many others.
Today Uzbekistan is a developing country in the post-Soviet space, with a unique cultural and historical heritage. You will beautiful buildings in oriental style, try a wide variety of Uzbek dishes, and be able to feel the warmth of the locals, known for their hospitality and centuries-old traditions.
Is it worth going to Uzbekistan? Of course! Below we will tell you more about all the advantages of traveling to this mesmerizing country.
The distance between Australia and Uzbekistan is more than 11,000 kilometers and the flight is quite long, including the layovers. There are several flight options via Dubai, Delhi, and Bangkok, but many travelers prefer flights via Seoul.
Citizens of Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to travel to Uzbekistan. The visa-free regime will allow you to stay in the country for up to 30 days. The same rule applies to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.
Uzbekistan has a continental climate, with very hot summers. The best time for a tour to Uzbekistan from Australia is April, May, September, and October. In spring the weather is very pleasant, and nature is green and blooming. In the fall an abundance of vegetables and fruits serve as a bonus.
Most of Uzbekistan is covered with desert, but there are also fertile valleys and mountainous regions. The mountains of Uzbekistan are somewhat like the Southern Alps of New Zealand, but here the flora is different, and the air is drier. In addition, popular mountain resorts and trekking routes are only 80 km from Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent will be a great illustration of modern Uzbekistan - skyscrapers made of glass and concrete side by side with the architecture of the Soviet period and large blocks of one-story buildings. The most interesting sights of the capital are beautiful metro stations, the huge Chorsu bazaar, and the Khast-Imam religious complex.
A tour to Uzbekistan from Australia should include a visit to the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva. These are the pearls of all Central Asia! Once here, you will be transported to the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, the huge portals of the monuments of Samarkand, the labyrinths of the narrow streets of Bukhara, and the fortress city of Khiva will remain in your memory forever.
If you plan to spend more than 10 days in Uzbekistan, then after excursions in Khiva we recommend going to the Aral Sea for a few days. Do you know what will happen if the whole sea dries up? The terrible consequences of such a catastrophe can be seen live because in half a century the huge sea has decreased by 10 times, and now a small ship graveyard has formed near the former port of Muynak.
Another reason for a tour to Uzbekistan from Australia is to get acquainted with the unique culture of the Uzbek people. Uzbeks are friendly and hospitable people who will amaze anyone with their positive outlook on life. Also, of considerable interest are the traditions of the Uzbek people, where the rituals and ceremonies of Islam and Zoroastrianism are mixed. And of course, it is worth mentioning the skill of Uzbek artisans and cooks. From Uzbekistan, you can bring amazing Pchak knives, bright and thin silk scarves, ceramics, amazing wooden items, and much more. And Uzbek cuisine?! This is a rich collection of dishes, among which pilaf stands out. At the same time, remember that each region of Uzbekistan has its own specialties.
Even though Central Asia is 11 thousand kilometers away, a tour to Uzbekistan from Australia will enrich your vacation with many unforgettable experiences.
We want to suggest to you our most intense and vibrant tours, including the tour to several Central Asian countries at once.
Go to Uzbekistan’s ancient cities - and beyond. Visit the sights and wonders of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, and then spend a night in a yurt in the desert, the same way nomads have lived for centuries in the steppes.
Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Samarkand
Details10 Days | Spring, summer, autumn from US$ 1,330 per person
The Central Asia on the Silk Road Tour from Australia is the best tour to visit the five countries of Central Asia at once. As you take 18 days to discover Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It's convenient, profitable and exciting!
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan
Details18 Days | Spring, autumn from US$ 4,470 per person
During interesting modified tour of Uzbekistan by train, you will visit the Ferghana Valley. Upon arrival from Australia, you will begin to get acquainted with the culture of the Uzbek people and highlights of the eastern part of Uzbekistan.
Tashkent, Ferghana Valley, Bukhara, Samarkand
Details8 Days | All year round from US$ 1,150 per person