Welcome to... Uzbekistan

23rd May- 2nd June 2022

Announcing Uzbekistan Photo Tour 2022

-- A LAND OF RICH HISTORY & INCREDIBLE ARCHITECTURE --

Join professional photographers Tom Bourdon and Richard James Taylor on an eleven-day adventure along part of the silk route and witness some of the most breath-taking architecture in the world.

 

The tour will start in Tashkent where you will explore the bustling city life, visit the incredible metro stations and get lost amongst the spices in Chorsu Bazaar.

 

The people of Uzbekistan are noted for their kindness and hospitality. In fact, the people of Uzbekistan are so generous we have been invited to a wedding in the foothills of the Hissar mountain range. We will meet the family, experience the traditions and be free to photograph as much, or as little, as we like. In return, we will provide the family with images of this truly special occasion.

 

No trip to Uzbekistan would be complete without visiting the UNESCO world Heritage sites of Bhukara, Khiva and Samarkand. From magnificent palaces to intricately-decorated mosques, a journey through Uzbek architecture is a journey through time itself. Uzbekistan is a relatively new destination on the tourist map so traditional ways of life are very much part of everyday life. 

 

You will be accompanied every step of the way by two leading travel photographers, National Geographic Traveller photographer and LEE Filters ambassador, Richard James Taylor, and Gurushots Guru Pro and travel photographer, Tom Bourdon.

 

 

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS

Just a handful of the highlights you can expect on this photo tour to Uzbekistan

 

  • Khiva

    This walled city is one of 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites we will visit, noted for its architecture

     

  • Ancient fort ruins in the desert

    Explore 2 ancient fortresses before spending the night in a traditional yurt in the desert

  • Bukhara

    A major trading point on the silk road with zigzagging alleyways and bustling markets

     

  • Chorsu Bazaar (market)

    Tashkent’s famous green-domed market featuring acres of spices, produce and traditional crafts

  • Registan Square

     

    Samakand's and arguably Uzbekistan's most famous landmark

     

     

     

  • Tashkent' metro stations

    Among the most beautiful in the world, each is an original work of art

     

     

     

WHY BOOK WITH US?

During 2019 Tom drove the entire length of Uzbekistan, seeking out the best spots and uncovering the hidden gems this fascinating country has to offer. With the help of a local tour operator he has put together this incredible adventure.

 

Tom and Richard have real-world experience of shooting professional travel images and can ensure that tour guests will benefit from the knowledge they have gained.

 

 

  • Dates

    23rd May - 2nd June 2022 

  • Group Size

    The group is limited to ten participants, allowing for a more personal experience with lots of opportunity for one-to-one advice and learning.

  • Entrance Fees

    The price includes all transport, guides and entrance fees specified in the program, including 3 UNESCO sites.

     

  • Physical Ability

    Participants are expected to have a minimal level of fitness as we will be spending hours at a time on our feet with some short hikes.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation will vary from luxurious hotels to traditional yurts in the desert.

  • Food & Drink

    All meals are included. If you have any special dietary requirements just let us know.

  • Transportation

    Internal flight, and where possible, air-conditioned ground transportation is provided.

  • Category

    All-inclusive. That's accommodation, food, soft drinks, transportation, activities, entry fees, tour guides and a few little treats along the way!

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

Wow, what an adventure! Tom and his team organized a world-class photography expedition, jammed packed with opportunities for pro photographers, or beginners, with a passion for exploring the road less traveled. Tom is a true professional and a pleasure to travel with. He worked very hard to make sure you get the photos you're trying to achieve.

This trip really raised the bar for photography adventures.

I highly recommend Tom's Photography Tours.

 Testimonial from Ron C Participant in the Kyrgyzstan Photo Tour 2021

PHOTOGRAPHY SKILL LEVEL

Beginner/Novice

Intermediate

Advanced

LEARN THE ART OF USING FILTERS WITH A LEE FILTERS AMBASSADOR

In partnership with LEE Filters, Richard will run a workshop during the tour on the advantages of using filters to improve your photography. We will have a range of equipment provided by LEE Filters for participants to use during the tour as well as the opportunity to have the best of your images shot during the tour featured on LEE Filters social channels, should you so wish. 

 

At the end of the tour we will provide participants with a code to receive special discounts when purchasing your own equipment direct from LEE Filters!

 

For further information on LEE Filters range of products visit www.leefilters.com

 

 Supported by LEE Filters

  • Day 1 & 2


    Upon arrival at Tashkent's international airport you will be transferred to your hotel. Later we will meet the tour guide for a half day guided tour of Tashkent that will end up at the beautiful Hasta Imam Square for sunset.

     

    Day 2 will be an early start as we head to the huge market of Chorsu Bazaar, which is one of the best markets in the world for photographers, there's just so much to capture. After lunch we will return to the hotel visiting some of the spectacular metro stations that Tashkent is famous for.

     

  • Day 3 & 4


    Transfer to the domestic airport for a flight to airport for the flight to the ancient land of Khorezm. After the flight we will drive dirrectly to the ruins of 2 fortresses in the Kyzyl Kum desert where LEE Filters ambassador Richard will run a workshop on filter use​. Accommodation will be in traditional yurts.

     

    After an early start to capture the desert at sunrise, we will drive through the countryside stopping off at small markets and meeting village farmers. Our destination? The incredible city of Khiva. We will meet local artisans and be able to climb on top of the city wall for an incredible view as the sun sets.

  • Day 5 & 6


    Another early morning start will allow us to capture the ancient streets at blue hour. After breakfast we will have a guided sightseeing tour of the open aired museum-like city known as Khiva, which is believed to have been founded by the son of Noah.

     

    Khiva is the most architecturally intact city on the silk road. The intense green-and-blue tilework ranks as some of the most magnificent in Central Asia.


    Day 6 will see us departing Khiva for Bukhara where we will explore the old quarter. With over 300 mosques and a network of backstreets to explore away from the tourists, Bukhara has much to offer.

  • Day 7 & 8


    The 2500 year old city of Bukhara, the second UNESCO site on this tour.

     

    We will visit many of the highlights such as Ismail Somoni Mouseleum - a 10th-century unique monument, Boloi Havuz Mosque - a functioning central mosque of Bukhara, Poikalon Complex - the highlight of the city that includes the Kalon Mosque and Minaret, and the Mir-i-Arab Madrassah.

     

    There will also be time for an image review, with Tom and Richard offering one-to-one critiques of your images so far.

     

    On day 8 we will depart Bukhara and head east to Samarkand.

  • Day 9, 10 & 11


    An early morning start to visit the impressive Shahi Zinda – a stunning avenue of mausoleums, which contains some of the richest tilework in the Muslim world and provides an amazing backdrop of magnificent tilework.

     

    Registan Square is the most famous landmark in Samarkand, and possibly the whole country. We will capture this remarkable building at sunset and stay for the blue hour. 

     

    On day 10, after breakfast, we will drive to the foothills of the Gissar mountain range to visit a small village where we will have the chance to photograph a genuine wedding in rural Uzbekistan as well as participating in the local customs and traditions. 

     

    By the evening we will have made our way back to Tashkent for a final farewell dinner before our departure the following morning.

This itinerary is subject to change

IMPORTANT INFORMATION


  • Getting There

    Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, has international flight connections from many parts of Asia and the Middle East. For European and American travellers the most popular routes are via Istanbul or Moscow although there are direct flights from other European destinations including London Heathrow.

  • Visas

    Uzbekistan offers visa free entry to many countries including North America, Europe and Australia.  We can help you investigate the process if you are unsure of the procedures in your location.

  • Accommodation During The Tour

     

    We will stay in a variety of accommodation during the tour. All accommodation will be of a very high standard for the region. There will be modern bathroom facilities and air-con at all of the places. The only exception, and a real highlight of the tour, will be the one night we spend at a yurt camp in the desert.

  • Weather

    May and June are amongst the best times to visit Uzbekistan, the weather will be warm and dry. Temperatures are estimated to be between 25°C-30°C (77°F-86°F) during the day and around 15°C (59°F) at night. This period also sees very little rainfall. Sunrise will be around 05:30 and sunset 20:30.

  • Food & Drink

    All meals are included throughout the duration of this tour. Uzbek cuisine is hearty, rich and delicious. Most meals are grain based, so bread, rice and noodles are of major importance. Please note water and soft drinks are included with meals but alcohol is not. 

  • Electrical Supply

    Electrical sockets are circular 2 pin type, as used throughout Europe (type c and f). Voltage output is 220v at 50Htz. Make sure you bring adaptors if required. There will be ample opportunities to charge batteries throughout the trip. 

  • Internet Connection

    Outside of urban areas phone coverage can be rather limited or non-existent, however all accommodation will have Wi-Fi facilities available (excluding the desert yurt camp).

  • Not Included

    • International air fares to and from Tashkent
    • Visa application fee (if required)
    • Medical or travel insurance – mandatory to join our trip, we use and recommend World Nomads
    • Personal expenses
    • Excess baggage fees that may be incurred at the airport
    • Food and drink not specified in the program
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Tips for guides and drivers

     

I really enjoyed taking this trip with Tom!
The places were fantastic with incredible photo opportunities.
Tom is kindly always available to help and support anyone with their photography, I got so many tips and learned so much!

Giulia V, Food Photographer

I attended Richard's talk at the National Geographic Masterclass event in London. His session was wonderfully informative and fun and I came away with many tips and resources that continue to inspire me with my own journey in making images! 

Janita Chooramun, Amateur Photographer

BOOK YOUR PLACE 

A $500 deposit is required to confirm your participation. Send us a message to arrange payment and reserve your spot.

You will be able to pay the deposit via

PayPal or credit card.

 

Tour Cost $3995

Single supplement $600 US

-- ALL INCLUSIVE --

Deposit $500

 

Interested? Have a question you want to ask before you commit? 

We totally understand, so lets have a quick one-to-one call

and sort out any issues. Send us a message below.

Your Tour Leader

Tom Bourdon

Tom is a multi award-winning documentary travel photographer specialising in recording cultural festivals & celebrations across the globe. He has won the Wanderlust/Nikon Professional Travel Photo of the Year Competition, the PDN World in Focus competition, selected as the Editor choice in the Travel Photographers Society awards and has been a finalist in the Travel Photographer of the Year competition 6 times. 


Tom's work has appeared in numerous international magazines, newspapers, guide books and publications such as the National Geographic Traveller, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Wanderlust, Hello magazine, P&O, Insight Guides and Microsoft. Tom is also the Top Guru at Gurushots where he continues to educate and inspire photographers of all abilities.

Your Tour Leader

Richard James Taylor

For the last 15 years Richard has been working as a full time travel photographer. His list of achievements range from being awarded the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year by Professional Photographer Magazine to shooting assignments for the likes of Belmond, P&O Cruises, Pernod-Ricard and various international tourist boards. 

 

Richard regularly shoots features for National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller and Virtuoso Life magazines, as well as being featured on the covers of various Lonely Planet Guide books and being printed in countless other publications. Richard is also an ambassador for LEE Filters and during the trip he will run a workshop on the advantages of using filters in your photography. 

POLICIES

Booking & Cancellation Policy​

Terms & Conditions

Privacy Policy​ & Cookies

Have a question?

Want to book?

Send me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.



I would like to thank you again for the most wonderful weekend and especially for helping me yesterday morning. 

Aside from being such a professional you are also all heart! ❤️

Limor Frumerman, Photography Enthusiast