DAY 1 – Welcome to the Silk Road

We’ll assemble in the evening at the hotel in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, also known as the City of Stone. Here, we'll have our introductory meeting with the photo guides, and finish our final preparations for the trip ahead! This first day is designated to give you time to travel in peace and get a good night's sleep to adjust to the new time zone, before our adventures begin tomorrow morning.

DAY 2 – The Remote Desert City of Khiva

In the morning, we’ll take a short flight from Tashkent to Urgench. Once landed, we’ll proceed to the picturesque town of Khiva. Located in the heart of the desert, this city used to be a bustling crossroads with a large slave market. Now, it’s a desert town, frozen in time. Touring its streets feels like revisiting a chapter from the epic tails of One Thousand and One Nights. The city is surrounded by mud walls and is a labyrinth of alleyways. It boasts architecturally impressive and historically significant buildings, small markets, unique food (like the pumpkin samosas) and great opportunities for portrait photography. We’ll enjoy the golden light of sunset over the mud walls and continue on an evening tour of the city streets, before turning in for the night right here in the mystical town of Khiva.

DAY 3 – Kyzylkum Desert and Bukhara

In the morning, we’ll continue our journey through one of the main paths of the Silk Road, across the Kyzylkum Desert, eastward towards the ancient city of Bukhara. On our way there, we’ll enjoy the amazing views of the desert and the Amu Darya river. Once the religious and cultural epicenter of Central Asia, Bukhara is one of the most important stops on the famous Silk Road. After dinner, we’ll arrive in the city and, time permitting, go on an initial night tour of the fascinating city under the stars, before turning in for the night.

DAY 4 – Bukhara

Bukhara is undoubtedly the most interesting city on the Silk Road, a labyrinth of ancient alleyways where the way of life has uniterrupted for centuries. We’ll see the kids playing street games that we’ve forgotten about by now. We’ll visit the spectacular markets filled with woven rugs, ornate knives, Persian silk paintings, fruits and vegetables. In addition to all the mosques, we’ll see ancient synagogues, traditional tea houses and architectural gems. Bukhara is the best place to meet and talk to the congenial locals - don't be surprised if you find yourself in some living room after being invited to a family meal or birthday celebration!

DAY 6 – Samarkand

After breakfast, we’ll go on a tour of the colorful Eastern Market, Samarkand’s lively and fragrant-filled Silk Road market. The Eastern Market is one of the largest and most beautiful bazaars in Central Asia. We’ll meet the farmers who bring their goods - spices, brews, traditional hats, the famous Central Asian Naan bread, pumpkin-sized melons and heavenly-flavored grapes. In the outskirts of the market, we’ll see the booths of the Gypsies who sell strange potions and concoctions that protect against the evil eye. Next, we’ll proceed to a comprehensive tour of the city of Samarkand, where Timur, one of the worlds greatest conqueres and founder of the Timurid Empire, reigned. We’ll visit the illuminated Registan Square, which has become the symbol of the city for its three impressive Madrasas that have engulfed it since the 15th-17th centuries. We’ll also see the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and the Guri Amir Mausoleum, before proceeding to Shah-i-Zinda, the architecturally striking complex with the king’s tomb known as the "Living dead", which is considered a place of worship and pilgrimage in Islam.

DAY 5 – On the Silk Road to Samarkand

In the morning, we’ll travel to Samarkand - passing through fertile agricultural areas with sprawling fields of cultivated cotton and wheat on which Uzbekistan's economy is based. Samarkand was and still is one of the most important and beautiful stops along the historic Silk Road. It’s practically an open museum of Islamic art. The art of the city culminates in the impressive Madrasas (schools of Islamic studies), the ancient cemeteries, and the mosaics and maiolicas that color the buildings in turquoise, blue, green and white. A dazzling paradise of colors and faces. We'll spend the night here after our travels, and prepare to explore to aesthetic craftsmanship of the city the fllowing morning.

DAY 7 – Tashkent

In the morning, we’ll leave Samarkand and travel through farming villages and vast fields, passing by the snowy peaks of the Pamir Mountains as we head back to Tashkent. When we arrive in the afternoon, we’ll go on a tour of the capital city of Tashkent, where the Russian influence is still evident. We’ll start with the colorful market - the big Chorsu Bazaar. This is the largest farmers market in the country. We’ll meet local farmers and talk to them about their produce: the fruits, vegetables, spices. The market is surrounded by ancient alleyways with bakeries, tea houses and other gems. After that, we’ll visit the town's madrasas and plazas, before returning to our lodging to turn in.

DAY 8 - Journey Home

After our farewell talk, and packed with experiences that we’ll cherish for life, we will disperse and each participant will go to the airport according to their flight schedule.

important information 

Cost: $3,490


Cost includes:

  • Flight in Uzbekistan (Tashkent – Urgench)

  • Accommodation

  • Professional photo guidance from the Phototeva team 

  • Local culture guide

  • Half board

  • All entry fees 


Not included:

  • International Flights 

  • Visa 

  • Personal expenses.

  • Health and baggage insurance 

  • Anything which is not mentioned under “Included” section.




  • Medical and Travel Insurance: You must purchase a comprehensive and extended insurance policy that covers all the activities during the trip. This includes personal insurance, baggage insurance, full adventure travel insurance, including medical evacuation from remote and dangerous areas well as trip cancellation insurance.  To be clear, Phototeva does not insure or provide insurance coverage for participants. Participants must purchase full insurance coverage for all activities expected on the expedition, including accident and medical insurance. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required insurance policy, and it is very important to get it done as soon as possible. 

  • As with any journey, certain medical preparations are required, such as vaccines and medications. It is the sole responsibility of travelers to receive the information and prepare for these preparations. Phototeva is not allowed to give any personal medical recommendation.

  • The expedition is contingent on a minimum number of participants.

  • In rare cases, the guide may be replaced before or during the tour.  

  • Entering Uzbekistan depends on the approval of the authorities. Phototeva will not be liable if this entry is refused.

  • The number of instructors may vary by group size and additional constraints

  • As with any trip, not to mention, a trip to remote destinations, when level of infrastructure and medicine is low or when adventurous activities are involved, there are always risks and dangers on the way. These can cause serious injury and even worse. It is important to be aware of these dangers. It is the responsibility of travelers to make sure they have all the information they need before embarking on a trip.

  • We believe that a good journey is a journey where every participant can work at their own pace and take their unique photos. Therefore, as part of the nature of this journey, travelers will walk independently on the various sites. It is important to note that Uzbekistan is considered safe, but at the same time, it is necessary to exercise caution and travelers must be aware of their orientation, returning to the meeting point at the appointed time. The group and guides cannot wait for delayed participants. 

  • The content of the activities and their order will be determined by the instructors, as they take into account road conditions, weather and other aspects. As with any developing country, tourism infrastructure may differ from those in Western countries. Most issues are usually resolved with a little patience and good spirit.

  • By joining this Phototeva expedition, the participant hereby declares that he/she understands the nature of the activities and the potential dangers of the expedition and is medically fit. If the participant has a medical problem that may hinder or prevent his/her participation in the various activities of the expedition, it is their responsibility to notify the company and the guide before embarking on the journey. In some cases, the participant will have to present a note from his/her doctor in order to participate in the expedition. Without this note, the participant will not be allowed to join the expedition. 

Until 120 days to departure – full refund.

From 119 to 90 days to departure – 900$ cancelation fees.

From 89 to 60 days to departure – 50% refund

From 59 to 30 days to departure – 25% refund

From 29 days to departure – no refund

(Days refer to business days)
- We strongly recommend getting insurance that covers unexpected cancellation.


Entering Uzbekistan usually requires a visa (depending on your nationality and passport) - the responsibility of issuing this visa, or any other required document of travel and entering Uzbekistan, is solely the responsibility of the travelers. You should contact the local Uzbek Embassy at your country for instructions. Phototeva will not be liable if a participant will be refused entry for any reason. 



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Uzbekistan Eperience

Experience the true heart of Uzbekistan with colorful markets, chaihanas (local tea houses), some of the world's finest traditional Islamic architecture, local arts and crafts, delicious food and of course, connecting with the locals. Visit the best gems of the Silk Road: Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, and remote desert city – Khiva. ​Venture through the ancient cities and their rowdy marketplaces to step back in time.

Tour Highlights

Take your photography craft to the next level with this comprehensive photography workshop. Devised by expert photographers for photography enthusiasts and lovers of culture, this trip will take you to the most authentic and beautiful places on the Silk Road. With us, you'll always travel like a local, never like a tourist! 

Why Phototeva?

Our experiences are not your typical organized group trip. We skip the corny tourist traps and seek the immersive cultural experience: the interaction with the locals, the small village where buses don’t stop and the in-depth exploration of country. We won’t sugar coat anything; we’ll talk about the wonderful aspects as well as the dark history and current challenges that Uzbekistan faces today.

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Through Your Lens

Our photography workshop in Uzbekistan is one of our flagship expeditions. Our team of guides will make this an enriching, instructive and, above all, truly educating experience. Beyond the immersive cultural experience, you'll gain photography skills that will last a lifetime. Capture the warmth, beauty, and mysticism of Uzbekistan through your lens. 

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May 6-13, 2021

September 7-14, 2021


Guided by: Phototeva Team

Cost: $3,490

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About Uzbekistan

The Republic of Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia. It is one of only two doubly landlocked countries. As a sovereign state, Uzbekistan is a secular, unitary constitutional republic. On our expedition, see the ancient, mesmerizing architecture, taste the delicious and unique flavors, and interact with the most warm and welcoming locals. When you're travelling with Phototeva, you're never a tourist!

Uzbekistan Facts

  • Size: 448,978 km2

  • National Language: Uzbek

  • Human Population: 33,961,708

  • Capital: Tashkent

  • Temp. during stay 13°-27°C / 55°-80°F