Uzbekistan 2000 – Travel Agents

Travel Agents
I used a number of travel agents and can recommend them all.

I used Academservice of Moscow (E-mail: for my Moscow hotels – the Moskva and Novotel. They supplied the support letter for the Russian visa application after I faxed them my credit card number. I also asked them to send a car to the airport, but the driver never showed up. After waiting half an hour I got a taxi from the airport taxi stand for $20. (I have asked Academservice for a refund, but so far they have ignored my emails.) I also made hotel reservations in Uzbekistan with Academservice: the Uzbekistan in Tashkent and the Samarkand in Samarkand. Other than the no-show driver, things went as I expected.

I had Salom Travel Agency in Bukhara (Email: get my Tashkent-Bukhara air ticket ($45 plus $10 service charge.) As it worked out I did this backwards. I should have used an agent in the city the flight originated from, as tickets can only be issued from there. If I had I could have avoided the service charge.

In Bukhara I met a great resource: Aminjon Ahmedov (Email: He arranged my trip from Bukhara to Samarkand via Tim ($20 each for two of us) and came along as guide/interpreter. We also spent several very pleasant evenings talking at Labi-hauz. I suspect that if you are in Bukhara, you won’t have to look for Amin – he will find you. I highly recommend him.

I used Fson Travel in Samarkand (Email: for the trip to Shakhrisabz. I just happened to walk by the office one day and asked the price. They supplied a full-size Mercedes and driver for $40 – my hotel wanted $50. I split that with three other travelers so it only cost $10 each. After the trip to Samarkand in the little Daewoo, it was a relief to ride in a real car. The whole trip only took about five hours.

I used Sairam Tourism of Tashkent (E-mail: for help with my trip to Turkestan in Kazakhstan. They arranged my flight from Samarkand back to Tashkent ($54) and for a car from the airport to the border and then back to my hotel when I returned the next day ($20). They also referred me to a Kazakh agent for the rest of the trip.

I used Turan Asia LTD of Almaty (E-mail: for the Turkestan trip. They supplied a car, driver, guide and hotel for the two-day, one-night trip to see the Khodja Akhmet Jassavi mausoleum. They charged me $215. This was the lowest quote I received – others were $300 or more. They also supplied the support letter for my visa.

Why, you might reasonably ask, did I use so many different agents? In the beginning I didn’t have a clear idea what I wanted to do and kept adding flights and side trips as I got closer to departure. In hindsight it’s clear that it would have been more efficient to use just one agent, but in the end I met many helpful and friendly agents this way. Like I said, I can recommend them all.

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08 January 2010

I advise “Tashrif Tours” agency. It arranges your tour through uzbekistan, suppy visa support, meet you at the airport, find accommodation and transport, guide for cheaper prices in each citi of uzbekistan. and see you off when you depart Uzbekistan. Here is