12-Day Uzbekistan Photography Workshop
Join us for a 12-day adventure in Uzbekistan !
Our 12-day photography expedition takes in the very best of Uzbeksitan…
Highlights of the tour
- Metro of Tashkent
- Meet local families and artisans
- Off beaten track in Ferghana Valley
- Local life: markets and villages
April 27- May 8, 2020 – 3 spots left!
April 12-23, 2021 –
USD $3,500 (single supplement $400).
Small group: 3-6 Participants.
We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.
3 stars hotel and 1 night in a yurt camp with shared bathroom
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12-Day Uzbekistan Workshop Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent
On day one you’ll arrive in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. You’ll be transferred to your hotel; with most flights arriving at night, you’ll have time to rest before the adventure begins the next morning.
Day 2: Khiva
After breakfast we’ll take a quick flight to the ancient city of Khiva, entrenched behind its high walls. Once a feared slave trading hub, the inner city has been lost in time, with little changing over the last century. We’ll photograph the architectural wonders of this living “museum” during the beautiful afternoon light, the sunset and the blue hour. We will also introduce you to street photography, empowering you to see the city in an entirely different way.
Day 3: Khiva
Today we’ll delve deeper into the ancient city. Starting from sunrise, we’ll discover more architectural beauties and wind our way through the narrow streets, seeing the city come to life through its people. Lunch will be enjoyed at the hotel before enjoying the afternoon light, sunset and blue hour in a different location.
Day 4: Khiva to Bukhara
After breakfast, we hit the road, headed through the desert for the holy city of Bukhara in central Uzbekistan (475 km, 6/7hr drive). We’ll arrive in time to shoot sunset from a rooftop overlooking the city.
Day 5: Bukhara and its artisans
We’ll start with an early stroll in the streets of Bukhara, shooting the morning light and exploring the use of shadow around the Abdulaziz Khan Madrassah. After a nice breakfast, we head for the city outskirts, where we’ll have the chance to meet with local families and witness artisans at work. We’ll arrive back in town to enjoy sunset from another beautiful spot.
Day 6: A Night in the Desert
We’ll leave Bukhara after breakfast, driving through the Yanguigazgan desert. We’ll have the chance to meet with Kazakh nomads raising camels and horses in the desert. After enjoying a remote sunset, we’ll spend the night being entertained in a yurt camp.
Day 7: Samarkand
Today we head for Samarkand, one of Central Asia’s oldest inhabited cities. After a stop at a bazaar along the way, we’ll arrive in Samarkand in time to shoot the iconic Registan in the evening light.
Day 8: Samarkand
Today we have the full day to enjoy Samarkand, playing with light and shadow among the city’s incredible Madrassahs. Combining these detailed backgrounds with local people going about their daily lives can make for interesting street photography opportunities.
Day 9: Samarkand to Ferghana
We’ll start early, making our journey to the Ferghana Valley, arriving mid-afternoon. Here, we’ll have the chance to visit a traditional market, spend time with a shaman, as well as have intimate access to normal Uzbek people in their homes.
Day 10: Ferghana
Our morning begins with a trip to an energetic livestock market and an enormous bazaar. We’ll enjoy lunch with an Uzbek family before spending the afternoon at a silk factory.
Day 11: Ferghana
We’ll spend the morning with various crafstpeople, from bakers to blacksmiths, as well as a family making traditional clay ovens. After lunch, we will transfer back to Tashkent by car.
Day 12: Tashkent Metro & Departure
According to your schedule, we should have time to photograph the incredible Tashkent Underground/Metro (off limits to photographers until 2019). We’ll then say our goodbyes and let you enjoy some free time before departure.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Accommodation (3-star hotels and one night in a yourt)
Transport during photography excursions (local airfare, fast train and minivan)
All meals during the tour.
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer. Local guide for the communication with locals.
All tickets and entrance fees.
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off
Airfare to and from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
All meals outside of the program.
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks.
Tips for Drivers and local guide.
Medical & Travel Insurance
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form on this page to let us know your dates and preferences. We’ll need a USD $300 deposit via Paypal to reserve your dates.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider your deposit a firm commitment. A non-refundable deposit of USD $300 is payable to reserve your spot, with the remaining balance to be paid on or before 45-days prior to the commencement of the tour. Please check with us before making travel arrangements.