UZBEKISTAN Photo Tour

12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

Photograph the mythical cities of the Silk Road in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Go beyond the classic architectural images of the ancient world and meet Uzbek people going about their daily activities far from the tourist trail.

UZBEKISTAN Photo Tour

12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

Photograph the mythical cities of the Silk Road in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Go beyond the classic architectural images of the ancient world and meet Uzbek people going about their daily activities far from the tourist trail.

UZBEKISTAN Photo Tour

12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

Photograph the mythical cities of the Silk Road in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Go beyond the classic architectural images of the ancient world and meet Uzbek people going about their daily activities far from the tourist trail.

UZBEKISTAN Photo Tour

12 DAYS | 11 NIGHTS

Photograph the mythical cities of the Silk Road in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Go beyond the classic architectural images of the ancient world and meet Uzbek people going about their daily activities far from the tourist trail.

Uzbekistan Photography Workshop

Join us for a 12-day adventure in Uzbekistan!

At night, the moon lights up the tops of the minarets, the domes of the mosques and the madrasahs in the cities of the Silk Road. In Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, you will be immersed into the tale “Thousand and One Nights”, a journey between light and shadow. In Uzbekistan, you will have the impression of traveling through time, from city to city, through steppes and deserts like the caravans of the ancient Silk Road. Capture the architectural marvels at the best times of the day, and document the daily life of people in amazing locations. Deep dive into the culture and discover the incredible warmth of the Uzbek people

Highlights of the Tour

  • Samarkand and the Registan Square in the best light 
  • Bukhara and its artisans
  • Old City of Khiva
  • Metro of Tashkent
  • Chorsu Bazar
  • Beautifully intimate meets with local families in rural areas
  • Local life: markets, villages, workplaces and other daily activities

12-Days

April 15-26, 2024 (4th edition) FULLY BOOKED –

April 14-25, 2025 (6th edition) – Secure your spot NOW! –

Tour Price

USD $4,200 (single supplement $300)

Group Size

Small group: 3-6 Participants.

We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.

Accommodation

Comfortable 3-star hotels

Effort Level

Average (3/5). Warm weather. Flat ground, walking 8-12km per day. Several long drives.

Gallery

See more photos taken during the workshop >>

Available Privately

We also offer private and costumized guided photo tours >>

Themes:
Architecture ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Local life ★ ★ ★ ★
Landscapes ★

Testimonials

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But don’t take our word for it…. Read hundreds of five-star reviews on Tripadvisor.

Amazing Trip To Uzbekistan with ATP

My wife and I have recently completed a 12-days photography trip to Uzbekistan with Regis Binard of Angkor Travel Photography. Our journey covered the major cities of Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara… read more

David - Singapore

Traveling along the Silk Road in Uzbekistan

I had the pleasure to travel again with ATP on a long workshop this time to Uzbekistan. Why Uzbekistan you might ask, why not would be my answer. Traveling along the silk road, seeing historic…  read more

Annabelle - Germany

Dream a Little…

Here’s what we’ll see on our 12-Day Uzbekistan Workshop

Day 1: Arrival in Tashkent

On day one you’ll arrive in Tashkent, the modern capital of Uzbekistan. You’ll be transferred to your hotel; with most flights arriving at night or early in the morning, you’ll have time to rest before the adventure begins in the afternoon. Today, we will visit the incredible Tashkent Underground/Metro (off limits to photographers until 2019) before Khasti Imam complex during the golden hours.

 

Metro Tashkent
Metro Tashkent
Khasti Imam complex

Day 2: Tashkent – Khiva

Today we’ll take a quick early 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.

 

Khiva
Khiva
Khiva during the blue hours

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. In the afternoon, we will also have the opportunity to photograph local artisans at work before enjoying the afternoon light, sunset and blue hour in a different location.

 

Khiva
Uzbek Ceramic
Khiva sunset

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, 7hr drive). We’ll arrive in time to relax and shoot sunset from a rooftop overlooking the city.

 

Khiva
Bukhara
Bukhara sunset

Day 5: Bukhara

We’ll start with an early stroll in the streets of Bukhara, shooting the morning light and exploring the use of shadow around Ploi Kalon. After a nice breakfast, we head to the local market for more street photography.  In the best lights, we will photograph the Kalan mosque until the end of the blue hours.

 

Bukhara
Bazaar Bukhara
Kalan Mosque

Day 6: Bukhara

After breakfast, we head to meet local artisans out of town.  In the best lights, we will photograph Chor Minor Madrasa and enjoy again the sunset from a vantage poingt of view on the city.

 

Tandoor Oven Uzbek
Bread maker
Bukhara

Day 7: Bukhara and its countryside

Today, early in the morning, we will visit an animal market and then we will go in a village outside of Bukhara where we ll have the opportunity to spend the day with a family. We’ll see and photograph the routine of that family, They will prepare lunch for us, making amazing warm bread. This is a very intimate moment where you will really understand the meaning of the Uzbek hospitality.

 

Animal Market
Kitchen in Uzbekistan
Blacksmith

Day 8: Bukhara – Samarkand

After breakfast, we will have our official photo reviews or the opportunity to enjoy one of the oldest Hamman in the country before heading to Samarkand by fast train. In Samarkand, we’ll spend the late afternoon in the Registan square.

 

Prayer
Samarkand
Registan

Day 9: Samarkand

Today we head out after breakfast to photograph Bibi Khanim mosque and its sourrouding. In the afternoon we’ll photograph the necropolis Shah-i-Zinda before the blue hours where we can photograph Amir Timur Mausoleum.

 

Registan Square
Street Photography in Registan
Prayer in Mausoleum

Day 10: Samarkand – Tashkent

Today we head out early to photograph the Registan square at sunrise before heading back to the hotel for breakfast. We’ll spend the rest of the morning in the different medersas of the Registan. Before our departure to Tashkent in the late afternoon, we will also make sure we don’t miss the beautiful Gur-i Amir, where we can see a replicat of Amir Timur Tomb.

 

Uzbek
Uzbekistan Market
Prayers

Day 11: Tashkent or Buzkatchi

During the trip, we always keep a day for the unexcpected. Indeed, in the past workshops we often photographed “buzkatchi“, a traditional nomad game in which horse-mounted players attempt to place a goat or calf carcass in a goal. According the the calendar, if we can’t see any during the trip, we make sure, you don’t miss it but neither other opportunities like Chorsu Bazaar. Photography is also about unexcpectation and opportunities as this event is not planned in advance. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a farewell meal at a local restaurant.

 

Bakery in Chorsu
Ceiling
Uzbek portrait

Day 12: Departure

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Inclusions and Exclusions

What's Included:

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Accommodation (3-star hotels)

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Transport during photography excursions (local airfare, fast train and minivan)

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All meals during the tour.

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Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer. Local guide for the communication with locals.

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All tickets and entrance fees.

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Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off

What's Excluded:

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Airfare to and from Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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Meals, Drinks and Snacks beyond those specified.

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Alcoholic beverages beyond one with specified meals

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Tips for Guides/Drivers etc.

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Medical & Travel Insurance

General Information

Who Our Tours are Designed For

Our adventures are perfect for anyone who loves travel and photography, whatever your level of experience with a camera – the most important thing is enthusiasm. Our tours are specifically designed for photographers and aim to unlock opportunities that wouldn't be open to the casual visitor, all while ensuring that we shoot in the best light, away from the crowds.

Refine your Vision

Mastering photography is a wonderful, lifelong journey;  the objective of our tours is to help you become a better photographer, day by day, so that you not only capture wonderful images of your trip, but that you take away a wealth of new skills that will serve you well for all of your photographic endeavours yet to come. With our expert guidance, you’ll quickly become more familiar with your equipment and refine your vision for incredible imagery without feeling swamped by technical details. You’ll learn how to read light, how to frame a scene, and how to inject the element of story into all of your captures.

Equipment Recommendations

The best camera is the one that's with you! Don't get me wrong, we like a new toy as much as the next photographer, but you really can make incredible images with any setup - an entry-level DSLR/mirrorless and mid-range zoom is really all you need to make the most of best photographic opportunities. Of course you're welcome to bring more, a wide-angle zoom and your favourite prime are always handy, but they aren't a requirement for attendance. Compact cameras are welcome, too. If you can, bring along your laptop so we can critique your photos and also show you a few tips for using Lightroom.

Meaningful Interactions with Local People

You’ll get to meet local people and make meaningful connections, all the while capturing a beautifully intimate portrait of their way of life. Feel free to capture the people we encounter candidly, or we can show you how to break the ice so as to make your camera an asset that creates interesting opportunities like never before.

Expect the Unexpected

Our itineraries are fun and flexible, and flow naturally - each of our photography adventures is unique, with spontaneous encounters and varying light conditions creating different opportunities at every turn.

Small Group Experience

The largest tours we run are for groups of six. With one experienced professional photographer as tour leader, this ensures that each of our participants will get plenty of individual, hands-on time with the instructor. It also means that we can travel in a less conspicuous manner, blending into our environment and not overwhelming local people during spontaneous encounters.

Responsible Travel

We are committed to responsible travel in every country we visit, ensuring that all of our tours are respectful of and give back to the communities we visit. We have taken steps to ensure our tours cause as little environmental impact as possible, and continually strive for new ways to leave fewer lasting footprints in all of our host countries. We use local drivers on all of our excursions, and we take care to educate our tour participants of the ethics of travel photography. We advocate for responsible volunteering and tourism. The participants that join our tours come away not only with some amazing memories and photos, but also with a better understanding of how they can make a positive impact in their future trips.

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 30% deposit by International Bank Transfer to reserve your dates, with final payment being due 45 days prior to departure.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

We understand that plans change. That's why all of our tours come with a clear, fair cancellation policy.

You'll find full details in our brochure and in our booking conditions.

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