We have good news for travelers to Uzbekistan, fall festival dates in Armenia and the scoop on what’s happening in Azerbaijan.
The new international terminal is now open and the arrivals experience is amazing! With streamlined customs and immigration procedures, it’s less than 25 minutes from passport control and luggage claim to the exit; great news for our travelers eager to get started on their adventures to Uzbekistan. The new Tashkent terminal has currency exchange, WiFi, cafes, Duty Free, medical assistance, and accessibility accommodations and much more!
Uzbekistan ranks as the 5th safest country for travel according to Gallup’s 2018 Global Law and Order Report. At the heart of the Great Silk Road for centuries, Uzbekistan offers a tradition of hospitality unlike anywhere else. Visit the ancient cities and UNESCO Heritage sites of Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva for yourself and experience the warmest welcome in the world.
Uzbekistan has begun streamlining its visa program. A new Single Entry E-Visa and Transit Visa program (includes US and Canadian citizens) makes this must-see destination even more attractive for visitors. Bringing the kids? There is also a new visa-free program for foreign citizens under the age of 16.
Single Entry E-Visa: Citizens of 51 countries will be eligible for this online visa application process. With a $20 fee, the single-entry visa is valid for stays up to 30 days in Uzbekistan and can be used within 90 days of issue.
5-Day Transit Visa: Want to stop in Uzbekistan for a quick visit? Covering 101 nationalities (international air travel only) there is no fee required and travelers must have confirmed onward flight to a third country.
*Apply online for these new visas a minimum of 3 days prior to travel to Uzbekistan. The visas will be issued within 2 business days. The website will go live on July 15th. https://e-visa.gov.uz/main
As always though, our experts at Silk Road Treasure Tours are here to guide you through the visa process for all your travel needs to Uzbekistan, Central Asia and beyond!
Can’t get enough festivals? Armenia has them for you! Traditional weaving center Dilijan hosts its annual Carpet Festival on September 8th – a literal parade of color, texture and pattern! The capital city of Yerevan celebrates its 2,800th birthday September 29-30. Yes, 2800 years! The Areni Wine Festival on October 6th is a wine and cheese extravaganza with entertainment and competitions.
Our custom and small group itineraries will take you to the festivals: https://www.silkroadtreasuretours.com/treasures-of-armenia
Azerbaijan also hosts fabulous festivals this fall.Indulge in the incredible food and culture of the region including the Pilaf Festival in Baku on September 2nd where you can indulge in traditional Azerbaijani and international rice dishes.
The picturesque Guba region in the Greater Caucasus Mountains hosts its annual Apple Festival from October 1 -10th. Farmers and gardeners participate in competitions and offer visitors a taste of the area’s 40 + types of apples. A new Carpet Festival there this year will showcase Azerbaijan’s incredible weaving traditions and opportunities to bring home a fabulous traditional carpet abound!
The Pomegranate Festival in Goychay October 29th features an abundance of these red-jeweled fruits, along with exhibits, traditional arts, concerts and a parade. They Goychay region of Azerbaijan annually produces up to 50,000 tons of this national symbol! Indulge in the fabulous Silk Road Cuisine of the Land of Fire. https://www.silkroadtreasuretours.com/allure-of-azerbaijan
The city of Naftalan, famous for its luxurious oil baths treating skin and other health conditions (napthalene is the active ingredient in coal tar soaps), is experiencing a resurgence. Silk Road Visitors are flocking to hotels and spas once again for this legendary, centuries-old treatment. Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo and experience it for yourself!