Uzbekistan Photography Tour October 2023

The old city of Khiva, Uzbekistan
Uzbek woodworker in Khiva, Uzbekistan
The elaborate ceiling of Tillya-Kori Madrasah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
A woman weaves silk in the Ferghana Valley, Uzbekistan
Shah-i-Zinda mausoleum in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
A master potter at work in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Photography Tour | 25 September - 6 October 2023

An eleven-photography tour of the stunning country of Uzbekistan

Join me for a fabulous photography tour and workshop of Uzbekistan in central Asia in late September and early October 2023. The photo tour is centred on the travel aspect of photography where we will concentrate on both the stunning architecture of Uzbekistan as well as the people we meet on our journey.

In August 2021 I was invited to photograph Uzbekistan over a near month-long period. I got to know the intricacies of this Central Asian country and made many contacts who have all offered their help on my return journeys to Uzbekistan.

In late September and early October, the intense heat of the summer has passed. The temperatures at this time of year average in the early 20s so our days during the photography tour will be comfortable. So we'll be free to concentrate on getting stunning travel imagery documenting this beautiful country in Central Asia.

A typical day on our tour will see us photograph the architectural wonders in the city before heading back for breakfast. From here we'll then spend our time concentrating on the travel aspect of the photography tour. From the people to the various street scenes we'll encounter you'll be sure to come back with a whole raft of imagery. We'll also make time to review our imagery and run through the processing of them too.

Our stay is based in the cities of Tashkent; Samarkand; Bukhara and Khiva.

Additional information

Where do I meet you?
We will all meet at Samarkand airport on 25 September 2023. 

Is it hot in Uzbekistan in late September and early October?
In October the summer heat is a thing of the past. Maximum daily temperatures are likely to be 20°c/ 68°f.

What clothing should I bring?
Make sure that you bring comfortable footwear for walking around the old cities. Be prepared too for rain as it is always possible during our journey.

What camera kit should I bring?
A wide-angle lens (16-35mm) and medium zoom (24-70mm) are the lenses we'll be using the most. A longer zoom (70-300) will be useful to cover most compositional eventualities that we may need to isolate. The most used lens will likely be in the 24-70mm range as a super wide angle can create the pancake effect on the mountainous landscape, so make sure this focal length is covered. 

If you are able to then hiring a tilt-shift lens such as 24mm will enhance the imagery that you'll bring back.

Do I need a computer?
Although not essential, it's a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself.  

What computer support do you give?
I try and make a point of helping those that need it in digital photography. If inclement weather or tiredness takes hold it can really help to have a computer session to assess our progress.

How about charging my gear in Uzbekistan?
Uzbekistan uses the European circular 2-pin type plug.

Do you arrange for any transportation up to Uzbekistan?
I can absolutely help you with your journey to Uzbekistan. There are various routes into Samarkand including flying through Moscow and Istanbul.

Do I need a visa for Uzbekistan?
Uzbekistan has a visa-free regime for 90 countries. Countries and regions such as North America, Europe and Australia are among those offered. If you're unsure get in touch.

How do I pay?
It's easy! Just use the Paypal buttons below to checkout. The balance will be due 8 weeks before the start of the tour/ workshop. You can always decide to pay the full amount up front too if you wish.

Uzbekistan Sep 2023


25th September - 6th October 2023

11 nights/ 12 days

Various (Tashkent, Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara)

Double room accommodation with ensuite bathrooms
Breakfasts and Dinners (Lunches TBC)
Transport during the tour
Tuition from Julian Elliott

International air fares to and from Tashkent
Visa application fee (if required)
Food and drink not specified
Medical or travel insurance
Excess baggage fees that may be incurred at the airport
Tips for guides and drivers

Various 4 star hotel accommodation

Max Group Number

Fitness Level
Low to Medium

Registan Square at night in Samarkand, Uzbekistan
woman in traditional dress in Uzbekistan
Kalan Mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan
A bazaar in Bukhara, Uzbekistan
A man sits on the steps of Kalan Mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Alisher Navoi metro station in Tashkent, Uzbekistan