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Rano Yakubova & Penelope Price
I have relocated to Tbilisi, Georgia. Uzbek Journeys will no longer offer tours to Central Asia. However, if you wish to travel to Central Asia, I am pleased to provide contact details of my excellent travel agents in Tashkent and Bishkek. Simply send me a message.
First visiting Central Asia in 2002 as part of my work for a development bank, I marvelled at the jewels of Islamic architecture, the astonishing range of art and crafts, and the warm hospitality.

Since then I have travelled frequently to the region and began Uzbek Journeys in April 2010.  I now spend about 6 months every year in Central Asia.

There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting on a rooftop with a pot of green tea under a blue, blue sky gazing over turquoise domes.

Listening to the tales of artisans whose families have been ceramists, weavers, embroiderers, woodblock printers, metal workers and wood carvers for generations has broadened my knowledge of these traditions as well as my collection.

I want to make it easier for travellers to experience this fascinating, though remote region. I also wish to support Central Asian artisans.

Based on conversations with clients, and coordinating with reliable travel agencies, I organise special tours in spring and autumn to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Drawing on my extensive network of expert guides, craftspeople, artists and small hoteliers, I create a personal and rewarding experience of Central Asia.