I am considering a "longer" trip to UZ this spring April - May. By longer I mean 2-4 weeks (depending on if I go to Turkey first). I have no specific dates set which is another story as far as getting a visa is concerned. I have always traveled independently (with a few exceptions like Bhutan and the Galapagos) and I would prefer to do this in UZ too. I am a US citizen with no Russian language skills. I would love to hear from other independent travelers who have traveled the "standard" route recently without joining a tour (Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva). I have no problems using a Travel Agent for various services like hotel and transport booking or even a day tour by car. I just don't want to join the standard 8 day tour. I am a photographer and I want the extra time at each location to wander the streets on my own. I would also like to add at least one other not so standard destination.
ANY ideas, advice, hotel recommendations, train / plane booking advice, stories would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks a lot!