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Snow Leopard Tours

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
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About Snow Leopard Tours
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel around 8:30 am for city tour of Samarkand. Our visit includes the famous Registan Square, Gur-Emir Mausoleum of Tamerlane, and the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, We’ll stop at the ancient colorful market, “Siab. Afternoon visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the Afrosiab Museum.
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Ignacio M wrote a review Dec 2019
Rome, Italy88 contributions12 helpful votes
Snow Leopard Tours organized for me a solo two weeks tour in Northern Pakistan with a driver (Ferman) and a guide (Majeed). Six months before my trip I got in contact with Iman Rahim, the owner, who proposed me different itineraries to cover the main spots in Gilgit Baltistan. He was also very flexible to fit his initial proposal into my budget. If you want to get the most of Northern Areas probably the only way is having your own 4x4 and a driver. Ferman and Majeed made me feel so safe and comfortable all the time. We do have a program and a fixed itinerary but they both were open to some changes when I felt tired or just in the mood for something different. Thank you so much for you patient! Probably one of the highlights of my trip is that Snow Leopard Tour, even if they are based in Australia, is a company run by locals from Upper Hunza in Northern Pakistan, so it gives me the chance to get deep into local culture and understand the complexity of the different people (tribes, language, religion, etc.) living in Gilgit Baltistan. After my tour trip I stayed ten days more visiting other areas of Pakistan traveling on my own by public transportation. During this time Ferman and Majeed keep contacting me to be sure everything was going OK and I do not need any help. My pakistani experience wouldn't have been so perfect without their help.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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rjayebe wrote a review Oct 2019
Wingham, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
We, a group of 6 friends recently travelled the Silk Road from Kashgar to Samarkand. What a wonderful trip it was,many thanks to Iman of Snow Leopard Tours for organising it. We loved the scenery in Kyrgyzstan and the magnificent old cities and buildings in Uzbekistan. Kashgar was an eye opener and the trip up to Karakol Lake a long and very worthwhile day. The guides and drivers were great and each did their job very professionally. Hotels were clean and comfortable in the main, well positioned and the 1 night Yurt stay was enjoyable and just enough. Our guide in Kyrgystan was good fun and greeted us at the cold Chinese Border with a bottle of Cognac which went down well when we had to wait 1.5hrs for the Kyrgyzstan border post to open.This was after a long frustrating trip to the Chinese Border in which we had to present our passports at least 8 times and a couple of new passport numbers caused much confusion early on. Our Kashgar guide managed to overcome all the problems, thankfully. Our Uzbek guide was wonderful, very professional and so helpful. He looked after us really well, filled us with information and chose the restaurants and meals really well. He handled the two 'free' days we incorporated into our schedule very well by scheduling activities over two days, giving us two half days free. It worked very well.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Marie D wrote a review Sep 2019
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A group of five friends recently travelled with Snow Leopard to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. This 17 night/18 day tour was a memorable experience.in every way. It was very well organised. The tour guides spoke excellent English, introducing us to the history and culture of these fascinating countries. They were very generous with their time, and we had many informal and interesting conversations with them. We chose the comfort class of accommodation, which was well named. The food was varied and interesting, This was contrary to opinions we had read before travelling - it is not all plov. We did, however, have several meals of plov, and enjoyed it. The two countries have many similarities, one of which is the openness and friendliness of people with whom we had contact. Uzbekistan rightly deserves its reputation for splendid Islamic Architecture, particularly in cities such as Bukhara and Samarkand. The physical environment, especially the mountain scenery in Kyrgyzstan is stunning. Unfortunately, I slipped and badly dislocated my ankle, five days before the tour ended. The Snow Leopard personnel, including Iman, Talant our tour guide, and Olga, the local representative in Bishkek, provided fantastic support during this time. Suffice it to say that without them, I might have had to wait in Bishkek for much more time, waiting for a reluctant travel insurance company to fly me home. I wholeheartedly recommend Snow Leopard Tours to potential travellers to the Silk Road.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Iran Journey wrote a review Jul 2019
Shiraz, Iran5 contributions2 helpful votes
We had joint projects with many companies around the world but Snow Leopard Tours is the one who takes care of clients personally and making sure the service and quality be 101% not 99%.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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AussiesAwayFromHome wrote a review Jun 2019
Ocean Shores, Australia22 contributions14 helpful votes
This was our first experience of Central Asia and we were not disappointed. Due to time constraints we decided to try a small group tour and Snow Leopard had come highly recommended by some very experienced traveler friends. Iman was very helpful at all stages and was easy to communicate with at all times. We decided on a three week tour and narrowed it down to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. With the exception of the procuring of the Chinese visa, all arrangements were made by Iman of Snow Leopard. We found our guides very knowledgeable, helpful and reliable. Our interest in the history and culture of the region were our primary motivation for the trip and we were more than satisfied. Uzbekistan's three main sites of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand were all exceptional and fascinating. With the exception of the Uzbekistan Hotel in Tashkent, all the accommodation was very good, pleasant, clean and comfortable. We prefer smaller less tourist style guest houses so the larger hotels in the cities were less to our taste. We had excellent drivers in each country and very comfortable large SUVs. Most meals were included and were generally of high quality. We enjoyed a wide variety of fresh food, lots of salads and fruit. It might be more difficult for vegetarians though as these cultures really enjoy their meat and it comes in everything from your salads to your soups. The border crossing from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan was easy but it did require us to walk across with our bags through the checkpoints, immigration etc. We traveled light and have no mobility issues but this could prove difficult for some people. Our Kyrgy guide was waiting for us upon our arrival. Kyrgyzstan was as others have commented, a total contrast to Uzbekistan. We loved everything about it and were pleased to enjoy many walks through the valleys enjoying the scenery. The country is spectacularly beautiful and our guide, Talant and driver Manas, made the entire experience most memorable. Nothing was too much trouble and their kindness, generosity and hospitality were overwhelming. We enjoyed their company and their enthusiasm for showing us their country. The Chinese border was not a pleasant experience and in hindsight we would suggest that this part of the tour be omitted. In terms of the additional expense involved (ie Chinese Visa fee etc) and the time spent just getting from the border to Kashgar,(in our case an entire day from 10 a.m. to around 7 p.m.) it was not worth it for two full days. I think Iman is looking at this, given the current situation. Having said this, however, Kashgar is very different to other areas of China we have visited with it's largely Uighur population, which makes it very interesting and it fits in well with the rest of the tour. A word of warning: pick your time of year carefully! It was 38 degrees while we were in Tashkent and we were warned that it can climb to over 50 degrees in summer in some places!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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