We are planning a trip to Uzbekistan at the end of September/early October, and are trying to track down good places to stay for several days in each location.
This is the route:
Tashkent - Samarqand - via Sarmysh Gorge - Bukhara - Khiva - Tashkent
We are both photographers, so plan to really spend some quality time exploring.
We are seasoned travellers, so not interested in a very touristy kind of experience (and do not want to be in a hotel with a big busload of package tourists. I have heard very mixed reviews about some hotels.
We can afford to splurge, but not looking to go hotels just because they are the most expensive.
Comments on the route, where to avoid, what to see, from anyone who has firsthand knowledge of the area and personal experience with any of the hotels, or the region welcome.
We are then considering going onward from Tashkent and down into the Ferghana Valley and on into Kyrgyzstan. Any information on the logistics, the weather pattern in the second week of October and suggestions of a driving loop taking in the best highlights much appreciated.
Best and my thanks,