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Essential Uzbekistan (11 days)

Exeter International

Tashkent, Uzbekistan To Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2020


Day 1
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Hyatt Regency Tashkent None

You will be met by your guide and driver for a transfer to your hotel. Early check-in is included.

Today, late in the morning or at noon, you will meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a tour of Tashkent’s main sights. Originally an oasis on the Chirchik River, Tashkent gradually grew to become an important commercial center, which now has a population of over 2 million.

Your tour will start in Tashkent’s Old City, where you will visit the Barak Khan Madrasah from the 16th century, and the Tillya Sheikh Mosque. The mosque houses a rich Islamic library with ancient manuscripts, including the famous Uthman Koran, considered to be the oldest copy of the Koran in the world.

Later, you will see the 16th-century Kukaldosh Madrassah, which is one of the few remaining authentic historic monuments in the Old Town (the massive earthquake of 1968 destroyed most of central Tashkent), which is one of the largest Islamic schools in Central Asia.

Next, you might want to stroll through the Chorsu Bazaar for the true feeling of Tashkent! Bazaars in Uzbekistan are a unique site in each city. You will capture some of your best local photos at these markets, where you will find everything from bins of spices, nuts, fruit and cheese to clothing, toys, tools and everyday goods.

If you are interested, your guide will also take you to the Applied Arts Museum. This building was constructed at the end of the 19th century in the elaborate style of the period as a private residence of a wealthy merchant. It now displays various types of national handicrafts, including carpets, jewelry, woodcarving and gold embroidery from the 19th and 20th centuries.

This afternoon we recommend visiting the workshop of a famed Uzbek ceramist who comes from a dynasty of ceramic artists. His workshop and peaceful gardens give an insight into the ceramic arts in Uzbekistan. You may also enjoy a masterclass in ceramic making.

You will return to your hotel for an evening at your leisure.

Day 2
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Asia Breakfast

This morning is at leisure. At noon, after check-out, your guide will meet you for some exploration of T ashkent. Y ou will visit Independence Square, Amir T emur Square, the metro and Navoi Theatre Square.

In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Urgench. (Cost of the flight is not included – Business Class seats are approximately $130 per person – please note cost is subject to change).

Upon arrival in Urgench, your vehicle and driver will meet you for transfer to your hotel in Khiva. Upon check-in, evening is at leisure.

Day 3
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Asia Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a tour of Khiva. Khiva’s origin dates to the 6th century and during the medieval times it became a city of great importance. It also has a long history of barbaric rulers and your guide will give you a glimpse into their colorful stories. Today, approximately 40,000 people live and work inside the ancient city walls (called Ichan Kala). Within these walls, the old town of Khiva is an official “city museum,” where you will find several interesting sites.

One of the most notable sites within the walls of Khiva is the Kunya Ark. This was the former fortress and residence of the Khiva rulers since the 12th century. You will be able to walk through the courtyards of this partially restored building and see some residential and administrative quarters, such as the harem, the mint, the stables, and the jail. Just opposite the Kunya Ark, you will see the Muhammad Rakhim Madrasah II, which was built to honor the last Khivan Khan who surrendered the city to Russia in 1873 and signed a peace treaty, which turned Khiva into a semi-independent Russian province.

You will also visit the Djuma Mosque, which was built in the 10th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. Its unique design features a roof supported by 218 wooden columns, possibly an early Arabic influence. The two openings in the roof provide light for only the inner courts, while the opposite walls lie hidden from sight by the colonnade. The mausoleum of Pakhlavan Makhmud was built in 1810 to honor the patron of Khiva, Pakhlavan Makhmud, a poet and wrestler who died in the 14th century and is thought to be buried here. Its full turquoise dome has become a symbol of Khiva, along with the nearby Islam Khodja Minaret, banded in dark and light blue.

In the afternoon, if you are interested, a visit to a silk carpet workshop sponsored by UNESCO could be arranged.

Afterwards, and if you are interested, you can attend a traditional folk show at one of the Hareems in Khiva (optional).

Day 4
Khiva, Uzbekistan
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Minor Breakfast

This morning you will meet your driver for the drive to Bukhara along the Kizilkum Desert. Be sure to stop at the Amudaryo river bank for fantastic photos.

Optional: If the flight schedule allows, this afternoon you will take a flight from the Urgench Airport to Bukhara (cost of flight not included in program cost – Business Class seats are approximately $100 per person). We will advise if this flight is available upon booking.

Upon arrival in Bukhara, check-in to your hotel and the rest of your evening is at leisure.

Day 5
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Minor Breakfast

This morning you will begin with an overview tour of this historic city, which was once one of the main centers of Persian civilization.

Bukhara is actually an oasis in the Kyzyl Kum desert, which is located on the banks of the Zeravshan River and has been inhabited since approximately 3,000 BC. Located on the historic Silk Road, the city has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion.

There are over a hundred buildings in the historic city center (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and you will have a very full day of exploration ahead. Your logical first step will be the massive Ark Fortress – the very core of the ancient city and the oldest building in Bukhara. Initially built in the 5th century, it was used as a royal residence and a fortress until the early 20th century when it fell in the hands of the Russians.

Just opposite the Ark, you will see the Bolo-Khauz Mosque. The earliest part of this religious complex is the pond called Bolo-khauz (The Children's pond) - one of the few remaining ponds the city of Bukhara. Until the Soviet period there were many such ponds, which were the city's principal source of water, but they were notorious for spreading diseases and were gradually filled-in in the 1920s.

Next, you will visit the Ismail Samani mausoleum, which was built in the 9th century as the final resting place of Ismail Samani - the founder of the Samanid dynasty, the last Persian dynasty to rule in Central Asia. Near the Samani mausoleum, you will also see the Chashmai Ayub (Job's Well). According to a legend, Job (Ayub) once visited this place and made a well with a single blow of his staff.

At the end of the day you will enjoy a tasting of herbal teas in the “Silk Road Spices” tea house. After a short break to refresh yourselves, you will be invited into the home of Rahmon, who will teach you how to make traditional Uzbek Plov. Rahmon is also a master Suzane embroiderer and has an incredible selection for sale.

Day 6
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Minor Breakfast

This morning you will head to Old Town and the impressive Poi Kalyan architectural complex located south of the Ark citadel. Its most impressive feature and a popular landmark is the Kalyan Minaret, which was built in the form of a circular 150-foot-high brick tower. A spiral staircase twists up inside the tower leading to a rotunda with 16 arched windows, from which the Muslims in the city were called to prayer. It is said that the tower so impressed Genghis Khan that he ordered it to be spared while his invading army was destroying the rest of the city. The 16th-century Kalyan Mosque is covered by 288 domes resting on 208 pillars.

Continue on to the Ulugbeg and Abdulazizkhan madrasahs, which stand facing each other in representation of the two dynasties that once ruled Bukhara – the Ashtarkhanids and Timurids. The Ulugbeg madrasah now houses the Bukhara Restoration History Museum and the Abdulazizkhan madrasah contains the Museum of Wood Carving Art.

Next, enjoy the Trading Domes of Bukhara. Since it was located on the Silk Road, Bukhara contained many markets and trading stores. Only four trading domes remain to this day. You will also get to see an ancient silk market.

Afterwards you will visit the Lyab-i Khauz complex, a pond that used to be the centerpiece of a magnificent architectural ensemble dating from the 16th -17th centuries. Still standing today, it now includes a madrasah and a lodging house.

Next, if you are interested, your guide will also take you to the Jewish Quarter where you can see the Synagogue. Bukhara once had a large Jewish community. As a matter of fact, most of the Jews in Central Asia in the 16th century used to live in Bukhara and played a major role in the city’s development.

Please note that all touring today is on foot and includes walking on cobblestone and stairs. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Day 7
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Grand Samarkand Superior Breakfast

Your guide will meet you this morning for a visit to the Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace. This was the summer residence of the Emir of Bukhara. It was specifically picked in this location because it was not as hot as other locations.

Continue on to the Kagan Palace – White Palace built for Tsar Nicholas I. After touring the palace, your driver will meet you for transfer to the train station, where you will board the train to Samarkand (train times may vary). The cost of the train in VIP class is not included in your program cost and is subject to availability – VIP Class seats are approximately $50 per person.

Upon arrival in Samarkand, you will transfer to your hotel, where the rest of your evening is at leisure.

Day 8
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Grand Samarkand Superior Breakfast

Today you will begin your exploration of this historic city. One of the most famous towns along the Silk Road, Samarkand also belongs among the oldest cities in Central Asia. It was sacked by the Mongols under Genghis Khan in 1220s and remained under Mongol domination until the late 14th century, when Timur (Tamerlane) decided to make Samarkand the capital of his empire which extended from India to Turkey.

One of the highlights of today’s tour will certainly be the Registan Square, the most famous landmark and the heart of the ancient city. Registan (Sandy Place) probably got its name from the sand, which was strewn on the ground to soak up the blood from the public executions, which were held there until the early 20th century.

You will also visit the Gur Emir (Tomb of the King) Mausoleum – the actual place where Timur was buried.

Continue on to visit one of the highlights of Samarkand is a visit to the Observatory of Ulugbek, located on a hill in the outskirts of the city. Ulugbek turned Samarkand into the intellectual and scientific center of the empire.

Afterwards, you will continue on to the Afrosiab Museum and ruins.

This afternoon, you may also see the Shakhi Zinda Necropolis. This cluster of 11 mausoleums was built during the 14th through the 15th centuries and will allow you to see several types and periods of architecture and design of the region. This religious center is still very much in use today.

Your guide will show you the Bibi Khanym Mosque, which was constructed in the 14th century after Timur’s conquest of India. It is said that some 90 elephants were used to carry from India the precious stones and metals to be used for the decoration of this temple.

Just before returning to your hotel, be sure to make a stop and visit the Happy Bird handicrafts Center and meet with the famous artist Mr Toir Sharipov.

If time allows, and you are interested, you may wish to visit the Hudjum Silk Carpet Factory. Return to your hotel.

Day 9
Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Hyatt Regency Tashkent Breakfast

This morning you may choose to walk around Samarkand’s former Jewish quarter and visit the synagogue. You will also walk through the Siyab Bazaar and the Hodja Doniyor Mausoleum.

Afterwards your guide will take you to the small village of Konigil, a few miles from the centre of Samarkand. With the help of UNESCO funding, the ancient art of silk papermaking has been revived. You will have the opportunity to learn about this ancient process, brought to Samarkand from China in the 7th century, and have a go at making your own silk paper to take home.

Next, you will meet your driver for the transfer to the train station for the train to Tashkent (train times may vary). The cost of the train in VIP class is not included in your program and is subject to availability – VIP Class seats are approximately $55 per person.

Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.

Day 10
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Hyatt Regency Tashkent Breakfast

Today your guide and driver will take you to the Chimgan mountains, Uzbekistan’s winter- sports center, located about 100km outside of the city. There you will find ski tracks, hiking trails and splendid views from the Great Chimgan, the highest summit in the region. The nearby resort of Beldersay is also worth a visit.

Later you will visit the Charvak Reservoir, created recently by the confluent of several mountain rivers. Its stunning blue waters are very popular among local people and half of its 60 miles of coastline is occupied by various recreation zones and summer camps. There you will visit the village of Brichmula, as well as the rock paintings of Khodjikent.

Late afternoon return to Tashkent. If you are interested, an evening performance at the Alisher Navoi Theater can be added (Not included in program cost and subject to availability).

Day 11
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Hyatt Regency Tashkent Breakfast

Early morning check-out of the hotel and meet your driver for the transfer to the airport for your onward flight. The cost of the flight is not included.

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    International Airfare

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By: KandeeB

Reviewed on: 06 Jun 2013

Exeter International was staffed with first class personnel from the drivers to the EXTRAORDINARY guides through out the trip. The vehicles used to transport us were luxurious. The hotels were commensurate with the level of quality expected by the cost and located in the most advantageous sites. Totally organized and stress free experience.
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Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2013

Does superb job for demanding high-end travel Customized travel with excellent guides and programs. You pay but you get what you pay for.
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By: Jean

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2013

Exeter was very well organised with very good guides and drivers. Our requests were responded to with professional speed. Some of our hotels could have been better. But we understand that they were the best available. We would have no hesitation using this agency again and recommending them to others.
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By: KandeeB

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Exeter provides luxury travel with all the hassles and worries removed. The quality of their drivers and guides is first rate. From the minute you arrive until your final departure you are in excellent hands. The itinerary is well thought out and provides many special visitations not offered to other tourists. I have heartily recommended Exeter to several people without any reservation.
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By: Jean

Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2014

We have used Exeter on a prior trip and were equally happy with them this time. We did have a Russian Visa situation which could have been serious, but was resolved quickly.The guide spoke very good English and was knowledgable in history and art along with the local architecture. The driver was also very safe in a chaotic traffic system.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Yale

highly recommend

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Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2014

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Highly recommended

By: Mkt123

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2014

We were connected with local English speaking guides and drivers that gave us an inside view of each country we traveled to. The experience was priceless.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Rhodes

Oustanding Guides

By: J & W

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2014

All of the services provided by Exeter were truly outstanding. The hotel accommodations were excellent. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and well organized. The drivers were prompt and courteous. The suggestions for restaurants and additional things to do and see were very good. The printed booklet of helpful hints and language support was a nice bit of support for travelers who are visiting countries for the first time.
Travel Advisor:  Sara Krutsinger

Across the Russian Far East

By: Judee 544

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2015

Everything was perfectly planned and resulted in a wonderfully exciting trip with all of our interests and needs taken into account. going on such an adventurous and challenging trip, so far away when one is no longer young could have been quite difficult, but instead was nothing but a fabulous experience. Wonderful guides and wonderful experiences on the Trans-Siberian Express and the cities of the Russian Far East, and a lovely hotel at the end in Moscow.
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Rubenstein

Excellent Russian Trip

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2016

Exeter provided all of our guides and support for a 9 day family trip to Russia - very well informed, personable guides and smooth transportation. We were a bit hesitant to go to Russia but highly recommend - the trip of a lifetime !
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Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Take out trip insurance - not going to bash - but you get the idea.....
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By: Carlos Gavidia

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2017

From the beginning to the end this organization really surprised me! From getting our travel visas for Moscow to every detail of the tour pick up transfers and tours through the city were perfectly executed
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Reviewed on: 14 May 2017

Exeter was excellent with tour logistics and great guide. Seamless trip.
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Great planning and service

By: WWII And Cold War History

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Exeter planned an excellent two week trip for me and my three teenagers. We went to Poland, Germany and Amsterdam. We focused on WWII and Cold War history. The plan was thoughtful and well paced. When I had questions Exeter staff responded promptly. A very good experience.
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St. Petersburg Tour

By: B Snead

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Our driver and guide could not have been better. Polite and accommodating for the three days we were in St. Petersburg. We saw a lot of attractions, got some behind the scenes tours and were able to access some sights prior to the general public. I would use Exeter again without hesitation!
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By: Hodges

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2017

Exceeded all expectation. Super cost effective to compared to Oceania.
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Germany & Russia

By: Oz

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

I strongley reccomend Exeter for shore excursions. Their staff and vehicles were first class, and the value was tremendous. We never felt uncomfortable or worried about being back to the ship on time. True professionals.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

Great tour

By: mt

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2017

Knowledgable, efficient and friendly tour operators!
Travel Advisor:  Anita Becker

Baltic Cruise

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Fantastic tour service. Their guides and drivers were outstanding. Guides all had an excellent knowledge of the city and the history. We are very pleased that Ralph recommended Exeter. When comparing notes with others that had used the tours supplied by the ship, we learned that we had seen and accomplished much more than they had. Our guides were able to make special arrangements that others could not. Will always use Exeter when it is available
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Great tour

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2017

Everything was wonderful. Very nice guide and well informed about the places we visited.
Travel Advisor:  Anita Becker

Exeter International

By: Goodwitch

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

All guides were great and expedited airport service was fantastic
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

St Petersburg

By: Swan

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

Absolutely fabulous
Travel Advisor:  Sherrie Coffey

Custom Guided Tour

By: JJ

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

The tour guides and drivers were outstanding plus. They were very personable, always early, and their local knowledge was excellent. All of them were eager to please and all adapted to the changing crowd situation caused by weather, national holiday, or political meeting.
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Well run independent travel to Russia

By: Susan and Murray Morrison

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

From getting visas for us to planning a private visit to Russia for us, Exeter International was top notch. No detail was overlooked. The guides that Exeter provided were outstanding, spoke fluent English, had a good grasp of Russian history and were willing to accommodate our every interest. The guides were truly experts about their cities: museums, palaces, and surroundings. In addition, the guides were friendly and helpful. Exeter ran a well organized, well thought-out tour of Russia for the two of us.
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Family time and fun

By: Jane

Reviewed on: 27 Jul 2018

My experience with Exeter was positive. The drivers were on time and very courteous. There was water in the cars for us. They had information to offer as we drove to destinations. They were accommodating to our schedules and were very helpful if we had questions. We missed walking around the interior of a famous church due to the day the tour was scheduled. There were services going on and we could not enter. Another tour was partly taken up by a long walking tour to get to a castle. I would have rather spent time inside the castle. We had to exit with the guide and missed a lot of interesting things. Too bad we were not allowed to stay inside on our own to see more.
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less common places tour

By: ssunsfanatic

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

good tour to less visited places in Bergen. We had been to the more common tourist sites.
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

Central Europe

By: Tour of Central Europe and QM2 to NYC

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2018

Vienna, Prague, Krakow, Berlin, Hamburg. Wonderful hotels, wonderful guides, wonderful restaurants. Not one single mistake or hiccup. Exeter does an outstanding job.
Travel Advisor:  Brigitte Feinberg

St. Petersburg

By: SandStar

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had a wonderful trip. Hotel was excellent. They were able to accommodate our special requests and schedule. We highly recommend the local guide, Anya, who was extremely knowledgeable about local and Russian history.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Zelisko

Exeter tour guides

By: smcknight

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

We had basically positive experiences both days we toured with Exeter guides. The first day there was a little too much emphasis placed on taking us to "gift shops" and expecting us to buy tourist trinkets. The heat and the crowds may have been easier to bare if we had gone to the Hermitage in the early morning instead of wasting 45-50 minutes in a trinket shop. The second guide was very professional and led us seamlessly through Catherine's palace and the palaces on the canal in St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Every detail was perfect!

By: Beth

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Exeter was a joy to work with. Our drivers and tour guides were helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I traveled with my 13-year-old daughter, and our tours were uniquely tailored to interest her. I had heard horror stories about obtaining Russian visas. Not for us! Exeter took care of everything, and quickly. I loved the custom packet that they sent me in advance of the trip. It listed our itinerary in detail, helpful phone numbers, restaurant recommendations, and travel tips that were specific for our destinations. I would enthusiastically recommend Exeter for travel planning.
Travel Advisor:  Andre Koester

St. Petersburg tour

By: Rocky Mountain Flier

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2018

Becky recommended Exeter International for my party of four. We all agreed after two full days of touring with our guide and driver that we would not have wanted to see St. Petersburg any other way. Our guide was excellent and very informed and we liked the driver too. We were able to avoid the long lines and were admitted to areas of the palaces that other visitors would never have the opportunity to see. We invited her to join us for lunch on both days whereby we learned even more about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Becky Sullivan

Exeter/Norwegian Tour

By: Lien

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2018

Exeter (Jody Ricottone) coordinated my recent sole tour of Norway. This involved guides in three cities, hotels in those cities and in two fjordside locations, trains and ferry, rental car and other transfer arrangements. I was very pleased with everything, including that Jody paid close attention to what I wanted and was responsive to my requests. Her recommendations and examples of somewhat similar sole tours really assisted me in my planning. The entire trip went off without a scheduling hitch, and introduced me, as I had wished, to Norwegian sites and experiences I never would have seen or had without Jody's good work.
Travel Advisor:  Wanda Worsley

Russia St. Petersburg

By: Jay Johnson

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

The guide and driver were both wonderful and full of knowledge and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. They also had great suggestions for lunch venues, during our stay in and about St. Petersburg.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Johnson

Russia Private Tour

By: Susan

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2018

We engaged Exeter to provide a private tour in St Petersburg, Russia. Exeter was outstanding!! We had a guide, Anya Smirnova, and driver for 3 days and it was a fabulous experience. Anya spoke perfect English and was able to relate the sites we saw to Russian history and culture in a fascinating manner. We asked her many, many questions that she readily answered. Her knowledge was extensive. We had special entry to the exhibits, bypassing the long normal entry lines. We had the flexibility to see what was of interest to us, and the ability to visit sites that the ship tours did not include. For lunch we stopped at wonderful restaurants that served authentic Russian food at reasonable prices, which was far better food than on the ship. The day at Peterhof Palace, with the extravagant fountains and grotto, was especially memorable. Our experience with Exeter was outstanding and I would highly recommend them for future private tours.
Travel Advisor:  Anita Becker

Great Tour Group

By: Tommy

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2018

We had a four day touring experience with Exeter in Prague and both my wife and myself could not be happier. Peter, our driver met us for the transfer from our ship to Prague right on time and throughout our tour. He was extremely professional and made sure we were where we needed to be and was always pleasant. We felt very comfortable while being driven. Lucie, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable in all areas that we visited and made sure we got to see everything we were supposed to see and more. She worked things out while we were with her to ensure things went like clockwork and we were not disappointed. I can't say enough how using Exexter made our time in Prague a wonderful experience and I would not hesistate using them again.
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By: Sharon

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2018

The quality of the tours and the guides was great. Some of the guides were exceptional. The tours were informative and we enjoyed them very much.
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Smith

russian guides

By: Toni

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Exeter was all you could ask for. We were always met on time and the guides were terrific.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd


By: Mick

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2019

Exeter listened to what we would like to see and do. Provided us with great drivers and guides...who were flexible, fun to be with and knew their history.
Travel Advisor:  Tony Huffman

sily route

By: no

Reviewed on: 26 May 2019

They organized their part of the trip well and it ran well.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Great job

By: Mari

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2019

Exeter’s role in planning was well done. They advised us we'll and understood our desires. They worked with us until we got it right!
Travel Advisor:  Jean Pickard

Thank you Exeter International

By: Jean

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2019

Exeter International did an outstanding job for us on our trip to Turkey. The transfers were flawless, the people handling the transfers were professional and friendly and often it was the same people. The guides were excellent, professional but very warm, very knowledgable, spoke perfect english and went the extra mile to make our experience special. Ali was our guide in Istanbul and Yasur in Ephesus. I cant say enough about both of them. We felt a personal bond with both. Yasur in particular made us feel we were part of his family. I think the personal friendliness, incredible knowledge of Turkish history and of the sites we visited made them exceptional guides. They certainly made our trip special and we would recommend them and Exeter to any one traveling to Turkey. We would also try Exeter’s services in another country based on the first class experience we had in Turkey.
Travel Advisor:  Jane Oliver Dunlap


By: Anna

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2019

The tour guides - everyone as extremely knowledgeable and personable.
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Amsterdam and Oslo

By: REJ75

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2019

Wonderful. we had 4 different tours arranged by Exeter in these cities. Each guide was very informative and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed each wallking tour, especially the historical and food tours of Oslo. we recommend these highly. Exeter handled transfers in Amsterdam very efficiently.
Travel Advisor:  Sarah Johnson

exeter part of trip was cancelled

By: Roxana

Reviewed on: 25 Jul 2019

Travel Advisor:  Gina Barrick

Exeter excels again

By: Mollyd

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2019

We love vacations with Exeter. They always have something unexpected and extra to offer. Good Job!
Travel Advisor:  Jean Pickard

Exeter International

By: Brian G

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2019

The Exeter guides in Russia were very well-versed in Russian history and the sites, and a personal perspective of transition from the Soviet era to present day Russia. Customizing our travel schedule to meet our wants was helpful as well.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King


By: Golfers

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2019

Exeter provided the best guides and drivers that we have ever had. Very knowledgeable and entertaining at all of our stops. Our guide in St. Petersburg, Julia, was exceptional for our three days there. Elizabeth, in Stockholm, was fabulous. Linda, in Amsterdam, showed us all of the city!
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen


By: Gail

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2019

Great job on guides and scheduling ,so we were never inconvenienced. The guides were so knowledgeable about their cities and were always able to answer questions.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Exeter International

By: BW

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2019

Our experience with Exeter was outstanding. The guides and drivers were so professional. The guides were super knowledgeable and personable and the drivers were experts in navigating the area.
Travel Advisor:  Julie Harris


By: Frequent Traveler

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2019

Had private guides and transportation for Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Guides were excellent, spoke good English and were flexible in what we wanted to see. Both the guides and the transport drivers were always on time. We have used Exeter before in Russia and Finland and have always have good results.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen


By: Judy

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2019

We found Exeter to be efficient. On time each day. Guides were knowledgeable and experienced in assisting us in additional sites to see, places to eat, etc. The tours in Moscow, Copenhagen, St. Petersburg and Stockholm were all professional, good English and very informative. Amazing trip.
Travel Advisor:  Ralph Iantosca

The best guides


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2019

Our trip itinerary was amazing and I cannot say enough about our guides. These guides went above and beyond. They enhanced our experience with their knowledge and expertise. They were also extremely friendly and made sure we had fun and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. My one issue with the trip has nothing to do with the guides, as our guide in Moscow was going above and beyond to accommodate. Our itinerary reflected a visit to a site but we were not able to get there. Not sure what happened but we had looked forward to the site. As I note our guide was trying to figure out how to get us there.
Travel Advisor:  Landa Mauriello-Vernon

Russian Tours

By: Susan Meyers

Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2019

The tour guide was excellent and told us a lot about Russia.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Winslow

A Grand Tour of Germany and Austria

By: Howard

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2019

Exeter International has handled our past two trips to Europe. Each trip has been well thought out and executed. The tour guides have been fantastic! Each guide is very knowledgeable of the history and area that we are visiting. We have found that everyone associated with Exeter has been professional and delightful. I highly recommend Exeter International for your next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Katherine Gould


By: Mel Weingart

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2019

My wife and my experience with Exeter was first rate, from the planning to the execution. Our guide in St. Petersburg, Anya, and Elena, in Moscow were both the best. We were also very impressed with our drivers and the fact that from the moment of our arrival until our departure everyone connected with Exeter was extremely friendly, accommodating, and kept to our schedule. Our entire experience with Exeter was excellent.

Independent Tours

By: Jim

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2019

Exeter planned our independent tours extremely well. We were taken to see everything we had on our list and then some. The tour guides were really outstanding; professional, knowledgable, but also fun to be with. Drivers and guides were punctual and were always checking with us in case we wanted to see something not on our initial list. They offered suggestions based on their local knowledge which we gladly accepted and were happy we did.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy


By: Lloyd V.

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2020

The hotels that were suggested turned out to be exactly what we wanted. The activities suggested were fabulous.
Travel Advisor:  Geordie McDonald