Uzbekistan Bike Tour

Mountain & Desert Biking. Bicycle tour with an escort car.
Excursions in Bukhara and Samarkand

 

Country of destination: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 12 days / 11 nights
Tour itinerary, cities: Tashkent - Jizzakh - Sarmish Gorge - Yurt Camp - Gijduvan -  Bukhara - Samarkand - Tashkent

This cycle tour of Uzbekistan is an excellent opportunity for those who love non-standard cycling routes to test their strength in the heat of the Central Asian summer, amidst rocks and sands. The itinerary of bike travel runs through the unique sceneries of the Nurata Mountains, which are contrastingly bordered by the hot Kyzylkum desert on the north and the fertile Zeravshan Valley on the south.

The bike riders will enjoy the marvellous landscapes and bright colours of the deserts, semi-deserts and steep mountain slopes. One of the most impressive things the travellers will discover on their way is the Aydar Lake, whose water extends for hundreds of kilometres in the heart of the Kyzylkum desert.

Excursions to Bukhara and Samarkand, probably, the two most famous cities on the Great Silk Road will be a nice continuation of the adventure cycling in Uzbekistan and will feature ancient oriental architecture, the amazing Uzbek cuisine and sincere hospitality offered by the locals.

Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent.
Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to hotel and check-in. A group gathering. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 Transfer Tashkent - Jizzakh - Yangikishlak settlement - Asmansai village (200 km, 4 h). Lunch en route. Arrival at the starting point of the bike tour. In the afternoon bike tour starts in the highlands and mountains: Asmansay village - Ilanchi village - Mikin village - ascent to the Saurbel pass (1150m) - descent to Chakar village (42 km, 5 hours). Camp 1. Dinner.
Road: asphalt, off-road, dirt road, broken road.
Day 3 Ride on bikes: Chakar village - Garasha village - Naukat village - Zarmitan village - Koshrabad village (50 km, 4-5 hours). Lunch. Transfer by car: Koshrabad village - Choi village (70km, 1.5 hrs). Bike ride on the road (8 km,1-1,5 hours). Camp 2 (820m). Dinner.
Road: asphalt, dirt road, broken road.
Day 4 Ride on bikes: ascent to the Langar pass (1850m) +900m along the broken road (12km up to the saddle point of the pass) - descend to Maidan village (35km). Total distance: 47km. Camp 3 (700m). Dinner.
Road: broken road, asphalt, dirt road.
Day 5 Ride on bikes: Maidan village - Chagirkul settlement - Chinar village - Kurai village - ascent to the plateau (+300 m) - ride along the plateau (8-10km). Camp 4 (1170м). Dinner. Total distance: 42 km, 5-6h.
Road: asphalt, broken road, dirt road, off-road.
Day 6 Ride on bikes: the plateau - Sarmish Gorge - Kalkanata village (51км, 5h). Lunch en route.
Road: the off-road, dirt road, asphalt.
Transfer by car: via the town of Nurata to Yurt camp in the desert (120km, 1.5 h). Excursion in Sarmish Gorge: petroglyphs (more than 3500 ancient rock engravings). Overnight in yurts.
Day 7 Breakfast in yurt camp. Camel riding excursion. Ride to Aydarkul Lake. Leisure time and lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Bukhara via Gijduvan town. Visiting national house in Gijduvan (traditional ceramics). Arrival in Bukhara, check-in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex (Kalyan Minaret and others), Ulugbek Madrasah. After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 Transfer to Shakhrisabz, birthplace of Tamerlane (275 km, 6h). Lunch. Guided sightseeing tour around Shakhrisabz.
Ride on bikes: Shakhrisabz - ascent to the Takhtakaracha pass (1788m) - Samarkand (30 - 75km, 2-4h). Arrival in Samarkand, check-in at hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing program in Samarkand: Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilla-Qori Madrasah) - the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia, Gur-e Amir Mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Ulugbek Observatory, Siab bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Tashkent (330km, 5h). Arrival in Tashkent, check-in at hotel. Excursion in Tashkent. Gala dinner in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 Tashkent. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and transfer to the airport. Departure.
Cost of the tour for year 2017 in USD:
Quantity of people in group 2 3-4 5-6 7-9 10-12
Cost per person 2765 2115 1795 1755 1495

Cost includes:

Comfortable air-conditioned means of transportation throughout tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
Accommodation at the hotels 3* on twin/double share with breakfast in Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand;
Three hot meals a day in cities;
Accommodation in Yurt camp;
Camel riding excursion;
Sightseeing tours with local guides in Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarkand,Tashkent;
Entrance fees to the main monuments in Bukhara, Shakhrisabz, Samarkand,Tashkent;
Gala dinner in Tashkent;
Escort car for the entire route;
Microbus or bus during the city sightseeing part of the program;
Transportation of bicycles and personal gear;
Services during active part of the tour:
- Escort-guide during the program;
- Cook, service staff;
- Transportation of camping equipment, drinking water, food and personal gear;
- Transfers for participants and transportation of their bikes at some stages of the active part of the program;
- Full board (three hot meals a day) during active part of the program;
- Bivouac equipment (tents, dining-tent, tables, chairs, kitchenware, dining sets, toilet-tent);
- Minor repairs of bicycles, that will not affect changes in the route;
- The most necessary bicycle repair tools;
- Mineral water for the entire route;
- First aid kit.

The cost tour doesn’t include:

Uzbekistan visa support and visa;
Medical insurance;
International air flights;
Rent of bicycles and bike accessories;
Major overhaul (repairs) of bicycles, that will affect changes in the route;
Bike components and spare parts;
Special tools used for individual bikes;
Personal equipment.
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