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.


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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.

The cost of the tour 2017 in USD:

№ 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.


Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

The citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can enter the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan without visa. In relation to these countries there was established a bilateral visa-free regime.

The citizens of Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan can obtain visa to Uzbekistan without preliminary issuance of the visa invitation by the inviting party from Uzbekistan (in our case, by travel agency). The citizens of listed countries can obtain visa at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the country of their residence during 2 working days.

Citizens of all other countries can get visa to Uzbekistan only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- employment verification letter.

After receiving these documents we apply to the MFA of Uzbekistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 13-15 days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get visa at the embassy of Uzbekistan in his/her country of residence (or in another country, where there is our embassy). If in the country of tourist’s residence there is no Uzbekistan Embassy, he/she can obtain Uzbek visa at the Uzbekistan in any other country (where it is located) or at the consular department of Tashkent airport on arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What nationals need visas to enter Uzbekistan?
Citizens of any countries other than Uzbekistan and the CIS countries enjoying visa-free regime agreements with Uzbekistan need visas to enter Uzbekistan or travel through its territory. These people can obtain Uzbekistan entry visas through a Visa Invitation Letter (Visa Support) from their host parties (host tour operators). Citizens of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK can apply for Uzbek visas to embassies or consulates of Uzbekistan without getting Visa Invitation Letter, independently. Please read here for more information.


Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
Any foreigner to Uzbekistan is to get a stay permit within 3 working days (consecutive or not) during his / her visit to the country. If he / she stays at an Uzbekistan hotel or a guesthouse, such a stay permit for the period of stay at it is granted automatically. (Inquire whether the hotel / guesthouse you want to stay at provides such a permit unless your accommodation is organized by a host tour operator. Also make sure you are given your stay permit certificate with the seal of your hotel / guesthouse when you check out.) If you stay at other lodging facilities during your visit, you will have to get your stay permit from a local visits registration police department.


What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
The national currency of Uzbekistan is the som (UZS). There are 100, 200, 500, 1.000, 5.000, 10.000 and 50.000-som banknotes used currently. The banknotes are similar in size but vary in color; they depict Uzbekistan’s cultural and heritage sites.
You can exchange money at Uzbekistan’s National Bank outlets, most of the hotels and official currency exchange offices commonly located near bazaars and at shopping centers. You will need your passport to exchange money through them.
Note that the most common foreign currency in Uzbekistan is US dollars. The US banknotes you exchange in the country should be in good condition - without defects, bad folds, worn areas and scribbles - or it will be hard to exchange them.


Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
You can use Visa and MasterCard cards mainly in Tashkent and at fewer locations in Samarkand and Bukhara for cash withdrawals through ATMs (cash machines) in their large hotels or banks. You can also make payments with these cards at some hotels, restaurants and stores in Tashkent. However, technical failures of the card handling equipment may occur, so it is advisable to always have enough cash on you.


What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.


Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stay in the country?
Yes, they can do it in Tashkent in the general office of the mobile operator only if they have a stay permit to show.


Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
A person is permitted to bring a maximum of 2 liters of alcoholic drink(s) into the country.


What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
There is no limit on the amount of cash in a currency that is foreign to Uzbekistan a person can bring into the country. If you bring in over 5,000 USD (or the equivalent in other currencies), you will be given a ТС-28 certificate. If you bring in over 10,000 USD, you will have to pay a 1% duty on this sum.


What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
The amount of cash (in a currency foreign to Uzbekistan) you can take out of the country must not exceed the sum you brought in as per your arrival customs declaration. Taking out the amount exceeding the sum you brought in is possible if permitted by Uzbekistan’s Central Bank or another Uzbekistan’s authorized bank. Note that taking out Uzbekistan soms is not permitted unless they are several souvenir coins or banknotes.


Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
Photographing and videoing at the tourist sites is allowed unless a site has a prohibition sign. They charge fees for using cameras at most tourist attractions though. Photographing and videoing is prohibited in Tashkent metro, at the airports and railway stations. Using a camera at the functioning mosques is possible if allowed by the worshippers there.


What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
Clothes made of cotton and other natural textiles will be the best choice in warm and hot weather. Both men and women will feel best in T-shirts and shorts. Your footwear must be comfortable, light and strong, since you will have to walk a lot. Have sunglasses, a light headwear and sunblock lotion.
If you travel early in spring (March to the beginning of April) or at the end of autumn (October to November), it is advisable to take a windbreaker, a sweater or a similar garment. In winter the temperature may fall to minus 10°С or so, so a raincoat, a warm coat and headwear will be necessary.
There are no strict limits on women’s clothing in the country. However, you should be considerate towards the local traditions, culture and religion. While visiting religious places women should wear loose garments covering most of their arms and legs, and of course the cleavage. Headscarves will also be advisable to put on. Note that you will have to take off your shoes while entering some of the sacred places.


What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
The official language is Uzbek; it is spoken by a majority of the population. Russian is spoken by the country’s largest Slavic minority and is still used widely in business and as a lingua franca, especially in Tashkent and other major cities. Tajik is widespread in Samarkand and Bukhara for their large Tajik ethnic minorities. Karakalpak is spoken in the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan where it is an official language besides Uzbek. English is popular as a foreign language to study but there is little chance of coming across a good English speaker in the street. However, in the historic cities of Bukhara and Samarkand many young souvenir sellers dealing with foreigners speak elementary English.

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