Uzbekistan cycle tour

Mountain & Desert Biking. Bicycle tour with an escort car 2022.
Excursions in Bukhara and Samarkand

 

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Country of destination: Uzbekistan Route map »»
Tour duration: 9 days / 8 nights
The total distance of cycle route: 185 km
Tour itinerary: Tashkent - Jizzakh - Nurata mountains - Sarmish Gorge - Samarkand - Bukhara - Tashkent

GUARANTEE DATE OF THE GROUP TOUR 2022:

  Group №1. 02.05-10.05.2022 Group №2. 17.09-25.09.2022  

Bicycle tour

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.

You can bring your own bike or rent it from us. Join the exciting bike tour through the mountains and deserts of Uzbekistan!

 

  • ITINERARY
    SERVICES & COST

  • Visa

  • FAQ

  • USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent. Tashkent (sightseeing)
Meeting at the airport. Transfer and check in at the hotel (after 14:00).
Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
Overnight at the hotel.

Tashkent. Uzbekistan

Day 2 39 km.
Tashkent - Jizzakh (201 km, 3 h)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer Tashkent – Jizzakh (201 km, 3 h).
Lunch at the local cafe (chaykhona, “teahouse”). Transfer to the village of Sentyab to the starting point of the cycle route (120 km, 2 hours). Before you start: tea, light snack. The beginning of the route. Ascent to the Sop pass (1,707 m) - Camp 1 (1130 m). Dinner.
Overnight at the tent camp.
Road: dirt road, asphalt.
Height difference: + 599m.
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 39 km.

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Day 3 54 km.
Breakfast.
Bike ride: Camp 1 (1100m) - place of lunch (675m), near Rawat village - Camp 2 (991m), in front of Langar pass (1425m). Dinner.
Overnight at the tent camp.
Road: dirt road, asphalt.
Height difference: -425m / + 316m.
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 54 km.

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Day 4 56 km.
Breakfast.
Bike ride: Camp 2 (991m) - place of lunch (737m), near Maidan village - Camp 3 (665m), Chinar village. Dinner.
Overnight at the tent camp.
Road: asphalt, dirt road, off-road.
Height difference: + 405m / -659m.
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 56 km.

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Day 5 36 km.
Transfer to Samarkand (200 km, 3 h)
Breakfast.
Bike ride: Camp 3 (665m) - the highest point of the day (1170 м) - finish (592m), Sarmysh gorge. Lunch.
Road: dirt road, off-road.
Height difference: + 505m / -578m.
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 36 km.
The completion of the cycle route.
Transfer to Samarkand (200 km, 3 hours).
Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 6 Samarkand (sightseeing) .
Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor madrasah, Tilya-Kori madrasah); Gur-e Amir Mausoleum - ecropolis of the Timurids; Bibi-Khanym Mosque; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory.
Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 7 Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4-5 h), Bukhara (sightseeing) .
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Bukhara. On the way, near the city of Navoi, visit the remains of the once magnificent palace of the 11th century - the Rabat-i Malik Caravanserai (means "Tsar's Fortress"). Locals named the remaining portal as "The Gates of Bukhara".
Arrival in Bukhara, check in at the hotel.
Sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 8 Bukhara (sightseeing). Bukhara - Tashkent (610 km, 4 h) .
Breakfast at the hotel.
Continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
Transfer to Tashkent by train “Afrosiab” (15:50-19:44).
Check in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

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Day 9 Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport. The end of the program. Departure.

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Cost of the tour in USD

The cost for 1 person 1200$
Single supplement at hotels + 195$

    The cost of the tour includes:

    • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
    • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts;
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport during the entire tour;
    • Economy class train tickets:
      • Bukhara - Tashkent;
    • Sightseeing tours according to the program;
    • Sightseeing tour guide in each city or an escort-guide;
    • Transportation of bicycles and personal cargo;
    • All needed documents arrangement:
      • Registration for foreigners;
    • Services during the active part of the trip (cycle route):
      • Full board (three hot meals a day);
      • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
      • Services of guide, cook and service staff;
      • Escort car;
      • Transportation of bivouac equipment, personal belongings, bicycles;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental:
      • Tents;
      • Tables, chairs;
      • Kitchenware;
      • Toilet-tent;
    • Rent of personal equipment:
      • Sleeping bag;
      • Raincoat;
      • Forehead flashlight;
      • Camping sleeping pad;
      • Metal thermos bottle;
      • Tableware;
    • First-aid kit for group;
    • Bike medikit with the most necessary tools;
    • Memorable souvenirs;
    • Mineral water for each day of the tour.

    The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

    • International flights;
    • Entrance fees at museums and monuments - 35 USD/per person/per tour;
    • Meals during the city sightseeing part of the tour - from 95 USD/ per person/per tour;
    • Medical insurance;
    • Bicycles and accessories rental.

    Additional Services:

    • Supplement for additional night on arrival in Tashkent:
      • Single room - 45 USD/per room /per night;
      • Double room – 65 USD/per room /per night.
    • Rental of bicycles:
      • Model Merida - 80 USD / for the program;
      • Model Nomad Atilla - 80 USD / for the program;
      • Model Giant - 80 USD / for the program;

This tour comes with the following types of accommodation:

Hotels.
We recommend accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness. Hotels of this level are characterized by a warm welcoming, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.

Tent Camp.
Accommodation in tents for 2 persons. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable stay tourist mats and sleeping bags will be provided. The tent camp is equipped with a spacious dining tent with tables and comfortable folding chairs, dishes are provided in full. Use a gas stove with camping gas burners or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with camping toilets.Communication means - radio and GPS navigator - are always available on the route.

Location Accommodation
Tashkent Samir 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3* or similar
During the cycle route Tents
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar

Transportation.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-2 persons "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 3-6 persons "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group of 7-9 persons "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group of 10-15 persons "Eurise"
Group of 16-25 persons "Golden Dragon"

 

Visa to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A great number of other countries can obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan by simply visiting the governmental portal e-visa.gov.uz.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is it necessary to get a stay permit (temporary registration of stay) while visiting Uzbekistan?
  2. What is Uzbekistan’s currency? Where can I exchange money?
  3. Can I use credit cards in Uzbekistan?
  4. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
  5. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country?
  6. Can I bring alcoholic beverages into Uzbekistan?
  7. What maximum amount of cash can I bring into Uzbekistan?
  8. What maximum amount of cash can I take out of Uzbekistan?
  9. Can I use a photo / video camera at the tourist sites?
  10. What kind of clothes should I wear in Uzbekistan? Are there any clothing requirements for women in the country?
  11. What languages do people in Uzbekistan speak?
  12. Questions regarding the bicycle route:

  13. What is the difficulty of the cycle route?
  14. What is the relief and quality of the road? What is the maximum gradient?
  15. Will we be accompanied by an escort vehicle?
  16. What bikes do you rent?
  17. Do you rent equipment for bikers?
  18. Where will we spend night during the active part of the tour?
  19. What about the meal during the cycle route?
  20. What things should I take with me? What is the weather like at this time?
  21. Are there any health restrictions?
  22. Will I be able to charge my gadgets during the active part of the tour?
  23. How can I wash myself during the route? Is there a shower?
  24. What if an emergency occurs?.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What is the difference between GMT and Uzbekistan time?
    It is GMT plus 5 hours in Uzbekistan.
  5. Can foreigners to Uzbekistan use the services of a local mobile network operator during their stays in the country?
    Yes, they can if they have a stay permit to show.
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  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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    Questions regarding the bicycle route:

  14. What is the difficulty of the cycle route?
    The difficulty of the route is moderate.
    This route is suitable for both experienced cyclists and beginners who are in excellent physical shape. Daily mileage is 30-60 km.
  15. What is the relief and quality of the road? What is the maximum gradient?
    The route runs through:
    • The plains
    • Hilly terrain and low mountains
    • Passes
    There are technical segments that require skills in gear shifting and braking.
    The relief of the route is on the map:
  16. The relief of the route is on the map

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  17. Will we be accompanied by an escort vehicle?
    Yes, definitely. Throughout the route, a support vehicle follows the participants of the cycle tour, which transports bivouac and kitchen equipment (tents, a dining and kitchen facilities, tables, chairs, a toilet, etc.), all personal belongings of participants and bicycles.
  18. What bikes do you rent?

    Model Merida (height 178 - 190 cm) - 80 USD / for the program;

    Model Nomad Atilla (height 158 - 172 cm) - 80 USD / for the program;

    Model Giant (height 158 - 172 cm) - 80 USD / for the program;

  19. Do you rent equipment for bikers?
    We rent helmets and gloves.
  20. Where will we spend night during the active part of the tour?
    During the active part, a camp will be set up every day. You will be accommodated in 2 person tents. We provide each participant with a care mat, a sleeping bag with liner, a headlamp, a bicycle kit with the most necessary tools.
  21. What about the meal during the cycle route?
    During the active part of the tour we provide full board.
    An escort team is travelling with the group: a guide, a cook and service staff. An escort team will set up and take down tents, cook nutritious and delicious hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the active part of the tour.
  22. What things should I take with me? What is the weather like at this time?
    The weather in September is stable - it is sunny and rather hot during the day (up to + 35С), and cool in the evening and at night (about +20). It is worth considering that the weather is highly dependent on the terrain and altitude. In cities it is always warmer, and in the mountains and desert the differences between day and night temperatures can be significant, precipitations are possible.
    Therefore, you should have clothing both for hot weather (shorts, T-shirts, sandals, cap, sunglasses), and also for rainy weather and evening coolness (fleece jacket, raincoat, windbreaker, sport pants, warm cap).
  23. Are there any health restrictions?
    You need to understand that taking part in cycle tour will require great stamina, participants must be in good physical shape.
    Therefore, we recommend that people suffering from cardiovascular and chronic diseases (hypertension, asthma, diabetes, etc.) definitely consult their doctor for advice before travelling. If, in his authoritative opinion, your health allows such a trip, and the risks are minimal, then, armed with an individual first-aid kit with a set of your usual and special medicines, you may join our tour.
  24. Will I be able to charge my gadgets during the active part of the tour?
    Yes, in our Camp there is a 220 V power supply (inverter).
    It is advisable to have a Power bank with you in case the charge on the gadget runs out during the day. In the evening, when the Camp is set up, you will be able to charge all devices.
  25. How can I wash myself during the route? Is there a shower?
    Our camp has a camping shower-tent where in the evening each participant will be able to take a shower.
  26. What if an emergency occurs?
    In the case of an emergency, the escort vehicle can quickly pick up the victim and take them to the nearest hospital. The guide always has a first aid kit with him.
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