Uzbekistan cycle tour

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

 

Country of destination: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 6 days / 5 nights
The total distance of cycle route: 161km
Tour itinerary, 6 days (Group tour): Tashkent - Jizzakh - Sarmish Gorge - Samarkand
Extension to the Group tour (expand)

Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours:

  Group №1. 03.05 - 08.05.2021 Group №2. 13.09 - 18.09.2021  

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.

  • Cycle tour 6 days

 

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Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent.
Meeting at the airport. Hotel accommodation. Bicycle tour participants gathering day. Overnight stop at the hotel.

Tashkent. Uzbekistan

Day 2 Transfer Tashkent - Jizzakh (201 km, 2h 40 min). Lunch at the 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).
Road: dirt road, asphalt.
Height difference: + 599m
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 31km
Overnight at tent camp 1

Uzbekistan Bike Tour

Day 3 Bike ride: Camp 1 (1100m) - place of Lunch 1 (675m), near Rawat village - Camp 2 (991m), in front of Langar pass (1425m).
Road: dirt road, asphalt.
Height difference: -425m / + 316m
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 51km
Overnight at tent camp 2.

Uzbekistan Bike Tour

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

Uzbekistan Bike Tour

Day 5 Bike ride: Camp 3 (665m) - Finish (592m), Sarmysh gorge. Lunch Place 3
Road: dirt road, off-road.
Height difference: + 505m / -578m
Bike ride: the highest point for this day (1170m) - Finish (592m), Sarmysh gorge. Lunch Place 3
Total kilometres of bike ride per day: 34km
The completion of the cycle route. Transfer to Samarkand (3 hours, 200 km). Night at a hotel.

Uzbekistan Bike Tour

Day 6 Samarkand. Departure.
Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Uzbekistan

The cost of the tour 2021:

The cost for 1 person 898 USD
SGL accommodation in hotels + 120 USD

*This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival and departure accompanying service;
  • All program transfers on comfortable transport;
  • Accommodation at the hotel on twin/double share with breakfast;
  • Transportation of bicycles and personal cargo;
  • Tour’s active part maintenance:
    • Accommodation in 2-person tents in the Camps and in the guest houses;
    • Meals - Full board during active part of the tour;
    • Guide, cook, attendant’s services;
    • Sag wagon for the whole route;
    • Bivouac equipment, personal belongings transportation;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment (dining room, kitchen, tables, chairs, toilet) rental;
    • Personal equipment rental:
      • tourist rug
      • sleeping bag
      • head torch
  • Bike medikit with the most necessary tools;
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour.

The cost tour doesn’t include:

  • Medical insurance;
  • Meals during sightseeing part of the tour;
  • Bicycles and accessories rental.

Additional Services:

  • Rental of bicycles:
    • 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;

Extensions to the main itinerary:

 

Group №1   Group №2
► Option 1. 08.05 - 11.05.2021   ► Option 1. 18.09 - 21.09.2021
► Option 2. 08.05 - 13.05.2021   ► Option 2. 18.09 - 23.09.2021

 

The basic itinerary of the group your:
Day 6. Samarkand (sightseeing).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Sightseeing program in Samarkand at 10:00 AM: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia - the Registan Square (Ulugbek Madrasah, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah), Gur-e Amir mausoleum - necropolis of the Timurids.
After lunch continuation of sightseeing program in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym mosque, architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda, Ulugbek observatory. Overnight at the hotel.

Мавзолей Гур-Эмир (усыпальница Амира Тимура). Самарканд, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 7. Samarkand - Bukhara (300 km, 4-5 hrs).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Check-out at 08:00 AM and a group gathering in the hotel lobby.
Transfer to Bukhara. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival in Bukhara.
After lunch sightseeing program in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade. Visiting a showroom of Bukhara golden-embroidered factory and Karakul dressing (astrakhan fur) workshop.
Overnight at the hotel.

Бухара, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 8. Bukhara (sightseeing).
►For 9 -days program: Transfer to Tashkent.

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
Continuation of sightseeing program in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch out-of-town guided sightseeing tour (4 km from Bukhara): Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, memorial complex of the Islamic saint Baha-ud-Din Naqshband. Return to Bukhara.
Overnight at the hotel.

For 9-days program:
Transfer by train to Tashkent. On arrival check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Узбекские фрукты. Фрукты и овощи в Узбекистане. Базар Чорсу в Ташкенте. Базары Узбекистана. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 9. Bukhara - Khiva (440 km, 8-9 hrs).
►For 9-days program: Departure from Tashkent

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
At 08:00 AM start of ride across the famous Kyzyl-Kum desert and along the Amudarya River. Lunch en route.
Arrival in Khiva. Leisure time. Visiting the souvenir shops and workshops. Overnight at the hotel.

For 9-days program:
Departure from Tashkent airport.

Ситораи Мохи-Хоса. Бухара, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 10. Khiva (sightseeing). Khiva - Urgench - Tashkent (Domestic flight).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel.
A group gathering in the hotel lobby at 09:00 AM.
Sightseeing program in Khiva (Ichan-Kala, historical inner city): Pakhlavan Mahmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret, Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Muhammadaminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Transfer to Urgench International airport. Evening flight Urgench - Tashkent. Meeting at Tashkent airport. Transfer to a hotel and check-in.

Мавзолей Гур-Эмир (усыпальница Амира Тимура). Самарканд, Узбекистан. Туры в Узбекистан

Day 11. Tashkent (departure).

Short description

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel.
Leisure time without any transport and excursion services. Visiting bazaars and walking around the city are recommended. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

Узбекские фрукты. Фрукты и овощи в Узбекистане. Базар Чорсу в Ташкенте. Базары Узбекистана. Туры в Узбекистан

Cost of the 9 day tour 2021:

Type of accommodation: Standard
Twin/double share 1200 USD
SGL supplement +215 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost of the 11 day tour 2021:

Type of accommodation: Standard
Twin/double share 1490 USD
SGL supplement +260 USD

This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

Cost includes:

  • Arrival and departure accompanying service;
  • All program transfers on comfortable transport;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double share with breakfast;
  • Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
  • Services of the guide for city tours;
  • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • ► For departure from Tashkent (9 day tour): Train tickets (economy class) for high speed train Arosiab (Bukhara - Tashkent).
  • ► For departure from Tashkent (11 day tour): Urgench - Tashkent domestic flight (Economy class ticket, maximum luggage weight - 20 kg).
  • Transportation of bicycles and personal cargo;
  • Tour’s active part maintenance:
    • Accommodation in 2-person tents in the Camps and in the guest houses;
    • Meals - Full board during active part of the tour;
    • Guide, cook, attendant’s services;
    • Sag wagon for the whole route;
    • Bivouac equipment, personal belongings transportation;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment (dining room, kitchen, tables, chairs, toilet) rental;
    • Personal equipment rental:
      • tourist rug
      • sleeping bag
      • head torch
  • Bike medikit with the most necessary tools;
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour.

The cost tour doesn’t include:

  • Medical insurance;
  • Meals during sightseeing part of the tour;
  • Bicycles and accessories rental.

Additional Services:

  • Rental of bicycles:
    • 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;

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Hotels:
This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:

City Hotels
Tashkent Orient Inn Hotel 3* / Orient Star Hotel 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3*
or similar
Samarkand Zilol Baht Hotel 3* /Evroasia Hotel 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):

"Hyundai Grand Starex"
(up to 6 seats)

Hyundai Grand Starex

"Eurise"
(up to 15 seats)

Eurise

"Golden Dragon"
(up to 45 seats)

Golden Dragon
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Lighting in saloon Fridge Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon Fridge

 

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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