Uzbekistan cycle tour

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

 

Country of destination: Uzbekistan
Tour duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Tour itinerary, cities: Tashkent - Jizzakh - Sarmish Gorge - Bukhara - Gizhduvan - 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
    SERVICES & COST

  • Visa

  • FAQ

  • USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Itinerary:
Day 1 Arrival in Tashkent.
Meeting at the airport. Hotel accommodation. Bicycle tour participants gathering day. Overnight stop at the hotel.
Day 2 Transfer Tashkent - Jizzakh (201 km, 2 hours 40 minutes). Lunch in the teahouse - choykhona.
Transfer to the Asmansay settlement to the starting point of the bike route (60 km, 1h). Before the start: tea, light snack.
Bike ride on the mountainous terrain: the starting point (572 m) - the ascent to the Saurbel pass (1150 m) - Camp 1 (1130 m).
Road: dirt road, asphalt, broken asphalt.
Height difference: + 555 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 33 km
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 3 Bike ride: Camp 1 (1130 m) - Lunch place 1 (846 m), near the Turkmenaul village.
Road: dirt road
Mileage: 36 km
Height difference: -284 m
Bike ride: Lunch place 1 (846 m) - Camp 2 (826 m), at the water tower near the Jamanjar village.
Road: broken asphalt, asphalt, dirt road, asphalt.
Mileage: 22 km
Height difference: -20 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 58 km.
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 4 Bike ride: Camp 2 (826 m) - Lunch place 2 (912 m).
Road: asphalt, broken asphalt, dirt road, off-road, broken asphalt, dirt road.
Mileage: 28 km
Height difference: + 86 m
Bike ride: Lunch place 2 (912 m) - Camp 3 (1018 m).
Road: dirt road, off-road, dirt road.
Mileage: 19 km
Height difference: + 106 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 47 km.
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 5 Bike ride: Camp 3 (1018 m) - Lunch place 3 (1645 m), Fazilman lake shore.
Road: dirt road.
Mileage: 15 km
Height difference: + 627 m
Bike ride with downhill elements: Lunch place 3 (1645 m) - Camp 4 (700 m), Sentob village.
Road: off-road, dirt road.
Mileage: 12 km
Height difference: -945 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 27 km
In the afternoon - time-off, walk through Sentob village, introduction to the life and daily graft of local residents.
Overnight stop in tent camp / local guesthouse.
Day 6 Bike ride: Camp 4 (700 m) - Sentob village - Storage lake (530 m).
Road: dirt road, broken asphalt, dirt road.
Mileage: 5 km
Height difference: -170 m
Bike ride: Storage lake (530 m) - Sop pass (1707 m).
Road: dirt road, broken asphalt, dirt road, off-road, dirt road.
Mileage: 17 km
Elevation difference: + 1177 m
Bike ride: the Sop pass (1707 m) - Lunch place 4 (1382 m).
Road: dirt road.
Mileage: 6 km
Vertical drop: -325 m
Bike ride: Lunch place 4 (1382 m) - Camp 5 (1100 m).
Road: dirt road.
Mileage: 15 km
Height difference: -282 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 43 km.
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 7 Bike ride: Camp 5 (1100 m) - Lunch place 5 (675 m), near the Ravat village.
Road: dirt road, broken asphalt, asphalt, dirt road.
Mileage: 24 km
Vertical drop: -425 m
Bike ride: Lunch place 5 (675 m) - Camp 6 (991 m), in front of the Langar pass (1425 m).
Road: off-road, asphalt, dirt road, asphalt, broken asphalt.
Mileage: 27 km
Vertical drop: + 316 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 51 km
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 8 Bike ride: Camp 6 (991 m) - the day’s highest point (1396 m).
Road: broken asphalt, dirt road.
Mileage: 6 km
Height difference: + 405 m
Bike ride: the day’s highest point (1396 m) - Lunch place 6 (737 m), near the Maidan village.  
Road: dirt road, off-road, dirt road, off-road, dirt road, off-road, dirt road.
Mileage: 27 km
Height difference: -659 m
Bike ride: Lunch place 6 (737 m) - Camp 7 (665 m), near the school of Chinar village.
Road: dirt road, broken asphalt, off-road, asphalt, broken asphalt, dirt road.
Mileage: 23 km
Height difference: -72 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 56 km.
Overnight stop in the tent camp.
Day 9 Bike ride: Camp 7 (665 m) - the day’s highest point (1170 m).
Road: dirt road, off-road, dirt road.
Mileage: 19 km
Vertical drop: + 505 m
Bike ride: the day’s highest point (1170 m) - Finish (592 m), Sarmysh Gorge. Lunch place 7.
Road: dirt road, off-road, dirt road, gravel road, broken asphalt, asphalt.
Mileage: 15 km
Vertical drop: -578 m
Total kilometers of bike ride per day: 34 km
The total distance of the bike ride for the whole cycle route: 325 km
Bike route finishing.
Moving to Bukhara (150 km, 2 h). Hotel accommodation.
Day 10 Bukhara.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour around Bukhara: Samanid mausoleum, Chashma Ayub tomb, Bolo-Hauz complex, ancient fortress Ark, Poi-Kalyan complex, Abdulaziz-Khan madrasah, Ulugbek madrasah. After lunch, visiting the Lyabi-Khauz ensemble, Kukeldash madrasah, Nadira Divanbegi madrasah, trade domes. Overnight stop at the hotel.
Day 11 Bukhara - Gizhduvan - Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Gijduvan (54km, 1h30min). Visiting the national house, where you can see the traditional ceramics workshop.  Transfer Gijduvan - Samarkand (232 km, 4 h). Hotel accommodation. Free time.
Day 12 Samarkand.
Breakfast at the hotel. Tour around Samarkand: Registan - the most famous square in Central Asia,  (Ulugbek madrasah, Sher-Dor madrasah, Till-Kari madrasah), tomb of Great Tamerlan - Gur-Emir, Bibi-Khanum mosque, Shahi-Zinda architectural ensemble, Siab bazaar. Overnight stop at the hotel.
Day 13 Samarkand - Tashkent.
Breakfast at the hotel.  Tour around Samarkand continued: the museum and the town of Afrosiab, Ulugbek observatory, the famous workshop for silk paper production, "Khudjum" woven silk carpets factory. Departure from Samarkand on the express train "Afrosiab" (17:00 - 19:10). Arrival in Tashkent. Meeting at the station. Transfer and accommodation at the hotel. Overnight stop at the hotel.
Day 14 Transfer to the airport. Departure.

The cost of the tour in USD:

№ of people in group 2 3-4 5-6 7-9 10-15
Cost per person 2995 2220 2080 1875 1785

Cost includes:

  • Arrival and departure accompanying service;
  • All program transfers on comfortable transport;
  • Accommodation in a hotel 3-4 * in Tashkent, Bukhara, Samarkand;
  • Full board throughout the tour;
  • Tour program in Bukhara, Samarkand, and Tashkent;
  • Bicycles and personal cargo transportation;
  • Tour’s active part maintenance:
    • 2-person tents accommodation;
    • 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 the whole route;
    • First aid kit.

The cost tour doesn’t include:

  • Visa support and visa fees (if necessary);
  • Medical insurance;
  • Bicycles and accessories rental;
  • Bicycles spare parts;
  • Personal equipment.

 

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?
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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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