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  • Tour duration 15 days
  • Uzbekistan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Would you like to explore Uzbekistan’s fantastic and beautiful landscape, get to know the locals and soak up the culture? Then we highly recommend this cycling and cultural trip!

During this trip you can enjoy the small villages, beautiful mountains, many lakes, breathtaking landscapes, clear twisting rivers and majestic mountain peaks.

You will also get to know the culture in the old cities: Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent.

Note:
The daily bike ride takes 4 to 5 hours, with a maximum distance of 70 km. You will cycle on hilly terrain with occasional flat parts, so good cycling skills are required. An accompanying car is provided.

Locations you will visit

Tashkent
Tuzkan Lake
Pistalitau area
Ortacheku rocks
Hayat village
Sob Gorge
Pheasilman Lake
Aktash village
Chuva village
Chuva
Lyangar Pass
Maydansay village
Maidan village
Chargirkul settlement
Chinar settlement
Djunaty Peak
Chash-Tepa settlement
Bukhara
Shakhrisabs
Samarkand

 

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in hotels, host family and tent camps
  • Sleeping mats & sleeping bags included
  • Full board
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Accompanying car during the cycling part
  • Accompanying cycling and English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Biking days: 3 litrs water per person/day

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Bike rental
  • Fees for video and photo shooting
  • Insurances
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Visa (if applicable) and any other administrative costs

Your itinerary – in brief:

Day 1: Tashkent
Day 2: Tashkent – Tuzkan Lake (transport and bicycle)
Day 3: Tuzkan Lake – Pistalitau area – Ortacheku rocks (bicycle)
Day 4: Ortacheku rocks – Hayat village (bicycle)
Day 5: Hayat village – Sob gorge (bicycle)
Day 6: Sob gorge – Fazilman Lake – Aktash village (bicycle)
Day 7: Aktash village – Chuya village (bicycle)
Day 8: Chuya – Lyangar Pass – Maydansay village (bicycle)
Day 9: Maidan village – Chagirkul settlement
Day 10: Chinar settlement – Djunaty Peak – Chash-Tepa settlement – Bukhara
Day 11: Bukhara
Day 12: Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (transport)
Day 13: Samarkand
Day 14: Tashkent
Day 15: Departure

Day 1Tashkent

Arrival in Uzbekistan. Meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Sightseeing in Tashkent
Lunch
Free time
• Preparation for the next days by bike

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Tashkent - Tuzkan Lake (transport and bicycle)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Departure by bus to Lake Tuzkan (240 km)
Lunch
• Preparations for the bike tour
• Cycling along the ridge of Pistalitau and the shores of Lake Tuzkan (25 km)
The location is thinly populated, only inhabited by fishermen and shepherds
• Camping on the shores of the Lake (250 m above sea level)
• You can walk or climb to the top for a beautiful view over the mountains and the
Lake.

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 3Tuzkan Lake - Pistalitau area - Ortacheku rocks (bicycle)

Breakfast at the camp.

Timetable:
• Via mountain paths, through a low pass, we cross the ridge of Pistalitau
In some places we’ll have to wear the bike
• From the pass there is a beautiful view of the valley
• Then we cross the valley and have lunch
• Continue to the town of Bajram under the rocks of Ortacheku (35 km climb)

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp under the rocks (677 meters above sea level)

Day 4Ortacheku rocks - Hayat village (bicycle)

Breakfast at the camp.

Timetable:
• Cycling along the Nuratau edge with final destination: the picturesque village of
Hayat
• We cycle around the rocks of Ortacheku
• Then down in the village of Yangikishlak (25 km)
Lunch
• After that we cycle further towards the village of Hayat (45 km)

Dinner and overnight stay with a host family.

Info about the stay: There are no beds in the houses of the locals and according to tradition, people sleep on the special mattresses on the floor. The bed is made before going to bed, rolled up in the morning and placed on one of the walls of the room. Bed linen is included: mattress, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels. Toilet and shower are outside in the courtyard. A garden with fruit trees is attached to each house. The food is prepared on firewood in special fireplaces. Tourists can watch and participate in the preparation of the food.

Info about the meals: The food is made by the hostess of the house. Vegetables and fruit usually come from their own vegetable garden. Uzbek cuisine is generally served with vegetable soups with meat, traditional plov (rice, meat, vegetables), fried meat (beef, mutton), damlyama (ragout of stewed vegetables). Sweets are given with the tea.

Day 5Hayat village - Sob gorge (bicycle)

Breakfast with the host family.

Timetable:
• Cycling from Hayat over the Nurata ridge to the beautiful gorge of Sob.
• The road goes along the Sentyabsay gorge which leads to the Sob gorge (40 km).
• Lunch is served during the trip

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 6Sob gorge - Fazilman Lake - Aktash village (bicycle)

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Departure from the gorge and we cycle higher over the rocky path to the pass
under the majestic Gaukum-top (1516 m)
• While cycling you can enjoy:
√ The panorama of the village of Sentyabsay
√ The top of the Nuratau ridge
√ The Aydarkul Lake
• After the steep descent, the path leads to the vast southern slopes of the
Nuratau ridge
• After that we cycle to the Fazilman Lake where you can relax and have lunch.
• Then we go to the village of Aktash

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp near Aktash.

Day 7Aktash village - Chuya village (bicycle)

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Departure to the ‘kingdom of the gigantic rocks‘.
• We cycle among the enormous boulders that have been transformed into
prehistoric sculptures by the water and the wind.
• We pass villages on our way to Galyandzhik (32 km)
Lunch
• Along the Urganchy river we cycle to the village of Saykechar.
• Then we cross the valley and go to the village of Chuya (33 km)
• Overnight stay under the Langar Pass (915 m)

Dinner and accommodation in the tent camp.

Day 8Chuya - Lyangar Pass - Maydansay village (bicycle)

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Climb to the Lyangar pass (from 300 m altitude to 5.5 km for the whole day trip).
• Short stops for sightseeing
• We drive further along the upper part of the Aktau Mountains
• Then we go down to the valley and Maydan
• On this part of the route we cycle along the Maydansay river.
• Lunch is served during the trip

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp along the river.

Day 9Maidan village - Chagirkul settlement

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• The route continues along the southern ridges of the Aktau mountain ridge.
• The road climbs along several small villages to the plateau and descends to the
mountain village of Angidan, surrounded by green gardens.
• Further on we drive along the mountain river to the village of Chinar.
• Bicycle distance of the day: 40 km
• Lunch is served during the trip

Dinner and overnight stay in the tent camp.

Day 10Chinar settlement - Djunaty Peak - Chash-Tepa settlement - Bukhara

Breakfast in the tent camp.

Timetable:
• Climbing to the mountain plateau
• On the way we pass an interesting natural object: the rocky summit of Junayti
(920 m). Years of rain, wind and temperature drops created fantastic stone
sculptures here.
• Optional: there is a possibility to climb to the right side of the Junayti summit
(±120m, 1,5-2h).
• Bicycle distance of the day: 25 km
Lunch is served during the site visits
End of the cycling part of the journey
• Transfer to Bukhara

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 11Bukhara

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour of Bukhara:
• Mausoleum of the Samanides (IX-X)
• Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV-XIX)
• Poi-Kalon complex (XII-XVI)
• Ulugbek Medressa
• Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII)
• Sitorai Mokhi Khosa (Palace of the Moon and Stars)
• Bolo Khauz Mosque (XIX)
• Ark: old citadel and fortress from which Bukhara has begun to grow
Lunch is served during the site visits.

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 12Shakhrisabz - Samarkand (transport)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Trip to Shakhrisabz – Samarkand (430 km)
• Half day excursion in Shakhrisabz city
Lunch
• Further transfer to Samarkand

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 13Samarkand

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour of Samarkand:
• Gur-Emir Mausoleum
• Registan Square (XV-XVII)
• Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV)
Lunch
• Ulugbeks observatory (XV)
• Shakhi-Zinda Mausoleum
• Al-Bukhari Complex (XVI-XIX)
• Siab Bazar

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 14Tashkent

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Departure to Tashkent (350 km)
Lunch on the way
• Free time to pack your bikes and luggage

Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 15Departure

Departure. Transfer to the airport by the local partner.

Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Respublikasi, Ўзбекистон Республикаси), is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It is a unitary, constitutional, presidential republic, comprising twelve provinces, one autonomous republic and a capital city. Uzbekistan is bordered by five countries, Kazakhstan to the north; Tajikistan to the southeast; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Once part of the Turkic Khaganate and later Timurid Empires, the region that today includes the Republic of Uzbekistan was conquered in the early 16th century by Eastern Turkic-speaking nomads. The area was gradually incorporated into the Russian Empire during the 19th century, and in 1924 what is now Uzbekistan became a bordered constituent republic of the Soviet Union, known as the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic (Uzbek SSR). Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, it declared independence as the Republic of Uzbekistan on 31 August 1991 (officially celebrated the following day). Uzbekistan is officially a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage. The country's official language is Uzbek, a Turkic language written in the Latin alphabet and spoken natively by approximately 85% of the population; however, Russian remains in widespread use. Uzbeks constitute 81% of the population, followed by Russians (5.4%), Tajiks (4.0%), Kazakhs (3.0%), and others (6.5%). A majority of Uzbeks are non-denominational Muslims.
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