€2 420 (в т.ч. налог) / per person
- Tour duration 15 days
- Min number of people 7
- Max number of people 14
Tours available in 2019 and 2020: Aug 6-20; Sep 3-17; Oct 1-15; May 5-19.
Want to explore the charming countryside of Uzbekistan, experience culture and meet the locals while having an adventure? There’s no better way than on a bike tour! Travelling on two wheels will give you the freedom to enjoy sights like the small provinces, limited access locations of the country, the stunning mountains and numerous lakes. You will discover a new side of the world while experiencing the breath-taking scenery of the mother nature, clear meandering rivers and majestic mountain peaks.
This unusually combined tour will let you know undiscovered nature of Uzbekistan, as well as its ancient cities: Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent.
Activity Level: 4 out of 5. Rolling terrain with occasional flat stretches. Frequent hills, some being up to 7 km long. Twisty roads, so good bike handling skills are required. Daily activity is 4 to 5 hours, with max distance up to 70 kms.
Trip Design: We designed this tour to be a journey through Uzbekistan’s wonderful landscape. You will see the country’s most beautiful lakes, bike the most exciting pass, circle the highest mountain. Your accommodation in a tent camping in nature and twin – room accommodation in the cities in the hotels. You will be served with a full board meal by the tour program. Escorting car during the bike part within 9 days (day 2 to day 10). At the end of the tour, starting from the 11th day of the tour till 13th, you will enjoy sightseeing of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan, Bukhara and Shakhrisabz.
- Accommodation in hotels (twin), guest house and tent camps
- Sleeping mats & sleeping bags included
- Full board
- Comfortable, air-conditioned transport
- Escorting car during the bike part
- Biking guide and English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees
- Biking days: 3 litrs water pp/day
- International flight tickets (optional)
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Bike rent
- Photo and video charges
- Personal expenses
- Special requests on food and meals
- Leisure activities outside tour package
Your itinerary — in brief:
This unusually combined tour will let you know undiscovered nature of Uzbekistan, as well as its ancient cities: Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Tashkent. You will drive through the picturesque canyons Hayat, Sentyab and Sob in Nuratau Mountains. There you will meet the local people who still keep the traditions and ancient style of life. The daily distance of cycling is 40-70 km; escorting vehicle will be at your service if you’re tired.
Activity Level: 4 out of 5. Rolling terrain with occasional flat stretches. Frequent hills, some being up to 7 kms long. Twisty roads, so good bike handling skills are required. Daily activity is 4 to 5 hours, with max distance up to 70 kms.
Arrival to Uzbekistan. Pick up from the airport by the local partner. Early hotel check-in. Breakfast at the hotel. Tashkent city sightseeing. Lunch. Free time and the bike preparation programme for the following tour days. Dinner. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2Tashkent - Lake Tuzkan (transport and bike)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure after breakfast to the lake Tuzkan (240 km, 4 hours) by the comfortable bus. Lunch on arrival. Preparations for the bicycling route. On this day we bike for a workout on the bike for 25 km along the ridge Pistalitau and winding shore of Lake Tuzkan. Excellent mixed dirt road with a small height difference. The location is low populated, the territory is inhabited only by fishermen and shepherds. Camp on the shore of the lake (250 m a. s.l.). You will be able to walk through the neighbourhood. Climb to the peak with a magnificent view of the mountains and lake. Dinner by the tour program. Overnight at the tent camp.
Day 3LakeTuzkan – Pistalitau range – Ortacheku rocks (bike)
Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, we cross the ridge Pistalitau along mountain trails, through a low pass. Some places we will have to carry the bike. From the pass, there is a magnificent view of the valley and the beginning of a mixed dirt road. The difference in height. 100 m at a distance of 2.5 km. Next, crossing the valley we will drive on the asphalt road and will have lunch. Next on the mixed dirt road to the town of Bajram under rocks Ortacheku. (35 km) (300 m climb). Overnight under rocks (677 meters a.s.l) at the tent camp.
Day 4Ortacheku rocks – Hayat village (bike)
Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, we bike along Nuratau ridge to picturesque Hayat village. We will to drive around the Ortacheku rocks. Then down into the village Yangikishlak along the hills area (25 km) (+ — 200 m). Lunchtime. Then moving along the asphalt road to Hayat village (45 km). We will drive by the dirt road to the village Hayat (6 km) (+ 170 m). Overnight at homestay.
Note on homestay. Each house has 2-3 rooms with the square from 6 to 20 m2, in which from 2 to 6 tourists can be accommodated. There are no beds in the houses of local people and by traditions, the people sleep on the special mattresses on the floor. The bed is laid before sleeping, rolled up in the morning and laid up at one of the walls of the room. The bed set is included: mattress, bed-sheets, blankets, pillows, towels. Toilet and shower are outside in the yard. A garden with fruit-trees is attached to each house. Food is prepared on firewood in special fireplaces, and bread (flat round national bread) is prepared in special earthenware stoves – tandyrs. Tourists can watch and take part in the process of food preparing.
Note on meals. It is prepared from traditional products by the hostess of the house. Fruits, vegetables are from own kitchen garden as a rule. The dishes are from Uzbek cuisine in general: vegetable soups with previous fried and then boiled meat, dishes from pastry, traditional Uzbek plov (rice, meat, vegetables), potatoes fried meat (beef, mutton), damlyama (ragout from stewed vegetables). Sweets are given for tea.
Day 5Hayat village – Sob gorge (bike)
Breakfast at the guest house. After breakfast, we drive from Hayat village along Nurata ridge to the wonderful gorge of Sob. The road follows by Sentyabsay canyon, leading to the next nice canyon of Sob (biking 40 km, dirt road). Overnight at the tent camp.
Day 6Sob gorge – Fazilman Lake – Aktash (White stone) village (bike)
Breakfast at the tent camp. After breakfast, a departure from the gorge and ascent along the rocky path to the pass under the majestic peak Gaukum (1516 m. a.s.l). While cycling up, the travellers can view the panorama of the village Sentyabsay, the top of Nuratau ridge and long sights of Aydarkul Lake. After the steep descent from the pass, the path will lead to the vast southern hills slopes of Nuratau ridge. Then we will bike to Fazilman Lake (1640 m.n.u.m). Here you can relax, have lunch and then we move to Aktash village area. Overnight near Aktash village at the tent camp.
Day 7Aktash village – Chuya village (bike)
Breakfast at the tent camp. After breakfast, a departure to the kingdom the gigantic rocks. Interesting dirt road between the huge boulders turned by water and wind into the prehistoric sculptures lying on the green mountain fields. In the valleys between the huge stones, interesting houses are hiding of local residents living a measured life. We pass villages on the way Galyandzhik, Urganchy (32 km) Lunchtime. Further along the river Urganchy, we bike to the village Saykechar. Further along the sandy road we crosse the valley and heading for Aktau ridge to the village of Chuya (33 km), overnight under the pass Langar (915 m.a.s.l.). Elevation during the day (+200, -150 MM). In general dirt road, the asphalt road is only when entering the village of Chuya (approx. 65 km per day). Overnight at the tent camp.
Day 8Chuya – Lyangar pass – Maydansay village (bike)
Breakfast at the tent camp. After breakfast, ascend on Lyangar Pass; altitude drop is from 300 m on 5.5 kms. Small stops for sightseeing in the region. The wonderful views at the mountains and the valley are opened from Lyangar. Further, we move along the upper part of Aktau Range, passing abandoned open-kits. Further, go down to the valley to Maydan settlement. On this part of the way, we will be taken the opportunity along the outfall of Maydansay River. There are many fords. Overnight along the river (30 km). Camp (750 m) at the tent camp.
Day 9Maidan village - Chagirkul - Chinar settlement
Breakfast at the tent camp. After breakfast, the route continues along the southern slopes of Aktau ridge. The road ascends through several small villages to the plateau, and from the upper point descends to exotic mountain village Angidan, surrounded by green gardens. Further movement along mountain river with shallow fording sites to Chinar village. (+ 300 m, -420m). Total for the day 40 km; 5-6 hrs driving. (asphalt, beaten truck road, road, off road). Overnight at the camp (670 m).
Day 10Chinar settlement – Djunaty Peak - Chash-Tepa settlement - Bukhara
Breakfast at the tent camp. After breakfast, we continue the ascent to the mountain plateau, further, the way leads to interesting natural object – rocky peak Junayti (920 m). Here, after millions of years of water, wind and temperature drop effects, fantastic stone sculptures were created. Some of them look like unreal birds and animals. Optionally: there is a possibility to make easy climbing to the right summit of Junayti peak (±120m, 1,5-2h) Continue the descent to Chash-Tepa settlement. The distance of bicycle riding is 25 km during this day (+270, -470 MM).
End of the bicycling part of the tour. Transfer to Bukhara.Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the sightseeing tour the city of Bukhara. Visiting round architectural monuments including Samanids’ Mausoleum (IX-X cc AD), Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV-XIX cc.), Poi-Kalon complex (XII-XVI cc.), Ulugbek Medressa (built by Ulugbek — the grandson of Tamerlane and distinguished mathematician and astronomer), Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII cc.), Sitorai Mokhi Khosa («Palace of Moon and Stars») — summer palace of Bukhara emirs (XIX c.), Bolo Khauz Mosque (XIX), Ark — ancient citadel and fortress where from Bukhara started growing (VI-VII cc BC — XVI). Overnight at the hotel.
Day 12Bukhara – Shakhrisabz - Samarkand (transport)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, driving to Bukhara – Shakhrisabz — Samarkand (430 km, 7 hrs). Half-day excursion in Shakhrisabz city. Lunchtime.
Further transfer to Samarkand. Dinnertime. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, Samarkand city excursion: Gur-Emir Mausoleum, Ensemble of Registan Square (XV-XVII cc.), Bibi-Khanum Mosque (XV c). Lunch. Ulugbek’s observatory (XV c.), Shakhi-Zinda Mausoleum, Al-Bukhari Complex (XVI-XIX cc.), Siab bazaar and etc. Dinnertime. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, departure to Tashkent (350 km, 5 hours). Lunch on the road. The free time for bikes and belongings packing. Dinnertime. Overnight at the hotel.
Departure. Transfer to the airport by the local partner.