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Uzbekistan by Bike

This amazing, all encompassing journey explores Uzbekistan by bike and discovers at handle bar level this friendly land. Without a doubt cycling is one of the finest ways to explore a country and to appreciate the contrasting desert and mountain landscapes that characterise this fascinating region. Pedalling at a steady pace we journey across the red sand desert of Kyzyl-Kum. Spend nights in tents, relaxing under a spectacular dome of stars. Discover the traditional way of life of the local people in the Nurata Mountains and visit Stone and Bronze Age petroglyphs etched into the black rock faces of the Sarmysh Gorge. Our complete service includes comfortable geared bikes and backup vehicle. Discover Samarkand, the grand capital of the conqueror Tamerlane, and admire the grace of the blue-tiled Registan. Explore Bukhara, whose ancient city centre is a maze of mud-walled homes, mosques and stone bazaars.

Inclusions

14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
airport transfers (day 1 and 15 only)
21 gear bike on cycling days
Support vehicle on cycling days
comfortable hotels on twin share basis
local sightseeing guide
entrance fees to museums and monuments
group camping equipment
private transport throughout
medical kit
simple authentic homestay experience
Hightlights
Explore the ancient desert city of Bukhara
Journey to the fabled Silk Rd city of Samarkand
Cross the Pistalitau Ridge on mountain trails
Cycle on the red sand desert of Kyzyl-Kum
Experience remote Nuratau mountain villages
Enjoy an authentic family homestay experience
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
15
Price From
AUD $3,980
Start Location
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
End Location
Uzbekistan
Age Range
Min :14
Group Size
4 to 16
Tour Style
Original
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
09 Sep 201823 Sep 2018AvailableAUD $3,980
12 May 201926 May 2019AvailableAUD $3,980
09 Jun 201923 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $3,980
08 Sep 201922 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $3,980
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
On arrival into Tashkent you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your giude will conduct a trip briefing in the lobby in the afternoon. This evening you will meet the rest of the group for dinner. Overnight Hotel
Day 2
After breakfast we commence our drive to the lake Tuzkan (240 km, 4 hours). On arrival we will have lunch and get ready for the route. Today we will ride on a short bike path along the Pistalitau mountain to the winding shore of Tuzkan Lake (the length of the cycling route is approximately 25 km). It is excellent dirt road with a small altitude differences. Thus, it won't present technical difficulties. The area is sparsely populated, its only inhabitants being fishermen and shepherds. We will set up a camp on the shore of the lake (250 m a. s.l.). And in order to familiarize with the campsite we will walk around its neighborhood and climb up to the Peak offering magnificent view of the mountains and the lake.
Day 3
After breakfast we will break up the camp and set out on our bicycles for 35 km to Ortacheku rocks. Along the way we will cycle over a low pass across Pistalitau mountain. The pass offers magnificent view of the valley directly beneath you and of the beginning of the dirt path. In places we will have to carry the bike. The altitude differences are up to 100 m at a distance of 2.5 km. After crossing the valley we will cycle on the asphalt road and after light lunch we will be back on the dirt road all the way before reaching the town of Bajram. Then again we will face the dirt path under the rocks of Ortacheku. (37 km, 300 m climb)
Day 4
After breakfast we will break up camp and set off for picturesque Hayat village. The route will take us along Nuratau ridge. We will start by cycling around the Ortacheku rocks. Then we descend into the village Yangikishlak from where the trail proceeds in a series of hills (25 km) (+ - 200 m). After a healthy lunch we will cycle on the asphalt road for 45 km of a trail towards Hayat village and for remaining 6 km (+ 170 m) - before reaching Hayat village - we will be back on the dirt road. Overnight homestay.
Day 5
Today we will cycle from Hayat village along Nurata ridge to the wonderful Sob gorge. The road will take us to the Sob canyon passing by the picturesque Sentyabsay canyon (40 km, dirt road). Overnight in tent camp.
Day 6
Today we depart from the gorge and ascent along the rocky path to bike through the pass under the majestic Gaukum Peak (1516 m. a.s.l). While cycling up we will enjoy scenic views of Sentyabsay village, the peak of Nuratau ridge and long shores of Aydarkul Lake. After the steep descent from the pass the trail will lead us to the vast southern slopes of Nuratau ridge. Then we will cycle to Fazilman Lake (1640 m.n.u.m). Here we can relax, have lunch and then ride out to Aktash village area. Total length of the bike trail is 45 km. Overnight near Aktash village in a tent camp.
Day 7
Today we set out on our bicycle to the Kingdom of the gigantic rocks following an interesting dirt road between the huge boulders, turned by water and wind into the prehistoric sculptures lying on the green mountain fields. In the valley the huge stones are hiding picturesque houses which residents are living a peaceful and quiet life. After lunch we will cycle further along the river Urganchy until we reach Saykechar village. We will continue by cycling on the sandy road and cross the valley to head for Akrau ridge and proceed towards the village of Chuya (33 km). Overnight under Langar pass (915 m.a.s.l.). Note: Ascension during the day (+200, -150m). We will cycle mainly on dirt road, the asphalt road being available only on entering the village of Chuya (approx. 65 km per day).
Day 8
Today we will ascend to the Lyangar pass. Altitude differences are from 300 m on 5.5 km. We will have a short amount of time for sightseeing. The wonderful views of the mountains and the valley can be enjoyed from Lyangar village. We continue out bike journey, along the upper part of Aktau Range passing through abandoned the marble open pit. Here we descend to the valley to reach Maydan settlement. On this part of the bike trail we will enjoy cool breeze as we will pedal along the outfall of Maydansay River witch has many fords. Overnight by the river (cycle: 30 km). Camp (750 m).
Day 9
Today we will ride on a bike trail stretching 40 km (5-6 hrs). We will first bike along the southern slopes of Aktau ridge from where the trail ascend near small settlements leading to the Plateau and from the top point sharply descend into the picturesque and exotic mountain village called Angigan, which is set in the thick greenery of surrounding trees. Then we will pedal along mountain river with shallow fords to the Chinaz village. (+ 300 m, -420m) Camp (670 m). (asphalt, beaten truck road, road, off road).
Day 10
Today's cycling length is 25 km (+270, -470 MM). After breakfast we will begin to ascend to the mountain plateau and ride towards an existing natural sight Djunaty (920m). This outstanding outdoor museum consists of numerous stone sculptures in the shape of huge fantastic birds and animals. Upon request we may ascent to the right peak of Djunaty. ( 120m, 1,5-2h) From Djunaty we descent into Chash-Tepa settlement. Here we will end the biking part of the tour and drive to Bukhara. Overnight hotel.
Day 11
Today we have a full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on the sacred hill, it is supposed to be founded in the 13th Century BC during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the Sanscrite word "vihara" which stands for "Buddhist monastery". The city with its 140 architectural monuments was once a large commercial centre on the Great Silk Road. The old city of Bukhara consists of a maze of narrow streets, busy bazars and colorfully tailed historic landmarks mainly dating back to the Middle Age. Today we will visit mausoleum of the founder of Samanid dynasty which plan reminds the geometric pattern of Buddhist mandala, Bukhara's citadel belted by massive defensive walls and overlooking the Old City. We will also visit ancient mosques, madrassah and ancient domed bazaars :Chashma Ayub Mausoleum (XIV-XIX cc.), Poi-Kalon Square (XII-XVI cc.), Ulugbek's Medressah ( the grandson of Tamerlane and distinguished mathematician and astronomer), Lyabi-Hauz complex (XVI-XVII cc.), Bolo Khauz Mosque (XIX), Summer Residence of the last rulers of Bukhara located in the city's suburb.
Day 12
Today we drive to Samarkand (430 km, 7 hrs). Along the way we will visit masterpieces of Timurid architecture in Shakhrisabz, hometown of the royal family. Sightseeing covers Burial places of Timurid royalty and ruins of Tamerlan's summer residence, the Ak-Saray Palace (1380-1404). Overnight hotel.
Day 13
Today we will have full day sightseeing in Samarkand covering Registan Square considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. Being the "heart" of Samarkand and city's main square it is enclosed by three spectacular madrassah dating back to 1400s with quite inner courtyards. These huge buildings adorned with domes and minarets are intricately laid in charming azure blue glazed tiles. We will also visit the grandiose Cathedral Mosque Bibi-Khanum, nearby Siab Bazaar with its colorful stalls and Gur-Emir Mausoleum the resting place of Timurid royal family. The remains of meridian quadrant of Ulugh Beg' observatory which huge size enabled Samarkand astronomers to produce the most accurate calibration of stars' position. Their outstanding body of work comprised "Zidj -e - Kuragoni" , astronomic tables featuring the most exact coordinates of 1018 stars; Shakhi-Zinda Necropolis, resting place of princesses and princes of Timurid dynasty, as well as aristocracy of the that period boasting unique architectural masterpieces of intricate tile patterns which turn this sanctuary into a real heaven of green turquoise and blue azure colors. We will also get acquainted with the history of the city exploring the exhibits of local Afrosiab Museum.
Day 14
After breakfast we drive to Tashkent (350 km, 5 hours). Today we will make our way around Tashkent and get acquainted with its main sights: Khast-Imam( Jhazret Imam) complex including Tillya Sheykh Mosque, Barak Khan madrassah, Muyimuborak madrassah converted in library-museum and housing world's oldest copy of Holy Koran once belonging to Caliph Osman (VII). Overnight Tashkent.
Day 15
Today in Tashkent, your trip concludes.