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Biking along the Great Silk Road Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 - 21 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 15 people
Destination(s): Uzbekistan  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Cultural Journey  
Season: May - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1000 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1000 US Dollar (USD)

You will see most ancient and still young cities - Samarkand, Bukhara and Shakhrisabz, visiting round their world-known architectural monuments; get acquainted with the original way of life and traditions of the local people. Wild nature of deserts and mountains is waiting for you. You will pass over the places where through the Great Silk Road once ran, visit places and sites connected to the name of Tamerlane. The bicycle tour is full of exotics, adventures, legends and oriental hospitality. The length of the active part of the route is 500 km. Total distance by bike is: 570 km (including 25 % off road); max. alt. 2800 m

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Tashkent. Meeting at airport and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Drive Tashkent - Djizak town - Yangikishlak settlement - Kirov farm (200 km; 4 hrs). Lunch en route. Biking start point (part 1). Half-day biking along the mountains from Kirov village to Ilanchi village and Mikhin village (42 km; 4-5 hrs). Camp before Saurbel pass. (Asphalt road, off road, asphalt road, beaten truck road).

Day 3: Biking. Cross over the Saurbel pass (1150 m) - descend to Chakar village. Chakar village to Garasha via Naukat to Zarmitan (42 km; 4-5 hrs;). Camp. (Road, asphalt, beaten truck road, road, asphalt).

Day 4: Biking. Zarmitan village - Kunaul - Djanbulak - Davlat - Kattakishlak - Djarkurgan villages. (56 km; 5-6 hrs). Camp. (Road, asphalt, beaten truck road, road, asphalt).

Day 5: Biking. Djarkurgan vill.- water reservoir Akhsabsai - Urgandji - Ravat - Koktepa - Kadak - Chuya illages - Chuyaaryk gorge. (68 km; 7-8 hrs ). Camp. (Road, asphalt, beaten truck road, road, asphalt).

Day 6: Biking. Crossover Lyangar pass (1850 m), (+ 900 m). Uphill along the beaten Road for 12 km to the top of the pass). Then descend for 35 km (- 1150 m) till Maidan village. (Total for the day - 37 km ). Camp (700 m). (Beaten truck road, asphalt, road).

Day 7: Biking. Maidan vill. Chagirkul - Chinar - Kourai vill - uphill to the plateau (+ 300 m) - along the plateau (8- 10 km). Camp (1170 m) Total for the day 42 km; 5-6 hrs. (asphalt, beaten truck road, road, off road).

Day 8: Biking. Plateau - Sarmysh gorge (25 km; 3 hrs). Rest and sightseeing in the gorge. Explore ancient rock paintings - there are more than 3500 petrogliphs there dated back to neolith (stone age) 4-6 thousand years old. Camp (700 m).

Day 9: Biking. Sarmysh gorge - Kalkanata village - over Karakarga pass - to Nurata town (850 m) (74 km; 5-6 hrs). (Off road, road, asphalt).

Sightseeing in Nurata town. Visit the Khasan- Khuseyn Mosque (XVI-XVII centuries), blacksmith's and potter's workshops and a sacred pond with sacred fishes - a place for pilgrimage by Muslim worshipers. Also to visit are Medressa of Sheihun Hasan Nury, Mamozgokh Mosque XIV and remains of so called “Alexander the Great's Fortress”. Drive from Nurata town to desert yurt camp (120 km; 1,5 hrs ). Overnight in yurts.

Day 10: Morning in desert (camel riding, rest and lunch on the shore of Aydarkul lake). At afternoon drive to Bukhara via Gyjduvan town. Visit the house and a ceramic workshop run by Narzullaev brothers - family of hereditary potters. Hotel in Bukhara.

Day 11: Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara. Sightseeing in 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).

Day 12: Full day sightseeing tour in Bukhara and around the city (it is possible to bike around; 45 km for the day).

Visiting Architectural complex Bahautdin Nakshbandi (XIV - XVII) built around the burial place of Nakshbandi - a Sufi leader and a patron of Bukhara created the religious dervish order called after him "Nakshbandia" in XIX c. Sitora-i-Mohihosa (XIX) - summer country residence of the Emir of Bukhara.

Other monuments also of interest to tourists: Nekropol "Chor-Bakr" (XVI), Miri-Medressa (XVI), Chashma - Ayub Mausoleum (XII-XVI), Taki-Zargaron, Toki Sarrafon and Toki Telpak Furushon domed markets allowing passage through of caravans (XVI), Magoki-Attari Mosque (XII - XVI) and other.

Day 13: Drive Bukhara - Shakhrisabz (275 km; 6 hrs). Halfday sightseeing in Shakhrisabz. Lunch. Biking to Samarkand crossing over the Tahtakaracha pass (2250 m).( 30-75 km; 2-6 hrs ). Hotel. (Asphalt road).

Day 14: Full day sightseeing tour in Samarkand. Sightseeing in Samarkand ( it is possible to travel by bike between monuments). Visiting of Guri-Emir mausoleum, Rukhabad Mausoleum (XV c), Registan Square ensemble (XV - XVII cc), Bibi-Khanum Cathedral Mosque (XV c), Ulugbek Observatory (XV c), Shakhi-Zinda Mausoleum Ensemble, Al-Bukhari Complex (XVI-XIX cc), Siob Bazaar.

Day 15: Drive Samarkand - Tashkent (340 km; 5 hrs) and further via Angren town to Irtash village (120 km; 3 hrs). Lunch en route in Tashkent.

Day 16: Biking along the Kyzylcha-Say river up to the Angren plateau (22 km; 4-5 hrs). (The altitude gain is + 950 m). Camp (2450 m), (beaten truck road, road, off road).

Day 17: Biking along the plateau to Kelimchek sai to the Arashan hot springs. (32 km; 6 hrs), (- 400 m; +350 m; -300 m; +400 m). Camp (2750 m). (Road, off road).

Day 18: Biking and hiking. Daily round trip up to the saddle of Davan pass (3145 m). Biking. From Arashan springs descend to the plateau closer to Tashsai stream. (35 km; 5 hs) (+ 350 m; - 350 m; +200 m; - 300 m). Camp (1950 m). (Road, off road).

Day 19: Hiking & biking. Descend to the canyon of Ahangaran river. Walking along the River (8 km; 2-3 hrs). Biking along the river to the Sarydala village (10 km; 5hs). Optional biking on by road to see the Akhangaran lake (35 km). Meeting with the van. Drive to Tashkent (150 km; 3 hrs). Farewell dinner. Hotel.

Day 20: Half-day sightseeing in Tashkent. PM at leisure. Hotel.

Day 21: Departure.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.