This is part of the new generation of Pioneering Grasshopper bike tours, cycling off into the lost treasures of Asia.
Lost in the heart of Asia is a land long forgotten. Situated at the center of a cultural melting pot in which empires have been cast and broken for over two millennia. Its richness of culture and turbulent history is evident today in its diversity, architecture and tales of empires long forgotten by the modern world.
Uzbekistan is a land of desert oases, ancient fortified cities, bustling bazaars, tented caravans, spices and smells that kidnaps the imagination. Whisking it away to a time of opulent Kings and quarreling Sultans of opulent Empires, knife-wielding assassins, thieves and nomadic traders who made the lifeline of the silk road both their business and home. Uzbekistan will not disappoint the adventurer in you and nothing compares to taking it in on a two-wheeled odyssey stretching across the country.
This bike tour will have you riding through the ancient cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Khiva. Cycling the incredible canyons and peaks of the Nuratau Mountains and the vastness of the Great Steppe. Experience modern Uzbekistan in Tashkent, emerging through the wake of the Soviet era. Then the ancient nomadic way of life in yurt camps stationed on the old Silk Road.
465 Km riding. The terrain we will be bike touring in Uzbekistan is mostly a mixture of sealed and unsealed on secondary roads. When cycling out in the remote areas of Steppe and desert we will be cycling on primary/main roads. These roads are the only ones in the area and see very little traffic. There will also be sections of riding on rough high passes through mountainous terrain which is moderately technical with short achievable climbs. During some of these sections, the 4WD support vehicle will follow meeting the bus later in the ride. The majority of the journey is on small roads through rural villages. The road surface can at times be rough and broken, depending on seasonal conditions. In most cases, there is a comfortable line through the puddles or potholes and it makes for more interesting riding than a perfect road.
Enjoy rugged yet comfortable accommodations as we camp out under the stars or stay in traditional yurts.
An ascent is rewarded with spectacular views as you descend through the Nuratau Mountains.
Explore the madrassas, mosques, and bazaars of Samarkand as you learn about the city’s 2000 year history.
Walk the haunting ancient ruins of Ak Saray Palace before visiting the holy desert city of Bukhara.
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WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT
At Grasshopper, we make sure to cater to the most adventurous cyclists with tours such as this one through Uzbekistan. This cycling expedition will give you a thorough look at the fascinating culture and history of this little-visited country as you pedal challenging routes through striking mountain and desert scenery. Along the way, you’ll be camping and staying in locals’ homes or traditional yurts in order to get the fully authentic Uzbek experience. We take care of the details so you can focus on making the most of your off-the-beaten-track cycling adventure.