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Travel planning for Novruz holidays. Period 2016 and 2017
Travel planning to see Novruz holidays in central Asia. The revival of the nature after cold winter and awake in the colorful and warm period of the Spring. On March 21, you can see the Novruz village, what is located only one day during a year, 15 km from Ashgabat. It is appears there like by magic and disappears next day, transforming back into green hills of pre Kopetdag steppes. Here, you can see the culture of Turkmen tribes, listen their folklore music, taste the nomadic meals, participate in big event of Spring (Novruz) holiday. Continue the trip and visit Turkmenistan: Meet the Nokhuris people in Kopetdag mountain valley, explore the canyons of Yangy Kala, discover Karakum desert and Darvaza gas craters, and enjoy the modern Caspian Sea resort in Avaza and fascinating Ashgabat in lights at night
March 20 Day 1 airport- Ashgabat
Meet at airport
Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, the archeological site “Nisa” (The ruins have mud brick remains of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall, treasury building. It covers the remains of Parthian civilization, what combined the traditional art and culture with Hellenistic and Roman elements. The richly decorated architecture of religious, royal power and ordinary domestic functions had been revealed as the result of archeological excavations, started from beginning of 20th century and are continued in our days. Nisa or Parthaunisa presumed to be the first capital of Parthians, its ancient people lived along Kopet Dag mountain range (modern Turkmenistan and Iran). Accordingly to UNESCO description, Nisa played important role of a barrier to Roman Empire expansion to the west, while playing the communication and trading centre between east and west, between central Asia and Mediterranean cultures. Discover Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak. Return in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel.
March 21 Day 2 Ashgabat
Visit Novruz festivity village, 15 km to west from Ashgabat and participate in Turkmen Novruz events.
*This day is official opening and time to visiting it can depend on official schedule of the event.
Given that Turkmen government will be visiting the event there will be certain regulations for transport to enter in the area. Pls consider the possibility that we leave our transport on the road and walk to site on foot.
Visit the Novruz village, you will experience Turkmen culture through contact with local people. Visit a yurt, see its interior, see how Turkmen bread in tamdyr (oven) is cooked. We discover national dish recipes, local styles of preparing, cooking and serving national dishes. Visitors see the girls making embroidery, alaja (two coloured twined ropes), dancing and listen singing of Turkmen bagshy (singer) dressed in national Turkmen costume with traditional music instruments such as dutar and gyjak. See Turkmen carpets, felts making, jewelry.
P.M Return back in Ashgabat. Free program. O/N at htl
March 22 Day 3 Ashgabat- Nokhur, 175 km
Drive to Kopetdag mountains. Discover on the way Kov Ata cave lake & Ahal Teke private horse farm (Experts say the Akhal-Teke breed is at least 3,000 years old, may be the last remaining strain of the Turkoman (a horse that has existed since 2400 B.C.). In the Middle Ages (500 to 1500 A.D.), Akhal-Tekes lived with nomadic tribesmen near the Kopet Dag Mountains in Turkmenistan. The nomads treated the horses as part of their families, tethering them near their shelters. In the early 1900s, Russians used Akhal-Tekes as cavalry horses. Today they excel in sport, particularly in racing, show jumping, dressage and endurance racing. The Akhal-Teke breed has preserved type, purity and performance abilities of its ancestors into modern times thanks to the geographically isolated area of the harsh Kara Kum desert where the horses have been bred by the Akhal-Teke tribe since ancient times. The Akhal-Tekes are still being bred for speed and stamina by the Turkmen and one of the most famous stallions of modern times, Yanardag, is a part of the national emblem).
Drive in Kope Dag mountains, arrive in Nohur village, cultural exchange with Nohuri people (one of the Turkmen tribes). Enjoy with beauty of the mountains. Homestay
March 23 Day 4 Nokhur – Balkanabat, 300 km
Continue sightseeing in Nohur. Start drive to Balkanabat. Visit Parau Bibi pilgrim site along the route. Arrive. Check in htl. Time for leisure. O/N
March 24 Day 5 Balkanabat- Yangy Kala- Turkmenbashy, 350 km
Drive to Yangy Kala (The south eastern bordering area of Gara Bogaz Gol bay, it has spectacular view of the former sea bed, and millions of years work by natural forces to form the canyons in its unusual shapes and variety of colors). Arrive and discover Yangy Kala canyons. Return to Turkmenbashy.
Check in htl. Stay in Avaza (Turkmen Caspian Sea resort). Time for leisure at Caspian Sea. O/N
March 25 Day 6 Turkmenbashy- Ashgabat- Darvaza/ FLT + 250 km
Flight to Ashgabat. Arrive. Drive to Darvaza. Visit Yerbent village along the route.
Arrive & start to visit gas craters. Venture in the desert and arrive at Darvaza fire gas crater. See it after sunset. Camping. O/N in tent
March 26 Day 7 Darvaza- Ashgabat, 250 km
Return on road and drive back to Ashgabat. Visit Tolkuchka bazaar before Ashgabat.
Arrive and check in htl. Time at leisure. O/N at htl
March 27 Day 8 Ashgabat- airport
Transfer to airport as per flight time. End of program
1 person group 1988 USD
2 persons group 1221 USD per person
3 persons group 1091 USD per person
4 persons group 1065 USD per person
Including services in Turkmenistan:
Letter of invitation, registration
A/C transportation service as per program & group (car, minivan, bus)
4 WD cars for off road parts. *4 WD cars based on 4 persons in a car
Local Escort English speaking guides services (*guide costs can be removed as per request)
Entrance tickets to Nisa, Kov Ata cave lake
Local flight tickets Turkmenbashy- Ashgabat
Hotel lodging in DBL/Twin shared room B&B, at htls, homestay. pls. look bellow
* SGL room supplement 80 USD per SGL room
*water in car - complimentary
Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once at entrance), photo/video fees, meals, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.