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Akhalteke horse festival in Turkmenistan April 23- May 04, 2016


Reveal Turkmenistan Akhal Teke horse festival and explore the main natural sites in the country (Yangy Kala canyons, Kugitang mountains, Caspian Sea, Darvaza gas craters). Participate in the event to see how the old cultural traditions entwine with the peculiarities of the modern Turkmen State in central Asia region.

Akhalteke horse come through the centuries, if not millenniums, of years of selection under harsh climatic conditions of Karakum desert, the isolated realm of nomadic tribes and become the national pride of Turkmen people

 

 

Program part 1           

SAT     Day 1  airport- Ashgabat

Arrive in Ashgabat during the day. Transfer to hotel. O/N     *check in htl after 13:00

 

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 Gypjak. Night drive in Ashgabat after dinner/sunset. Return to hotel. O/N at hotel.

 

SUN    Day 2  Ashgabat- Nohur, 155 km

06:00 A.M (early in the morning)  Start to State hippodrome. Visit the Akhalteke horse festival.

P.M      Drive to Kopetdag mountains. Visit Kov Ata cave lake. Swim to choice.

Arrive to Nohur village. Sightseeing in the village. Meet local people. Homestay. O/N

 

Day 3              Nokhur – Turkmenbashy, 450 km

Drive to Turkmenbashy. Shorts visits in Avaza Caspian Sea resort (around 1 hr). Transport leave group at restaurant in Avaza. Dinner. Pick up for transfer to Turkmenbashy. Check in htl. Time for leisure. O/N

 

Day 4              Turkmenbashy- 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. O/N

 

Day 5              Turkmenbashy- Ashgabat- Darvaza/ FLT + 250 km

Flight to Ashgabat. Arrive. Stop for lunch. Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos 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

 

Day 6              Darvaza- Ashgabat- Mary/train

Drive to Ashgabat.  *as per interest you can stop also at Jeytun Depe settlement/ Stone Age sight, dated back to V-VIII millennium B.C. Now, it resembles two hills where possible to find flint stones/knifes of that period.

 

Group A. Stay at hotel in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel. Day 7 transfer to airport for next destination flight. End of program

 

Part 2 of the trip

Group B Arrive at train station. Afternoon train to Mary. Arrive at around 22:00. Check in hotel. O/N at htl

 

Group B         Day 7              Mary – Merv- Turkmenabat, 230 km

Drive to Merv historical site (One of the famous cities on the ancient Silk Road, having more 2500 years of history, declared a World heritage site from 1999. It is located 26 km to the east from Mary, the first ruins appeared on the outskirts of Bayram Ali town. Its immense domain enclose five main sites (Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, Sultan Kala, Abdullah Khan Kala, Bayram Ali Khan Kala) and numerous remains of caravanserais, fortresses, fortified castles and small towns or estates now seen in the forms of mounds, total surface is around 70 sq. km. As Gonur, the Merv in its turn had appeared, thanks to the Murgab river, flowing in the area in ancient times. Silk Road important city, Merv had four directions of trade caravan routes: Kunya Urgench to its north, Bukhara and Samarkand (Sogdiana) to its east, Herat (Bactria) to its south, to Mashad (Iran) to its west. Sightseeing: Alexandria Margiana (Erk Kala), Antiochia Margiana (Gyaur Kala) remains, Sultan Kala, Sultan Ahmad Sanjar mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine, Mohammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Gyz Kala castles. Drive to Turkmenabat. Stop for photos in desert. Stay at hotel. O/N

 

Day 8              Turkmenabat- Koytendag, 440 km

All day drive to Koytendag. Visit along the route: Astana Baba mausoleum (XI-XVII c), Alamberdar mausoleum (dated from XI c). Have local lunch at chaykhana (tea house) in Atamyrat town.

Cross Amudarya river. Drive along Kugitang mountains. Arrive and check in tourist lodge in Koytendag. O/N

Days 9-10                   Koytendag- Kugitang

All day sightseeing in Kugitang mountains: walk up on Dinosaur plateau, visit the Kyrk Gyz cave, walk in Umbar Dere gorge and see local waterfall, meet local people and walk around in village. Visit Kaynar Baba lake. O/N at tourist lodge.

 

Day 11                        Kugitang- Turkmenabat- Ashgabat/ flight

Drive to Turkmenabat.

Group B Flight to Ashgabat. Arrive. Stay at hotel.

Group C Stay in Turkmenabat. O/N at hotel

 

Day 12                        Ashgabat- airport/ Turkmenabat- Farap border

Group BTransfer to airport for next destination flight. End of program

Group C drive to the border Farap. Formalities. End of program

 

 

 

 

 

Quotes:

*welcome to choose only one part of program or whole trip

 

Group of 2 persons                 1161 USD per person only part 1 of the program/plus 795 USD p/p for second part of program

Group of 3 persons                 954 USD per person only part 1 of the program/plus 660 USD p/p for second part of program

Group of 4 persons                 953 USD per person only part 1 of the program/plus 581 USD p/p for second part of program

 

Part 1

Including services in Turkmenistan:

Letter of invitation, registration

4 WD cars as per program / based on 3-4 passengers in a car for Yangy Kala, Darvaza, for groups –bus in Ashgabat/ buses to Nohur- Avaza *combination of transport may change

Local Escort English speaking guides services (including guide salary, guide’s meals and accommodation)

Flight tickets Turkmenbashy- Ashgabat (as per Turkmenistan airlines prices from April 12,2015)

Stay in DBL/Twin sharing room, at htls. Pls. look bellow

Hotel

Number of nights/City

AkAltyn****  / breakfast included

2/ Ashgabat

homestay                           / breakfast included

1/ Nohur

Turkmenbashy***        /breakfast included

2/Turkmenbashy

Camping /tent & sleeping bags         / breakfast included

1/Darvaza

 

*water in cars - complimentary.

 

 

Separate prices to choice/ optional service:

  • FB meals (6 lunches, 6 dinners)                                 177 USD per person
  • or only HB (6 dinners)                                               87 USD per person
  • only one dinner in Nohur                                           12 USD per person
  • Entrance tickets to Kov Ata 10 usd p/ticket, Nisa 8 USD p/t. Total 18 USD per person

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), migration tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once at entrance), photo/video fees, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into above quotes. Thank you

 

Part 2

Including services in Turkmenistan:

Toyota Sienna minivans for Kugitang part (starting from Mary), transfers as per program *combination of transport may change

Local Escort English speaking guides services (including guide salary, guide’s meals and accommodation)

Train tickets (KUPE sleeper seats) Ashgabat-Mary

Stay in DBL/Twin sharing room, at htls. Pls. look bellow

Hotel

Number of nights/City

AkAltyn htl (breakfast included)

1-0/ Ashgabat

As per program of group

Margush** or Yrsgal** / breakfast included

1/Mary

Jeyhun** / breakfast included

1-2/ Turkmenabat

As per program of group

Tourist lodge                      / breakfast included

3/ Koytendag

 

*water in cars - complimentary.

 

Separate prices to choice/ optional service:

  • FB meals (5 lunches, 5 dinners)                                 138 USD per person
  • or only HB ( 5 dinners)                                              69 USD per person
  • Entrance tickets                                                          Merv 4 USD per ticket
  • Group B Flight tickets Turkmenabat- Ashgabat (based on Turkmenistan Airlines prices from April 12,2015)                                                                                                               65 USD per ticket
  • Group B after return to Ashgabat, extra for stay at AkAltyn 10 USD per person
  • GROUP C remain extra for transfer to Farap border             10 USD per person

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), migration tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once at entrance), photo/video fees, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into above quotes. Thank you