For fans of horse riding – organization of horse tours along the Karakum desert (for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 days) with overnight staying at the traditional Turkmen villages where remained life of ancient Turkmens. Supper (national Turkmen cuisine – plov, shorba in a fire, chorek, baked in tamdyr (oven from arable (clay and straw)
Itinerary include the tour around Akhal region with visiting of cathedral mosque in Geok-depe named after Saparmurat-Khaji, also visiting of the biggest mosque in central Asia in the settlement Kipchak. Then visiting of horse farm where the magnificent breeds of Akhaltekin horses are presented, folk shows with horse riders.
Day 1, Arrival in Ashgabat
Meeting at the International airport of Turkmenistan. Transfer to the hotel.
Ashgabat city sightseeing tour. Visiting the city parks and squares, Ertogrul Gazi mosque, Monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality. Continue the tour: visiting of the Path of health” on the Kopetdag mountain.Visiting of “Gulistan” market (so called Russian bazaar), “AltynAsyr” shopping center near the Russian bazaar - with numerous Turkmen textile shops, good Turkmen carpet store, several national jewelry stores. Return to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2, Ashgabat - Geokdepe
In the morning we set off to a horse farm in Gokdepe, which is 45 km away from Ashgabat. We stay in the basecamp exploring local area and getting ourselves familiar with horses, area and first desert safety precautions, which we MUST follow.
Day 3, Geokdepe – Garagum desert
Considering the hot climate both in your own as well as in the interest of the horses we leave the camp in the early morning to reach our next destination before noon. This will give us a good 4/5 hours riding time and time for rest. We ride north to the Garagum desert. Lunch in open area. Continue our trip to the Tummekli village. Dinner. Overnight at the shepherd's.
Day 4, Garagum desert - Geokdepe
Ride back to Geokdepe. Lunch. Continue our riding tour to the horse farm. After arriving at the national yurts we will have dinner. Taste a national dish Tamdyrlama (ship meat). Overnight in a national yurt at the horse farm.
Day 5, Geokdepe – Baharly – Geokdepe - Ashgabat
Drive to Ashgabat visiting en route the Gokdepe mosque and Kov-ata underground lake in Baharly. En route to Ashgabat you can visit one of the biggest mosque in Central Asia Saparmyrat Hajy Mosque. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6, Ashgabat – departure
Transfer to the airport for international departure. Seeing off the tourists. End of program
Places to visit: Ashgabat –Geokdepe – Kowata– Ashgabat.
Duration: 6 days / 6 nights