An Italian traveler Marco Polo was the first to mention the Turkmen carpets in the XIII century. In the XXI chapter of his book he writes: “The finest and the most beautiful carpets are made here and rich fabric of red and other colour are woven here”. Even if by the time of Marco Polo the Turkmen carpets had reached such fineness and beauty, it is not difficult to suppose, that the roots of carpet-weaving go far back to the earlier period of history, because a carpet is the result of creative work of many generations of nameless weavers from the people.
Tour itinerary include Ashgabat city sight-seeing tour, visiting of the “National museum of Turkmen Carpets”, visiting of carpet factory, carpet shops, excursion to the ethnographical settlement Yerbent with demonstration of antique carpet weaving art. Enjoy seeing the big Fire Gas Crater in the heart of Garagum desert having some adventure within the historical, cultural and ethnographical tour.
Day 1 (Mon.): Arrival in Ashgabat
Meet the group at the International Airport of Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Check in and overnight at “Ak Altyn” 4* hotel.
Day 2 (Tue.):Ashgabat
Ashgabat city sightseeing tour, visit the Turkmen Carpet Factory, then excursion to the Museum of Turkmen Carpets, visiting of the park and monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, and the Old Nisa – the residence of Parthian Kingdom. Drive to Kypchak village to visit the Memorial Complex with Ruhy Mosque. Return to the hotel. O/N.
Day 3 (Wed.): Ashgabat – Yerbent – Derveze – Ashgabat
Drive to Yerbent village where tourists can enjoy demonstration of antique carpet weaving art, seeing the local life in the desert - Turkmen yurts, dromedaries, tamdyr (mud oven) and many others. Arrival and discover the ethnographical settlement Yerbent with demonstration of antique carpet weaving art. Drive to Derveze – ancient gas recovery fieldto see the big fire gas crater. Arrive at Derveze, explore the old gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur - muddy. Leave the road and venture in the desert. Arrive at site of big fire gas crater. Sightseeing. Return to Ashgabat city. Overnight at “Ak Altyn” 4* hotel.
Day 4 (Thu.): Ashgabat
Visiting of Oriental bazaar (so called “Tolkuchka”) where tourists can buy the original souvenirs and enjoy with variety of colours. The visiting of “Gulistan” market (so called Russian bazaar), “Altyn Asyr” shopping center near the Russian bazaar - with numerous Turkmen textile shops, good Turkmen carpet shops, several national jewelry stores and modern “Berkarar” shopping center. Return to the hotel. O/N.
Day 5 (Fri.): Ashgabat – departure
Transfer to the Ashgabat city airport for International departure. Farewell. End of the program
Tour price: 759 $ per person *Invite your friends and get more discounts
Group size: Min. 2 persons
Accommodation: Double / Twin in hotels
Places to visit: Ashgabat,
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Tour price includes:
- Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa, entry travel pass and visa registration;
- Accommodation in Ashgabat “Ak Altyn” 4* hotel - based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
- All land transfers and transport services during the tours pursuant to the above program;
- Guide services for excursions and visits;
- Entrance fee to all sights pursuant to the above program;
Tour price does not include:
- International flight tickets;
- Visa consular fee & migration tax at border;
- Photo-video fees at sights;
- Meals – full board;
- Gratuities, personal items &porterage.