CELEBRATION OF TURKMEN HORSE
29 April 2018 (final Sunday of April)
One of the world’s unique celebrations is Turkmen Horse day. Turkmen people assume that it is necessary to give special value to Akhal-teke horses, which have been loyal partner throughout centuries. Turkmen Akhal-teke horses described as ‘wings from heaven’. It impresses many with its unique beauty and strength.
• Guests have the chance to be spectators of horse races that will be conducted in hippodromes in Ashgabat and other major cities.
• Unique museum dedicated for Akhal-teke horses is located at “Turkmenatlary” state concern building.
• Guests have the chance to visit horse complex to ride a horse, to see Turkmen camel “Akmaya”, Turkmen dog “Alabay” and taste Turkmen traditional meals.
Ahalteke Horse Holiday Tour
Day 1 (Thu, April 26, 2018): Farap border – Turkmenabat – Mary city tour
At 09:00 our representative will meet you at Farap border.Drive to Mary through Turkmenabat. In Mary you will have city tour to see major monuments and buildings. Accommodation and overnight at Mary Hotel.
Day 2 (Fri, April 27, 2018): Mary – Merv – Mary - Ashgabat
BF at hotel. Morning drive to Bayramali town to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusus Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum. Drive back to Mary city. Visit Mary History Museum. The exposition of the museum reflects the history and culture of Mary from ancient times to the present day, is unique in size and content of the exhibits. Transfer to Mary airport for flight to Ashgabat. Arrival to Ashgabat. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 3 (Sat, April 28, 2018): Ashgabat
BF at hotel. Visit National Circus of Turkmenistan to see Ahalteke horse show or Horse exhibition. The horse show is performed by “Galkynysh” group. The group has famous stunts on Akhalteke horseback. The audience is charmed by the beauty and swiftness of “royal horses”, bravery riders, performing at full gallop tricks and various techniques of stunts on horseback, which the Turkmen artists inherited from their talented ancestors. The triumph of “Galkynysh” group horse riders was recognized as the best among 32 circus troupes from 22 countries and awarded with the main prize of festival - the Gold Cup. “Galkynysh” group performed in Italy, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey and other countries, where it has made a real furor, gained the victories in prestigious international competitions and circus art festivals. Note: itinerary is subject to change. We need to learn “Turkmen Horses” Association program for this day. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 4 (Sun, April 29, 2018): Ashgabat – Gokdepe - Ashgabat
BF at hotel. Visit Hippodrome to see horse races. Horse race is very popular in Turkmenistan. People traditionally do rates during the races. A winner gets expensive handmade carpet or luxury car or elite apartment. There several races during the holiday. Afternoon visit Gokdepe Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people - Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are over 35 beautiful horses in the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 5 (Mon, April 30, 2018): Ashgabat city tour
BF at hotel. You will visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. The fortress was enrolled to UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I and was the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings. Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy mosque (the largest mosque in Central Asia). Then you will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ferries wheel and Ertogrul Gazy mosque. Transfer to hotel. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 6 (Tue, May 1, 2018): Departure
BF at hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat International airport.