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Ethnographic, Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts tour 2001

Turkmen traditional WelcomeWe have put together a pure ethnographic Turkmen Silk Road programme for the traveller who seeks to discover the full range of Turkmen cultural traditions, handicrafts and customs. See and experience the labour, love and history woven into Turkmenistan's multicoloured handicrafts. The traditions of exceptional weaving techniques, outstanding wood carving and fabulous jewellery making have been passed on from generation to generation for centuries and, in their functional beauty, reflect the traditional nomadic ways of life of the people inhabiting today's Turkmenistan. It is incredible to watch a young girl creating embroidery purely by intuition, identifying her family and tribe's traditions. Watch the carpet knitter spin knots on a loom keeping continuous tribal ornament and colour through the densest knitting. You will get to know the everyday life of one of the most hospitable people in the world, whose simplicity and immediate trust reminds one of days long ago past. Not all living conditions you may encounter during your trip will seem close to what is considered important and desirable in the west. Nevertheless - it should be understood that status and luxury have a much less significant role to the highly traditional people in the country - people care for their family's well-being, small events and a simple conversation that give them all the happiness in the world.

Discover the small things and meet the people of a great culture.

Operator schedule / Programme description

Telpek MakerDay 1 Friday
  • Arrival in Ashgabat
  • Early evening / late night arrival (TH / LH)
  • Hotel transfer Nissa Hotel
  • Hotel / restaurant Dinner
Day 2 Saturday
  • Adaptation day, Chuli Valley
  • Breakfast Hotel
  • Morning visit of Silk-makers
  • Discover raw silk threading, dying with natural dyes, and keteni weaving full explanation of process, symbols, usage
  • Lunch at Independence Arch
  • Afternoon visit of Carpet makers, free time
  • Dinner (if possible wedding)
EmbroideryDay 3 Sunday
  • Tolkuchka Bazaar, Gyami village
  • Breakfast Hotel
  • Visit Tolkuchka Bazaar (Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays - best choice of carpets, embroidery and handicrafts; animal market)
  • Restaurant lunch - Ankara (Turkish)
  • Drive to Gyami village - 30 km
  • Felt blanket making in the house of the jeweller (wool preparation, ornamentation, felting)
  • Dinner in traditional Yurt
  • Evening return to Nissa Hotel
Day 4 Monday
  • Visit Carpet Museum, Carpet workshop
  • Breakfast Hotel
  • Visit Carpet Museum
  • Lunch - Exclusive Restaurant
  • Visit of city carpet workshop
  • Late afternoon visit of Nissa Fortress
  • Visit of a Bilgich (fortune-teller) in Bagyr village
  • Dinner in Ensi Gallery (Leyla) with an outstanding folklore & fashion show
BreadmakingDay 5 Tuesday
  • Flight to Dashogus, Izmukshir, Dutar & furniture workshops
  • Breakfast Hotel
  • Morning flight to Dashogus
  • Visit Izmukshir
  • Lunch at Korean restaurant
  • Visit Dutar maker and traditional furniture maker with Dinner in private house
  • Hotel Diarbekir, Dashogus
Day 6 Wednesday
  • Konye Urgench, Darwaza
    Hotel Breakfast
  • Drive to Konye Urgench - 80 km
  • Visit monuments
  • Lunch Russian-Korean
  • Afternoon drive across the desert to Darwaza Oasis, the "Gates" of the Karakum desert - 230 km (the only oasis without electricity and water along the road)
  • Sunset in the dunes
  • Dinner with the villagers in the house of the teacher
  • Overnight in Yurts (alternatively tents)
Day 7 Thursday
  • Darwaza, Erbent, Ashgabat
  • Breakfast
  • Morning watching of Yurt set-up with our new friends
  • Drive to Erbent - 99 km
  • Lunch at private tea house, watch Daurama making
  • Afternoon drive to Ashgabat with stopover at Bakhardok oasis (little & big camel Welcomewatch) - 155 km
  • Hotel Dinner
  • Nissa Hotel
Day 8 Friday
  • Relax, horses, bazaar
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Free time to visit the local bazaars
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon visit of private horse farm in Anau / Hippodrome
  • Dinner poolside at the hotel
Day 9 Saturday
  • Tamdyr Oven Drive to Mary/Bairamaly - Meane Baba
    Hotel breakfast
  • Morning drive to Meane Baba via Abiverd (Akhmed) - Meane Baba is the mausoleum of one of the greatest Suffi teachers of the 11th century, Abu Sahyt and said to have very strong magic powers.
  • Picnic lunch
  • Continue to Mary
  • Dinner at Chary's Cafe
  • Drive to Bairamaly - 27 km
  • Accomodation Bairamaly Sanatorium (residence built for the Czar)
Day 10 Sunday
  • Merv
  • Early morning visit of ancient Merv with Yevgeniya, a local expert.
  • Drive to Mary
  • Lunch/snack
  • Afternoon visit of the exceptional Mary Museum
  • Evening flight to Ashgabat
  • Hotel dinner
Day 11Zergar Jewellery Monday
  • National Museum, Jeweller
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Morning visit of the National Museum
  • Lunch Exclusive restaurant
  • Visit local jeweller
  • Dinner
Day 12 Tuesday
  • Anau, Opera, late night departure
  • Hotel Breakfast
    Morning visit of Anau Mosque ruins
  • Picnic lunch near Mosque
  • Afternoon visit at Djora's and Hussein's ateliers in the house of artists - (some of the most unique Turkmen painters - Djora is probably the only Expressionist in the country)
  • Dinner
  • Late night departure (TH - Wednesdays 0400)
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