Fixed departure AKHALTEKE Tour (5D/4N)

Ashgabat – Camping
Fixed departure AKHALTEKE Tour (5D/4N). Exclusive program in Turkmenistan by OrexCA.com.

Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Type of route: motor coach tour
Tour dates: 23–27 April
Deadline: 15 March

This tour offers a unique opportunity for horse riding fanatics to experience riding an Akhalteke horse through the Turkmen desert. You visit small nomadic settlements, cross dried river beds and ride across sand dunes. You'll be surprised about the beauty of the landscape in spring time, when the desert turns green and an abundance of flower varieties cover the territory. You wrap up your trip at the National Hippodrome in Ashgabat, where on the last Sunday of April the annual celebration of the National Race Horse Day take place. The festivities include races, as well as the selection of the Horse of the Year, and the finest horses pass your eye. The tour is based on hotel accommodation at the start and end of your tour, and camp overnights during the trek. We have made two options available: one that includes 5 nights camping and 6 days riding, and a shorter version that includes 2 nights camping and 3 days riding.

NOTES:
This horseback tour is meant for people who have solid experience in horseback riding in an outdoor environment. Although the route is not technically complicated and will take you through mostly flat desert terrain, the tour requires solid endurance levels. If you are interested in a similar tour but of shorter duration, please contact us.

On the first day at the stables a local member of staff will ensure that you will get acquainted with the specific character of the Ahalteke horses and assist in selecting a horse that fits your actual skills. This day is not meant you provide you with sufficient horse riding skills required to make your tour a pleasant experience.

During the tour you will be accompanied by a member of the local stable personnel on horseback, who is a skilled and experienced Ahalteke horse rider. Your English-speaking guide will also accompany the group. Vehicles will provide transport for your personal belongings, overnight gear, water, and food items. You will need to bring your own horse riding gear, such as cap, boots, gloves, and a sleeping bag. It is important that you arrange at home the relevant insurance policy that covers this type of extreme sports vacation.

The group will be composed of no less than 4 persons and no more than 12 persons, in order to maintain maximum quality of your travel experience. Participants can originate from various countries worldwide, be of various ages and of various professional backgrounds and with various levels of riding experience. Owadan Tourism provides an English-speaking escort-interpreter and a professional horse trainer escort with the tours, but these personsare not group leaders or moderators. Therefore, we expect an open attitude towards fellow participants throughout the tour.

Travel itinerary: Ashgabat – Camping – Ashgabat
Day 1 (Wed, 23 Apr): Ashgabat
City tour, including visit of:
- Independence Park,
- Neutrality Arch,
- Ferris Wheel,
- Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum,
- Earthquake Memorial,
- Akhalteke Monument
- and Lenin Monument.
Check-in hotel after 13:00.
Overnight in Ashgabat hotel.

Meals: L, D

Day 2 (Thu, 24 Apr): Ashgabat – Camp 1
Transfer to stables. Introduction into Ahalteke horses; horse selection and ride to camp 1. Distance 24 kms.
Overnight in camping.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 3 (Fri, 25 Apr): Camp 1 – Camp 2
Ride to camp 2. Distance 32 kms.
Overnight in camping.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 4 (Sat, 26 Apr): Camp 2 – Ashgabat
Ride to stables. Distance 23 kms.
Transfer to Ashgabat.
Overnight in Ashgabat hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5 (Sun, 27 Apr): Ashgabat
Visit the National Hippodrome to attend the festivities for National Race Horse Day, which include the Best Horse of the Year selection and races.
Afternoon at leisure.
Check-out hotel by 13:00.

Meals: B, L, D

Price includes: Price does not include:
  • Visa support (invitation letter, registration, travel pass);
  • Road transport by air-conditioned foreign-brand regular vehicles (except Ashgabat airport transfers on arrival and departure) on Day 1, 2, 4 and 5;
  • Trek transport for camp and cooking gear, water supplies, personal luggage and horse gear and fodder on Days 3;
  • Accommodation based on private **** hotel room, including breakfast;
  • Accommodation in private trekking tent (including sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow; camp furniture, latrine toilet tent and shower tent) including breakfast;
  • Full board meals (cafe or restaurant meals in Ashgabat; cold picnic lunches and hot camp dinners during horse trek), including water, tea, instant coffee and packed juice; excluding soft and alcoholic drinks;
  • English-speaking escort and interpreter services for full duration of the program;
  • Professional horse escort and support staff on horseback.
  • International flights;
  • Turkmenistan tourist visa from 85+2 US$ per person, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change and nationality dependent);
  • Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 US$ per person, to be paid at the Ashgabat Airport (subject to change);
  • Tips for local guide and driver;
  • Souvenirs and other personal items;
  • All other charges not mentioned under the section "Included in tour price" above

Important notes for all travelers:
- Please bring only cash USD for your local expenses in Turkmenistan, no EURO and no credit cards;
- Please bring 2 identical pass photos per person for state registration on Wednesday 23 April;
- Please be aware that a member of staff of our agency will need to take your original passport for several hours for this registration.

We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the complete satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.
You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.

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