Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat
The Turkmen folk applied art is rich and diverse. It includes many kinds of carpets and carpet articles, felts, embroideries and robes, head-dress, the jeweller and women's decorations, decorations for a horse, leather products and others.
Day 0 / Arrive in Ashgabat
Flight to Ashgabat.
Arrival in Ashgabat. Meet & assist at the airport and transfer to hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 1 / Ashgabat
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Ashgabat: Lenin Monument, new mosque, Turkmenbashi revolving statue, local Russian bazaar, etc. Visit Carpet Fabric where you can see process of Turkmen carpet weaving is the most developed and rich one, which has won worldwide fame and still is a success. The art of carpet weaving traditionally was passed from generation to generation. Lunch. Visit Museum of Turkmen Carpets and Textile (has a large collection of antique carpets, dating back to the 17th century. There are also two biggest carpets, ever made in Turkmenistan: 192 square meters and 266 square meters. Each of them weights about one ton). Dinner.
Day 2 / Ashgabat - Mary
After breakfast drive to Mary with guide. Lunch in a local Turkmen family home with traditional dishes: Plov (is the staple food for everyday and celebrations too), Shurpa (is meat and vegetable soup), etc. There will be arranged special demonstration of felting.
If you will come in group of 10 persons and more you can see the folklore show. Also there will be a collection of Famous Turkmen Artist. The applied arts of Turkmenistan embrace a wide range of materials used and methods of ornamentation. These include ceramics, metal chasing & embossing, woodcarving, jewellery making, silk & gold embroidery.
Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel in Mary.
Day 3 / Ashgabat - Ashgabat
Breakfast. Visit Mary Regional Museum of History and Ethnography with a display of archaeological finds from sites excavated in the Merv oasis, including those from Bronze Age. There is an informative and attractive display of the world-famous Turkmen carpets, of national dress and domestic equipment. Magnificent Turkmen jewellery of silver, sometimes chased with gold and inlaid with carnelian, is on display, as well as a fine range of the superb embroidered silk garments worn by the various Turkmen tribes. One can see displays of the local flora and fauna, silk weaving, the nomads "yourt and the style of life brought to the oasis by Russians in the latter half of the 19th century. Lunch. Drive to Ashgabat. Arrival and free time. Dinner at hotel.
Day 4 / Ashgabat
After breakfast visit the Tolkuchka Bazaar (Oriental Market - in Ashgabat should not be missed. This colorful bazaar is where practically the entire country comes together to trade on Thursdays and Sundays. Anything and everything is sold here from camels and cars to antiques, carpets, and jewelry.). After lunch visit craftswoman family where you can see a demonstration of silk weaving, you will see many kinds of traditional fabric Keteni. Dinner.
Day 5 / Ashgabat - home
Transfer to Ashgabat international airport.
** According to your request we may arrange for you educational tours as of carpet-making and making felt.