Cultural overdose

UPDATE 1/11/2019: this tour will be combined with
the kok boru world championship in Uzbekistan

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Where are we going?!

We’re going to Turkmenistan, the most secretive country in Central Asia! A country where national TV stations only broadcast good news and where smoking, beards and unwashed cars are prohibited. A country with a Ministry of Horses and airconditioned bus stops. With no more than a few thousand tourists a year and a handful of daily flights to Ashgabat, there is much to be discovered in Turkmenistan.

Why would I want to go there?!

Where to start? With its empty four-lane roads, thermometer monuments and the largest indoor ferris wheel in the world, white marbled Ashgabat may well be the strangest city on earth. Hidden in the grand void that is the Turkmen landscape, one can find remains of once important Silk Road cities. To top things off, the burning fire crater of Derweze – also known as the Gate of Hell – awaits in the middle of the Karakum Desert.

To complete your culture shock, there’s the opportunity to meet the Turkmen people themselves during the traditional spring festival Nowruz. Marveling at their beautiful dresses and warm sheepskin hats in this desert country is nice. Discussing their nomadic traditions, bride robbery and the importance of Melon Day to desert dwellers is even more interesting.

19 March 202030 March 202012 days4-8reservation possible
price indication:     € 2250     p.p. (4-6 participants),      € 2200     p.p. (7-8 participants)


  • international flight Amsterdam – Istanbul – Ashgabat
  • international flight Samarkand – Istanbul – Amsterdam
  • transport in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
  • accommodation based on double room, including breakfast
  • accommodation in yurt, Derweze
  • accommodation in night train Nukus – Samarkand
  • Kok Boru game tickets
  • all excursions and entry fees

Not included

  • travel insurance
  • visa Turkmenistan ($89)
  • migration fee Turkmenistan ($14)
  • tourist fee Turkmenistan ($2 p.p.p.n.)
  • meals, unless stated otherwise
  • personal expenses


Take me further!

Curious about this tour? Complete the contact form below to get more information about cultural overdose (in Dutch). If you’d rather chat in English, give us a call at +31 6 81 83 20 58.

Unrecognised stops (IV) South Ossetia
World Nomad Games 2020