Travel, tour, hike, trek, camp
Travel planning in Turkmenistan, 6 days
Turkmen part of the travel in central Asia. It can be planned as starting point of trip or continued from Iran, through Turkmenistan and further in Uzbekistan. Program is flexible and other sites along the route can be visited as per request. Changes in services or hotels upgrade can be done as per your travel requirements. In program it is planned all UNESCO World Heritage sites Nisa, Merv, Kunya Urgench, Bronze age site Gonur Depe, Natural sites in Kopetdag mountains or in Karakum desert, Darvaza gas crater, also have cultural exchange with people in countryside or in town
Day 1 airport – Ashgabat / or arrive from Iran
Arrive in Ashgabat by flight or drive from Iran (Bajgiran- Howdan border)
Transfer to htl. Check in after at 12:00. Free program.
After sunset, drive around Ashgabat to take panoramic photos of the capital at night. O/N at htl
Day 2 Ashgabat- Nohur- Ashgabat/ 340 km
Drive to Kopetdag mountains. Visit along the route: Turkmenbashy mosque in Gypjak, the Geok Depe mosque, Ahal Teke private horse farm (Experts say the Akhal-Teke breed is at least 3,000 years old, may be the last remaining strain of the Turkoman (a horse that has existed since 2400 B.C.). In the Middle Ages (500 to 1500 A.D.), Akhal-Tekes lived with nomadic tribesmen near the Kopet Dag Mountains in Turkmenistan. The nomads treated the horses as part of their families, tethering them near their shelters. In the early 1900s, Russians used Akhal-Tekes as cavalry horses. Today they excel in sport, particularly in racing, show jumping, dressage and endurance racing. The Akhal-Teke breed has preserved type, purity and performance abilities of its ancestors into modern times thanks to the geographically isolated area of the harsh Kara Kum desert where the horses have been bred by the Akhal-Teke tribe since ancient times. The Akhal-Tekes are still being bred for speed and stamina by the Turkmen and one of the most famous stallions of modern times, Yanardag, is a part of the national emblem). Visit the Kov Ata cave lake
Drive in mountains. Arrive in Nohur village (one of the Turkmen tribes). Visit village and natural sites around. Return drive to Ashgabat. Visit on return route, the archeological site Old Nisa.
Arrive in Ashgabat. O/N at htl
Day 3 Ashgabat- Mary - Merv- Mary
08:00 Flight to Mary. Drive to Merv historical site (One of the famous cities on the ancient Silk Road, having more 2500 years of history, declared a World heritage site from 1999. It is located 26 km to the east from Mary, the first ruins appeared on the outskirts of Bayram Ali town. Its immense domain enclose five main sites (Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, Sultan Kala, Abdullah Khan Kala, Bayram Ali Khan Kala) and numerous remains of caravanserais, fortresses, fortified castles and small towns or estates now seen in the forms of mounds, total surface is around 70 sq. km. As Gonur, the Merv in its turn had appeared, thanks to the Murgab river, flowing in the area in ancient times. Silk Road important city, Merv had four directions of trade caravan routes: Kunya Urgench to its north, Bukhara and Samarkand (Sogdiana) to its east, Herat (Bactria) to its south, to Mashad (Iran) to its west. Sightseeing: Alexandria Margiana (Erk Kala), Antiochia Margiana (Gyaur Kala) remains, Sultan Kala, Sultan Ahmad Sanjar mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine, Mohammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Gyz Kala castles. Sightseeing in Mary. Check in htl. O/N at htl
Day 4 Mary- Gonur- Ashgabat/ 200 km + FLT
Drive to Gonur archeological site. Arrival and discover the archeological excavations.
Gonur Depe (Turkmen name) site discovered to be the most impressive and called by the head of Russian archeological expedition, Mr. Sarianidi, as the capital or “imperial city” of Bronze Age state (which probably has thousands of sites around in desert, still covered by sands). The people of Gonur state had lead sedentary life in oasis richly watered by Murgab river (after many centuries Murgab river changed its course and now can be seen in present day Mary), practicing irrigation farming of wheat and barley. Artifacts of Gonur are sophisticated and ingenious consists of bronze tools, horse training tools, ceramics rich in forms and usage, lapis lazuli, carnelian, gold and silver jewelry, semiprecious stone objects, stone seals – now it can been seen in history museum in Mary and in the National museum of history in Ashgabat.
*The road comes through agricultural area of Mary region and finally enter the Karakum desert on its last length.
Return drive to Mary. Flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to htl. O/N at htl.
Day 5 Ashgabat
Free program in Ashgabat. O/N at htl
Day 6 Ashgabat- Darvaza/ 260 km
12:00 Visit Anau mosque ruins. Start drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos at Yerbent village.
Arrive at Darvaza & start to visit gas craters (first – full of water, second – muddy, in both gas is seen bubbling outside). Venture in the desert and arrive at Darvaza fire gas crater. See it after sunset. Camping. O/N in tent
Day 7 Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- border Kunya Urgench (direction to Nukus) *or to Khiva via Dashoguz border
Return on road and drive to Kunya Uregnch. Sightseeing in Kunya Urgench UNESCO heritage site. Drive to the border crossing. Arrive. End of program in Turkmenistan
Group 2 persons 785 USD per person
Including services in Turkmenistan:
Letter of invitation, registration
A/C car service as per program (Toyota, Nissan or equal).
Local flight tickets Ashgabat - Mary- Ashgabat (based on current Turkmen Air prices as 50&50 USD p/ticket)
SGL room htls, camping. pls. look bellow
*water in car - complimentary.
*For information: Entrance tickets at Nisa 8 usd p/ticket, Merv 4 usd p/t, Gonur 4 usd p/t, Kunya Urgench 4 usd p/t, Akhal Teke horse farm 15 usd p/t, Kov Ata cave lake around 10 usd p/t
Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), migration tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once at entrance), entrance fees at sites, photo/video fees, guide service, meals B L D, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.