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Travel planning in Turkmenistan, 10 days. Period 2017


Adventure and cultural trip in Turkmenistan. Visit all main natural sites and history monuments, pilgrimage places. Have leisure to travel to west of the country till Caspian Sea. Visit Nokhur valley in Kopetdag, Yangy Kala canyons, Avaza Turkmen fashionable resort. Visit UNESCO World heritage parks- Merv, Kunya Urgench, Nisa. Visit Karakum desert Darvaza gas crater. Flexibility of program and free planning possible as per request

 

 

Day 1              airport- Ashgabat

Meet at airport (at night or early in the morning). Transfer to hotel. Check in & O/N

 

Sightseeing in Ashgabat: visit the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, the archeological site Nisa (The ruins have mud brick remains of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall, treasury building. It covers the remains of Parthian civilization, what combined the traditional art and culture with Hellenistic and Roman elements. The richly decorated architecture of religious, royal power and ordinary domestic functions had been revealed as the result of archeological excavations, started from beginning of 20th century and are continued in our days. Nisa or Parthaunisa presumed to be the first capital of Parthians, its ancient people lived along Kopet Dag mountain range (modern Turkmenistan and Iran). Accordingly to UNESCO description, Nisa played important role of a barrier to Roman Empire expansion to the west, while playing the communication and trading centre between east and west, between central Asia and Mediterranean cultures. Discover Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque and mausoleum in Kipchak (Gypjak). Return in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel.

 

*to choice/ After sunset, we can offer you, to drive to high point of capital where you can take panoramic photos of Ashgabat

 

SUN    Day 2              Ashgabat- Nokhur, 175 km

Visit city hippodrome to see Akhal Teke horse races (subject of availability). Drive to Tolkuchka bazaar. Visit. En route to Kov Ata cave lake. Visit underground lake. Continue drive to Kopet Dag mountains. Arrive in Nohur village. Visit village and stay at local home. Have cultural exchange with Nohuri people. O/N

 

Day 3              Nokhur – Balkanabat, 290 km

Visit local sites in mountains. Drive to Balkanabat. Visit along the route: Parau Bibi pilgrimage and Mollkara salt lake beach. Arrive. Check in htl. O/N

 

Day 4              Balkanabat- Yangy Kala- Turkmenbashy- Avaza, 350 km

Drive to Yangy Kala canyons. Enjoy the view from different places. Visit Gozli Ata pilgrimage. Drive to Turkmenbashy. Arrive in Avaza Caspian Sea resort. Drive around. Stay at hotel. Time for leisure. O/N

 

WED Day 5                Turkmenbashy- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz, FLT + drive 190 km

Free program in the morning. In afternoon flight to Dashoguz. Arrive and drive to Kunya Urgench historical site (“Kunya Urgench” contains the survived monuments: mausoleums of Il Arslan 12th century, Sultan Tekesh 12th century, Turebeck Khanym 14th century, Najm addin Cubra 14th and Sultan Ali 16th century, minaret of Kutluk Timur 14th century (probably started in 11th ) 62 meters high, the tallest old brick construction in central Asia. The capital of Khwarezm had the most power in 11th – 13th centuries, have been overcoming in population and fame other Silk Road cities of central Asia. In 1221 it was razed by Genghis Khan, on its way in central Asia. After the revival in 14th century, the city was left forever due to Amudarya river course change and new destruction this time by Timur in 1370, later the new town of Urgench was built in present day Uzbekistan. Since 2005, it become a world heritage site protected by UNESCO. Sightseeing. Drive back to Dashoguz. Check in htl. O/N

 

Day 6              Dashoguz- Darvaza, 330 km

Visit local bazaar in Dashoguz. Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos in the desert.

Arrive. Leave road and follow desert trails to arrive at fire gas crater. See it after sunset. Camping. O/N in tent

 

Day 7              Darvaza- Ashgabat- Mary, drive 257 km and train

Return on the road. Start to visit gas craters along the route (first full of water, second – with mud at the bottom, in both gas can be seen bubbling through it). Drive to Ashgabat. Arrive.

Take afternoon train to Mary (train going along Kopetdag mountains and agricultural regions of Akhal and Mary). Arrive at 22:00. Transfer to hotel. O/N

 

Day 8              Mary- Merv

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. Return in Mary. Sightseeing in town. Check in htl. O/N

 

Day 9              Mary- Gonur-Mary- 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 in Mary. Flight to Ashgabat. O/N at htl

 

Day 10                        Ashgabat- airport

Transfer to airport as per flight time. End of program

 

 

Quotes

1 persons group                      2034 USD (SGL room)

2 persons group                      1317 USD per person

3 persons group                      1266 USD per person

4 persons group                      1163 USD per person

 

Including services in Turkmenistan:

Letter of invitation, registration

A/C car service as per program

Local flight tickets Turkmenbashy -Mary- Ashgabat (based on current Turkmen Air prices)

Train tickets Ashgabat- Mary

Stay DBL/TWIN room breakfast at htls, homestay. pls. look bellow

 

Hotel

Number of nights/City

AkAltyn****

3/ Ashgabat

 

Nebitchi***

1/ Balkanabat

Serdar*****

1/ Avaza

Yrsgal** or Margush**

2/ Mary

Uzboy**

1/ Dashoguz

Camping

1/ Darvaza

Homestay

1/ Nokhur

 

*water in car - complimentary.

 

Separate prices to choice/ optional services:

  • FB meals (9 lunches& 9 dinners)                                                       262 USD
  • Local Escort English speaking guides services                                  775 USD (including guide salary, meals, accommodation, flight tickets)* kindly note that guide service is free option. We can do program without or with guide. Cheaper option for guide can be only to book local guides only for excursions in Ashgabat, Merv, Gonur 55 USD per excursion or in Kunya Urgench 60 USD
  • Entrance tickets at History museum (former National history museum) 20 USD per ticket, Nisa 8 USD per ticket, Kunya Urgench 4 USD per ticket, Merv 4 USD per ticket, Gonur 4 USD per ticket, Kov Ata cave lake 10 USD per ticket. Total 50 USD /this can be paid at the sites directly

 

Excluded:

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), photo/video fees, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.