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transit trips in Turkmenistan


Transit trips around Turkmenistan. These options based on experience of 2015 travel requests. The programs are flexible and number of days or itineraries can be changed as per traveler requirements or planning. Any hotel or guest house in Turkmenistan, it can be changed as per request. Camping in desert is ok.

Any transit option itinerary bellow can be done in reverse order for the same price

 

 

Transit option 1: from Iran (or arrival at airport in Ashgabat)- Turkmenistan Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Uregnch/ Dashoguz- Uzbekistan

 

Transit option 2: from Uzbekistan- Turkmenistan Darvaza (Derweze)- Ashgabat- Merv- Serakhs – onto Iran

 

Transit option 3: from Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan Farap- Merv- Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- return to Uzbekistan

 

Transit option 4: Baku (Azerbaijan)- Turkmenistan ferry to Turkmenbashy – Yangy Kala- Ashgabat-Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- onto Uzbekistan

 

Transit option 5: Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz / only services for transit travel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transit option 1: from Iran (or arrival at airport in Ashgabat)- Turkmenistan- Uzbekistan

 

 

Day 1              Border Howdan- Ashgabat

Meet at the last check point of Howdan border. Transfer to htl. Free program. O/N at htl

 

*for info: from Turkmen customs till last check point of the border (frontier zone), 35 km. There are state public buses circulating inside. The bus ticket range on bus (small or big) and demand on that particular day, it can range from 3 to 12 USD. From last check point till centre of Ashgabat, 10-15 km

 

Day 2              Ashgabat                   Free program. O/N at htl

Day 3              Ashgabat                   Free program. O/N at htl

 

Day 4              Ashgabat- Darvaza, 257 km

A.M free program

12:00   Start drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos in Karakum desert/ or villages along the route. Arrive in Darvaza. Start exploration of gas craters along the route (one – full of water, second- with mud at the bottom/ in both, you can see gas bubbling through it). Then venture in the desert and arrive at Fire gas crater. Camping. Enjoy the view of the gas crater at night. O/N in tent

*to your choice you can also visit along the route: Jeytun Depe Stone Age site and walk in tamarisk natural grove near this site

 

Day 5              Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz border, 410 km (or Kunya Urgench border 330 km)

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. Free program forsightseeing and continue drive to Dashoguz. Arrive at border. End of program

 

Quotes

 

Group 1 person                      610 USD (SGL room)

Group 2 persons                     420 USD per person

Group 3 persons                     380 USD per person

Group 4 persons                     380 USD per person

 

                                  

Including services:

Letter of invitation, registration (*for travelers who have already Turkmen transit visa, pls remove this service as 100 USD p/person from above quotes. Thank you)

 

A/C car service (Toyota, Nissan or equal), Days 1, 4, 5 as per program

DBL/TWIN sharing room at htls, camping. pls. look bellow

 

Hotel

Number of nights/City

Paytagt guest house or equal

3/ Ashgabat

Camping (tent& sleeping bag)

1/ Darvaza

 

*water on route to Darvaza/ Dashoguz - complimentary

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once), 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Transit option 2: from Uzbekistan- Turkmenistan Darvaza (Derweze)- Ashgabat- Merv- Serakhs – onto Iran

 

 

Day 1              border Kunya Urgench- Kunya Urgench- Darvaza, 330 km

Arrive at the border. Formalities. 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 and continue drive to Darvaza. Arrive. Venture in the desert and arrive at Fire gas crater. Camping. Enjoy the view of the gas crater at night. O/N in tent.

 

Day 2              Darvaza- Ashgabat, 257 km

Return on the road. Continue exploration of gas craters along the route. Drive to Ashgabat. Stop for photos at Yerbent village along the road.

*On THU SAT SUN visit Tolkuchka bazaar before Ashgabat

Arrive in Ashgabat. Check in htl. Free program. O/N at htl

 

Day 3              Ashgabat

Free program in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel

 

Day 4              Ashgabat- Mary/train

Free program in the morning. Afternoon train to Mary. Arrive late evening in Mary. Transfer to hotel. O/N

 

Day 5              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 the east, Herat (Bactria) to the south, to Mashad (Iran) to the 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. Check in htl. Afternoon visits to choice: Mary history museum or Talkhatan Baba pilgrimage (XI c mausoleum/ Seljuk architecture) & Ahun Baba madrassah remains XIX c. O/N at htl.

 

Day 6              Mary- border Serakhs, 230 km

Drive to the border crossing Serakhs. Arrive. End of program in Turkmenistan

 

 

Tour quote

 

Group 1 person                      930 USD (SGL room)

Group 2 persons                     605 USD per person

Group 3 persons                     580 USD per person

Group 4 persons                     520 USD per person

                                  

 

Including services:

Letter of invitation, registration (*for travelers who have already Turkmen transit visa, pls remove this service as 100 USD p/person from above quotes. Thank you)

 

A/C car service as per program

Train ticket (KUPE ticket – separate compartment for 4 persons) Ashgabat- Mary

DBL or TWIN room at htls, camping. pls. look bellow

Hotel

Number of nights/City

AkAltyn****

Breakfast included

2/ Ashgabat

(check in/out at 13:00)

Margush** or Yrsgal**

Breakfast included

2/ Mary

Camping (tent& sleeping bag)

Breakfast excluded

1/ Darvaza

 

*bottled water in car for Darvaza part - complimentary

 

  • Separately/ English speaking guide for Merv excursion (Ms. Eugenia Golubeva) 55 USD per group

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once), entrance fees at sites, photo/video fees, guide service, meals L D, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Transit option 3: from Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan Farap- Merv- Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- return to Uzbekistan

 

*reverse order of program is ok

 

Day 1  SAT                Farap- Merv- Mary, 270 km

At 09:00 a.m Meet at Farap border. 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 the east, Herat (Bactria) to the south, to Mashad (Iran) to the west. Sightseeing: Alexandria Margiana, Antiochia Margiana remains, Sultan Kala, Sultan Ahmad Sanjar mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine, Mohammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Gyz Kala castles. Return in Mary. Check in htl. O/N at htl.

 

Day 2  SUN               Mary- Ashgabat

At 08:40 a.m Flight to Ashgabat. Visit Tolkuchka bazaar.

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 in Kipchak. Return in Ashgabat. O/N at hotel.

 

*if you are interested, we can offer complimentary drive after sunset to high point of town for panoramic photos of Ashgabat at night.

 

Day 3  MON              Ashgabat- Darvaza, 257 km

A.M    Free program in Ashgabat

P.M     Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos at Erbent village. Arrive & start to visit gas craters. Venture in the desert and arrive at Darvaza fire gas crater. See it after sunset. Camping. O/N in tent

 

Day 4  TUE   Darvaza - Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz, 410 km

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. Visit the site. Continue drive to Dashoguz border crossing. Arrive. End of program in Turkmenistan

 

Tour quote

 

Group 1 person                      810 USD (SGL room)

Group 2 persons                     540 USD per person

Group 3 persons                     524 USD per person

Group 4 persons                     468 USD per person

 

 

Including services in Turkmenistan:

Letter of invitation, registration(*for travelers who have already Turkmen transit visa, pls remove this service as 100 USD p/person from above quotes. Thank you)

A/C car service as per program

Flight ticket Mary- Ashgabat (based on current Turkmen Air prices 50 USD p/t)

Stay in DBL/TWIN sharing room at htl B&Breakfast & camping. pls. look bellow

 

Hotel

Number of nights/City

Notes to hotel options

Margush** or Yrsgal**

1/ Mary

 

AkAltyn****

1/ Ashgabat

Budget stay in Ashgabat: the guest house Paytagt or Daykhan, location is good but rooms are real simple/without breakfast. We usually don’t recommend it. Compare to AkAltyn – minus 30 USD per DBL or TWIN room/ per night

Camping

1/ Darvaza

Tent & sleeping bags included

 

 

*water in car - complimentary.

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once), entrance tickets to sites, photo/video fees, guide services, meals L D, gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

Transit option 4: Baku (Azerbaijan)- Turkmenistan ferry to Turkmenbashy – Yangy Kala- Ashgabat-Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- onto Uzbekistan

 

 

Day 1    (in the morning) Meet at the port of Turkmenbashy. Drive to Yangy Kala canyons. Enjoy the view of the canyons. Return in Turkmenbashy. O/N at htl

Day 2     Free program in Turkmenbashy. Afternoon train to Ashgabat. O/N on train

Day 3     05:00 a.m arrive in Ashgabat. Free program in Ashgabat. Check in htl at 12:00

O/N

Day 4     free program in the morning. At 12:00 start to drive to Darvaza. Visit gas craters. Camping. O/N in tent

Day 5     drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing at the site/to choice. Drive to the border Kunya Urgench. End of program

 

*the order of the day per day planning can be changed at place due to possibility of ferry delay/ if it arrives after 12:00, it is late to drive to Yangy Kala that day and this influence the order of visits

 

Quotes

 

Group 1 person                      895 USD (SGL room)

Group 2 persons                     570 USD per person

Group 3 persons                     525 USD per person

Group 4 persons                     463 USD per person

 

 

Including:

  • Letter of invitation, registration (*for travelers who have already Turkmen transit visa, pls remove this service as 100 USD p/person from above quotes. Thank you)

 

·         Car service as per program

·         Train tickets Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat

·         DBL or TWIN sharing room at Turkmenbashy htl*** 1 night, Paytagt guest house 1 night, camping 1 night

 

*if ferry arrival delayed more than 10 hours, extra fee is 30 usd per day

*extra for change to flight Turkmenbashy- Ashgabat +50 USD per ticket (based on current Turkmen Air prices 70 USD)

*water in car - complimentary

 

 

Excluded:

Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain), tax at border (12 USD p/p, paid once), entrance tickets to sites, photo/video fees, guide services, meals B L D (except breakfast in Turkmenbashy htl), gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above – NOT included into quotes. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Transit option 5: Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz / only services for transit travel

 

*reverse order starting in Dahoguz or Kunya Urgench is ok

 

Itinerary/ travel services
Day 1  Ashgabat- Darvaza, 257 km

At 12:00 pick up at htl or other place... Drive to shopping area to buy food and water for Darvaza trip…

Start drive to Darvaza gas crater. Arrive and start to visit the gas craters along the route. Then drive in desert to see fire gas crater. Stay in the desert for overnight. Camping in the area. O/N in tents.


Day 2  Darvaza (Derweze)- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz

Travel to Kunya Urgench. Visit the sights in Kunya Urgench. Drive to Dashoguz. Arrive at Uzboy htl. End of service

 

 

Quotes

 

Group 1 person                      360 USD

Group 2 persons                     200 USD per person

Group 3 persons                     184 USD per person

Group 4 persons                     150 USD per person



Including the services:
A/C car service Ashgabat- Darvaza- Kunya Urgench 2 days
Tents and sleeping bags for Darvaza camping overnight

Bottled water in car - complimentary

 


Excluded:
Letter of invitation, visa fees, migration tax at border, stay in Ashgabat & in Dashoguz, guide service, entrance tickets to Kunya Urgench, meals B L D, other services if requested