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Travel planning in Turkmenistan, 8 days
One week of travel in Turkmenistan to see country culture, history and current changes and achievements. Visit the main sites in Nokhur valley, Karakum desert Darvaza gas craters, UNESCO World heritage sites – Merv, Nisa, Kunya Urgench, explore the archeological excavations in Gonur Depe (Margush), have night drive in Ashgabat to see the town all in lights, have leisure of free program or meet people in natural environment
Day 1 airport- Ashgabat
Meet at airport (at night or early morning). Transfer to hotel. Check in & O/N
Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting 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 – Ashgabat, 175 km
Visit local sites in mountains. Enjoy the local legends. Return drive to Ashgabat. Visit Geok Depe mosque along the route. Arrive in Ashgabat. Visit history museum of Turkmenistan (former National museum of Turkmenistan)
Day 4 Ashgabat- Darvaza, 250 km
Free program in the morning. At 12:00 Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos in the desert/ or villages along the route.
Arrive & start to visit gas craters (first full of water, second – with mud at the bottom, in both gas can be seen bubbling through it). Venture in the desert and arrive at Darvaza fire gas crater. See it after sunset. Camping. O/N in tent
Day 5 Darvaza- Kunya Urgench- Dashoguz, 400 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. Sightseeing. Continue drive to Dashoguz. Check in htl. O/N
THU Day 6 Dashoguz- Mary- Merv, FLT
Flight to Mary. Arrive. In afternoon 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. Check in htl. O/N
Day 7 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 8 Ashgabat- airport
Transfer to airport as per flight time. End of program
1 person group 1559 USD (SGL room)
2 persons group 1037 USD per person
3 persons group 983 USD per person
4 persons group 882 USD per person
Including services in Turkmenistan:
Letter of invitation, registration
A/C car service as per program
Local flight tickets Dashoguz -Mary- Ashgabat (based on current Turkmen Air prices)
DBL/ TWIN sharing room B&Breakfast at htls, homestay. pls. look bellow
*water in car - complimentary.
Separate prices to choice/ optional services:
Pls. kindly note that visa consular fee (cost depends on place to obtain/ at airport 87 USD), 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.