Expedition in Turkmenistan to explore Nature, Culture and History
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Day 1 airport- Ashgabat Car
A.M Meet at airport. Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, Nisa UNESCO fortress, Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak. Return in Ashgabat. Check in hotel. Time at leisure.
After sunset – night drive in Ashgabat to see the town in lights and panoramic photo. Overnight at hotel
(*Tolkuchka bazaar visiting is available on Thu, Sat, Sun and it can be added into program).
Day 2 Ashgabat – Turkmenabat/ FLY, drive to Koyten, 400 km 4 WD or Minivan
06h30 a.m Fly to Turkmenabat. Arrive. Visit Amul fortress.
Start drive to Koyten. Cross Sundukli barchans. You can have lunch at chayhana in Kerki. Cross Amudarya river, on the way. In the evening, arrive at Koyten tourist lodge. Overnight.
Day 3 Kugitangtau mountains (The spur of Alaimountain range) 4 WD or Minivan
Drive to mountains & walk up on dinosaur plateau. Explore the dinosaur rock traces.
All day sightseeing in the area, visit water fall & ‘maidens’ cave Kyrk Gyz, Overnight at tourist lodge.
Day 4 Koyten – Turkmenabat, 400 km 4 WD or Minivan
Visit the Kaynar Baba lake lake. Drive to Turkmenabat. Arrive late afternoon. Check in hotel. Overnight.
Day 5 Turkmenabat – Merv – Mary, 230 km 4 WD or Minivan
Drive to Merv. Cross Karakum desert (Eastern part) on the way. Arrive in Merv UNESCO History Park. 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. Continue to Mary. Check in hotel. Overnight
Day 6 Mary- Gonur- Mary, 100 km +100 km 4 WD
Drive to Gonur Depe archeological site. Arrive and visit the archeological excavations.
Gonur Depe (also known as Margush or Margiana Bronze Age archeological complex). Sightseeing at the place. Visit the remains of the Temples of Water, Fire, Sacrifices, Public squares for religious ceremonies, Royal Palace, Necropolis.
Return drive to Mary. Visit on the route: Geubekly caravanserai and Signal Tower remains.
Arrive in Mary. Overnight at hotel.
Day 7 Mary- Altyn Depe – Ashgabat, 500 km 4 WD or Minivan
Start drive to Altyn Depe, 250 km. Arrive and sightseeing at Altyn Depe hill (The excavations there have been long ago. At the moment it is the big hill with remains of archeological excavations). Return drive on the main road and continue drive to Ashgabat. Visits on the way: Abiverd Silk Road town remains and Anau mosque and fortress.
Arrive in Ashgabat, in the evening. Check in hotel. Overnight
Day 8 Ashgabat – Nohur – Serdar, 270 km 4 WD
Drive to Geok Depe. Visit Geok Depe mosque and XIX fortress remains. As per interest: visit Private Akhal Teke horse farm.
Drive to Kov Ata cave. Arrive and visit the cave and swim in the underground lake. Drive to Nohur village in Kopet Dag mountains. Sightseeing in the village.
Drive to Serdar town. Arrive and check in hotel. Overnight
Day 9 Serdar – Dehistan – Ekerem, 410 km 4 WD
Start drive to Gumdag, the area of oil fields. Along the route, visit the ancient mud volcano ‘Boyadag’- Rock of colours. Leaving the asphalt road at Bugdayly, follow the Messerian plain trails to arrive at ancient town- fortress ‘Messerian’ & group of mausoleums ‘Mashad’. Sightseeing at the site. Drive to Ekerem. Overnight in local hotel or home
Day 10 Ekerem -Akpatlauk- Balkanabat, 350 km 4 WD
4 WD drive and trekking along Caspian Sea coast line & explore the mud volcanoes around Chekishlyar and Akpatlavuk. Drive to the road and continue to Balkanabat. Arrive in the evening. Overnight
Day 11 Balkanabat – Yangy Kala – Turkmenbashy, 350 km 4 WD
Drive to Yangy Kala (The south eastern bordering region of Gara Bogaz Gol bay, spectacular view of the former sea bed, and millions years work of natural forces to form the canyons in its unusual shapes and variety of colors). Arrive and sightseeing the Yangy Kala canyon. Visit Gozli Ata mausoleum. Drive to Turkmenbashy. Arrive and check in Turkmenbashy hotel.
Free program for visits in Awaza Caspian Sea resort. Overnight
Day 12 Turkmenbashy – Dashoguz FLY, drive to Kunya Urgench Car or Minivan
Flight is on TUE, WED, FRI, SAT at 14h05
A.M free program in the morning
P.M fly to Dashoguz. Meet at airport. Drive to Kunya Urgench UNESCO History Park. Sightseeing. Return to Dashoguz. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13 Dashoguz- Darvaza- Damla, 400 km 4 WD
Drive to Darvaza. Arrive. Leave the road and come into Karakum desert. Follow traces through barchans and 4 WD to Damla village deep in the desert. Arrive. Sightseeing. Camp in the area. Overnight in tents
Day 14 Damla – Darvaza- Ashgabat, 350 km 4 WD
4 WD drive to Darvaza. Stop in desert for photos or walking. Arrive. See the fiery gas crater before and after sunset. Drive to Ashgabat. Arrive around 12h00 p.m. Check in hotel. Overnight
Day 15 Ashgabat- airport
Transfer to airport as per flight schedule.
Including the services:
*Bottled water en route - complimentary
Visa cost (cost depends on place to obtain/ at airport around 117 USD/11-20 days visa)
Migration tax at border (14 USD p/p, paid once on arrival)
State travel tax 2 USD per night – per person (is collected at hotels/ * camp excluded)
Entrance tickets to sites or museums: Merv 6 USD per ticket, Gonur Depe 6 USD per ticket, Kunya Urgench 6 USD per ticket, museums in Ashgabat starting from 10 USD p/t, Nisa 12 USD, horse farm 10 USD p/t, Kow Ata cave 10 USD p/t (*note: paying entrance tickets with manat TMT at some sites can be good advantage)
Meals L D
Local English guide service for excursions 55 USD per day
Extra night at AkAltyn SGL 70 USD/ DBL 100 USD
Gratuities, personal items, any other services missing above. Thank you.