The History Round in Turkmenistan. All Three World Heritage Sites of the country, the main sites short visit, cross the Karakum desert South-North way. Turkmenistan between Bukhara and Khiva
Day 1, Farap border – Merv – Mary, 270km, Highway
A.M Meet at the border. Formalities. Turkmenistan starts. Drive to Merv. Cross on the route: Sundukli barchans, Amu Darya river, Eastern Karakum desert. Sightseeing in Alexandria in Margiana, Antiochia in Margiana, SultanKala. Arrive in Mary. Visit the Mary history museum. Check in hotel. Overnight
Day 2, Mary- GonurDepe – Mary, 100+100km, Asphalt Roads, Sand Tracks
Start drive to the GonurDepe archeological site. Enter the Karakum desert and arrive at Bronze Age Margiana Country. Visit the excavations of the Palace, Temples, and Necropolis. On the return route, visit Parthian-Sasanian fortress of Goebekly, Nestorian church and Watch Tower remains.
Mary - Ashgabat, Flight 40min
Flight to Ashgabat. Arrive. Check in hotel. Time for leisure. Overnight at hotel
Day 3, Ashgabat
Sightseeing of Old Nisa Fortress, Turkmenbashy mosque, Serdar Yoly Health Route, Sightseeing in town, visit museum(s). Time for leisure. Night tour in Ashgabat to see the town in lights and have panoramic photos. Overnight
Day 4, Ashgabat – Darvaza, 257km, Asphalt Roads, Sand Tracks
A.M free program in town. 12:00 check out hotel
P.M drive to Darvaza, the Karakum desert. Stop for photos along the route. Near Darvaza, start to visit the gas craters. Leave the road and come deeper into the desert, arrive at fiery gas crater. See the gas crater at sunset and at night. Wild camping in the area. Overnight in tent (tent, sleeping bag, mat are provided)
Day 5, Darvaza- KunyaUrgench, 310km, Sand Tracks, Asphalt Bumpy Roads, Plus distance to the border
A.M return on the road and continue drive to the north. Arrive in KunyaUrgench.
P.M. Sightseeing of KunyaUrgench History Park, the capital of KhoresmShakh State XI-XII cc, also known as Gurganj. Drive to the border with Uzbekistan. Formalities at the border. Continue to Uzbekistan.
Tip! Here are two options: (1)KunyaUrgench- Khojeili border 25km, direction to Nukus and (2)Dashoguz-Shavat border 105km, direction to Khiva. You can easily plan the border as per your travel plan in Uzbekistan
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