Turkmenistan Small Group Tour 2018-20195 Days | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza Gas Crater, Dashoguz, Kunya-Urgench

Tour mapGroup size: 2 - 14 persons

Please note that itinerary and price on 2019 tour are subject to change due to airline and train schedule changes, currency fluctuations and other unforeseeable events.

During the 5-day Turkmenistan group tour you will explore the monuments of ancient Merv, discover the medieval mausoleums and minarets in Kunya-Urgench and visit unique attractions of Ashgabat. In addition, you will have a journey to the Darvaza gas crater, where you will enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Karakum desert. The scheduled tour can easily be combined with the Scheduled Uzbekistan Group Tour or taken as a part  of the tour along the Great Silk Road, which covers 5 Stans and South Caucasus.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1, We: Ashgabat – arrival
 
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Th: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
 
Meet with your group in the morning and transfer to domestic airport for the morning flight to Mary (40 min). Explore ancient city of Merv, a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to Mary. Visit History museum of the region. Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Ashgabat at 19:00, arrival at 20:00. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 3, Fr: Ashgabat – Darvaza gaz crater
 
Early in the morning start the day with a sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble buildings than any other city in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archaeological site of Old Nisa included in UNESCO World Heritage list and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, newly built Independence Park and (Sunday) bazaar. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables. In the afternoon drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakum desert (280km, 4h). Arrive at the crater, set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Day 4, Sa: Darvaza – Kunya-Urgench – Ashgabat
 
In the morning depart Gaz crater and drive to Kunya-Urgench. Visit mausoleums of Turabek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. Transfer to the airport for evening flight to Ashgabat (ETD 2010h, ETA 2100h). Upon arrival in Ashgabat transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5, Su: Ashgabat – departure
 
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Ashgabat International airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City
Accommodation
Number of nights
Ashgabat
Ak Altyn
3
Darvaza
Tents
1

 

  • Accommodation based on double room sharing throughout the tour, breakfasts included;
  • Transportation throughout the tour, including airports/train stations pick up and drop offs;
  • Sightseeing with a local English speaking guide in each city;
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights;
  • Economy class ticket for flight flight Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat, Dashoguz-Ashgabat;
  • Turkmenistan visa support letter;
  • Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  • Camp style dinner and breakfast at Darvaza crater (days 3-4).
  • Charges in hotels for additional services;
  • Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • Camera fees, charged separately by museums;
  • Travel insurance;
  • International flight tickets before and after the tour;
  • Full board (lunch and dinner);
  • A tax of 2 USD per night in Turkmenistan, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Turkmenistan migration tax - 14 USD.

 

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