Turkmenistan Tour 26 Days | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza Gas Crater, Dashoguz, Kunya-Urgench

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Visit the most interesting and mysterious places of Turkmenistan in a fascinating six-day tour. You will have an unforgettable journey to ancient castles and ruins of antique buildings, once being majestic, and enjoy elegant oriental architecture of minarets and mausoleums. You will also see one of the Turkmen natural wonders - a gas crater burning in the midst of the Karakum desert nearly half a century.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Ashgabat
 
Arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat
 
After breakfast visit Sunday market (a.k.a Tolkuchka), followed by city tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having more white marble on its buildings than any other city in the world. You will visit Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia, the National Museum of History, Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and newly built Independence Park. Rich and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horses stables and Lenin Monument. Free time in late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 5 hours
Day 3: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
 
Take a morning flight to Mary (370 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival drive to Merv (UNESCO) (40 km, 30 min.), an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. Afternoon visit History museum of region. Discover historical park with Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Large and Small Gyz Gala, Erk GalaGyaur Gala, Keshk Fortresses, and others. Return to Mary, take an evening flight to Ashgabat (370 km, 40 min). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 4: Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Darvaza
 
In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Dashoguz (580 km, 50 min.). Upon arrival drive to Kunya Urgench – the ancient capital of Khorezm Empire (120 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Start sightseeing Kunya Urgench historical site: mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan TekeshSultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. In the afternoon drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakym desert Empire (8 km, across sand dunes). Arrive at the crater, set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Day 5: Darvaza – Ashgabat
 
After camp style breakfast depart to Ashgabat. If it is Sunday, visit Sunday Bazaar outside of Ashgabat. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon explore archeological site of Old Nissa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and visit Anau Mosque remains. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 4-5 hours
Day 6: Ashgabat – departure
 
Transfer to the Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Number of nights

Ashgabat

Oguzkent

Ak-Altyn, Grand Turkmen

4

Gas crater

Tent

Tent

1

 

  • All transfers: 1-2 pax by sedan type car; 3 pax by 5 seat minivan; 4-8 pax by 14 seat minibus; 9-20 pax by 35 seat bus or two minibuses; 20 pax and more by 55 seat bus; 4WD vehicle on days 4-5;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • 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 4-5);
  • English speaking tour leader;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Ashgabat-Mary- Ashgabat;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Ashgabat-Dashoguz;
  • Visa support for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • Porter services on the tour;
  • Bottled water 1.5l per person a day.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • A tax of 2 USD per night, paid to the hotel upon check out;
  • Consular fees for tourist visa and Turkmenistan migration tax (14 USD);
  • Personal travel insurance.

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