Turkmenistan Tour 38 Days | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza Gas Crater, Dashoguz, Kunya-Urgench, Nohur, Turkmenbashi, Yangikala

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During the 8 day Turkmenistan tour you will see the monuments of legendary Merv and ancient Nisa, visit archaeological excavations in Gonur and reserve of eastern medieval architecture in Kunya-Urgench. In addition, you will learn about the unique culture and way of life of semi-nomads in the Karakum Desert and visit the picturesque village of Nohur isolated from civilization by Kopet Dag Mountains and Yangikala - the red-orange canyons, known for its stunning views and places of pilgrimage.

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Ashgabat
 
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. After breakfast visit Sunday market (=Tolkuchka) (if it is Sunday). After that sightseeing tour in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan that has recently been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the most white marble-clad buildings in the world. During the city tour you will explore an archeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and newly built Independence Park. Rich and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables and Lenin Monument. Overnight at the hotel.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6 hours
Day 2: Ashgabat – Mary
 
In the morning drive to Mary (370 km, 8-9 hours.) En route visit Anau Mosque remains and pilgrim site and Abiverd urban Silk Road remains on the way. Afternoon excursion to Merv, 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 Gala, Gyaur Gala, Keshk Fortresses, and others. Return to Mary, Transfer to the hotel upon arrival.Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mary – Ashgabat
 
Full morning for visit to the excavations of the ancient Margush country capital – Gonur, which consists of the Palace of the city, Fire and Water Temples, Royal Necropolis. Return to Mary, take a late afternoon flight back to Ashgabat (370 km, 40 min). Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Ashgabat – Darvaza
 
Early departure for overnight trip to Karakum desert; after 2 hours on tarmac road, drive off-road to Damla desert semi-nomadic settlement; and further off-road to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakum desert. 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 5: Darvaza – Dashoguz – Ashgabat
 
Drive to Dashoguz with excursion to Kunya-Urgench historical sites which have been included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: visit mausoleums of Turabek Khanum, Sultan Tekesh,Sultan Il-Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug-Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. Afternoon transfer to Dashoguz. Evening flight to Ashgabat. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Ashgabat – Nohur – Turkmenbashi
 
Day trip to Nohur village in the Kopet Dag Mountains (visit tribal cemetery and pilgrim site; silk weaving homes), with visit of Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum and Gokdepe Mosque on the way. Evening flight to Turkmenbashi at Caspian Sea. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Turkmenbashi – Yangikala
 
Early departure for overnight trip to Yangikala Canyons. First 2 hours on tarmac, then followed by potholed tarmac and gravel tracks.
Day 8: Yangikala – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat
 
Visit pilgrim sites of Gozli-Ata and Kemal-Ata. Drive to Turkmenbashi, and evening flight back to Ashgabat. Transfer to the Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

City
OPTION 1
Comfort
OPTION 2
Economy
Number of nights
Ashgabat Oguzkent, Nusay Ashgabat, Grand Turkmen 4
Mary Margush, Yrsgal, Dayanch MargushYrsgalDayanch 1
Darvaza gas crater Tent Tent 1
Turkmenbashi Jeyhun Jeyhun 1
Yangikala Camping or a pilgrim house Camping or a pilgrim house 1

 

  • Road transport as per program per AC road vehicle (2x2) or AC jeep (2x4 or 4x4) depending on terrain (3-seater or 5-seater vehicles);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included; (hotel category differentiation in price table only in Ashgabat; please note that prices given for Sofitel Hotel are for standard rooms, with view onto hotel court yard; for rooms with city view an extra supplement is required);
  • Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  • Cold camp breakfast, cold picnic lunches and hot camp dinners;
  • Simple camp cooking services (no separate cook); dining equipment and tools (seating arrangement, cutlery, etc.);
  • English speaking tour leader;
  • Sightseeing tour program in each city;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Mary-Ashgabat;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Dashoguz-Ashgabat;
  • Economy class ticket for flight Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi-Ashgabat;
  • 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;
  • Consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  • Migration card paid upon arrival on the border 12 USD;
  • Personal travel insurance;
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks during meals indicated in the table above;
  • Camera usage fees at historical parks and museums;
  • Tips for local guide and driver;
  • Souvenirs and other personal items;
  • Excess luggage charges.

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