Darvaza Gas Crater Tour 2018-2019 (from Khiva)2 Days | Kunya-Urgench, Darvaza gas crater

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Group size: 1 - 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.

If you’re planning on traveling to Uzbekistan, extend your travels by adding a trip to Turkmenistan. The Darvaza Gas Crater Tour takes you over the border from Khiva, first to Kunya-Urgench, the site of an amazing architectural reserve and the former capital of the Khorezm Empire, and then to the Darvaza Gas Crater, a natural gas burnoff in the Karakum Desert. Share a night in the desert and a meal cooked over a fire with new friends as you travel with like-minded people from around the world.

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Khiva – Kunya-Urgench – Darvaza gas crater
 
In the morning drive from Khiva to Turkmenistan border point Shavat-Dashoguz (60 km, 1 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your Turkmenistan guide and drive to Kunya-Urgench (100 km, 1 h. 30 min.). Visit mausoleums of Tyurabek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmaddin 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 (270 km, 4 h.). Set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 2 hours
Meals: lunch, dinner
Day 2: Darvaza – Khiva
 
After camp style breakfast depart to Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan border point Dashoguz-Shavat (370 km, 5 h.). Go through border formalities on both checkpoints. Cross 1.5 km neutral zone (transportation may not be available). Meet your driver and continue to Khiva (60 km, 1 h.). End of the tour.
Meals: breakfast

 

Price includes:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Sightseeing tour program with an English-speaking guide;
  3. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  4. Visa support letter for Turkmenistan tourist visa;
  5. Utensils and necessary equipment for staying in tents (sleeping bags, sleeping mats, pillows, dining table, chairs);
  6. Camp style dinner and breakfast at Darvaza crater;
  7. Lunch in Kunya-Urgench
  8. Tour leader to accompany travelers for the whole period of the tour in Turkmenistan.

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