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Turkmenistan’s Silk Road Tour

Country: Turkmenistan
City: Mary
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Archaeological Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Ashgabat – arrival

Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Free time. Overnight.

*If you are arriving from the neighbor countries, we will meet you at the border crossing.

Day 2: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv

Drive to Mary. Visit on the route: Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemalatdin mosque XV c). Lunch at Hanhovuz chayhana to taste silver or grass carp fish. Arrive in Mary & check in Margush hotel. Visit the museum of history and ethnography of Khorassan region in Turkmenistan. Drive to Merv historical site. The ancient city of Merv (Persian Marv) contains a succession of ancient cities developed over a period of 2500 years at the heart of the oasis formed by Murgab river delta, and close to the course of where the main river channel flowed in ancient times. Together, the cities of Merv once encompassed over 1000 hectares. In 1999, the United Nations declared Merv a World Heritage Site. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Mary - Ashgabat

After breakfast transfer to airport for a flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Today we will have a 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 Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. You will visit the National Museum of History, the Monument of Neutrality, Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, Monument and park of Independence. Intense and interesting excursion also includes a stopover at the Akhalteke horse stables. Transfer to the hotel.

Day 4: Ashgabat – Darvaza gas crater

Your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel lobby in Ashgabat and drive to Darvaza gas crater located in the middle of Karakum desert (280km, 4h). On the way stop at Erbent village to witness life of locals surrounded by 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 – Kunya-Urgench – Dashoguz – Ashgabat

In the morning depart Darvaza 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. After lunch drive to Dashoguz airport, take an evening flight to Ashgabat. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Ashgabat – departure

Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour.

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