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12 Days Discovery Tour In Turkmenistan

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Tour duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights Group Size: Min. 2 Persons Itinerary: Ashgabat Mary Merv Gonurdepe (Margush) Turkmenabat Koytendag Turkmenabat Ashgabat - Darvaza Koneurgench - Dashoguz . .
Country: Turkmenistan
City: Ashgabat
Duration: 12 Day(s) - 11 Night(s)
Tour Category: Heritage Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Package Itinerary

Tour duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights

Group Size: Min. 2 Persons

Itinerary: Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Gonurdepe (Margush) – Turkmenabat – Koytendag – Turkmenabat – Ashgabat - Darvaza – Koneurgench - Dashoguz – Turkmenbashy – Yangikala –Balkanabat – Nokhur - Kow-ata – Nissa – Ashgabat.

Detailed Program:

Day 1: Arrival in Ashgabat. Drive to Mary (350 km. to the east)

Early arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to the Grand Turkmen Hotel 4*. Early check-in and free time. Ashgabat is the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan even though it is a relatively young city. In 2013 the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat a “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of white marble.

You can walk around the hotel; near the hotel, you can visit the beautiful monument of Akhalteke horses, the park of “Ylham” (Inspiration), the “Altyn Asyr” trade market, and “Gulistan” market (so-called Russian bazaar).

After lunch drive to Mary. Visit the route Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemaletdin mosque XV c). Arrive in Mary & check in Margush 3* hotel. Overnight.

Day 2: Full Day Exploring Margush & Ancient Merv

In the morning visit the Museum of History and Ethnography of the Khorassan region in Turkmenistan. Drive by air-conditioned Toyota Siena (110km & 2,5 h) visit Margush Country (Gonur Depe - the capital of Margush) - Bronze Age Civilization Sites recognized as 5th Civilization of the Earth recently & Birthplace of Zoroastrianism - Fire Worshipping (4-3 mil. BC- 6th c. BC) inscribed in the World Heritage Book.

After sightseeing Margush drives back to Mary. En route, stop to go sightseeing to Ancient Merv known as Mary ShahuJahan-King of the World for about 300 years became the biggest city in Asia, inscribed into the monuments list of World Heritage Book, protected by UNESCO.

Sightseeing of Ancient Merv includes Gyz Gala &Oglan Gala (6-7th cc.), Complex of Askhabs (8-14th cc.), Giaur Gala (4th c. BC), Buddist Complex (4-6th cc.), Erk Gala (6th c. BC), Soltan Gala (11th c.), SoltanSanjar Mausoleum (12th c.), IbnZeid Mausoleum (12th c.). After a tour of Ancient Merv drive back to Mary (35 km). Arrival & rest. Overnight at Margush 3* hotel.

Day 3: Mary - Turkmenabat – Koytendag

Early morning drive to Turkmenabat. Arrive and have lunch at a local restaurant. Continue driving to Koyten village to explore the Koytendag Nature Reserve, which offers dinosaur footprints, a vast network of caves, and Turkmenistan’s highest peak. The region has some fine historical monuments and holy places as well. Crossing Amudarya River. Arrival in Koyten. Accommodation in the hostel. Overnight.

Day 4: Explore Koytendag

Morning drive by Toyota Sienna along the Koytendag mountain gorge. Koytendag is the home of the highest mountains in Turkmenistan, the deepest lake, the longest caves, and the most majestic natural waterfalls in the country. Koytendag Nature Reserve is a huge geological research center, the pride of which is the rocky plateau with hundreds of dinosaur footprints.

Explore “Forty Girl`s Gorge”, and “Plateau of Dinosaurs”. Lunch outdoors. Visit of Umbar-Dere Waterfall. Return to the hostel. Excursion to the Kaynar Baba Lake. Overnight at the hostel.

Day 5: Drive back to Turkmenabat. Stay Overnight.

Breakfast. Drive by Toyota Sienna back to Turkmenabat. En route stop to visit the “Astana-Baba” Mausoleum in Atamyrat. Continue driving. Arrival and check-in Jeyhun 3* hotel. Overnight.

Day 6: Flight to Ashgabat. Drive to Darvaza.

Breakfast. Flight to Ashgabat (flight No: T5 172 at 12:00). Arrival in Ashgabat at 12:50. Lunch. After having lunch drive to Darvaza. En route stopover to visit Yerbent Nomadic village where you can enjoy seeing the local life in the desert - Turkmen yurts, dromedaries, tender (mud oven), and many others. Arrive at Darvaza, and explore the gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur - muddy. Leave the road and venture into the desert to see the flaming gas crater.

Arrive at the site of the flaming gas crater. Having dinner (barbecue). Explore the flaming gas crater at sunset. Overnight in tents.

Day 7: Darvaza – Koneurgench – Dashoguz

In the morning drive to Koneurgench - the capital of Khorezmshahs (3-16th cc.) inscribed into the World Heritage Book of UNESCO. Koneurgench (known as Gurganch in the past) is the largest historical and archaeological park in the north of Turkmenistan. It is a large reserve with numerous ruins and monuments on the territory of modern Kunyaurgench. Such great Muslim scholars as al-Biruni, al-Khorezmi, and Avicenna once worked here.

Sightseeing of the old city: Portal of Caravansaray (11-14th cc.), Il Arslan Mausoleum (12th c.), Mausoleum of Khorezm shahSultan Tekesh (13th c.), Academy of Horezm (3-13th cc.), Mausoleum of TurabekHanum, Minaret of KutlugTimur (14th c.) - one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia, Najmeddin Kubra (13th c.) and Soltan Ali (15th c.) Mausoleums.

After sightseeing in Kone Urgench drive to Dashoguz. Arrival & check-in at Uzboy Hotel. Overnight.

Day 8: Dashoguz – Turkmenbashy (by flight). Rest in Avaza – Caspian Sea Resort.

After breakfast at 09:30 drive to Dashoguz airport. Flight to Turkmenbashy (flight No: T5 236, at 11:30). Arrival in Turkmenbashy - the biggest port town of Turkmenistan. The town is enclosed by low mountains and faces the Caspian Sea. Arrive and accommodation in Seyrana 5* hotel - one of the best hotels in Avaza – the most popular sea resort center (10 km from Turkmenbashi) that is promising much in the future. Rest on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Short sightseeing in Avaza with its nice beaches will be turned soon into a free economic tourist zone with decades of luxurious hotels, resorts, and health clubs. Overnight at “Seyrana”5* hotel.

Day 9: Avaza – Yangikala Canyons

Leisure at the hotel. Check out at 12:00 from the hotel. Drive to Yangikala where impressive limestone formations rise up from the desert sands with views of the Karabogaz Gulf in the distance. These limestone cliffs are the remains of massive coral reefs from the pre-historical Parathetys Sea. En route stop in Turkmenbashy City to have lunch and visit the local bazaar to stock up on food & drinks for dinner. Continue to the canyon of Yangikala, home to some of the best scenery in Turkmenistan.

Arrive and explore the site. Take a picnic among the cliffs. When the sun sets we drive to the pilgrimage site of Gozli Ata - one of the holiest pilgrim sites in Turkmenistan. The mausoleum of Gozliata is located on a low platform against the backdrop of stunning pink and red limestone rock formations. Overnight at a local pilgrim house (multi-share accommodation).

Day 10: Leave Yangikala and Drive to Nokhur Mountain Village

After breakfast drive to Nokhur Mountain Village by 4WD car via Balkanabat. Arrival in Nokhur village. Short sightseeing of Nokhur village and visiting of "Gyz Bibi" Pilgrimage site & its unique cemetery where each tomb has the horns of mountain goats, the Great Tree - the oldest tree in the village thought to be 800 years old. Introduction with local silk textile weavers and having dinner with a local family. Overnight at local family’s house or tents.

Day 11: Nokhur – Kowata – Ashgabat. Half-Day Tour of Ashgabat.

After breakfast leave Nokhur and drive to Ashgabat. En route stop to visit the “Kow-ata” underground lake. A warm hydrogen sulfide lake lies in a cave at the Kopet Dag foothills. 276 steps lead into the lake. On your way down you will admire marvelous grapes and lines of stalactites and see bat’s bevies. This cave impresses with its greatness. It has a length of 250 m, width of 50 m, and depth of 65 m. The lake is available all year round because of the constant temperature of water (33-37◦C) and air. Arrival in Ashgabat. Accommodation at Grand Turkmen 4* Hotel.

After lunch a half-day tour of Ashgabat including a visit to: the Park and Monument of Independence, National Museum of History and Ethnography, Arch of Neutrality, a 75 m-high monument with a revolving golden statue of the first President Turkmenbashy. Hit the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality to see the beautiful panorama of Ashgabat. Panoramic tour to “Alem” Ferris wheel, “Bagt Koshgi” (wedding palace).

Continue the tour to the historical and archaeological site “Ancient Nisa – the Residence of Parthian Kingdom” UNESCO site from 2007. The Parthian Empire was one of the most powerful and influential civilizations of the ancient world and a brilliant rival to Rome which prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire to the east.

Day 12: Flight to Home

In the morning transfer to the International Airport of Ashgabat for a flight home. Farewell. End of tour.

Included Services:

Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, entry travel pass, and visa registration

Arrival and departure transfers

Transportation during the whole tour as per itinerary

Domestic flight tickets

All accommodation (breakfasts included) in twin shared rooms as per the program

Services of English-speaking guide/tour leader

Meals – full board (B, L, D)

Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

Accommodation (local star & standard): Double/Twin in hotels

Ashgabat: Grand Turkmen 4* hotel

Nokhur: Local family house or tents

Turkmenbashy: Seyrana 5* hotel

Mary: Margush Hotel 3*

Dashoguz: Uzboy Hotel 3*

Derveze, Yangikala: Tents

Koyten: Hostel

Turkmenabat: Jeyhun 3*

NOT Included Services:

International flights, consular fees for a Turkmenistan tourist visa, migration card paid upon arrival, photo/video fees at sites, porterage & other services not mentioned above.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Turkmenistan!

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