Travel to Turkmenistan: Tour 3

Travel to Turkmenistan, Travel to Turkmenistan: Tour 3. 

Travel to Turkmenistan: Tour 3
Duration: 9 days
Places to visit: Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Mary - Merv - Margush - Kone Urgench - Darwaza - Ashgabat - Jygyldyk bazaar - Seyitjemaleddin Mosque - Ashgabat

Day 1: Ashgabat
A driver will pick you up at the airport and accompany you to a hotel. You will spend night in the comfortable hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi
The day will start with morning flight to Turkmenbashi. Upon arrival you will explore the Yangykala canyon the road to which will take 170 km and 3 hours to reach. In course of the tour you will learn the meaning of the name of canyon, the "fire fortresses" from Turkmen. You will be impressed how the name perfectly fits the cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colors that were shaped by winds and rains. But the most fascinated canyons are during sunset due to the red hot. Returned back to Turkmenbashi city to spend the night is in the hotel.

Day 3: Turkmenbashi - Mary
In course of the tour you will have a morning flight to the Ashgabat and then drive to the Gokdepe village. During the tour you will observe the Ahalteke horses at excursion at the horse farm. You will be impressed by the horse rider skills. It is important to note that only those experienced in riding will be allowed to ride horse of this breed. After it you will return to the capital of Turkmenistan and then to the Mary province. On the travel route you will have a stop to visit Abiverd fortress. The ancient settlement Abiverd is one of eight historical reserves of Turkmenistan along with Kunya-Urgench, Nisa, Merv, Dehistan etc. Night is in the hotel.

Day 4: Mary - Merv - Mary
Today you will explore the ancient Merv. It is not really known how this city appeared but the first written references to this city were found in Avestian chronicles of the 8-6th centuries B.C that is describes this city like "a soul of a king, a mother of Khurasan cities, and, the city that held the Universe. Modern ruins include at least five ancient settlements - Erk-Kala, Gyaur-Kala, Sultan-Kala, Abdullahan-Kala and Bayramalikhan-Kala. Even through there is not much was saved this sight still one of the most unique historical monuments. Then you will drive back to the national museum of Mary city where you will visit the local market where you can buy souvenirs or other stuff. Overnight is in the hotel. 

Day 5: Mary - Margush - Ashgabat
Today you are going to drive to the Margush that used to be prosperous ancient kingdom of the Mary region. The scientist confirmed that it existed 5 000 years ago. The people who lived here were known as jack of all trades, and the main specialization here was agriculture. Moreover you will discover that they had written language. Thus, the historian proved the existence of this center of ancient civilization, as well as India, Egypt, Mesopotamia and China. Return to Ashgabat. Overnight is in the hotel.

Day 6: Ashgabat - Kone Urgench - Darwaza
In the morning you will have a flight to the Dashoguz region. Upon arrival you will start your travel to the ancient Kone-Urgench. Here you will be able to explore the beauty of the past where architectural masterpieces, including the minaret, which is one of the oldest of its kind in the world.  In the ancient time it had another name - Gurganj. You will find it in the Dashoguz velayat in north-western Turkmenistan, on the left bank of the former Amyderya River. Moreover you will be impresses to know that it was the capital of the Khorezm region of the 6th- 7th centuries BC. Tis sight had great geographic location where the two major caravan routes: west to east from Europe to China and from the south to the northwest to the Volga River passed.  After that you will continue your way to the famous Gas Crater or Gate of the Hell. Tours to which are known as the breathtaking due to the mysterious flames that can hypnotize you by its beauty. The perfect time to observe wonderful sight is the evening time, so you will enjoy a fascinating view of the sunset that slowly opens up vividly burning flames of the crater. Night is in the tent.

Day 7: Darwaza -Ashgabat
Today you will head back to the capital of Turkmenistan where you will have an opportunity to take a shower and leaving your bags. After that you will be transferred to the famous ancient sight that is known as the Old Nisa. It was the capital of ancient Parthia, which existed at the turn of the 1st millennium BC and the 1st millennium AD. As the time passed the new capital started to be New Nisa (III century BC) while Old Nisa became the imperial residence. In course of the tour you will have a great time while explore the famous Russian Bazaar (1972-1982). The Russian architect Vladimir Visotin was a designer of this sight that was included to the "Ashgabat Reconstruction Program of 1970-1980." Construction was completed in Soviet Modernism style and decorated by the Turkmen sculptor Klych Yarmamedov. He was a great admirer of abstract sculpture placed in one of the building's corners. You will be amazed to notice that this bazar is still popular and more to it you can find here practically everything. The sight was reconstructed by the Turkish company Ekol in 2001. The complex is decorated with white marble. In 2007, there was a fire in the clothing section of the market. Overnight is in the hotel.

Day 8: Ashgabat - Jygyldyk bazaar - Seyitjemaleddin Mosque - Ashgabat
Today you will head on to the perfect place for exploring the culture of Turkmen people. The first sight to visit is the Jygyldyk bazaar. Here you will have an opportunity to max up your bargain skills because trade is the art here. This bazaar can offer you practically everything even famous Turkmen carpets. In the afternoon will be a trip to the village of Anev to visit the mausoleum of Seyitzhemallleddin. As the inscription tells this prominent building was made in 1456 of the timer when Abu l-Kasim Baber Bahadurkhan reigned in Khorasan (1446-1457). The sight was made by the vizier of Bahadurkhan Muhammad Khudaydot, who also chose the place of built - next to the grave of his father, Sheikh Jamaleddin, a native of Anau. This is the first and last mentioning of Sheikh Jamaleddin in Sufi sources of the 15th century. But as the G.A. Pugachenkova studied the inscriptions and gave another explanation, the author of the lines managed to perpetuate her father. He took the first part of his father's name - "Jemal" (that is, beauty) - and used it in the phrase "Dor-ul-Jamal", which has two meanings: "house of beauty" and "cloister of Jemal". Night is in the hotel.

Day 9: Flight
In the morning is transfer to airport.


02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus
10 pax - Bus


Price per person:
02 pax -1 500 $
04 pax - 1 225 $
06 pax - 1 095 $
08 pax - 1 050 $
10 pax - 1 025 $
Single - 160 $

Early check-in - 60 $
Single early check-in - 150 $ 

Half board - 90 $
Full board - 170 $


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Turkmenbashi - "Turkmenbashi" Hotel 5*
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
Darwaza - Tents with dinner
- Visa support
- Domestic flights
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour                                            

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Single rooms             
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments

Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5×6) to be presented at the points of entry.