Join our small group tour in March of 2018 and enjoy meeting new people from around the world. You will experience the local colour of Ashgabat, visit the Silk Road ruins of Nisa and Ancient Merv, camp next to the amazing and unique Darvaza Gas Crater in Central Karakum Desert, experience Nohur Mountain village, visit the pilgrimage sites of Gyz bibi, Paraw Bibi and Gozli ata and Yangykala Canyon—a breathtaking area of amazing natural beauty. Moreover, you will have a leisure in one of the best hotels in Avaza Caspian Sea resort and discover Turkmenbashy city - the biggest port town of Turkmenistan.
Tour dates: March 25 – April 1, 2018
Tour duration: 8 days / 8 nights
Places to visit: Ashgabat, Nisa, Anau, Mary, Merv, Karakum Desert, Nohur, Balkanabat, Yangikala, Turkmenbashy, Avaza
Day 1, Mar. 25 (Sun.): Early arrival in Ashgabat. Ashgabat city tour.
Early arrival in Ashgabat. Airport pickups according your arrival time. Transfer to the Grand Turkmen 4* hotel. Early check-in and free time.
Today we will have sightseeing in Ashgabat including visits to Park and Monument of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, a 75m- 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” the largest Indoor Ferris wheel. Visiting of the Memorial Complex. Continue 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 of Rome which prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire to the east. Visiting of Ruhy Mosque and Mausoleum in Kypjak – the biggest mosque in Central Asia.
In the evening welcoming dinner to introduce with each other.
Day 2, Mar. 26 (Mon.): Ashgabat - Anau – Mary – Merv (385 km.)
Morning drive to Mary. Visit on the route Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemaletdin mosque XV c). Arrive in Mary & check in hotel. After lunch 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 the UNESCO. Visiting of 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.), Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (12th c.), IbnZeid Mausoleum (12th c.). After tour of Ancient Merv drive back to Mary (35 km). Arrival & rest. Overnight at Mary 4* hotel.
Day 3, Mar.27 (Tue.): Mary – Ashgabat (by flt) – Darvaza (260 km.)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Ashgabat (flight No: T5 172 at 12:00). Arrival in Ashgabat at 12:50. In the afternoon drive to Darvaza by 4WD car. En route stopover to visit Yerbent Nomadic village where you can enjoy seeing the local life in the desert - Turkmen yurts, dromedaries, tamdyr (mud oven) and many others. Arrive at Darvaza, explore the gas craters, first full of water, and second the sulfur - muddy. Leave the road and venture in the desert to see the flaming gas crater. Arrive at site of flaming gas crater. Having dinner (barbecue). Explore the flaming gas crater at sunset. Overnight in tents.
Day 4, Mar. 28 (Wed.): Darvaza - Kowata – Nokhur Mountain Village (435 km.)
Morning drive to Nokhur Mountain Village. En route stop to visit “Kow-ata” underground lake. A warm hydrogen sulphide 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 the length of 250 m, width 50 m, depth of 65 m. The lake is available all year round because of constant temperature of water (33-37◦C) and air.
Arrival in Nokhur village. Evening short introduction with local silk textile weavers and having dinner at local family. Overnight in tents or at local family’s house.
Day 5, Mar. 29 (Thu.): Nokhur – Balkanabat (300 km.)
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 - oldest tree in the village thought to be 800 years old. Start drive to Balkanabat. Visit Parau Bibi pilgrim site along the route. Arrive. Check in Nebitchi 4* hotel. Time for leisure. Overnight.
Day 6, Mar. 30 (Fri.): Balkanabat - Yangikala – Turkmenbashy – Avaza (360 km.)
Morning visit the local bazaar to stock up with food & drinks for lunch. Drive to Yangikala where impressive limestone formations rise up from the desert sands. These limestone cliffs are the remains of massive coral reefs from the pre-historical Parathetys Sea. En route, visit the pilgrimage site of Gozli Ata - one of the holiest pilgrim sites in Turkmenistan. The mausoleum of Gozliata, located on a low platform against the backdrop of stunning pink and red limestone rock formations. Arrive and explore Yangikala. Take a picnic among the cliffs. Drive to Turkmenbashy - the biggest port town of Turkmenistan. The town is enclosed with low mountains and faces the Caspian Sea. Arrive and accommodation in Berkarar 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 walking tour in Avaza with its nice beaches which will be turned soon into the free economic touristic zone with decades of luxurious hotels, resorts and health clubs. Overnight at “Berkarar” 5* hotel.
Day 7, Mar. 31 (Sat.): Turkmenbashy - Ashgabat (by flt. 1h)
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Ashgabat. Arrival and check in hotel. Free time on your own for rest, walking around or shopping. Overnight at Grand Turkmen 4* hotel.
Day 8, Apr.1 (Sun.): Ashgabat. Return flight to home
Check out the hotel until noon and transfer to the airport according your departure flight time. Farewell. End of tour.
TOUR DATES: March 25 – April 1, 2018
DURATION: 8 days / 8 nights
No of travellers
Price in USD/ per person
Tour price includes:
Accommodation (local star & standard): double or twin shared rooms in hotels
Ashgabat: Grand Turkmen 4* hotel (breakfast is included)
Mary: Mary 4* hotel (breakfast is included)
Darvaza: Tents and sleeping bags (barbeque for dinner and camp style breakfast is included)
Nohur: Family house (dinner and breakfast is included)
Avaza: Berkarar 5* hotel (breakfast is included)
Tour price excludes: International flights, consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa, migration card paid upon arrival - 14 USD, photo/video fees at sites, meals (lunch and dinner - allow up to 15 $ per person per meal) not listed above & other services not mentioned above.
Terms of the tour:
1. Minimum number of persons - 2 people, maximum - 12;
2. Deadline for receipt of applications 45 days before the tour start date. For more information please e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org