Join our small group tour in April of 2018 and enjoy meeting new people from around the world. You will explore UNESCO World Heritage sites in Turkmenistan visiting Ancient Nisa, Merv, Margush (Gonurdepe) and Koneurgench,  take a trip to Central Karakum Desert, see the flaming gas crater in Darvaza, visit a heroic Geokdepe fortress and mosque, swim in Kow-ata underground lake and visit unique attractions of Ashgabat within the April 2018 Small Group Tour

Tour dates: April 7-14, 2018
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Places to visit: Ashgabat, Nisa, Mary, Merv, Margush (Gonurdepe), Karakum Desert, Darvaza, Dashoguz, Koneurgench, Geokdepe, Kow-ata

PACKAGE ITINERARY:

Day 1, April 7 (Sat.): Arrival in Ashgabat.

You will be met in the airport and transfered to the Grand Turkmen 4* hotel. Check-in and free time.

Day 2, April 8 (Sun.): Ashgabat city tour

Today we will have a sightseeing tour of 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 Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia.  

Day 3, April 9 (Mon.): Ashgabat - Anau – Mary – Merv (385 km)

Morning drive to Mary. Visit on the route Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemaletdin mosque XV c) and the ruins of Abiverd medieval city that was once an important trading town of North Khorasan. It was a key link on the Silk Route between Nisa and Merv. Arrive in Mary and check in Mary 4* hotel. In the evening short walking around the city center. O/N at Margush 3* hotel.

Day 4, April 10 (Tue.): Full day exploring Margush (Gonurdepe) and Ancient Merv

In the morning visiting of Mary historical museum. Then drive to by 4WD car (110km & 2,5 h) visit Margush Country (Gonur Depe - 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. 

Continue 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. 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.). Return to hotel. O/N.

Day 5, April 11 (Wed.): 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. Explore the flaming gas crater at sunset. Overnight in tents.

Day 6, April 12 (Thu.): Darvaza – Koneurgench – Dashoguz (360 km)

In the morning depart Darvaza and drive to Kunya-Urgench. On the way visit the ruins of ancient fortress and Ashyk Aydyn Pilgrimage complex. Arrival and sightseeing in Koneurgench: visiting mausoleums of Turabek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmuddin-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret and Kyrk Molla Hill. Drive to Dashoguz city. Arrival and check in Uzboy 3* hotel. In the evening short walking around the city center. O/N.   

Day 7, April 13 (Fri.): Dashoguz – Ashgabat (by flt.) –  Geokdepe – Kow-ata – Ashgabat

Morning drive to the airport to take a flight to Ashgabat. Arrival and drive to Kow-ata underground lake 110 km. to the west from Ashgabat. 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.  En route stop in Geokdepe to visit a heroic Geokdepe fortress and mosque located almost 40 kilometers to the west of Ashgabat where in 1881, defending their independence, the Turkmens showed courageous resistance to the invading Russian army. Arrive and explore Kowata Cave and lake. Return to Ashgabat. Overnight at Grand Turkmen 4* hotel.

Day 8, April 14 (Sat.): Ashgabat

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

TOUR PRICE:

No of travellers

2 pax

4 pax

6 pax

10 pax

Price in USD/ per person

1170

920

885

825

Price includes:

  1. Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, entry travel pass and visa registration
  2. A/C Transportation during the whole tour as per program, group (car, minivan, bus), 4 WD cars for off road parts based on 4 persons in a car
  3. Domestic flight tickets: Mary – Ashgabat, Dashoguz – Ashgabat
  4. All accommodation (breakfasts included) in 3-4* hotels as per program
  5. Local English speaking guide services during the whole tour as per program
  6. Travel tax

Accommodation (local star & standard): double or twin shared rooms in hotels

Ashgabat: Grand Turkmen 4* hotel (breakfast is included), 3 nights
Mary: Margush 3* hotel (breakfast is included), 2 nights
Darvaza: Tents and sleeping bags, 1 night
Dashoguz: Uzboy 3* hotel (breakfast is included), 1 night

Price excludes: International flights, consular fees for Turkmenistan tourist visa (depends on the place you obtain - 40$ at Turkmenistan Embassy abroad, 90 $ on arrival at Ashgabat airport for most nationalities), migration card paid upon arrival - 14 USD, entrance fee (5-10$ per person per site), photo/video fees at sites, (lunch and dinner - allow up to 15 $ per person per meal) & 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 at: tours@turkmen-travel.com 

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