Explore the multitude of Turkmen landscapes and life in the Turkmen Karakum Desert within 15-days hiking & trekking adventure, which is a true joy for those who want to travel not only by car but also by passing them on foot. The main feature of this tour is however, the variety in day hikes through the most spectacular landscapes that Turkmenistan has to offer: mountains, sand dunes, coastlines, prehistorical canyons, and ancient riverbanks.

Tour dates: May 4-18; June 8-22; July 6-20; August 17-31; Sept. 7-21;

Tour duration: 15 days / 15 nights

Price per person:  USD 2070

Min. Group Size:  2 persons

Places to visit: Ashgabat, Nissa, Mary, Merv, Gonurdepe (Margush), Turkmenabat, Koytendag, Darvaza, Koneurgench, Dashoguz, Turkmenbashy, Yangikala, Balkanabat,  Nokhur, Kow-ata

PACKAGE ITINERARY

Day 1: Early arrival in Ashgabat. 

Arrival in Ashgabat early in the morning. 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 relatively young city. In 2013 the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of the white marble. You can walk around the hotel; near the hotel, you can visit beautiful monument of Akhalteke horses, park of “Ylham” (Inspiration), “Altyn Asyr” trade market and “Gulistan” market (so called Russian bazaar).

In the afternoon, we will have a half-day tour of Ashgabat including visit to: Park and Monument of Independence, National Museum of History and Ethnography, 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” Ferris wheel, “Bagt Koshgi” (wedding palace). 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 2: Drive to Mary (350 km. to the east)

Drive to Mary. Visit on the route Anau pilgrimage place (remains of Seyitjemaletdin mosque XV c) 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 Mary 4* hotel.

Day 3: Full Day Exploring Margush & Ancient Merv

In the morning visit the museum of history and ethnography of Khorassan region in Turkmenistan. Drive to by air-conditioned Toyota Siena (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.  After sightseeing of Margush drive back to Mary. En route stop to have 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.). After tour of Ancient Merv drive back to Mary (35 km). Arrival & rest. Overnight at Mary 4* hotel.

Day 4: Mary - Turkmenabat – Koytendag

Early morning drive to Turkmenabat. Arrive and having lunch at 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 5: Explore Koytendag – the highest mountain of Turkmenistan

Morning drive 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”, “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 6: Explore Koytendag

Tour of Koyendag Mountain by walk.

Day 7: Drive back to Turkmenabat. Stay Overnight.

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

Day 8: 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, 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 Turkmen yurt or tent with sleeping bags.

Day 9: 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 of Kone Urgench drive to Dashoguz. Arrival & check in Dashoguz 4* hotel. Overnight.

Day 10: 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 with low mountains and faces the Caspian Sea. Arrive and accommodation in Yelken 5*, Seyrana 5* or similar 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 which will be turned soon into the free economic touristic zone with decades of luxurious hotels, resorts and health clubs. Overnight at “Yelken” 5* hotel, Seyrana 5* or similar hotel.

Day 11: Avaza – Yangikala Canyons

Leisure at the hotel. Check out at 12:00 from 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 with 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, 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 12: Yangikala Canyons

Spend the day exploring Yangikala Canyons by walk.

Day 13: Leave Yangikala and drive to Nokhur Mountain Village

After breakfast drive to Nokhur Mountain Village by 4WD car via Balkanabat. Arrival in Nokhur village. 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. Introduction with local silk textile weavers and having dinner at local family. Overnight at local family’s house.

Day 14: Nokhur – Kowata – Ashgabat

After breakfast leave Nokhur and drive to Ashgabat. 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 Ashgabat. Accommodation at Grand Turkmen 4* Hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy free time for rest or shopping.

Day 15: Flight to Home

Check out hotel until noon. Transfer to the International Airport of Ashgabat according your departure flight to home. Farewell. End of tour.


Tour dates: May 4-18; June 8-22; July 6-20; August 17-31; Sept. 7-21;

Tour duration: 15 days / 15 nights

Price per person:  USD 2070

Min. Group Size:  2 persons

Places to visit: Ashgabat, Nissa, Mary, Merv, Gonurdepe (Margush), Turkmenabat, Koytendag, Darvaza, Koneurgench, Dashoguz, Turkmenbashy, Yangikala, Balkanabat,  Nokhur, Kow-ata

Tour price includes:

Visa invitation to Turkmenistan, entry travel pass and visa registration
Arrival and departure transfers
A/C land transportation during the whole tour as per itinerary
Economy class domestic flight tickets
All accommodation (breakfasts included) in twin shared rooms as per program
Services of English speaking guide – driver
Entrance fees to all sights 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: Yelken 5* hotel, Seyrana 5* or similar hotel
Mary: Mary Hotel 4*
Dashoguz: Dashoguz Hotel 4*
Derveze, Yangikala: Tents and sleeping bags
Koyten: hostel
Turkmenabat: Jeyhun 3* hotel

Tour 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, meals (lunch and dinner allow up to 15 $ per person), photo/video fees at sites & other services not mentioned above.

APPLYING FOR VISA SUPPORT

If you would like to proceed with booking, please email us at: tours@turkmen-travel.com the following documents and information for visa support (LOI) process:

1. Colored passport copy (main page of applicant’s passport) in a good resolution and JPEG format. (Passport validity must be more than 6 months)
2. Colored one 3x4 photo (jpg format)
3. Education and name of educational institution
4. Speciality (qualification as in Diploma)
5. Marital Status
6. Job title & Company
7. Address of residence (domicile)
8. Previous visits to Turkmenistan (periods, purpose of visit)
9. Arrival and departure point to/from Turkmenistan

On receipt of your completed form and documents, we will submit your application to the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan. LOI is arranged within 15 working days term. Once the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan approves your travel, we will email you the Visa Invitation Letter (LOI).

OBTAINING TURKMEN VISA

Your Passport must be valid until at least 3 months after your exit date from Turkmenistan and must have at least one blank visa page.
Once you have your visa invitation letter you can then either:

  • Visit your local Turkmenistan Embassy with a copy of your visa invitation letter to get a visa stamped in your passport. This can take up to 7 working days.
  • Obtain your visa on arrival. You can travel to Turkmenistan with your visa invitation letter and obtain a visa on arrival at the airport or at border zones.

For more information please feel free to email: tours@turkmen-travel.com

We are looking forward to see you in Turkmenistan!

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