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Sunny Turkmenistan (FIXED DATES)

7 day(s)
from January to December
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Type of tour:
Adventure, Historical, General

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Best time to travel: March – November 
Fixed Dates: 24.03.2016, 20.04.2016, 19.05.2016, 16.06.2016, 14.07.2016, 18.08.2016, 15.09.2016, 20.10.2016, 10.11.2016

Day 1: Arrival – 10 km (Friday) 
Arrival in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan capital. You will be met by our representatives and accommodated at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat – Nissa – Ruhy Mosque – Ashgabat – 35km (Saturday)
Breakfast at the hotel. We will begin our tour in Ashgabat. It is a capital and largest city of Turkmenistan. You will visit Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and Ten Years of Independence ParkArtogrul Gazy Mosque and other sights. You will be also taken to grandiose Square of Revival (Galkynysh) - a new administrative, business and cultural center of Ashgabat. Have a stroll along Ylham (Inspiration) Park. Then drive to visit Nissa fortress - the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village. Drive to visit the biggest Mosque in Central Asia Ruhy Mosque. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Day 3: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat – 45 min flight
Morning flight to Mary. Drive to Bairamali city (35 km from Mary city) to explore the archaeological and historical jewels of the ancient Silk Road City. Visit the ancient city of Merv – “Queen of the world”, one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes: Kys Kala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Buddhist Complex (IV-VI), Beni Makhan Mosque - first Mosque build in Central Asia. Drive back to Mary, transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabat. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and overnight at Grand Turkmen hotel.

Day 4: Ashgabat – Gas Crater – 270 km (Saturday-Sunday)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to visit "Altyn Asyr" Oriental Bazar – Jygyldyk, located 20km to the north of Ashgabat. It is one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colourful rugs, jewellery, carpets, silk and national Turkmen costumes and animals in other part. Lunch at Talkuchka bazaar. Drive to Darwaza Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop at small nomad village and in the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. Dinner at Gas Crater. Overnight in a camp.

Day 5: Gas Crater – Village in Garagum desert – Ashgabat - 270km
Picnic-style breakfast. Drive back to Ashgabat through Garagum desert. The Garakum is a sand desert stretching for 350,000 km2 from the Caspian Sea to Pamir foothills and from Amu Darya to Kopet Dag ridge. Its name is translated as “black sands” (“kara” - black, “kum” - sand). Rest in village on the way. Visit Turkmen national yurt, taste national food like “Gowurdak” and drink camel milk “Chal”. Camel-riding. Continue our way to Ashgabat. Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Day 6: Ashgabat – Gokdepe – Ashgabat - 45km 

Drive to Geok Tepe fortress (Siege of Geoktepe) and horse farm. Gokdepe fortress was attacked in December 1880 by Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev. The siege of Gokdepe lasted twenty-three days, after which the city was taken by storm. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Also you will visit Gokdepe museum that dedicated to the war. At the horse farm you can see proud of Turkmens – national Akhal-teke horses. 5000 years ago Turkmens began to breed Akhalteke horses. Different rulers as Alexander the Great, Darius I wanted to own these horses. Drive back. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Day 7: Departure – 10km  
Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell with tourists and transfer to the International airport of Ashgabat for flight home.

Tour schedule

1Meeting at Ashgabat airport and transfer to Hotel
2After lunch drive to Kow-Ata underground lake (90 km)
2On the back way visit the Geok Tepe fortress
2Overnight at Ashgabad
6In the afternoon drive to Darwaza Gas Crater
7Morning drive to Konya-Urgench - one of the greatest cities on the Silk Road
7Return to Dashoguz for overnight in a hotel
8Morning flight to Turkmenbashi on the shores of the Caspian Sea









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Service includes Service not includes
  • Visa support
  • Accommodation at TWIN/DBL rooms: 
    • Grand Turkmen Hotel, BB – 5 nights
    • Deniz/Berkarar/Seyrana Hotel, BB – 1 night
  • Tent Stay at Derweze (inc. sleeping bags, self inflated mattress & pillow, folding table & chair, cooking tools & etc)
  • Transportation throughout the tour, on 4,5th days 4WD car
  • Escort English speaking guide service
  • Entrance tickets to the museums, mausoleums and other sights
  • Meals: Barbeque dinner + breakfast at Gas Crater, lunch at Garagum desert
  • 1,5 L water per person per day 
  • International flights
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
  • Meals: Lunches, Dinners