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Unique Turkmenistan (FIXED DATES)

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

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Best time to travel: March – November
Fixed Dates: 11.03.2016, 22.04.2016, 13.05.2016, 10.06.2016, 08.07.2016, 12.08.2016, 09.09.2016, 07.10.2016, 04.11.2016

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 Park, Artogrul 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 – Gas Crater – 270 km (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 4: Gas Crater – Gokdepe – Ashgabat - 310km (Monday)
Picnic-style breakfast. Drive back to Ashgabat. Check in to the hotel. Free time. 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 5: Ashgabat – Nokhur village – Kow Ata – Ashgabat – 150km (Tuesday)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Nokhur. The village itself fills a small depression valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range, and the houses are built with local boulders cemented with mud. Apart from the main street through the middle of the town, the streets are so narrow that they only just fit a car between the high stone retaining walls on each side. The Nohkuri people who populate this remote mountain village are quite different to other Turkmen tribes. They live in a handful of villages in the mountainous border area spanning Turkmenistan and Iran. Nokhur is the largest village with just a thousand or maybe two thousand people. Lunch at the homestay. On the way back you will visit Kow-Ata underground lake (107 km from Ashgabat). The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means "father of caves". At first glance, this underground area appears like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald colored. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C (you can swim in a lake). Drive back to Hotel. Dinner. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Day 6: Departure – 10km (Wednesday)
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 4* BB – 4 nights
  • Tent Stay at Derweze (inc. sleeping bags, self inflated mattress & pillow, folding table & chair, cooking tools & etc)
  • Transport services: 3,4,5th days 4WD car, other days – sedan car
  • Escort English speaking guide service
  • Entrance fee to: Nissa fortress, Gokdepe museum and horse farm, Kow Ata
  • Meals: Barbeque dinner + breakfast at Gas Crater
  • 1,5 L water per person per day 
  • International flights
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner