Best tours in turkmenistan
Turkmenistan in 8 days
Turkmenistan-with its beautiful nature favorable seasonal climate distinctive national values as well as alluring customs and traditions various historic sites and beauty spots, moreover its open-hearted and hospitable people- is one of the most ancient states . Even above mentioned destinations present certain reasons of visiting Turkmenistan for many travellers coming from the world’s all corners.
Transfer to the hotel. Check-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.
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. Arrive and explore Yangikala. Take a picnic among the cliffs. Continue driving to Gozliata - 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. Arrival and sightseeing. Overnight in tents or pilgrim house at Gozliata.
Morning drive to Nokhur Mountain Village. Visit Parau Bibi pilgrim site along the route. Arrival and sightseeing of Nokhur village. 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. Evening short introduction with local silk textile weavers and having dinner at local family. Overnight in tents or at local family’s house.
Morning 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. Next stopover to visit 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. Arrival in Ashgabat and check in Grand Turkmen 4* hotel. Overnight.
Today you will have free time on your own to walk around the city.
Near the hotel, you can visit the beautiful monument of Akhalteke horses, park of “Ylham” (Inspiration), “AltynAsyr” trade market and “Gulistan” market (so called Russian bazaar) etc.
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.), SoltanSanjar Mausoleum (12th c.), IbnZeid Mausoleum (12th c.). After a tour of Ancient Merv drive back to Mary (35 km). Arrival & rest. Overnight at Mary 4* hotel.
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.
In the early morning at 5 a.m. 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 (with duration of 3 hours) of the old city: Portal of Caravansaray (11-14th cc.), Il Arslan Mausoleum (12th c.), Mausoleum of KhorezmshahSultanTekesh (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 KoneUrgench drive to the border at Koneurgench. Arrival at the border before 3 p.m. Farewell. End of program.
City – Ashgabat -“Grand-Turkmen” Hotel 4*/ City-Mary“Mary” Hotel 4*
Pilgrim house at Gozliata
Guest house at Nokhur
-Dinner and breakfast at the Kanyon and Darwaza
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Cost of Turkmen Visa w/border
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
-Migration tax (14$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments
-Meals: LD, Services not shown in the program