Silk Road 5 days/4 nights

Silk Road 5 days/4 nights


This five-day historical tour is specially organized for those who are interested in the history of the Great Silk Road, particularly the part that passed through the territory of Turkmenistan.

The Great Silk Road played an important role in the development of the culture of the East and the West. Turkmenistan became the heart of the Silk Road as it was at the crossroads of it. The branches of the Great Silk Road spread in different directions from the territory of Turkmenistan.

At that time, a large and powerful Parthian Empire was located along the Great Silk Road. It was at the crossroads of important trade routes. This led to Parthia's dominance over the caravan routes between Rome and China. Caravans coming from China had to travel thousands of miles. The caravans crossed the Jeyhun River and came to Amul. The city of Amul was located at the crossroads of trade routes. From there one road went to Afghanistan and India, the other road led to Khorezm and Merv. Merv was famous for its advanced craftsmanship. Merv fabrics and molded dishes were sold there. One of the Medieval authors said that Merv was the "Mother of Khorasan cities". Caravan routes from Merv stretched to Herat (Afghanistan), Kunya-Urgench, and Nishapur. The caravan route to the south from Merv went to Serakhs, Abiverd (Kaka district). From there, the road was further divided into two, one to Nishapur and the other to Etrek-Gurgen. From the Etrek-Gurgen region, it went through Dekhistan and Gurgen to the southeastern shores of the Caspian Sea and into the Arab countries. Dekhistan was one of the major economic, trade, craftsmanship, and cultural centers of southwestern Turkmenistan.



Day 1: Farap – Amul

Meeting the group at Farap (Turkmenistan) / Alat (Uzbekistan) border. Hotel check in. Lunch in a local restaurant. Excursion to Amul (the city of Turkmenabat). After dinner return to the hotel.

Day 2: Amul – Ancient Merv

Drive to the city of Mary (247 km) after an early breakfast in the morning. Lunch in a local restaurant. Hotel check in and having some rest. Going on excursion to Ancient Merv. After having dinner in a local restaurant returning to the hotel.

Day 3: Ancient Merv – Serakhs – Abiverd - Ashgabat

Checking out from the hotel after breakfast. Drive to Serakhs (175 km) and a short excursion into town. Lunch in a local restaurant and travel to Abiverd (325 km). After visiting Abiverd, we will continue our journey to Ashgabat (19 km). On arrival checking in at a hotel. Visiting Old Nisa and afterwards doing a sightseeing tour of the capital. Dinner in a restaurant and having a rest at the hotel.

Day 4: Ashgabat – Balkanabat – Dekhistan

Travel to Balkanabat city (425 km) after an early breakfast. Lunch in a local restaurant. Hotel check in and having some rest. Going on an excursion to Dekhistan (155 km). Dinner and having a rest at the hotel.

Day 5: Balkanabat – Etrek-Gorgan / Iran border

After breakfast, drive to the border between Turkmenistan and Iran (436 km) in order to cross it for the next Silk Road destination called Gurgen which is on the Iranian side of the border.


Letter of Invitation


Registration fee and tourist tax


Hotel accommodation 3*






Meal (Full board)


Entry tickets


Daily 1.5 lt water


Visa fee