Historical Tour 7/6

Turkmenistan

Adventure

1300 $

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Day 1: FARAP BORDER – TURKMENABAD – MERV - MARY.

Today right after breakfast say good-bye to Uzbekistan and make our way to Turkmenistan border Alat/Farap. Upon arrival to the border point go through custom procedures and continue drive to Mary province about 4 hrs. (270km), the group stop for a lunch at 12pm at the local restaurant of Turkmenabad. In the afternoon visit Ancient Merv - Merv was located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and quickly became one of the largest and biggest cities of the ancient world and was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Guided tour: Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Continue driving to Mary city accommodate at the hotel and dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at local restaurant.

Day 2: ANCIENT MARGUSH/GONURPEDE – MUSEUM OF HISTORY.

After the breakfast, the group will visit the 5th center of civilization Margush /Gonurdepe. A remarkable Bronze Age civilization existed here, known variously as Margush, meaning 'lowland', or by the Greek name of Margiana. It has been gradually uncovered since the early 1970s by belated Professor Viktor Sarianidi - the leader of Margiana Archaeological Expedition. Lunch at the local restaurant. Continue to visit National History and Ethnology Museum. Rest time. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: MARY – ASHGABAT.

After early breakfast, hotel check out, drive to the capital of Turkmenistan Ashgabat (360km). On the way, will visit: -the fortress of Abiverd. An ancient settlement Abiverd - one of eight historical reserves of Turkmenistan comparable to Kunya-Urgench, Nissa, Merv, Dakhistan. The ruins of Abiverd are located between Ashgabat and Mary. -the ruins of the 15th century Seyit Jamal-ad-Din Mosque. The mosque was built in 1456 through the finance of one Mohammed Khudaiot. Lunch at the local restaurant of the city. Accommodate at the hotel. Then a city tour - the Monument of Independence standing in a beautiful park, a fountain-monument devoted to the 10th anniversary of independence (sculptural depiction of ten Akhal-Tekke horses placed on the top of a beautiful fountain) and impressive Ertoghrul Ghazi mosque. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: ASHGABAT – GYPJAK – NISA - DARWAZA.

Breakfast at the hotel, after breakfast visit “Old Nisa” - The Sanctuary of Parthian Kings, Nisa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted 600 years and was greatest enemy of Rome Empire and UNESCO site, continue with “Gypjak” Mosque and Turkmenistan’s first Presidents mausoleum. Lunch at the restaurant, in the afternoon we will drive to the village named “Bahardok”, to see village life of Turkmen people. Continue to the Water, Clay and Gas Crater, which is located to the North of Ashgabat. In the evening, observe the spectacular and fascinating view of Gas crater. Picnic style dinner, overnight it tent under star sky.

Day 5: DARWAZA – DASHOGUZ - KONE URGENCH - ASHGABAT.

After early picnic style breakfast, Drive to Kone-Urgench at 07:00 in the morning, takes nearly 4 hours. Architectural monuments of Kone-Urgench, Capital of Khorezm in X-XII centuries; Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, Tyurabek Khanum, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, the highest minaret in Central Asia Kutlyg Timur. Lunch at local restaurant in Kone-Urgench. Drive back to Dashoguz city tour and transfer to airport for evening local flight to Ashgabat at 20:10/21:00. From Ashgabat airport drive for dinner. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: MUSEUM OF HISTORY – NOKHUR SETTLEMENT – ASHGABAT.

After breakfast in the morning visit The National Museum of History, continue to Nokhur settlement. In the west of Kopet Dag range there is a region settled by Turkmens of the mountain tribe Nokhur, that have for centuries preserved their unique culture, traditional crafts and architecture. Nokhur (also Nohur) is in the list of 100 the most romantic places of the world. Picturesque villages Old and New Nokhur on the mountain plateau are beauty of two-store houses of unique architecture that are on the mountain cliffs among vines, almond and pomegranate trees. Lunch at guest house. Back to Ashgabat, dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: HOWDAN/BAJIGIRAN BORDER.

After breakfast, hotel check out and transfer to Howdan/Bajigiran to cross Turkmenistan-Iran border. Cross the border at 11:00 – 12:00 pm.

INCLUDED AND NOT

Letter of Invitation

YES

Registration fee

YES

Hotel stay (5 night)

YES

Tent + sleeping bag and pillow (1night)

YES

Guide

YES

Transport

YES

Meal (FB) during the all route

YES

Transfers during the all route

YES

Entry tickets (Margush, Ancient Merv, National History and Ethnology Museum Mary, Nisa, Kone-Urgench, The National Museum of History Ashgabat)

YES

Flight DSZ-ASB

YES

Daily 1.5 lt water

YES

Visa fee

NOT

Migration tax (12$)

NOT

Insurance

NOT

Fee for using cameras on monuments

NOT

Tips for driver and guide

NOT

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