TM № 8 5/4

Turkmenistan

Adventure

1200 $

During this 5-day Turkmenistan group tour, you'll explore the monuments of ancient Merv, discover the medieval mausoleums and minarets in Kunya-Urgench, and visit the unique attractions of Ashgabat. You'll also journey to the Darvaza gas crater, where you'll enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the Karakum desert. 

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PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OF ASHGABAT – CARPET MUSEUM - NISA - GYPCHAK.

Meet tourist/s at the international airport of Ashgabat according to flight schedule, transfer to the hotel. At 10:00 am tour starts of visiting Carpet museum. It established in 1994, it has the largest collection of Turkmen carpets, ranging from the medieval through to the 21th century, including over 1000 carpets originated in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then walk to the parks. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive to an Old Nisa -The Sanctuary of Parthian Kings and was the capital of Parthian Empire that lasted 600 years. Then view, “Gypjak” Mosque and Mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: FLIGHT TO MARY- MUSEUM -MERV- ASHGABAT.

Early morning drive to airport for a local flight to Mary at 06:15-06:55 am. From the airport visit the glorious Ancient Merv (UNESCO World Heritage Site). One of the major archaeological sites of Central Asia, Merv played an important part in the development of the Silk Road for more than 2 000 years. Within the limits of the archaeological park, which is 1200 ha, we will have a chance to observe all constituent parts of the “wandering city”. The splendid XII c. mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd, demonstrating exquisite Seljuk period brickwork and architectural décor. Lunch at local restaurant. Then drive to Museum of Mary city. With an extensive ethnography section, including a large collection of Turkmen jewellery, carpets, stuffed animals, a fully decorated yurt and pottery from the time of the Mongol occupation. But best of all is the archaeological section, bringing together artefacts found at both Merv and Margush, including pottery, weapons, household implements and jewellery. The fine quality and design of household items from Margiana is striking and rivals the collection of the National Museum in Ashgabat. A skeleton of a Margiana priestess was once also on display, though a series of deaths and misfortunes among museum staff persuaded them to have the original returned to where it was found. Transfer to airport for a local flight to Ashgabat at 19:00- 19:40. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: CITY TOUR – STATE MUSEUM OF HISTORY – HORSE FARM –EVENING CITY TOUR.

Breakfast in the morning. City tour and then visit to the State Museum of History. It stores ancient artifacts found at the excavations of the settlements Nisa, Merv and Gonurdepe, collection of vintage Turkmen carpets, rare examples of national clothing, jewelries, and antique weapons. The 9 halls display figurines of Athens, Eros, silver gilded griffin, horn-shaped ivory vessels-rhytons of the Parthian era, gold jewelries, medallions-stamps from Margiana and Buddhist artifacts. There are also a fossilized piece of wood of the Paleozoic period, aged 270,000,000, dinosaurs’ footprints, an 820-kg meteorite fallen in Kunya-Urgench in 1998 and a lot more. Lunch at local restaurant. Continuer to Horse farm exploring the pride of the Turkmen people - Akhal-Teke horses. In addition, Traditional Tea party, short Akhal-Teke horse show program and can see the racks of horses. Return to Ashgabat, Dinner at a local restaurant. Evening city tour. To see illumination of monuments of the city. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: AN EASTERN BAAZAR- MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS – KOW-ATA.

After breakfast the group will visit the oriental eastern bazaar, where in reality can experience the beauty of Turkmen carpets and oriental silver jewelries, and buy souvenirs continue with Museum of Ethnography and Museum of Fine Arts. Lunch at local restaurant. Then visit underground lake – Kow-Ata. 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. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: FLIGHT TO DASHOGUZ – KONE-URGENCH-DASHOGUZ-SHAWAT BORDER.

Early in the morning hotel check out and drive to airport for a local flight to Dashoguz at 06:00-06:50 am. Visit the architectural monuments of Kone- Urgench, capital of Khorezm in X- XII centuries. Historical Park includes the mausoleums of Najm al-Din al-Kubra Khanum Tyurabek, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, the highest minaret in Central Asia Kutlyk Timur. Lunch at local restaurant. Transfer to the Turkmen-Uzbek border Dashoguz/Shawat.

INCLUDED AND NOT

Letter of Invitation

YES

Registration fee

YES

Hotel stay

YES

Guide

YES

Transportation BUS

YES

Air tickets: ASB-MARY-ASB- ASB-DSZ

YES

Meal (full board)

YES

Entry Tickets

YES

Water 1.5 L

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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JANE GOLEMAN

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