Discover Turkmenistan: Tour 3
Duration: 8 days
Places to visit: Ashgabat - Kow Ata - Nokhur - Balkanabat - Yangikala - Gozli Ata - Turkmenbashi - Darwaza - Kunya Urgench - Mary - Merv - Ashgabat
Day 1: Ashgabat
On arrival at the Turkmenistan airport, the guide will meet you and transfer to the city. Then we will travel to the UNESCO Heritage as Old Nisa. In past times it was capital of Parthian Empire and the late president's Mausoleum and "Gypjak" Mosque. Today you will have the city tour and visit the main attractions of the capital as parks and monuments and other important places. Night is in a hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Kow Ata - Nokhur - Balkanabat
On this tour we will travel to Kow Ata, means "Father of caves". It looks like attractive lyceum water has constant temperature of 33-37 ° C because of it you can swim there. The village with the name Nokhur signifies itself a valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range, with the houses made of cement and mud. You will pass via the city center; the streets are so narrow that they merely fit the car between the high stone retaining walls on each side. They live in several villages in the mountainous border zone envelop Turkmenistan and Iran. We will continue our way to the Balkanabad city. Night is in a hotel.
Day 3: Balkanabat - Yangikala - Gozli Ata - Turkmenbashi
Today we will travel to see Yangikala canyons, located 165 km to the north from Balkanabat and 160 km to the east from Turkmenbashi. Yangikala means "fire fortresses" and has the sheer cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colors, carved by winds and rains are very alike to the stone castles from dreams. Then you will have a wonderful view of communication of red-hot color with the sun. At first bottom of the canyons was the bottom of an ancient sea and now you can walk there and enjoy the beauty of natural made park full of sculptures from trodden soil. Then we will drive to one of the most remote pilgrimage sites in Turkmenistan is Gozli Ata. Drive to Turkmenbashi. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 4: Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat - Darwaza
In the morning you will have a short flight to Ashgabad at 10:30/11:30. Then we will continue our travel for visiting Erbent village and to Gas Crater as Darwaza. Being there you will be able soak in the loveliness and uniqueness of the crater at daylight and at night, enjoy the heat and sound of the wind and crater. Night in a tent.
Day 5: Darwaza - Kunya Urgench - Ashgabat
On this tour you will be transferred to Kone Urgench. The road will take 261 km and 4:35 min. Kone Urgench is considered to be under protection of UNESCO and was ancient capital of Khorezm. Then you will visit mausoleums of II Arslan and Soltan Tekesh, Nejmeddin Kubra, Soltan Ali, Turabek Khanum of the 12th century, minaret of Kutlug Timur, Mamun II. Afterwards is flight to Ashgabat at 16:20/17:10 (time of flight can be changed). Transfer to Ashgabat hotel and rest.
Day 6: Ashgabat - Mary
Having a hearty breakfast, we will drive to Mary city and have a city tour where you can visit a Historical Museum. Rest is in a hotel.
Day 7: Mary - Merv - Ashgabat
Mery is defined to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the foremost sights of Central Asia. The superb Mausoleums of the Sultan of Sanjar and Muhammad Ibn Zeid found in the XII century, presenting sophisticated brickwork and architectural decor. Then we will return to Ashgabat and walk to the Russian bazaar. Visit one of the most pleasing Muslim mosque in Turkmenistan as Ertugrul Gazi dedicated to the father of Osman Empire's first ruler. Overnight is in a hotel.
Day 8: Flight
Morning transfer to airport.
02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus
10 pax - Bus
Price per person:
02 pax - 1 150 $
04 pax - 885 $
06 pax - 770 $
08 pax - 675 $
10 pax - 690 $
Single - 170 $
Early check-in - 40 $
Single early check-in - 65 $
Half board - 75 $
Full board - 150 $
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Balkanabat - "Nebitchi" Hotel 3*
Turkmenbashi - "Turkmenbashi" Hotel 3*
Darwaza - Tents with dinner
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Museums entrances
- Mineral water supply
- Domestic flights and trains (if any)
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12 $)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments
Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5×6) to be presented at the points of entry.