8 Days Discovery Tour In Turkmenistan

Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Country: 4
Itinerary: Ashgabat, Darvaza, Kunya-Urgench, Dashoguz, Mary

Present-day Turkmenistan was once the territory of two ancient cultural regions, Khorezm and Margiana, which were situated at the junction of the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road. There you can find a great number of unique monuments of ancient civilizations and ruins of antique fortresses and Buddhist monasteries, while the Caspian Sea provided with all necessary infrastructure, unique natural attractions of Turkmenistan and original pieces of modern architecture enhance the country’s popularity among tourists.

Day 1: Ashgabat (D)

Arrival at Ashgabat International airport, transfer to hotel and rest for the day. Take dinner at traditional restaurant “Merdem”
Overnight Ashgabat. 

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Day 2: Ashgabat (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day touring Central Asia’s modern metropolis city, with high-rise buildings, wide and clean streets. We will first visit Old Nisa fortress that once was a residence of the Parthian empire (247 BC – 253 AD), stretching from the Köpetdag all the way across to the Persian Gulf and Anatolia. After that, we will return to Ashgabat to explore the capital of Turkmenistan. We will see the monument and park of independence, a white-marble monument resembling the Eiffel Tower, standing in the beautiful park and a fountain-monument, a sculptural depiction of ten Akhal-Tekke horses placed on top of the beautiful fountain, devoted to the 10th anniversary of independence and the impressive Ertoghrul Ghazi Mosque. Lunch at local restaurant “Asuda Nusay”.

 Then, we will visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography, with more than 327,000 objects on display, and see the exclusive ancient artifacts from different historical and archaeological sites of Turkmenistan, like Old Nisa, Ancient Merv, etc. Dinner at the restaurant “Nurana”.

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Day 3: Ashgabat – Darvaza (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the colourful Russian bazaar where you will plunge into the atmosphere that resembles exactly the rhythm of Ashgabat life, peculiarities of mentality of the Turkmen capital’s residents. Take a lunch at “Joshgun”

Then, enjoy a jeep ride to the Darvaza gas crater which is also known as the “Door to Hell” or”Gates of Hell”. It is a football pitch-sized natural gas crater that’s been on fire continuously for more than 40 years. In the evening, enjoy BBQ dinner and watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. (Overnight in camp)

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Day 4: Darvaza – Kunya Urgench – Dashoguz (B/L/D)

Picnic style breakfast. After, this morning proceed to Kunya-Urgench, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was once glorious capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire and the biggest Muslim empire of the late 12th to early 13th centuries. On arrival in Kunya-Urgench, we will have a close look at outstanding monuments of the medieval Khorezm. We will also visit the 14th-century Mausoleum of TurabekKhanum, one of the best living examples of the architecture of its period. Other architectures include Minaret of KutlugTimur, a former highest minaret of Central Asia that used to form a part of the main cathedral mosque of the city, Mausoleum of Sultan Tekesh, a beautiful 12th-century mausoleum with one of the earliest portals of the east and a unique cone of dome, Kyrk-Mollah mound, the fabled al-Mamun’s Academy of Sciences and the Mausoleum of Il- Arslan, a tiny precursor of unique Khorezmian Mausoleums with a pyramidal cone as its dome. Lunchtime at café “Chowder”

After the tour, transfer to Dashoguz for dinner at the “Dashoguz” restaurant and return to the hotel to rest for the night.

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Day 5: Dashoguz – Ashgabat – Kowata – Gokdepe – Ashgabat (B/L/D)

Breakfast at the hotel. Later in the morning, transfer to Dashoguz airport for flight back to Ashgabat. Upon arrival, drive to Nokhur mountain village. The small and relatively untouched village of Nohur rests in an unmarked valley of the Kopet Dag Mountains, which make up the border of Iran and southern Turkmenistan. The people of Nohur dress and act conservatively, and their traditions have been able to survive Turkmenistan’s modernization because of the remoteness of their village. En route, take lunch at café “Tejen”

Next, drive to Kow Ata underground lake which is located 107 km from Ashgabat. A long metal staircase leads down into the Bakharden Cave, in which the 230 feet long lake is located. The 35°C warm waters contain a high amount of different salts and minerals, most notably sulfur, which is responsible for the distinct smell within the cave. Thus, Köw Ata Underground Lake is also the closest thing Turkmenistan has to a thermal spa. Afterward, drive to GeokTepe fortress which was attacked in December 1880 by the Russian Empire Army. The siege of GeokTepe lasted 23 days, after which the city was taken by storm. Visit GeokTepe Mosque (SaparmyratHajy) that was built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. Visit the Horse Farm to see one of the rarest horse breeds – the Akhal-Teke horses. The AkhalTeke horse is believed to be one of the oldest surviving and purest of horse breeds. The Akal Teke is a descendant of the ancient Turkmen horse that originated from Asia and was used by nomadic tribes as a warhorse. Dinner at Turkmen/Turkish style restaurant “MB”.

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Day 6: Ashgabat – Mary (B/L/D)

After breakfast, drive to Merv and explore the ancient Merv, which was one of the most important capitals of Islam. Also, it is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia. The remains in this vast oasis span 4,000 years of human history. A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes two of the most striking buildings of Merv – Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala, Complex of Askhabs, the oldest part of the city of Merv complex – Erk Gala &Gyaur Gala, HojaYusupHamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum. After sightseeing, take lunch at “Soltan Sacak”. Free time.

In the evening dinner at “Mary” restaurant.

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Day 7: Mary – Ashgabat (B/L)

After breakfast, enjoy a ride back to Ashgabat. Upon arrival, free at your leisure to explore the city. Lunch at Turkish style restaurant “Soltan”. Overnight in Ashgabat. 


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Day 8: Ashgabat

Transfer to the airport.

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