Beauties of Turkmenistan
Duration: Days:8, Nights:7
Best time to travel: March – November
Day 1: Arrival – 10 km
Arrival in Ashgabad, Turkmen capital. You will be met by our representatives and will be accommodated at the Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat – Nissa – Ruhy Mosque – Ashgabat – 35km
Breakfast at the hotel. We will begin our tour in Ashgabat. Ashgabat is a relatively young city in 25.05.2013 city was included Gunnies Book of records as a white marbled city on the world. Within this tour you will visit Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Artogrul Gazy Mosque and other beauty sights of Ashgabat. Then drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Drive to visit the biggest Mosque in Central Asia Ruhy Mosque. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 3: Ashgabad – Cas Crater – 270 km (Saturday, Sunday)
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to visit "Altyn Asyr" Oriental Bazar- Jygyldyk located in 20km to the north of Ashgabat. It is one of the largest open bazaars in the world filled with colourful rugs, jewellery, carpets, silk and national Turkmen costumes and animals in other part. Lunch at Talkuchka bazaar. Drive to Gas Crater (268km) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. Dinner at Gas Crater. Overnight in a camp.
Day 4: Gas Crater – Village in Garagum desert – Ashgabat - 270km
Picnic style breakfast. Drive back to Ashgabat through Garagum desert. The Garakum is a sand desert stretching for 350,000 km2 from the Caspian Sea to Pamir foothills and from Amu Darya to Kopet Dag ridge. Its name is translated as “black sands” (“kara” - black, “kum” - sand). Rest in village on the way. Visit Turkmen national yurt, taste national food like “Gowurdak” and drink from camel milk “Chal”. Ride on a camel. Follow our way to Ashgabat. Check in to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 5: Ashgabat – Mary – Gonurdepe - 40min flight
Morning flight to Mary. Drive to Gonur depe (90km). The Margiana country occupied an area of more than 3000 sq. Km and consisted of 78 oasis and more than 150 compact settlements. The American newspaper "Boston Globe" wrote that before we knew the four oldest centers of the world's civilization: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China, and now due to the fantastic results of the Margiana expedition it’s quite possible to think that there was another, the fifth center. Lunch box at the sight. Drive back to Mary city. Overnight at the Mary Hotel.
Day 6: Mary – Merv - Ashgabat - 40min flight
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Bayramaly 35km to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most inpotant capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Buddist Complex (IV-VI), Beni Makhan Mosque-first Mosque build in Central Asia. Drive to airport for flight Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 7: Ashgabat – Gokdepe horse farm and fortress – Seyitjemaleddin Mosque
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Gokdepe fortress fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev. The siege of Gokdepe lasted twenty-three days, after which the city was taken by storm. Then visit horse farm where you can see proud of Turkmen national Akhalteke horses. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. Drive to visit unique Mosque of the XIV-XV age, that called by locals Seyitjemaleddin Mosuqe. The main portal arch is decorated with the figures of mystical dragons. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast at the hotel. Farewell with tourists and transfer to the International airport of Ashgabat for flight to home.
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