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Explore Turkmenistan for 11 days

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Tour itinerary: Ashgabat - Mary – Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Yangikala - Ashgabat - Darwaza – Dashoguz - Turkmenabat – Koyten – Ashgabat
Season: April - October
Days: 11Nights: 10
Price: by request
Tour description:
Explore Turkmenistan with visiting unique Dinosaur Plateau, unforgettable Yangikala Canyons, flaming gas crater Darwaza  deep in the desert and other historical and interesting sites. Welcome to Turkmenistan!
Day 1
Ashgabat

Arrival in Ashgabat. Meeting with representative of our company. Transfer to hotel, check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Ashgabat

Breakfast.

Start city tour with visits to Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),  Neutrality Arch - an unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun. Visiting  National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa. 

A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC). Return back to Ashgabad. Visit en-route Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. It's considered the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There're beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 3
Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast.

Transfer to the airport.

06:15 depart to Mary by morning flight.

06:55 arrival in Mary.

Excursion to Ancient Merv (UNESCO).  Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.

Transfer to airport.

19:20 evening flight to Ashgabad.

20:00 arrival in Ashgabad.

Transfer to the hotel.

Day 4
Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi
Breakfast.
08:00 depart Ashgabat by morning flight
09:00 arrival in Turkmenbashi (formed Krasnovodsk).
The city is situated near on the Krasnovodsk Gulf of the Caspian Sea. Full day at leisure at Caspian Sea. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 5
Turkmenbashi - Yangikala - Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat 

Breakfast.

Early departure for day trip to Yangikala Canyons via Balkan Mountains (100 km from Turkmenbashi). It's the most prized natural wonders of Turkmenistan. Here you can enjoy impressive views created by the vibrant pink, yellow, orange and red-colored rock formations. 

Picnic lunch box in canyons. Return to Turkmenbashi.

21:00 depart Turkmenbashi by everning flight to Ashgabat

22:00 arrival in Ashgabat

Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6
Ashgabat - Darwaza – Ashgabat  

Breakfast in the hotel.

City tour around Ashgabad with visiting to Anau mosque ruins; Ahalteke horse stables, where you will have an opportunity to see the most beautiful horses on the Earth. A visit toCarpet Museum and (Sunday) bazaar. 
Transfer by car to gas crater Darwaza (260 km North from Ashgabad).
In 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed gives a somewhat spooky feel. 

The views are most impressive in the dark. Barbeque dinner.
Return to Ashgabat after dark (slow driving). 

Day 7
Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Ashgabat
Breakfast. 
10:00 depart Ashgabat by morning flight to Dashoguz
10:50 arrival in Dashoguz. 
Meeting, transfer to Kunya Urgench, the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once an important stronghold of the Achaemenid Empire, it once contained the city of Khoresm whose stunning ruins and amazing architecture draw visitors today.  
Excursion to Kunya Urgench with visits to Mausoleum of Turabek Khanum, Minaret of Kutlug Timur, Mausoleum of Sultan Tekesh, Mausoleum of Il-Arslan, Najamuddin Kubra Mausoleum and others.
Afternoon transfer to Dashoguz. Transfer to the airport.
20:00 depart Dashoguz by everning flight to Ashgabat
20:50 arrival in Ashgabat.
Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 
Day 8
Ashgabat - Turkmenabat - Koyten

Breakfast.

06:30 depart Ashgabat by morning flight to Turkmenabat

07:10 arrival in Turkmenabat.

Full day transfer to Koyten (Kugitang). It's an unique natural region. Firstly it was created to protect the largest remaining Ibex populations in Central Asia. Visiting Kanar Baba sulphur spring. Overnight at base lodge in Koyten. 

Day 9
Koyten
Breakfast.
Full day visit Dinosaur Plateau - the world famous paleontological site that retained many traces of dinosaurs that lived in the Upper Jurassic period 150 million years ago. Here you can see more than 150 paw prints of different size and condition.
Continue exploring with visiting Umbar Dere Gorge with beautiful  waterfall 27 meters high (the highest in Turkmenistan) and  Kyrk Gyz pilgrim Cave, that translate as  "Forty Girls Cave"The ceilings of the cavern is bedecked with a large number of stalactites.
Overnight at base lodge in Koyten. 
Day 10
Koyten - Turkmenabat - Ashgabat
Breakfast.
Early departure for transfer to TurkmenabadVisit to Astana Baba (a part of the memorial complex consisting of a mosque and a tomb) and Alamberdar (the largest mausoleum among the existing early structures of Northern Khurasan) mausoleums. 
19:40 evening flight to Ashgabat 
20:30 arrival in Ashgabat 
Meeting. transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Ashgabat departure
Breakfast. 
Transfer to the airport. Departure. End of the tour. 

 

Accommodation: 

City

Hotels

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Koyten

Base lodge

Turkmenbashi

Kuwwat

 

OR OTHER HOTELS OF THE SAME LEVEL

Prices are available by request. In the case of interest and further reservation, please contact us by e-mail: info@anurtour.com

 

Tour Price includes:

- Hotel accommodation;
- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program ;
- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c;
- Local guides in each city;
- Escort-guide for the entire tour if the group size is more than 5 people;
- Visa support (if necessary). 

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;
- Fes for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;
- Meals (lunches and dinners).

 


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