Tour itinerary: Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Yangisuw - Gozli Ata - Serdar - Western Karakum - Darwaza - Central Karakum - Gonur Depe - Mary - Ashgabat
Season: April - October
Days: 12Nights: 11
Jeep safari tour around Turkmenistan is a great chance to see Turkmenistan
, its nature, highlands, valleys, old nomadic lifestyle and ancient sighs. You will stay in tent camps and travel by 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Explore the multiple landscapes and life in the Turkmen Karakum Desert!
Departure dates, 2017
Tour 1 (deadline for sign up: 17 April)
14 May - 25 May
Tour 2 (deadline for sign up: 24 April)
28 May - 8 June
Tour 3 (deadline for sign up: 1 May)
11 June - 23 June
Tour 4 (deadline for sign up: 3 July)
30 July - 10 August
Tour 5 (deadline for sign up: 10 July)
13 August - 24 August
Arrival in Ashgabat
. Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Check-in time at 13:00. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2. Sunday
Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi
09:00 start city tour with visiting Sunday Bazaar "Tolkuchka" (secondhand market) which is famous for variety of goods. Stretching for a few kilometers along deserted suburbs of Ashgabat, bazaar attracts many tourists by opportunity to buy traditional Turkmen carpets.
Continue excursion with visiting Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum.
Transfer to airport for evening flight to Turkmenbashi
. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3. Monday
Drive to white Yangisuw Canyon, a local beauty spot. You will have an opportunity to explore this unique area with guide on foot. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents in Yangisuw area.
Day 4. Tuesday
Yangisuw - Gozli Ata
Drive from Yangisuw to Yangikala Canyon
. Yangikala means “fire fortress”. So interesting name canyons were given because of red color of rocks, from which are formed mountains ranges and cliffs.
Time to explore the canyon area. Picnic lunch on the way. Late afternoon transfer to Gozli Ata pilgrim site. It's one of the remotest shrine pilgrimage destinations in Turkmenistan. Gozli Ata was reportedly a respected Sufi who lived in the early part of the 14th century.
Dinner and overnight in common gender-shared rooms at pilgrim house.
Day 5. Wednesday
Gozli Ata - Serdar
Drive to Serdar Town via Balkanabad Town which is often called as "Oil Town". Visiting Parau Bibi pilgrim site on the way. A little white mosque Parau-bibi is one of the most honored pilgrim places of Turkmenistan. It stands all by itself on one of the Kopet Dagh rocks. There's beautiful legand about this place and our guide will tell it during the excursion.
Overnight in motel.
Day 6. Thursday
Serdar - Western Karakum
Drive through Karakum Desert to Balishem desert village, partly along the ancient Uzboy River bed, and with visit of Ygdykala Parthian fortress remains on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Balishem settlement.
Day 7. Friday
Western Karakum - Darwaza
Drive through Karakum Desert to Darwaza
gas crater. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza.
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, and an overnight stay in tents near the crater is a unique experience, especially when accompanied by a barbeque dinner. Night in the tent camp.
Day 8. Saturday
Darwaza - Central Karakum
Drive through Karakum Desert to Murzachirla desert village, with visit of Damla village on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Murzachirla village.
Day 9. Sunday
Central Karakum - Gonur Depe
Drive through Karakum Desert to Gonur Depe archeological site. The capital of one of the great ancient civilizations, called Margush, Margiana, or the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex.
Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents just outside the archeological park area.
Day 10. Monday
Gonur Depe - Mary
Breakfast. Drive to Mary town.
Visit the History museum of Merv region.
Afternoon at leisure to visit town center, bazaar, history museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11. Tuesday
Mary - Ashgabat
Breakfast. Morning visit of Merw (UNESCO) historical Silk Road park. Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary.
Afternoon flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12. Wednesday
Transfer to airport for your flight home. End of the tour.
Group of people
Price per 1 person
Tour Price includes:
- Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
- All transfers and all other overland transport as per program
- Domestic airline tickets (economy seats, Boeing 717 aircraft)
- Accommodation based on twin-shared hotel room, including breakfast
- Accommodation in private trekking tents, including breakfast
- Fixed meals (lunch and/or dinner). excluding day 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 12
- English-speaking local guide-interpreter services
- Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the program
- Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd
Tour Price does not include:
- Turkmenistan tourist visa, from 105+2 USD per person, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
- Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
- Meals (lunches and dinners) at day 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 12
- Camera usage fees to historical parks and museums
- Souvenirs and other personal items
- All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”