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11 day tour to Turkmenistan

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Tour itinerary: Ashgabat – Yangisuw – Gozli Ata – Serdar – Balishem – Darwaza – Murze – Gonur Depe- Mary- Ashgabat
Season: all the year around
Days: 11Nights: 10
Price: by request
Tour description:

A prolonged tour to Turkmenistan will show you this mysterious country with a wider explore. 

Day 1
Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Awaza

Flight to Ashgabat.

Arrival in Ashgabat in the morning.

After passport / visa / migration formalities meet the driver and guide at the meeting zone.

Transfer to the hotel. Early check in. Short time to rest after the flight.

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Start Ashgabat city tour with visiting:

  • Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Independence Park with Monument of Independence (it's a 118m column that consider the highest building in the country),

  • - Earthquake memorial, Ferris Wheel;

  • - Neutrality Arch - unique composition that  rotates slowly after the sun;

  • 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 ;

  • - Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum is considered as the biggest in Central Asia (10 thousands of people). There are beautiful garden and fountains near the mosque. 

Transfer to the local airport 

Evening flight to  to Turkmenbashi

Arrival in Turkmenbashi.

Transfer to Awaza resort complex.

Resting time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Awaza - Yangisuw

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Morning at leisure.

Transfer to Yangisuw canyons. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Explore the area of Yangisuw. 

Set up the camp. Enjoy a camp dinner and overnight in tent. 

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Day 3
Yangisuw - Yangikala - Gozli - Ata

Camp- style breakfast.

Transfer through Yangikala canyons en-route enjoying beautiful views.

Have a picnic lunch on the way.

Continue to Gozli Ata pilgrim house. Explore the pilgrim site. Overnight in guesthouse.

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way,

Dinner in a camp style.

Day 4
Gozli - Ata - Balkanabad - Serdar

Camp- style breakfast.

Transfer to Balkanabad city for a light sightseeing.

Continue to Parau Bibi shrine and visit honored pilgrim shrine. 

Transfer to Serdar town. Dinner and overnight in guesthouse. 

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Day 5
Serdar - Balishem

Breakfast.

Transfer throught Karakum desert to Balishem village en route visiting Uzboy riverbed and Ygdykala Parthian fortress remains on the way. Overnight in camp tent.

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Day 6
Balishem - Darwaza

Camp- style breakfast.

Transfer Darwaza gaz crater via 2 small craters mud and water. 

Continue to Darwaza crater and change from the asphalt road to the Karakum desert. 

In 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate - Darwaza. The views are impressive, especially in sunset and night when the mild sunlight and burning crater evoke incredible and ambiguous feelings. 

BBQ dinner and overnight stay in yurt.

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Day 7
Darwaza - Murze

Camp – style breakfast.

Transfer to Murze village via Damla, en-route viewing the nature and local life.

Overnight in the camp.

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Day 8
Murze - Gonur Depe

Camp – style breakfast.

Drive through the Karakum Desert to Gonur Depe archeological site. Have an excursion there. Overnight in camp tent near the Gonur Depe.

Meals: Picnic lunch on the way, Dinner camp style.

Overnight.

Day 9
Gonur Tepe - Mary

Camp – style breakfast.

Transfer to Mary for sightseeing tour  on arrival, visiting:

  • - Russian Orthodox Church;

  • - Juma Mosque;

  • - Central bazaar;

Resting time in the evening.

Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10
Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Transfer to Merv, en route visit to the Ancient Merv (UNESCO). 

Sightseeing in  historical park visiting:

  • - Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum;

  • - Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum;

  • - Medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries);

  • - History museum of Merv region;

Transfer to Mary Airport.

Evening  flight to Ashgabat  

Arrival in Ashgabat.

Transfer to the hotel.

Resting time in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Ashgabat

Breakfast at the hotel. 

Transfer to the airport.

Morning departure flight.

Accommodation: 

City

Standard

Comfort

Ashgabat

Ak Altyn

Grand Turkmen

Awaza

 

Seyrana

Yangisuw

Camping

Camping

Gozli Ata

Guesthouse

Guesthouse

Balishem

Tent

Tent 

Darwaza

Yurt/tent

Yurt/tent

Murze, Gonur Tepe Tent Tent
Mary Mary
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 in double / twin sharing rooms;

- All entrance fees to the monuments and museums as specified in the program;

- Full transportation service and all transfers on vehicles with a/c

- Guide services;

- Visa invitation letters for Turkmenistan;

- Still water all tour time (about 1.5 l per person per day);

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international and domestic flights;

- Visa fee;

- Turkmenistan Migration cards ($12)

- Fees for the use of photo and video cameras at the monuments;

- Meals (lunches and dinners).

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