7 days 6 nights
English, Espanol, Francais, Italian, Japanese, Portugal, Russian, Vietnamese
This 7-day tour takes you on an incredible journey through Turkmenistan, a country known for its rich history and stunning landscapes. On Day 1, you will explore the beautiful capital city of Ashgabat, visiting parks, monuments, and impressive mosques. You will also visit the Nissa fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Ruhy Mosque, the largest in Central Asia.You will visit the State Museum of Turkmenistan, where you can admire ancient artifacts and a fascinating collection of Turkmen carpets and jewelry. Afterwards, you will drive to Mary city, stopping at the ruins of Seyit Jamal-ad-Din Mosque and the ancient city of Abiward along the way.
The adventure continues as you venture through the Karakum desert to reach Darwaza. On your way, you will visit a nomadic village and experience the traditional lifestyle of Turkmen people. The highlight of the day is a visit to the famous gas crater, known as the “Door to Hell.” You will spend the night in a tent under the starry sky, enjoying the mesmerizing view.
You will also visit a horse farm to admire the world-famous Akhal-Teke horses and enjoy a traditional tea party and horse show. The day ends with a city tour of Ashgabat to see the illuminated monuments.
Welcome to Turkmenistan! Your adventure begins as your guide picks you up from the airport and escorts you to Ashgabat, a city known for its breathtaking white marble architecture. Marvel at the stunning parks, monuments, and iconic buildings that have earned Ashgabat the title of "Most-White Marble City in the World." Next, delve into the rich history of Turkmenistan with a visit to the ancient Nisa fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the centuries-old secrets held within its walls, once a sanctuary for Parthian Kings. Later, immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of the grand Ruhy Mosque (Gypjak), the largest mosque in Central Asia and the final resting place of the late President of Turkmenistan. After an eventful day, retire to comfortable accommodations for a well-deserved rest.
Embark on a journey through time as you visit the State Museum of Turkmenistan. Explore its impressive collection of ancient artifacts, including treasures unearthed from the renowned archaeological sites of Nisa, Merv, and Gonurdepe. Marvel at the vintage Turkmen carpets, exquisite national clothing, intricate jewelry, and antique weapons that showcase the country's rich heritage. Don't miss the fascinating exhibits featuring dinosaur footprints, meteorites, and other geological wonders. Continuing your expedition, travel to Mary city, making two captivating stops along the way. Admire the ruins of Seyit Jamal-ad-Din Mosque in Annau, dating back to the 15th century, and explore the ancient Sassanid city of Abiward, a testament to Turkmenistan's enduring history. You'll spend the night in comfortable accommodations in Mary.
After a delicious breakfast, get ready to uncover the splendor of Ancient Merv, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and a crucial hub along the Silk Road for over two millennia. Wander through the vast archaeological park, spanning 1200 hectares, and witness the remnants of the "wandering city." Marvel at the exquisite Seljuk period brickwork and architectural details adorning the magnificent 12th-century mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd. Next, explore the Merv Museum, a treasure trove of ethnographic and archaeological wonders. Delve into Turkmenistan's cultural tapestry as you admire the vast collection of jewelry, carpets, pottery, and more. Be captivated by the intricate craftsmanship of household items discovered in Margiana, rivaling those found in the National Museum in Ashgabat. In the evening, return to Ashgabat for a relaxing overnight stay.
Prepare for an unforgettable adventure as you venture into the Karakum desert towards Darwaza. As you drive, make a stop at a small nomadic village, allowing you to immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle of the Turkmen people and gain a deeper understanding of their customs and traditions. The highlight of the day awaits as you visit the mesmerizing gas deposit known as the "Door to Hell." Witness the incredible sight of the blazing crater, both in daylight and under the starry night sky. As you listen to the wind and feel the heat, be awestruck by the natural spectacle created by this giant oven. Relish the unique experience of spending the night in a comfortable tent, gazing up at the twinkling stars, surrounded by the tranquility of the desert. Your journey through the wonders of Turkmenistan has been filled with history, natural beauty, and cultural immersion. I hope you have enjoyed every moment, creating memories to last a lifetime.
After enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will embark on a drive to the North province of Turkmenistan, where you will explore the architectural monuments of Old Urgench, the former capital of Khorezm during the 10th to 12th centuries. Discover the Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, Tyurabek Khanum, Il-Arslan, and Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey. Marvel at the impressive Kutlyg Timur, the tallest minaret in Central Asia. Upon arriving in Dashoguz, you will have a city tour, exploring the local highlights. Later, you will transfer to the airport for a local flight back to Ashgabat, scheduled for 20:10/21:00. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in a hotel upon arrival.
Your tour of Ashgabat begins with a visit to the Tolkuchka Eastern bazaar. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and discover the beauty of Turkmen carpets, national silver jewelry, and unique souvenirs. Next, you will be taken to a horse farm to experience the pride of the Turkmen people - the legendary Akhal-Teke horses. Witness a short horse show program and indulge in a traditional tea party while admiring these magnificent creatures. Return to Ashgabat, where in the evening, you will embark on a city tour to witness the illuminations of the city's monuments. Enjoy an overnight stay in a hotel.
After a restful sleep, it will be time to bid farewell to Turkmenistan. In the morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure