Treasures of Turkmenistan

Treasures of Turkmenistan

Name of the tour:
Treasures of Turkmenistan
Itinerary duration: 9 days & 8 night

Day 1: Ashgabat
Upon arrival to Ashgabat international airport, you will meet with our tour guide. Enjoy spiritual start of the day with city tour: marvel around the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, the archeological site "Nisa" (The debris have slush brick rests of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall, treasury building.) The coverage of the remains of Parthian civilization, what combined the traditional art and culture with Hellenistic and Roman elements. Then be ready to visit Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak. Upon arrival check in Ashgabat. Night will be spend in a hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Kov Ata - Nokhur - Ashgabat
We will explore today Kow-Ata underground lake in the tour. That is interesting that the Turkmen name Kow-Ata means Father of caves. When you will first see this underground area it looks like a large auditorium. The overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The cave warm and gushing water is transparent, visible and emerald colored and bottom of the cave is coated with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites). Temperature of 33-37°C the water is a constant. (If you want you can swim in a lake). After you will discover the village itself fills a small depression valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range, and the houses cemented with mud have been formed by local boulders. The Nohkur people who are living in this far mountain village have difference between other Turkmen tribes. Departure back to Ashgabat. Spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 3: Ashgabat - Mary -Merv - Mary
Today you will embark in a thrilling day. After breakfast we will head straight to Mary. On route explore Seyitjemaleddin Mosque, Nedir sha fortress and Abiverd historical place. You will arrive to magical Mary. You will head on to  wonderful Merv ,and there you will Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles - "Kesk" - Gyz Kala, Small Kala- fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Overnight will be in a hotel.

Day 4: Mary - Turkmenabad - Koytendag
Today you will have a wonderful visiting Repetek biosphere reserve. You will discover round museum and territory of the reserve. After you are going to drive Turkmenabat. In course of the tour you will head on to Koytendag. En route You will explore the areas of Kaynar Baba lake. Overnight.

Day 5: Koytendag
You will have a wonderful morning drive along the Koytendag mountain gorge. The home of the highest mountains in Turkmenistan is Koytendag, the deepest lake, the big caves and the most magnificent natural waterfalls in the country. Koytendag Nature Reserve is the big geological research center, the proud of which is the stoned plateau with hundreds of dinosaur footprints.   After in tour you will visit "Forty Girls" Gorge, "Plateau of Dinosaurs". And then explore UmbarDere waterfall. Overnight.

Day 6: Koytendag - Turkmenabad - Ashgabat
Today we will transfer back to Turkmenabad early in morning after breakfast. En route on the way we will discover Astana Baba mausoleum. Then will departure to Turkmenabad airport  and fly to glittering Ashgabat. Night you will spend in a hotel.

Day 7: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench - Darvaza
In the morning you will check out of a hotel and transfer to airport for a regional flight to Dashoguz at 00:00-00:00 am. You will have a chance to explore the architectural monuments of Kone-Urgench, capital of Khorezm in X- XII centuries. Historical Parkincludes the mausoleums of Najm al-Din al-Kubra KhanumTyurabek, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, Il-Arslan, the highest minaret in Central Asia KutlykTimur. You are going to drive to a beautiful place to Darvaza - Gas Crater. This crater is a majestic burning crater, and it is situated  270 km to the north of Ashgabat. Night you will spend at the tent.

Day 8: Darvaza - Ashgabat
Rise and shine after breakfast departure to Ashgabat on the tour stopover in one of the villages Bahardok or Erbentto for full immersion in national life of Turkmen people. Sparkling Ashgabat is relatively young city, is the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan. the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat "white marbled city" there you will observe the biggest number of buildigs in the world made out of the white marble in 2013. Don't miss a chance to visit Ertogrul Gazy Mosque,  beautiful monument of Akhalteke horses, park of "Ylham" (Inspiration), "Altyn Asyr" trade market and "Gulustan" market (so called Russian bazaar).

Day 9: Flight
In the morning transfer to Ashgabat International airport.