A Flying Visit to Ancient Turkmenistan

Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.
Interests
UNESCO, Heritage
Destinations
Turkmenistan
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The four-day trip through Turkmenistan takes you to all the must-see sites of this historically significant and culturally rich Central Asian country. After visiting the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site at Kunya-Urgench, the former capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire, you’ll head on to the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, where you’ll have a full day of sightseeing. There’s also time to see the archaeological jewel in Turkmenistan’s crown, Mary, as well as visit the 1,200-hectare UNESCO historical park at nearby Merv. You’ll fly back to Ashgabat after four action-packed days exploring this mysterious and fascinating country.

Highlights

  • Explore the ancient ruins at the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kunya-Urgench, the former capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire
  • Visit bazaars, monuments and mountain forts in and around the fascinating capital of Ashgabat
  • Fly to Mary, the archaeological jewel in Turkmenistan’s crown, visiting the 1,200-hectare UNESCO historical park at nearby Merv

Day-to-Day

Day 1 Kunya-Urgench

This action-packed four-day tour of Turkmenistan kicks off in the border town of Dashoguz, where you’ll meet your friendly guide before hitting the road to Kunya-Urgench, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for being the former capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire. You’ll have ample time to explore the ancient mausoleums and stunning architecture of the city, with your knowledgeable guide taking you to all the most worthwhile spots. Return to Dashoguz and catch an evening flight to Ashgabat, which is where you’ll be spending your first night in a modern hotel.

Day 2 Ashgabat

Start the day with a trip to the popular Bazaar of Tolkuchka (open Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday), which sells everything from camels to intricately-handcrafted jewellery. After the market, it’s on to the stunning Old Nisa fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the foothills of the nearby mountains. The afternoon will be spent back in the capital, with sightseeing trips to the Park of Independence, Neutrality Square and the National Museum of History and Ethnography, which is home to more than 300,000 objects from ancient archaeological sites of Turkmenistan. Head back to your modern Ashgabat hotel for a night’s rest.

Day 3 Mary-Ashgabat

This third day is dedicated to one of the most historically-important cities in Turkmenistan: Mary, and the nearby historical park at Merv. Catch an early morning flight to Dashoguz and make the 19-mile overland trip onwards. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the dazzling mausoleums, ancient Islamic monuments and stunning architecture for which this region is so famous. As well as the remnants of the city of Merv, you’ll visit the ancient forts of Big and Little Kyz-Kalas, the mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammad ibn-Zayd, and finally the local History Museum in Mary. Catch an evening flight back to Ashgabat and transfer back to your hotel in the capital.

Day 4 Departure

Day four marks the end of what has been a short, yet action-packed tour of Turkmenistan. After a leisurely buffet breakfast, check out of your modern hotel and head to the airport via private transportation. From there, catch your onwards flight to your next destination of choice.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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