Turkmenistan Explorer: Ashgabat, Mary & Turkmenbashi

Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $4,600
Interests
UNESCO
Destinations
Turkmenistan
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It is often said that Turkmenistan is the most mysterious and underrated of all the ‘stans’ that make-up the rarely-visited Central Asian region. With this action-packed tour, you’ll see the best of what this fascinating country has to offer: from the monuments and museums of the capital, Ashgabat, to the ruins of Merv and Mary - not forgetting the spectacular Mausoleums in Kunya-Urgench - once home to the biggest Muslim empire of the late 12th/early 13th century, this eight-day adventure of Turkmenistan will leave a lasting impression. After a final excursion to the stunning yet remote eastern city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea, you’ll return to Ashgabat yearning for more.

Highlights

  • Explore all the must-see monuments, museums and markets of Turkmenistan’s fascinating capital city, Ashgabat
  • Journey up to the ancient fortress of Old Nisa, situated in the foothills of the atmospheric Kopet-Dag Mountains
  • Tour the vast UNESCO World Heritage Site at Merv, containing some of the most important archaeological ruins in Central Asia
  • Spend the day in Kunya-Urgench, once the glorious capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire and home to the biggest Muslim empire of the late 12th/early 13th century

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Ashgabat

The morning of your first day in Turkmenistan will be spent transferring to your four-star hotel and meeting your friendly driver, who will be with you throughout this eight-day tour. Sightseeing starts in the later part of the morning with a visit to the famous Independence Monument and Neutrality Square. After lunch, there’s time to explore the rest of the fascinating city, including a trip to the popular Carpet Museum.

Day 2 Mary & Merv

Kick-off your second day in Turkmenistan with a trip to the impressive Old Nisa fortress, situated in the foothills of the atmospheric Kopet-Dag Mountains. The site is earliest of the Parthian Empire capitals and is spread over an area of 14 hectares. On the way back to Ashgabat, stop-off at Kipchak village to see the biggest mosque in Turkmenistan and the family mausoleum of the first President. Catch an afternoon flight to the historical city of Mary and check in to your three-star hotel.

Mary & Merv

Day 3 Mary & Merv

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Mary before journeying 16 miles out of town to Merv, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site home to some of the most important archaeological ruins in Central Asia. Merv played an important part in the development of the Silk Road, and your guide will take you around the 1200-hectare historical park that is spread across the area. After a full day’s sightseeing, there’s time to visit the local history museum in Mary which presents Museum a wide array of archaeological finds dating back to 3000 BC.

Day 4 Mary & Merv

Depart your hotel on the morning of this fourth day for the northeastern city of Gonur Depe, the former capital of the Margush country. The picturesque drive takes you past fields, through local villages and over the sparse Turkmenistan desert, eventually ending up at an important archaeological site, known to be a center of a Bronze Age civilization in the country. It’s then back to Mary and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Mary & Merv

Day 5 Dashoguz

Depart your hotel for a morning flight to Dashoguz and then make the short overland trip to Kunya-Urgench,a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the glorious capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire and home to the biggest Muslim empire of the late 12th/early 13th century. 

Day 6 Turkmenbashi

Today you’ll be heading to Turkmenbashi, a remote Turkmenistan city situated right on the stunning Caspian Sea. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your four-star hotel and have the rest of the evening to relax or explore the surrounding area.

Turkmenbashi

Day 7 Ashgabat

This penultimate day on your tour of Turkmenistan will be spent getting to know this quaint eastern city, as well neighboring Avaza. You’ll visit the coastal region and take a short cruise along the canal through Avaza. In the city of Turkmenbashi, there’s a chance to see the local bazaar, Russian Orthodox Church, visit Local Lore Museum, war memorial and the cemetery of the World War II Japanese prisoners. In the evening, catch a flight back to Ashgabat and check in to your hotel for your last night.

Day 8 Departure

Take one final leisurely breakfast at your hotel, for today you’ll be saying goodbye to Turkmenistan after more than a week of adventure. Check out and transfer to the international airport via private transportation. 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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