5 days in Turkmenistan tour
5 DAYS IN TURKMENISTAN TOUR
Destinations: Ashgabat – Mary – Darvaza – Dashoguz – Ashgabat
Transport: Private air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights
Accommodation: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guide
Tour starting point: Ashgabat
Ending point: Ashgabat
Ashgabat: Arrival in Ashgabat International airport. You will be met by our representatives and transferred to hotel. Free time.
Ashgabat: BF at Hotel. Morning drive to visit Nissa fortress. UNESCO declared this fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nisa is described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211 BC), and is reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. In the afternoon you will have an Ashgabat city tour. In 2013, Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat the “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of the white marble. During the city tour you will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferris Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities, the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Ashgabat – Mary – Merv – Ashgabat: BF at hotel. Morning drive to Mary. You also see ruins of Seyitjemalledin mosque in Anau on the way. The mosque was built in 1456, when Abu-ibn-Kasim Baber Bahadurkhan ruled in Khorasan (1446-1457). Construction of the mosque was financed by Bahadurkhan’s vizier, Muhammed Hudaidot, who also selected a site of construction–near the grave of his father, sheikh Jemaleddin, a native of Anau. The square central hall (with the sides of 10.5 meters) was crowned with a dome. In later periods, the Seyit-Jemaleddin mosque was partially reconstructed. By the nineteenth century, the subsidence of land had already damaged the building heavily, and during the 1948 Ashgabat earthquake it was destroyed completely. Now, only lower parts of the portal and some fragments of the walls are extant. On the way we also visit Abiwerd that was once an important trading town of North Khorasan. It was a key link on the Great Silk Road between Nisa and Merv, and also enjoyed ties in Nishapur, across Kopetdag Mountains to the south. Drive to Merv to explore the ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, that was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII) fortresses, Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum and Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum. After sightseeing transfer to Mary airport for the return flight to Ashgabat. Arrival in Ashgabat. Accommodation & overnight at a hotel.
Ashgabat – Darvaza – Ashgabat: BF at hotel. Free time. Afternoon we drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (3,5 h) translated by locals as “The Door to Hell”. The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas and while drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. In the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner at Gas Crater. After sightseeing drive back to Ashgabat. Accommodation & overnight at a hotel.
Departure: BF at Hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat International airport.
This tour is suited for all.
What to bring with you: comfortable shoes, sunscreen, cap for the sun and sun glasses, personal medications.
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