Welcome to Turkmenistan. Bordered by the Caspian Sea and a majority of land covered by the Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia is renowned for archaeological ruins including those at Nisa and Merv, major stops along the ancient trade route the Silk Road. The capital city, Ashgabat was rebuilt in Soviet-style in the mid-20th century and is filled with grand monuments honoring former president Saparmurat Niyazov.
Your journey begins with your arrival to Ashgabat Airport. One of our airport representatives will meet you and transfer you to the hotel where you will complete the check-in procedure. You can freshen up in your room and get ready for a half day tour of Ashgabat city. Following the tour, you will enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and return back to your hotel where you will stay overnight.
Day 2: Road trip to Mary City
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and complete the check-out procedure. Then get ready for a road trip to Mary City. The distance between Ashgabat and Mary city is 360 kms and it is going to be a 4 to 5 hours long drive. On the way you can enjoy your lunch. Upon arriving to Mary city, you will go for sightseeing. You will visit Ancient Mary Oasis which is one of the most ancient places in Central Asia. Following that, you will go to SoltanSanzhar Mausoleum, Small and Big Gyz-Kala, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum, Sardoba place, Erk-Kala and Gyaur-Kala. After completing your tour, you will enjoy your dinner at a local restaurant and go to your hotel. Upon reaching the hotel you will complete the check-in procedure and stay overnight at Mary city.
Day 03: Tour of Eastern bazaar "AltynAsyr" (Tolkuchka)
After enjoying an early breakfast at the hotel, complete the check-out procedures. You will then be transferred to Mary city airport to depart to Ashgabat. Upon arrival at Ashgabat airport you will be transferred to the hotel by our airport representative. You will complete your check-in procedures and enjoy your lunch. You will have some free time after lunch following which you will be taken for a tour of Eastern bazaar "AltynAsyr" (Tolkuchka). Itis the first largest market in Ashgabat and Turkmenistan, and the 5th in Central Asia, there are 2,155 stores. It was built in the shape of a carpet-like pattern of the Akhalvelayat, a vast territory of 154 hectares. After your tour you will enjoy your dinner and stay overnight at your hotel in Ashgabat city.
Day 04: Visit Kopetdag Mountains
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and get ready to visit cable car and Kopetdag mountains. You will then explore Old Nisaincluded which is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and on your way back you will visit the Mosque of TurkmenbashiRuhy which is the main mosque of Turkmenistan and the largest single domed mosque in the world. You will then proceed for lunch in one of the local restaurants following which you will go on aAshgabat city tour. The tour includes Wedding palace, Arch of Neutrality, Independence Park, Ferries Wheel, ErtogrulGazi Mosque. After the tour, you will enjoy your dinner in a local restaurant then return back to your hotel where you will relax for the day and stay overnight.
Day 05: Excursion to National Historical Museum and more
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and get ready to go for an excursion to National Historical Museum followed by a visit to Gokdepe horse farm. You will then stop for your lunch at a local restaurant following which you will drive to a natural underground lake named Kov-ata. You will then go to visit the biggest shopping mall in Ashgabat called Berkarar. After the tour you will enjoy your dinner and return to your hotel to relax and stay overnight.
Day 06: Half day sightseeing of Ashgabat city and more
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and complete the check-out procedure. You will then be leaving for a half day sightseeing of Ashgabat city. You will drive through Karakum Desert to Darvaza gas center. On the route you will also visit a nomadic village named Bokurdok where you will see nomadic life of Turkmenistan and enjoy your lunch with Turkmen family. From there you will continue your trip to Darvaza. Darvaza is a burning gas crater in Karakum desert. You will go for sight seeing and walk around the spark of Karakum. Upon completing the tour you will enjoy a traditional dinner in Darvaza and stay overnight in tents.
Day 07: Departure
On the seventh day you will enjoy your open-air breakfast at Darvaza- the gas crater. You will then drive to Koneurgenchwhich is 265 kms from Darvaza and will take around 4 hours. At Koneurgench you will visit the historic sites like Kunya Urgench, TurabekHanum Mausoleum, Minaret of KutlugTimur, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum and FahraddinRazi Mausoleum. Following the tour, you can enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant. You will then drive to Dahsoguz to catch a flight back to Ashgabat. Upon reaching Ashgabat you will be transferred to the International airport to depart back home after completing your amazing vacation. Keep your travel documents handy.