Discover Turkmenistan Tour 8

Discover Turkmenistan: Tour 8, Turkmenistan tours 

Discover Turkmenistan: Tour 8
Destination: Turkmenistan
Duration: 7 days
Places to visit: Ashgabat - Merv - Mary - Talkhatan Baba - Yekedeshik Caves - Margiana - Margush - Ashgabat

Day 1: Ashgabat  
On arrival you will meet the local guide at the Ashgabat International Airport and transfer to a hotel. In the afternoon you will visit the horse-farm for seeing the pride of the Turkmen people - Akhal Teke horses. You will be shown horse show program and can see the racks of horses. Return to Ashgabat, night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat
In the morning we will visit "Old Nisa" (The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings - UNESCO site) and, continue with "Gypjak" Mosque and Mausoleumof the late President of Turkmenistan. The next destination is visiting the State Museum of History. Here you will learn more about settlements Nisa, Merv and Gonurdepe, collection of vintage Turkmen carpets, relic examples of national clothing, jewelries, and antique weapons. The 9 halls display figurines of Athens, Eros, silver gilded griffin, horn-shaped ivory vessels-rhytons of the Parthian era, gold jewelries, medallions-stamps from Margiana and Buddhist artifacts. See fossilized piece of wood of the Paleozoic period, aged 270,000,000, dinosaurs' footprints, an 820-kg meteorite fallen in Kunya Urgench in 1998 and a lot more. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 3: Ashgabat - Merv - Mary
Today we will have a tour to the East of Turkmenistan, to Mary region. Here we will visit an Old Merv (Historical Park under UNESCO protection) - Merv was situated at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and rapidly became one of the largest cities of the ancient world. You will have the city tour and visit Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. We will return back to city Mary. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 4: Mary - Talkhatan Baba - Yekedeshik Caves - Mary
After breakfast we will travel to Talkahatan Baba Mosque. It was appeared in 1095. See the mosque landscapes some striking Seljuk adorned brickwork. We will walk to Yekedeshik Caves and visit Tagtabazar. It is the Ekedeshik cave settlement in the sandstone hills north of the town. "Ekedeshik" means "single entrance". The place is captivating, with more than 40 genuine rooms, on two levels. Here you will visit smaller cave complexes as Bashdeshik ("Five Entrances"). Afterwards is return to Mary city. Rest is in a hotel

Day 5: Mary - Margiana (Margush) - Mary
In the morning we will visit the 5th center of civilization. In past times it was an important center for human reimbursement long before Achaemenian times. In Bronze Age civilization there was Margush, meaning "lowland", or by the Greek name of Margiana. It has been slowly uncovered since the early 1970s by Professor Viktor Sarianidi, who crowns the Margiana Archaeological Expedition. The Bronze Age sites are to be found at or outside the northern edge of the present-day oasis, in land, which is now, called desert. The ruins of the Bronze Age settlements are preserved beneath the desert soils. The Margiana sites seem to have had close relationship at Bactria, in present-day northern Afghanistan. Sarianidi contends that the Bactria, Margiana complex was a main center of ancient civilization, and has gambled that Margiana may even have been a birthplace of Zoroastrianism. Transfer to a hotel.

Day 6: Mary - Ashgabat
On this tour we will travel to Ashgabat and stop at Annau, the remains of the 15th century Seyit Jamal ad Din Mosque, Abiward or Abi ward, was an olden Sassanid city in modern-day Turkmenistan. Archaeological diggings at the ancient city of Abiward have been made in the last century to about 8 km west of the Kahka station in an area of 12,000 m2. The central tell is 60 feet high and 700 feet round. Then we will visit Russian Bazaar. Then we will have a city tour. Transfer to a hotel for rest.

Day 7: Flight
Night transfer to the Ashgabat International Airport.

02 pax - Sedan
04-08 pax - Minibus
10 pax - Bus

Price per person:
02 pax - 875 $
04 pax - 755 $
06 pax - 615 $
08 pax - 545 $
10 pax - 500 $
Single - 130 $

Early check-in - 35 $
Single early check-in - 50 $ 

Half board - 65 $
Full board - 125 $

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Mary - "Merv" Hotel 3*
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Single rooms             
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments

Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5×6) to be presented at the points of entry.