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Turkmenistan Classic Tour

TM02: 9 Days Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Yangikala - Turkmenbashi - Dashoguz - Darvaza - Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Hotel: 4-star hotels and featured yurt, also be open to your own choice

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Day 1: Arrival in Ashgabat, Airport pick-up
Welcome to Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan. We will wait for you at the airport and then escort you to check in the hotel at downtown. Then, you could spend the rest of the day as you like. Ashgabat, popularly known as The City of White Marble aka Garden City, holds the world's highest density of white marble buildings and highest number of fountain pools in public space. After a good rest, you could go for a walk around. The city looks amazing and surreal when lit up by neon lights.

Accommodation: Sport Hotel (4 stars)

Day 2: Ashgabat highlights
After breakfast, the guide will escort you to visit Nissa. It was an ancient settlement founded by the Parthians in the third century BC. With remains including mausoleums and shrines, many inscribed documents, Hellenistic art works, ivory rhytons, the archeological site was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007. Then explore the history and culture of Turkmenistan via the exhibits displayed at National History Museum, observe the world's tallest indoor ferris wheel at Alem Cultural and Entertainment Center, and ascend the Wedding Palace Viewpoint to enjoy a sweeping view of the city's skyline.

Next, we will take a stroll through the Independence Park and watch the Neutrality Arch. The 75 meters (246 feet) high arch in the shape of a tripod was built to celebrate the country's success to gain the official position of neutrality from UN. Last we will tour the Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque in the heart of the city. It is one of most beautiful mosques in Turkmenistan which strikes visitors with its rich interior decorations. At the end of the day, send you back to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sport Hotel (4 stars)

Day 3: Fly to Turkmenbashi, Visit Yangikala prehistorical canyon
Today take the an-hour flight to Turkmenbashi with the guide. Upon arrival, take a car for 3.5 hours to Yangykala prehistorical canyon region. First shaped by sea, later by rain and wind, Yangykala Canyon with bands of red, pink, and yellow rocks on its cliff is the most spectacular natural wonder in Turkmenistan. Enjoy your picnic lunch at spectacular viewpoint or nearby Gozli Ata pilgrim site. At dusk, drive back to Turkmenbashi and check in a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Yelken Yacht Club Hotel (4 stars)

Day 4: Turkmenbashi city tour, Fly to Dashoguz
This morning, we are going to explore the city center of Turkmenbashi, hang out at the local bazaar, pay a visit to the landmark train station and cross other architectural legacy such as Palace of Culture, and Eternal Flame. In the afternoon we will fly to the city of Dashoguz in an hour and stay overnight at the local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Dashoguz Hotel (4 stars)

Day 5: Explore Kunya-Urgench Historical Park, Drive to Darvaza
Drive to Kunya-Urgench Historical Park after breakfast. Kunya-Urgench was one of the most prosperous trade centers along the Silk Road. A series of monuments dating from the 11th to the 16th century show its outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence has reached other Central Asia regions like Iran and Mogul Empire of India. Later we will continue the tour to visit the Gates of Hell – an ever burning gas crater of Darwaza, enjoy a BBQ dinner and spend overnight at the camp near it.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Yurt Camp

Day 6: Drive to Ashgabat and have a short visit
Today we will drive 4 hours back to Ashgabat and admire the stunning desert landscape on route. After arrival, you could take a short break at your hotel first. Then we will tour the Russian Bazaar – the oldest and largest roofed market in the country, appreciate exquisite Turkmen carpets collected in National Carpet Museum, and visit Halk Hakydasy Memorial Complex to listen to the story of victims and heroes died in the wars and earthquake.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sport Hotel (4 stars)

Day 7: Drive to Mary, Half day trip in Mary
Take a 4 hour's ride to Mary and visit Anau mosque ruins and Abiverd Silk Road Town remains on the way. Ancient Merv, the famous Silk Road oasis was claimed the world's largest city in the 12th century before it was destroyed by a Mongol horde. After arrival, we will visit History Museum of Merv Region, exploring the precious exhibits and learning about the glorious past of the ancient city. Then, send you to the local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Mary Hotel (4 stars)

Day 8: Visit Ancient Merv Historical Park, Fly to Ashgabat
Today we will go on discovering the charm of the ancient multicultural metropolitan. We will tour the Ancient Merv Historical Park and discover the remains of mausoleum, shrines, galleries, towers, citadels and fortifications at the national archeological site. Then tour the town center of Mary, including its red-brick Russian Orthodox Church and a bustling bazaar. After that, the guide will accompany you to fly back to the capital Ashgabat and stay one night there.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sport Hotel (4 stars)

Day 9: Departure from Ashgabat, Airport see-off
Here comes the end of this Turkmenistan private tour. We will send you to the airport according to your flight schedule. Thanks for booking the tour. Wish you a pleasant journey home!
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This trip can be tailored to match your dates and interests!
Tour Prices

2-3 travelers4-5 travelers
USD2969 USD2672USD2589 USD2330
  • Prices are per person based on double occupancy.
  • The prices in red reflect 10% discount.
What's Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels/camp.
  • Economy class airfares of Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi - Dashoguz, Mary - Ashgabat.
  • Service of English-speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Transfers in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver.
  • Entrance fees for mentioned sights visited.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Turkmenistan.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Turkmenistan visa fee.
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