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Splendour of Turkmenistan

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 5 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 4 people
Destination(s): Turkmenistan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 850 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1750 US Dollar (USD)

Indeed, of all parts of the ancient world where early civilizations developed, Central Asia remains the least known. Ancient Turkmenistan is where the most evidence for these early civilizations have been discovered-itself one of the least known parts of the world. Our short desert crossing will take us to the country's most fascinating active archaeological site, Gonur Depe. This 4,000 year-old Zoroastrian capital is mysteriously located in the heart of the Karakum desert and is Central Asia's sole entirely excavated city site, allowing the visitor to stroll through the countless alleyways, fire temples and shrines. Also we'll be visiting major cultural monuments throughout Turkmenistan.

Day 1, 05.06.09: Ashgabat arrival

Early morning arrival to Ashgabat. Transfer to hotel. City tour of Ashgabat. Visit National Museum of Turkmenistan.. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Mary

Morning visit to the famous Sunday Bazaar-Tolkuchka. The Bazaar in Ashgabat is by far Turkmenistan's No. 1 sight and a visit should not be missed. Most colorfully dressed this is where practically the entire country comes together to trade on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Basically anything and everything importance is traded within the 50 ha of open-air bazaar - from camels and sheep to amulets, antiques, carpets and jewelry. In its authenticity the buzzing Tolkuchka Bazaar easily rivals with the famed Kashgar Bazaar. After this unique visit drive to Mary, some 370 km form Ashgabat. Overnight in g/h.

Day 3: Margush

After early breakfast we drive northeast from Mary to Margush / Gonur Depe. Here first agricultural settlements appeared in the old delta of Murgab river as back as 3 millennium BC. Fertile silt coming from mountains, abundance of water and moderate climate had created favorable conditions for good crops and the progress of the ancient economy was continuing for several centuries. The American newspaper "Boston Glob" wrote that before we knew the four oldest centers of the world's civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China, and due to the fantastic results of the Margiana expedition it is quite possible to think that there was another, the fifth center. Picnic lunch. Return to Mary.

Day 4: Mary - Tahtabazar - Mary

After breakfast we drive to South of Turkmenistan to visit Ancient Cave Yekedeshik. According to some legends this cave was dug by the army of Alexander the Great. This cave is 40 km long, but you can visit first 1-2 km. After that part was blow by Bolsheviks. Overnight in hotel

Day 5: Ashgabat - Serakhs

In the morning we'll visit the old city of Merv. Visit the unique series of cities, not built on top of each other, as is so often the case, for instance at Damascus or Jerusalem, but constructed on adjacent virgin sites. The sites of the ancient town Erk-Kala (the fortress- citadel), Gyaur-Kala, Sultan-Kala, Abdulla-khan-Kala correspond to the different periods of Mervs' existence. The monuments we will tour and walk through are the Great and Little Kiz Kalas, the Kiz Bibi mausoleum, the magnificent Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the Palace and keshk in the Shahriar Ark or Royal Citadel, the mosque of Yusuf Hamdani, the Timurid iwans or Askhab, and the Mausoleum of Muhammad ibn Zeid. Then we will drive to city of Serakhs. Dinner and overnight in local g/h.

Day 6: Serakhs - Ashgabat

After breakfast we drive to visit the Mausoleum of Abu Fazl As Sarakhsi and Yarti Gumbez. As Sarkhsi was a Sufi Leader and was teacher of many great students. Lunch. Then drive to Ashgabat. Overnight in hotel.

Day 7: Ashgabat - Bakharden - Ashgabat

Today we will visit the Bakharden Underground lake Kow Ata and the ruins of Murche. The lake is an unusual natural site in the biggest cave of the Kopetdag Mountains, located about 107 km south-west of Ashgabat. The lake is located at a depth of 52 m from the entrance on a vertical line. The lake is 72m long and 30 m wide. The water has a constant temperature 33-37 C. Chemical analysis has shown that water contains a complex combination of chemical elements. En route we will see Central Mosque of Turkmenistan and Gokdepe Mosque. Overnight in hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Early morning transfer to Gaudan-Bajgiran border. After border formalities See Off

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Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price is in USD based on Triple room with B&B:
1 person - 1750 USD
2 people - 1250 USD per person
4 people - 850 USD per person

Price Includes:
- Letter of Invitation, Travel Pass, Registration
- Accommodation as mentioned above
- A/C Land Transport. In Margush we will use non A/C UAZ
- English Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fee to sites mentioned
- Meals: Lunch on Day 3, 6; Dinner on Day 5

Price Excludes:
- Tips
- Visa Fee
- Immigration card - 14 USD per person
- Camera Fee at sites
- 2 passport size color pictures for OVIR registration.

About This Supplier
Location: Turkmenistan
Joined InfoHub: Feb 2002
Client Request Served: 78

We began 9 years ago with the mission of introducing the unique culture, ancient civilizations and stunning natural beauty of Turkmenistan to visitors from all over the world. Over that time we have helped more than 15,000 travelers enjoy an experience that will forever remain in their heart. We have developed tour...

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