After arrival and border formalities, we’ll drive to Mary. En route visit Ancient Merv. Due to its size and historical importance, Ancient Merv is one of the most significant sites in Turkmenistan. Ancient Merv consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history. We’ll see: Erk Kala (6c. BC) with its citadel, Gayur Kala (3d c. BC), Sultan Kala (8-11 c. AD), Abdullakhan Kala and Bairamalikhan Kala (15c. AD), Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar-the last ruler of a great Seljuk Empire (12 c. AD), Great Kala and Little Kyz Kala (6-7 c. AD), and the Mausoleum of Muhammed Ibn Zeid (12 c. AD).Dinner and overnight in Margush/Dayanch 3* hotel.
Day 2: Mary.
After early breakfast we drive northeast from Mary to Margush / Gonur Depe (40 km Off Road). Here first agricultural settlements appeared in the delta of Murgab river as back as 3 millennium BC. Fertile silt coming from mountains, abundance of water and moderate climate had created favourable 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. After arrival to the city visit Mary regional museum. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Mary-Serahs/Mashad border.
After breakfast drive to Serahs city. After border formalities see off.
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