Adventures in Turkmenistan

  • Tour duration: Days: 13 – Nights: 12
  • Category: Combined
  • difficulty level: Easy
  • Season: All year around

Requirements:

The style of clothing can be anything, including shorts. However, during excursions, usually including visits to religious and religious buildings, try not to offend the sight of pilgrims and mosque ministers, unnecessarily causing toilets and limit themselves to thin but spacious clothes, preferably clothes with sleeves, dresses / skirts below the knees.

Day Tour programm Services Notes
Day 1

Arrival in Ashgabat International airport. Transfer to hotel, accommodation at Grand Turkmen Hotel by check in time. Free time.
Later drive to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. After drive to see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, building of Constitution, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ferries Wheel, Ertogrul Gazy mosque (blue mosque in Ashgabat), Ashgabat 2017 Asian Games facilities.

Ashgabat:

Transport ;

Food ;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel

Day 2

BF at Hotel. In the morning drive to Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russian Empire Army. Also visit Gokdepe Historical Museum to learn the history of Gokdepe, understand the reason of Russian attacks, see the drawings of Russian-Turkmen battle, and see socio-historical development of Turkmen people.
After lunch visit Horse Farm to see a national proud of Turkmen people – Akhalteke horses.
Then drive to Kowata to see underground lake. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means “father of caves”. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You may swim in the lake).
Then drive to Nohur mountain village. There are mountain goats (umga and marhur), Urial mountain sheep, wolves, foxes, jackals, porcupines, and even snow jaguar. See this ancient way of life uniquely preserved and rarely seen.
Dinner at homestay. Overnight at homestay.

Ashgabat – Gokdepe – Kowata – Nohur mountain village:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at homestay

Day 3

BF at homestay. In the morning drive to Karakala. The Syunt-Khasardag nature reserve includes ecosystems of the Western Kopetdag mountains (dry subtropics) and neighboring plains.
Dinner on the site. Overnight in the camp.

Nohur – Karakala:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight in the camp

Day 4

BF at homestay. In the morning drive to Dehistan. Dehistan boats its picturesque towers of ancient settlements and 10-12-th century monuments as well as the most ancient mosque up the early Islamic period that stands on ancient entombment of Mashad. Then drive to Balkanabat.
Dinner in restaurant. Overnight at Nebitchi Hotel.

Каракала – Дехистан – Балканабат:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Nebitchi Hotel

Day 5

BF at Hotel. In the morning drive to Yangykala Canyons. One of the scenic natural objects of Turkmenistan – Yangikala canyons are located in 165 km to the north from Balkanabat city. The word expression “yangy kala” translates from Turkmen as “fire fortress”. Indeed, the sheer cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colors, fancily carved by winds and rains, are very similar to the stone castles from a fantasy. Explore the Canyons.
Dinner at site. Overnight in the camp.

Balkanabat – Yangykala Canyons:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight in the camp

Day 6

BF in the camp. In the morning drive to Paraw Bibi, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites.
Dinner at site. Overnight in the camp.

Yangykala Canyons – Paraw Bibi:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight in the camp

Day 7

BF in the camp. In the morning drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater via Ashgabat. The Crater is also called as “The Door to Hell”. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will stop at small nomad village.
Dinner at Gas Crater. Overnight in the camp.

Paraw Bibi – Darwaza Gas Crater:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight in the camp

Day 8

BF in the camp. In the morning drive to Ashgabat. Arrival to Ashgabat. Flight to Turkmenabat (50 min). Arrival and accommodation at Jeyhun hotel. Free time.

Dinner in restaurant. Overnight at Jeyhun hotel.

Darwaza – Ashgabat – Turkmenabat :

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Jeyhun hotel

Day 9

BF at Hotel. Morning drive to Koyten village on 4WD cars (420km). On the way, short stops at Astanababa Mausoleum, and Kerki district, which is famous with fish from Amudarya River. Arrival to Koyten.
Dinner in a local café.
Overnight at Koytendag rest center.

Turkmenabat – Koyten:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Koytendag rest center

Day 10

BF at Koytendag rest center. Morning drive to by 4WD cars up the Koytendag valley to visit the Dinosaur Plateau.
Lunch at sight. Drive to “Kyrk Gyz” Cave. Kyrk Gyz Cave means “Forty Girls’ Cave”. Drive to Umberdere waterfall.
Dinner in café. Overnight at Koytendag rest center.

Koyten:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Koytendag rest center

Day 11

BF in rest center. Morning drive to Turkmenabat. En route, we visit Kaynar-Baba Lake. Arrival to Turkmenabat. Dinner in restaurant. Overnight at Jeyhun Hotel.

Koyten – Turkmenabat:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Jeyhun hotel

Day 12

BF Hotel. Morning drive to Bayramali town to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusus Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.

Drive to Mary city. Evening flight to Ashgabat. Arrival to Ashgabat.

Dinner in restaurant. Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel.

Turkmenabat – Merv – Mary – Ashgabat:

Тransport ;

BF, Dinner;

Guide services.

Accommodation:

Overnight at Grand Turkmen Hotel

Day 13

BF at Hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat International airport.

Ashgabat:

Тransport ;

Food;

Guide services.

Tour programm
$1580 / Person

Included:

  • Letter of Invitation
  • Registration in Ashgabat city
  • Accommodation at TWIN/DBL rooms:
  • Grand Turkmen Hotel 3* BB – 2 nights in Ashgabat
  • Nebitchi Hotel 3* BB – 1 night
  • Jeyhun Hotel 3* BB – 2 nights
  • Koyten Rest Center 2* B – 2 nights
  • Homestay in Nohur – 1 night
  • Tent Stay – 4 nights
  • Transport services through the tour
  • Flight: Ashgabat–Turkmenabat; Mary – Ashgabat
  • Escort English speaking guide service
  • Entrance fee: Nisa, Museum, Merv, Horse farm, Kowata
  • Meals: BF, Dinner
  • 1,5 L water per person per day
  • NOTE: Hotels and tour itinerary can be changed upon your request.

Does not include:

  • International flights
  • Cost of Turkmen visa w/border fees
  • Travel Tax: $2 p/p per night at hotels
  • Payment for photo and video
  • Meals: Lunch
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
  • Services not shown in the program

Photo by TCA