Travel in Turkmenistan: Tour 6


Travel in Turkmenistan: Tour 6, Turkmenistan.

Travel in Turkmenistan: Tour 6
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Ashgabat - Turkmenabad - Astana baba - Kerki village - Darwaza - Ashgabat

Day 1: Ashgabat
Meet the driver at the airport and transfer to Ashgabat city. We will visit "Nisa" (UNESCO World Heritage since 2007). It is 18 km to the west from Ashgabat and supervise the remnants of Nisa, the capital of ancient Parthia. In the III century BC New Nisa was the capital of Parthia and the Old Nisa fortress was an imposing castle at that time. The next destination is Ertugrul Gazi mosque. It is ornamented with four snow-white minarets, and is alike in entrance to the well-known Blue Mosque, placed in Istanbul. The outside and inside design of the Azadi Mosque is made in old-time Islamic and Byzantine style and raids with its magnitude and modification. Afterwards we will continue your way to the Gypjak, Ruhy mosque. Its means "the mosque of Turkmenbashi spirituality" or "the mosque of spirit of Turkmenbashi". The mosque is located in Gypjak - the Turkmenbashi native village. The mosque is surrounded by 4 minarets. The height of the mosque is 55 m, and that of the minarets is 91 m to symbolize the year 1991 - when Turkmenistan got independence. Night is in a hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Turkmenabad
In the morning we will travel medieval mosque Seyit Jemaletdin, built in the XV century. But the building was nearly demolished by the Ashgabat earthquake and now it is a renovated version. The mosque is etched with an inscription saying that this building was placed under Abul Kasim Babur, Temurid prince who was reigning in Khorasan (1447- 1457). The main portal arch is decked with figures of dragons. We will visit Abiverd, the ancient settlement of Turkmenistan along with Kunya Urgench, Nissa, Merv, Dakhistan and so on. Abiverd was an unassailable fortress shielding the townspeople from the bouts of nomads. The fortress had the only gate from the southwest. Inside, in the center, next to the square there was a mosque placed in the early 15th century. Later on we will visit Merv as one of the most ancient territories of Central Asia that presented irrigation system amid the first. It controlled to the creation of one of the largest cities of ancient world as Merv (Margush, Margiana, Mary). The storytellers widely used epithets naming it "a soul of a king, a mother of Khurasan cities, and, the city that held the Universe. Omar Khayyam, As Samani, Imamaddin Isphakhani and other great philosophers of the Middle Ages lived there. You will transferred to Turkmenabad. Night is in a hotel.

Day 3: Turkmenabad - Astana baba - Kerki village - Turkmenabad
In the morning we will travel to Repetek biospheric reserve with its museum and Astana mausoleum. The mausoleum is a part of the commemorative complex containing of a mosque and a tomb built in various periods. The mausoleum of Astana baba is a 11th - 12th-century monument of architecture. It is the place of "zyuarat" as an unvarying ritual of adoring of holy men perceived by visiting pilgrims. This place is considered sacred and healing. Night is in a hotel.

Day 4: Turkmenabad - Ashgabat - Darwaza
Today is domestic airport flight to Ashgabat. We will drive to Darwaza or "The Gates of Hell." The Gates of Hell crater was created in 1971 when a Soviet drilling gear unintentionally stamped into a huge underground natural gas cavern, instigating the ground to failure and the whole drilling rig to fall in. Having pierced a pocket of gas, toxic fumes began leaking at an alarming rate. Nowadays it became a tourist site, and very popular. Night is in a tent.

Day 5: Darwaza - Ashgabat
We will drive back to Ashgabat. On the route we will visit water and mud crater, and Yerbent village. Then the city tour in Ashgabat. Rest is in a hotel.

Day 6: Flight
Transfer to the airport.

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

Price per person:
02 pax - 780 $
04 pax - 675 $
06 pax - 565 $
08 pax - 510 $
10 pax - 475 $
Single - 60 $

Early check-in -30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $

Half board - 50 $
Full board - 100 $

Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Turkmenabad - Motel
Darwaza - Tents
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Domestic flights Turkmenabad- Ashgabat

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.