TURKMENISTAN, PEARL OF THE SILK ROAD

  
Code TUR11D
Price £2,195 per person

Best time to go : April-June and August-October.

visit asia - tours to asia Known as an isolated country after gaining Independence from the Soviet Union, unexplored Turkmenistan is certainly a place to discover. Having played an important role on the Great Silk Road thanks to its convenient location, large medieval city of Merw was built & flourished in the 12th century before being razed by the Mongols. The Silk Road sites in Turkmenistan will help visitors visualize scenes of hundreds of thousands traders and their fully loaded camels travelling along this famous Road in ancient times.

ASHGABAT - NISSA ANCIENT CITY - MERW HISTORICAL PARK - DARWAZA GAS CRATER - KUNYA URGENCH - KOWATE UNDERGROUND LAKE - NOHUR TRIBAL VILLAGE - TURKMENBASHI - YANGIKALA CANYONS - CASPIAN SEA COAST.

Price includes : Visa authorisation, Private a/c chauffeur driven car, English speaking local guides, hotels with daily breakfast, tented accommodation in Darwaza, lunch & dinner where stated, internal flights, train journeys, admission fees, internal flights, train journeys, admission fees.
Price excludes : International flights, visa for Turkmenistan & Migration tax ( obtainable/payable on arrival at Ashgabat airport ), other meals, drinks, video & camera fees where applicable, tipping and any service not specified.

Day 1 Departure from Londo
Arrive in Ashgabat. Transfer to Yyldyz 5* hotel. Check-in and overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 3 ASHGABAT (B/-/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Full day city tour, including visits to Nissa (UNESCO SITE), a city founded in the 3rd century BC. After many years of excavations a large number of ustensils and household items have been collected. Other visits include National History Museum, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Earthquake Memorial, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque. Overnight at Yyldyz hotel.

Day 4 ASHGABAT/MARY/ASHGABAT (B/-/-)
Transfer to the Airport. Morning flight to Mary. Guided visits to Ancient Merv (UNESCO) which was claimed to be the largest city in the world in the 12th century. Mary town centre with its Russian orthodox Church and bustling bazaar. Evening flight back to Ashgabat, (ETD 1900h ETA 1940h) for overnight.

Day 5 ASHGABAT-DARWAZA (B/-/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Morning enjoy a stroll in the colourful Tolkuchka bazaar and a brief visit to the National Carpet Museum. Afternoon drive 4 hours north to the gas crater of Darwaza. This Door to Hell in the middle of the desert has been blazing for over 40 years and illuminates the night sky with a fiery glow. Camp BBQ dinner and overnight in tents.

Day 6 DARWAZA-DASHOGUZ/ASHGABAT (B/-/-)
Drive another four hours north towards the border with Uzbekistan, for a visit of Kunya Urgench (UNESCO) historical park. Almost two thousand years old, Kunya Urgench is a collection of preserved buildings of different eras and rulers. The 60 m minaret, built in the 11th century, is a holy place for Turkmen people. Take the evening flight back to Ashgabat (50 min). Overnight in Ashgabat.

Day 7 ASHGABAT - TURKMENBASHI by train (B/L/D) visit asia - tours to asia
Day trip to the surroundings of Ashgabat, visiting the impressive Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum, Geok Depe Memorial Mosque, Kowata underground lake and Nohur mountain village with its tribal cemetery, pilgrim site and silk weaving workshops. Return to Ashgabat and take a night train to Turkmenbashi. Dinner and overnight on train sharing a 4 berth compartment.

Day 8 TURKMENBASHI (B/-/-)
Early morning arrival in Turkmenbashi, transfer to Caspian Sea Town of Awaza. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at a 4* Resort.

Day 9 YANGIKALA CANYON (B/L/-) visit asia - tours to asia
Day trip to the Yangikala prehistorical canyon region (3.5 hours drive). Picnic lunch at spectacular viewpoint or at nearby Gozli Ata pilgrim site. Return to Turkmenbashi in the evening. Overnight at your Resort.

Day 10 TURKMENBASHI/ASHGABAT (B/-/-)
Transfer to Turkmenbashi Airport for return flight to Ashgabat. Rest of the day is at leisure in Ashgabat. Overnight at Yyldyz 5* hotel.

Day 11 DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel. In due time car transfer to airport for flight home.