Merv is Turkmenistan’s oldest city, a once lively metropolis that saw Omar Khayyam, Genghis Khan and Tamerlane’s forces pass through its gates. Today Ancient Merv is a sprawling territory filled with the ruins of fortresses, mausoleums and mosques, and the robust city walls once guarded so heavily can now be climbed at ease by visitors from far and wide who are drawn to the history that permeates every stone of this ancient site.
A tour of Merv will plunge you into the vortex of Turkmenistan’s vast and varied history, a history that extends beyond country borders into all of Central Asia. Check out our complete list of tours that pass through Ancient Merv.
1 Day | All year round | Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Kyz Kala, Askhab Mausoleum, Erk Kala, Gyaur Kala, etc.
Ancient Merv, which once held a place of prominence along the Great Silk Road and was one of the largest cities in the world in the 12th-13th centuries, is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with layers of enduring city walls, fortresses, mausoleums and ancient dwellings. The Merv City Tour will unearth these stories as you travel to this hard-to-access site with a private driver and professional local guide, who will relate detailed historical information, popular legends and ongoing discoveries with you as you tour the area together.
2 Days | All year round | Merv, Margush, Gonur Depe
The Merv, Margush and Gonur Depe Tour is two days of archaeological exploration at Merv and Gonur Depe in Margush. This tour is a great option for history buffs and amateur explorers alike, and is unique in that it begins both days from the city of Mary, from which you can quickly reach both excavation sites with a private guide and a driver experienced on the roads of outback Turkmenistan.
Our Discover Turkmenistan Tour will acquaint you with some of Turkmenistan’s key historical sites at Old Nisa, Merv and Mary without compromising on adequate time spent in Ashgabat to see its eccentric landmarks firsthand. As you visit one of the least-visited countries on earth, you’ll have accommodation in hotels each night and be accompanied on your city tours by a local guide eager to answer your questions along the way.
Turkmenistan was once host to some of the greatest destinations along the Great Silk Road, and on the Silk Road in Turkmenistan Tour you’ll retrace the steps of countless merchants and explorers who passed through Turkmenistan’s barren lands in days of old. Explore Ashgabat to experience firsthand how the city has developed through the centuries; wander among the ruins of Nisa, capital of the mighty Parthian Empire; and allow the somber stillness of Merv’s expansive ruins to transport your imagination to its days of Silk Road splendor.
5 Days | All year around | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Darvaza Gas Crater, Kunya-Urgench
The Best of Turkmenistan Tour delivers precisely what it promises, an adventure-packed trek into Turkmenistan’s most acclaimed and must-see locales. Perfect for travelers passing through on a transit visa or tourists who wish to combine Turkmenistan with onward travels into wider Central Asia, it combines trips to Mary, Merv, Ashgabat, Darvaza and Kunya-Urgench with personalized tours of each destination and well-organized transport for an unforgettable, 5-day experience of this desert land.
6 Days | All year round | Ashgabat, Merv, Kunya Urgench, Darvaza Gas Crater
The Ancient Cities of Turkmenistan Tour is an intriguing glimpse into the ancient and modern history of this nation, a 6-day journey through its key historical sites that will educate and fascinate visitors. Roam the ancient cities of Merv, Old Nisa and Kunya-Urgench; visit a nomadic village where traditions have been passed down for centuries; see the development of the nation in futuristic Ashgabat; and camp out at the famed Darvaza Gas Crater, surrounded by the same desert sands that have weathered the rise and fall of civilizations for millennia.
7 Days | All year around | Ashgabat, Darvaza, Kunya Urgench, Merv
The Turkmenistan Highlights Tour is a carefully crafted trip based on the favorite experiences and recommended routes of past travelers, with guided excursions to Ashgabat, Merv, Kunya-Urgench and Darwaza Gas Crater in the Karakum Desert. This tour also includes special stops at the Anau and Abiverd ruins, historically significant cities visited by very few tourists, and extra free time in the capital city for the rare opportunity to explore Turkmenistan independently.
8 Days | All year round | Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Gonur Tepe, Darvaza, Turkmenbashi, Yangykala
Explore Turkmenistan Tour is the ultimate escapade across this peculiar nation, an adventurous blend of history, culture, nature and beachside resort. This travel package includes tours of Turkmenistan’s most popular destinations – Ashgabat, Merv and Darvaza – plus a trip out west to swim in the Caspian Sea, wander through Yangykala Canyon, visit an underground lake, experience small-town Turkmenistan and drive through the rugged Kopet Dag Mountains.
On the 11-Day Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan Tour you’ll traverse the boundless desert by train and car as you travel to historical Nissa, Merv, Kunya-Urgench and Mary, whose spellbinding remains invite exploration and discovery. Meanwhile Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand offer dazzling medieval architecture, narrow Old City alleyways and Uzbek culture at its finest. Begin and end your trip in capital cities Ashgabat and Tashkent, whose lush parks, fine restaurants and clean, shady streets will refresh your body and soul.
Join us on the 12-Day Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan Tour to travel by plane, train, car and foot through boundless deserts outposts and the glories of well-preserved masterpieces in Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. Roam the enduring bazaars of Ashgabat and Tashkent in search of tasty fruits and handcrafted souvenirs. Stand mesmerized by the forlorn remains of Merv and Kunya-Urgench and the fiery depths of Darvaza Gas Crater. Yet the greatest treasure to be discovered in these lands is the enduring, heartfelt hospitality of its citizens.