Turkmenistan may be unfamiliar to many people today, yet this land was once home to some of the most powerful and ancient civilizations on earth. History comes to life among the abandoned city labyrinth of the Parthian capital Nisa, the massive fortress walls of Merv, and the somber tombs of Kunya-Urgench that house the remains of once powerful rulers. Historical remnants await you at every turn in Turkmenistan, and its ruins are cloaked in an atmosphere of half-deserted, untouched calm that further adds to their mystique and charm.
The Ancient Cities of Turkmenistan Tour is an intriguing glimpse into the ancient and modern history of southwest Asia, a 6-day journey through its key historical sites that will educate, fascinate and fill you with a new appreciation of Turkmenistan’s heritage. 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.