Tour code: DT318-05
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Season: All season
Conditions: Each member of group must have his own outfit, raincoat, medical and accident insurance
Size of the group: Optimal size is 2-8 persons
Accommodation (local star & standard): Double/Twin in hotels
Ashgabat: Ak Altyn Hotel 4* or Similar Hotel
Dashoguz: Uzboy Hotel 3* or Similar Hotel
Mary: Margush Hotel 3* or Yrsgal Hotel 3*
Travel itinerary: BGP Farab - Turkmenabat - Mary - Margush - Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya Urgench BGP
Day 1 (Thu): Arrival & Drive to Mary
Meeting at the border at 10 AM (Turkmenistan side of the border). Border passing formalities and if required visa obtain procedures. Drive to Mary (it is around 310 km and takes about 4 hours direct driving). Arrival & Accommodation. After some rest short SS of Mary city.
Day 2 (Fri): Full Day SS of Margush & Old Merv
Drive to visit Margush Country (Gongur Depe - capital of Margush) - Bronze Age Civilization Sites & Birthplace of Zorastrism (30th BC-10th BC) (it is around 95 km and takes 2 hours driving. 4WD is required).
After SS of Margush drive back to Mary. En route stop to have SS of Old Merv: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (6-7th cc.), Complex of Askhabs (8-14th cc.), Giaur Gala (4th c. BC), Buddist Complex (4-6th cc.), Beni Makhan Mosque - first Mosque build in Central Asia (7th c.), Erk Gala (6th c. BC), Soltan Gala (11th c.), Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (12th c.), Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (12th c.). After SS of Old Merv drive to Mary. Arrival and accommodation.
Day 3 (Sat): Drive to Ashgabat. SS of Ashgabat
Morning visit the Local Museum of History & Ethnography of Mary. After museum proceed to Ashgabat (it is around 380 km and takes 5 hours driving). En route stop to have short visits to the ruins of Kone Gala (IIV-XVI), Abiverd Medieval City (IIIBC-XIVAD) located near Kahka town and the ruins of Medieval Bagabat Town, Anew Mosque. Arrival & accommodation. After a short rest proceed with the SS of Ashgabat includes: New Park dedicated to Akhalteke horses - the pride of Turkmen, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazar, Monument of Lenin which was erected in 1927 and survived the earthquake of 1948, Ertogrul Ghazy Mosque.
Day 4 (Sun): Full Day in Ashgabat. Flight to Dashoguz
Full Day SS of Ashgabat includes: Ashgabat's famous Oriental Bazar - Jygyldyk (Tolkuchka in Russian - open on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday - best day to visit) where it is sold almost everything: camels (Sundays only), carpets (Sundays only), cars (Sundays only) and etc. where is possible to find plenty of souvenirs such as carpets, aladjas, handcrafts, felts, embroideries, jewelers (Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays only) and etc. It is also one of the best places to meet face-to-face with Turkmen culture and people.
After Bazar drive to the Hippodrome of Ashgabat to watch the Sunday Horse Race which is free to enter for all (races are held on Sundays from April till June & September till November. However, race time & date is subject to be changed by the State Association of "Turkmen Atlary") which gives a chance to see & familiarize with the best horses of Turkmenistan: Turkmen Horses - Akhalteke which thought to be the rootstock of Arab, Thoroughbred and etc in motion and "horse crazy" people rooting for their favorite horses without any betting, Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi which is biggest in Central Asia & Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy and his parents with his brothers, Old Nissa - The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings (Nissa is situated in 15 km to the west of Ashgabat & founded in the 3rd century B.C. Nissa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted for about 600 years and was the biggest competitor for the Rome Empire. Here there were the palace & temple buildings, the depositories & the treasury of the Parthian Kings.
During the Old Nissa excavations the monumental constructions are exposed - the temples (round & tower). Taking into consideration the great scientific-cultural meaning, the site of the ancient town is declared the historical-cultural preserve. Recently it was inscribed at the World Heritages Book by the UNESCO.), Health Path of Turkmenbashy built on the mountains, National Museum of History & Ethnography for extra entry cost paid directly (it is highly recommendable to visit that museum after an Old Nissa excursion), Monument of Independency & Ruhnama. Late evening transfer to the airport of Ashgabat to catch a flight to Dashoguz. Type of Aircraft Boeing 717-200. Flight T5-105. Departure at 21.50 pm & arrival at 22.50 pm (flight time & costs are subject to be change). Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Accommodation & rest.
Day 5 (Mon): SS of Kunya Urgench. Border Cross
Drive to Kunya Urgench - the capital of Khorezmshahs (III-XVI cc) It is around 110 km and takes about 1,5 hours driving). SS of the old city includes: Portal of Caravansaray (XI-XIV), Mamun Minaret (X-IX), Il Arslan Mausoleum (XII), Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum (XIII), Academy of Horezm (III-XIII), Kutlug Timur Minaret (XIV) - one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum, Mausoleums of Najmeddin Kubra (XIII) & Soltan Aly (XV), Local Museum of Koneurgench located in the building of XIX cc medresse. After SS drive to Koneurgench/Hojeyli Border Pass (~18 km & 30 min driving). Arrival & cross into Uzbekistan.
We hope you like the program and assure you that we are absolutely open to any suggestions to increase the range of our services for the complete satisfaction of our clients and are happy to meet your special requirements.
You can alter the duration of your tour and places of visits by adding one of the extensions. Our tour operator will work closely with you or your travel agent to carefully prepare an itinerary based on your stated interests.