Kunya-Urgench City Tour
Turkmenistan’s northern frontier may have been destined for forlorn anonymity had it not been for Kunya-Urgench, former capital of the Khorezm region of the Achaemenid Empire, whose archeological accomplishments have endured to this day. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical significance, preserved in such structures as the Kutlug Timur Minaret, Sayid Ahmed Mausoleum and Kyrk Molla Hill, Kunya-Urgench provides a rare glimpse into this medieval kingdom.
The Kunya-Urgench City Tour provides a great opportunity to explore this ancient town and necropolis, which stands as a vital and tangible piece of Turkmenistan’s history. This day tour includes pick-up and drop-off from nearby Dashoguz and a private guide to explain the history and significance of each site that you’ll encounter.
In the morning your driver and local guide will meet you at hotel reception in Dashoguz for a drive to Kunya-Urgench, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (120km, 1.5hrs). Arrive to Kunya-Urgench to begin exploration of the region:
- Visit the Tyurabek-Khanym Mausoleum (14th century), burial site of a Mongolian princess and the Sayid Ahmed Mausoleum (14th century), a leader of the Golden Horde.
- Discover the Kutlug Timur Minaret (11th-13th centuries), which at 62m (203ft) is the tallest minaret in Central Asia.
- Travel to the 12th-century Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum of Khorezmshakh.
- Explore Kyrk Molla Hill (Forty Mullahs Hill), a fortress covering three hectares that includes the famous Mamun Library (8th-9th centuries) and an ancient cemetery believed to hold present-day healing powers.
- Walk through the Fakhreddin Razi Mausoleum (a.k.a. mausoleum of Arslan II, 12th-13th centuries), one of the oldest, most unique structures in all of Central Asia.
- Drive to the Mausoleum of Najmaddin Kubra (12th century), the founder of the Sufi order Kubrawiya and a favorite pilgrimage site for visiting Muslims.
- View the Sultan Ali Mausoleum (16th century), a half-completed structure intended for a powerful Turkmen ruler but left unfinished due to ongoing war.
Drive back to Dashoguz for drop-off at the hotel. End of Kunya-Urgench City Tour.
Tour duration: approximately 6 hours