Travelers to Turkmenistan will not want to miss the treasure trove of ruins scattered in its southeastern corner. Gonur Depe, a Turkmen phrase meaning Gray Hill, is an active archaeological site of the ancient capital of Margush. Attracting tourists from all over the world with its newly unearthed secrets, Gonur Depe has become one of the most popular destinations in Turkmenistan. Nearby Merv once evoked awe among countless Silk Road travelers, while today its stratified layers of earthen remains attest to the five different eras of civilizations that once made their home in this desert outpost.
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.