Ancient Merv is one of Turkmenistan’s finest prizes, a dusty, forgotten treasure that stands in stark contrast to the immaculate and futuristic aura of nearby capital Ashgabat. The city of Merv once held a place of prominence along the Great Silk Road and was one of the largest cities in the world during its zenith in the 12th-13th centuries. Today it’s marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and sits replete with buried stories of its past grandeur among the fortresses, mausoleums and city walls.
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. This package also includes pick-up and drop-off in nearby Mary and transportation in a comfortable vehicle.
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel in Mary to begin your city tour of Merv. After driving to ancient Merv (40km, 40min), you’ll explore the following:
After completing the sightseeing tour of Old Merv, return to Mary to visit the Mary History Museum. Housed in a marble hall, the museum has six main exhibition rooms holding artifacts from ancient and modern history.
Tour duration: approximately 5 hours