A Week of Highlights
This 7-day tour is for people with a general interest in Turkmenistan, wanting to explore as many aspects of the country as possible in a week’s time.
Day 1: Ashgabat
Full day city tour that concentrates on the visits of Nissa (UNESCO) and the National History Museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat
Transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Visit Merw (UNESCO) historical park and Mary town center with its Russian-orthodox Church and bustling bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3: Ashgabat - Darwaza
Morning at leisure in Ashgabat (visit a bazaar or the National Carpet Museum). Afternoon drive 4 hours north to the gas crater of Darwaza. Camp BBQ dinner and overnight in yurt camp.
Day 4: Darwaza - Dashoguz - Ashgabat
Drive another four hours north towards the border with Uzbekistan, for a visit of Kunya Urgench (UNESCO) historical park. Take the evening flight back to Ashgabat (50 min.) and transfer to the city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5: Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi
Day trip in the surroundings of Ashgabat, with visits of the Turkmenbashi Mosque and Mausoleum, Geok Depe Memorial Mosque, Kowata underground lake and Nohur mountain village with its tribal cemetery, pilgrim site and silk weaving traditions. Return to Ashgabat and take night train to Turkmenbashi. Dinner and overnight in sleeper compartment in train.
Day 6: Turkmenbashi - Yangikala - Turkmenbashi
Arrival in Turkmenbashi by train, followed by day trip to the Yangikala prehistorical canyon region, which we reach after some 3.5 hours’ drive. Picnic lunch at spectacular viewpoint or at nearby Gozli Ata pilgrim site. Return to Turkmenbashi in the evening hours for overnight in hotel in the town or at the Caspian Sea coast.
Day 7: Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat
Transfer to Turkmenbashi Airport for return flight to Ashgabat. Optional morning/afternoon/evening flight. Rest day at leisure in Turkmenbashi or in Ashgabat. Transfer to city. Overnight in hotel.
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