Early spring expedition to Turkmenistan
Travel early spring to visit Nowruz Holiday, History, Culture, Nature in Turkmenistan
March 19 Day 1 airport- Ashgabat CAR
A.M Meet at airport. Sightseeing in Ashgabat, visiting the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, Nisa UNESCO fortress, Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque in Kipchak. Return in Ashgabat. Check in hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight at hotel
March 20 Day 2 Ashgabat – Mary/FLY
Drive Gonur- Mary, 100 km +100 km 4 WD
A.M flight to Mary. Arrive. Drive to Gonur Depe archeological excavations site. Arrive and visit the archeological excavations.
Gonur Depe (also known as Margush or Margiana Bronze Age archeological complex). Sightseeing at the place. Visit the remains of the Temples of Water, Fire, Sacrifices, Public squares for religious ceremonies, Royal Palace, Necropolis.
Return drive to Mary. Visit on the route: Geubekly caravanserai and Signal Tower remains.
Arrive in Mary. Overnight at hotel.
March 21 Day 3 Mary – Merv – Mary, CAR
A.M visit the celebration of Nowruz holiday in Mary (Spring Festivities)
Drive to Merv. Cross Karakum desert (Eastern part) on the way. Arrive in Merv UNESCO History Park. Sightseeing: Alexandria Margiana (Erk Kala), Antiochia Margiana (Gyaur Kala) remains, Sultan Kala, Sultan Ahmad Sanjar mausoleum, Yusuf Hamadany shrine, Mohammed ibn Zaid mausoleum, Gyz Kala castles. Overnight
March 22 Day 4 Mary- Ashgabat, 350 km CAR
09h00 Drive to Ashgabat. Visits on the way: Abiverd Silk Road town remains and Anau mosque and fortress. Arrive in Ashgabat in the late afternoon. Check in hotel. Overnight
March 23 Day 5 Ashgabat – Nohur, 175 km 4 WD
09h00 Drive to Geok Depe. Visit Geok Depe mosque and XIX fortress remains. Visit Akhal Teke horse farm. Drive to Kov Ata cave. Arrive and visit Kov Ata cave and swim in the underground lake. Drive to Nohur village in Kopet Dag mountains. Sightseeing in the village. Stay for overnight at local home
(*other option, drive to Serdar town, 125 km and stay for overnight at Chinar** hotel)
March 24 Day 6 Nohur – Turkmenbashy – Awaza, 435 km 4 WD
Sightseeing in the mountains. Return on the road and drive to Turkmenbashy.
Change transport for drive to Awaza Caspian Sea resort. Stay at hotel. Free program at Caspian Sea. Overnight.
March 25 Day 7 Awaza – Yangy Kala – Turkmenbashy, 350 km4 WD
09h00 Drive to Yangy Kala (The southeastern bordering region of Gara Bogaz Gol bay, spectacular view of the former seabed, and millions years’ work of natural forces to form the canyons in its unusual shapes and variety of colors). Arrive and sightseeing the Yangy Kala canyon. Visit Gozli Ata mausoleum. Drive to Turkmenbashy. Arrive and check in Turkmenbashy hotel. Overnight
March 26 Day 8 Turkmenbashy – Ashgabat FLY,
drive to Darvaza, 257 km, 4 WD
10h30 am Fly to Ashgabat. 11h30 arrive. Meet at airport
P.M Drive to Darvaza. Stop for photos in the desert and village. Visit gas craters on the way. Then leave the road and arrive at Darvaza fiery gas crater. See the crater before sunset and at night. Overnight in tent or in yurta/ as per choice
(*if client would like to return in Ashgabat for overnight at hotel, it is possible)
March 27 Day 9 Darvaza- Ashgabat 4 WD
A.M Drive to Ashgabat. Visit Tolkuchka bazaar before the town.
P.M arrive and check in hotel. Time at leisure.
After sunset – night drive in Ashgabat to see the town in lights and panoramic photo. Overnight at hotel
March 28 Day 10 Ashgabat- airport
Transfer to airport as per flight schedule.
Including the services:
*Bottled water en route - complimentary