Tour code: DT315-05 Duration: 5 days / 4 nights Season: Any Conditions: Each member of group must have his own outfit, raincoat, medical and accident insurance Size of the group: Any Accommodation (local star & standard): Double/Twin in hotels
Ashgabat: Ak Altyn Hotel 4* or Similar Hotel
Mary: Margush Hotel 3* or Yrsgal Hotel 3*
Day 1 (Thu): Arrival & Drive to Mary
Meeting at the border Farab/Alat at 10AM (Turkmenistan side of the border). Border passing formalities. Drive to
Mary via Turkmenabat. (it is around 300km and takes about 4,5 hours direct driving). Arrival & Accommodation. After short rest walking tour around hotel: city bazaar and central square. *Passports with 2 colored photos will be required be for registration at the CTB in Turkmenabat on the way to Mary.
Day 2 (Fri): Half Day SS of Old Merv. Drive to Ashgabat
Drive to Bayramaly (it is around 35 km and takes 40min driving) to have SS of Old Merv includes: Gyz Gala & Oglan Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Buddist Complex (IV-VI), Beni Makhan Mosque - first Mosque build in Central Asia (VII), Erk Gala (VI BC), Soltan Gala (XI), Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum (XII), Ibn Zeid Mausoleum (XII). After SS of Old Merv drive to Mary to visit a Local Museum of History & Ethnography located in XIX c. built 2 stored merchant house. After museum lunch break and then proceed to Ashgabat (it is around 370 km and takes 5 hours direct driving). En route stop to visit the Ruins of Abiverd Medival Town (IVMIL-XVIIAD). Arrival accommodation.
Day 3 (Sat): Full Day in Ashgabat
Full day SS of Ashgabat includes: Park dedicated to Akhalteke Horses - the pride of Turkmen, Arch of Neutrality, Presidential Square, Gulistan Bazar (known as "Russian Bazaar" 1950s since it was built as then many Russian used to go there for shopping. Despite it is very rare to see them there its old public name is common to hear), Monument of Lenin which was erected in 1927 and survived the earthquake of 1948, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque known in public as Turkish Mosque,
Turkmenbashynyn Ruhy Metjidi which is biggest mosque in Central Asia & Mausoleum Complex of the tombs of Turkmenbashy and his parents with his brothers,
Old Nissa - The Sanctuary of Parhian Kings(Nissa is situated in 15 km to the west of Ashgabat & founded in the III century B.C. Nissa was the capital of Parthian Empire which lasted for about 600 years and was the biggest competitor for the Rome Empire. Here there were the palace & temple buildings, the depositories & the treasury of the Parthian Kings. During the Old Nissa excavations the monumental constructions are exposed-the temples (round & tower). Taking into consideration the great scientific-cultural meaning, the site of the ancient town is declared the historical-cultural preserve. It was inscribed at the World Heritages Book by the UNESCO), Walking tour to via Park of Independency with stops to visit Monument of Independency & Ruhnama. After SS transfer to hotel & rest.
Day 4 (Sun): Full Day in Ashgabat
Full day SS of Ashgabat includes: Ashgabat's famous Oriental Bazar - Jygyldyk (Tolkuchka in Russian - open on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday - best day to visit) where it is sold almost everything: camels (Sundays only), carpets (Sundays only), cars (Sundays only) and etc. where is possible to find plenty of souvenirs such as carpets, aladjas, handcrafts, felts, embroideries, jewelers (Thursdays, Saturdays & Sundays only) and etc. It is also one of the best places to meet face-to-face with Turkmen culture and people. After Bazar drive to the Hippodrome of Ashgabat to watch the Sunday Horse Race which is free to enter for all (races are held on Sundays from April till June & September till November. However, race time & date is subject to be changed by the State Association of "Turkmen Atlary") which gives a chance to see & familiarize with the best horses of Turkmenistan: Turkmen Horses - Akhalteke which thought to be the rootstock of Arab, Thoroughbred and etc in motion and "horse crazy" people rooting for their favorite horses without any betting. After Hippodrome & lunch break proceed with SS includes:
National Museum of History & Ethnography for extra entry fee paid on spot (closed on Tuesdays), Cable Way lifted Mountain Observing Center(closed on Mondays), located close to Ashgabat on Kopetdag Mountains. After SS transfer to hotel & rest.
Day 5 (Mon): Flight To Dashoguz. Cross into Uzbekistan
Morning transfer to the airport of Ashgabat to catch a flight to Dashoguz. Type of Aircraft Boeing 717-200. Flight T5-101. Departure at 06.50 & arrival at 07.50 (flight time & costs are subject to be change).
Upon arrival Drive to Koneurgench-the capital of Khorezmshahs (III-XVI cc) (It is around 120 km and takes about 1,5 hours direct driving). SS of the old city includes: Portal of Caravansaray (XI-XIV), Mamun Minaret (X-IX),
Il Arslan Mausoleum (XII),
Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum (XIII), Academy of Horezm (III-XIII),
Kutlug Timur Minaret (XIV) - one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia,
Turabek Hanum Mausoleum (XIV). After SS proceed back to Dashoguz to border pass "Dashoguz-Shavat" (It is around 130 km and takes about 2 hours direct driving) to cross in to Uzbekistan. Approximately time of being at the "Red Line" (Real Border) is 15.00 PM.
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