Here are some sample tours of Turkmenistan, land of desert wilderness, the ancient oasis town of Merv, the largest bazaar in Central Asia, and burning gas craters. Of course we can combine elements of all the tours to create a special program just for you.
For Turkmenistan visa please send a clear copy of passport with high resolution and digital photo similar as in your passport. LOI takes 20-30 days to process. It may be granted or refused. If refused no re-application is advised as the result may be the same. So, when you plan you arrival and departure from Ashgabat or to Ashgabat please consider this issue and be sure you have pre-arranged LOI for a visa.
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Meeting at the border check point Dashoguz. (We can arrange transport from Khiva in Uzbekistan to this check point, about 2.5 hours by car). Formalities. Drive to Kunya Urgench in Turkmenistan. Visit Kunya Urgench historical site (Mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla. Drive back to Dashoguz then fly to Ashgabat (Boeing 717, 50 min flight). Arrival and check into hotel.
Sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, the archaeological site ‘Old Nisa’ from the Parthian period, the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi and the Carpet Museum.
Early morning flight to Mary followed by city tour and visit to the museum. In the afternoon drive to Merv, one of the most ancient cities on the Silk Road. Explore the historical sites including Sultan Kala, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zayd mausoleum, remains of 6th-7th C castles ‘Keshk’. Drive back to Mary.
(About 4 hours) Complete formalities and border crossing. Continue to Bukhara (We can arrange transport from the Uzbek border to Bukhara).