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.
one Hour Before Flight Time
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan check-point ‘Farap’, complete border formalities, cross the neutral territory (800m), be met by Turkmen partners, drive to Mary (4 hours). Visit museum and bazaar. Overnight Mary.
Day 2: Mary – Gonur – Mary Drive to Gonur, a bronze age site dating from the 3rd century BC. It is deep in the desert and 100 kms from Mary. Return to Mary and visit the History Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
Mary – Gonur – Mary Drive to Gonur, a bronze age site dating from the 3rd century BC. It is deep in the desert and 100 kms from Mary. Return to Mary and visit the History Museum. Overnight at the hotel.
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 cent castles ‘Keshk’. Drive to Ashgabat, 350 km (optional flight). On the route discover Abiverd site remains. (It is also possible to fly to Ashgabat from Mary. You could then visit the remains of the medieval mosque in Anau, 12 kms from Ashgabat).
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.
First flight to Dashouz. Continue drive to Kunya Urgench. 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. Return drive to Dashouz. Transfer to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan check point. Continue to Khiva, about 2.5 hours.
Visa Note: Your Turkmen visa can be issued at the land border. You will need 2 passport photos, a visa support letter and US$70 cash, To cross the land border to Uzbekistan, you must have an Uzbek visa already in your passport.