Tour cost depends on the number of tourists.
Meeting tourists on “Dashoguz” border and we will drive 90kms to Kohne Urganch. Lunch is at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to the Mausoleum of Fahraddeen Razi, built in the 12th – 13th centuries. A small, almost square erection crowned with the 12-sided marquee, related to the scientist Fahraddeen Razi. We then proceed to the blue-tiled tent design Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum erected between 1172 and 1200, a mausoleum presenting an impressive semicubic structure covered with a high conic cupola. Turabeg Khanum Mausoleum is another mausoleum of the Princess Turabeg, daughter of the Golden Horde’s Khan and the wife of the Governor of Gurganj (Kohne Urganch) Kutlugh Temur. We will then visit the 14th and 16th century mausoleums of Najm ad Deen Kubra and Sultan Ali. Our last historically important structure for today is Kutlug Temur Minaret from 1330, which is one of the tallest in Central Asia at 60 metres in height. Afterwards we travel on to Dashoghuz and check into the hotel. There is time for a short rest before an included dinner at the hotel. Accommodation: Dashoghuz Hotel.
Dashoghuz – Darwaza – Ashgabat.Today we set off on a long 600km drive to Ashgabat. En route we stop at Fortess Yzmykshir, the famous Darwaza Crater, otherwise known as the ‘Gateway to Hell.’ This natural gas sinkhole was discovered by Soviet geologists in 1971 while drilling for natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 metres. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided that the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped that the fire would burn all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. We will be provided with a lunch box as there are no other facilities to partake of a meal. After visiting the gas crater we continue the drive to Ashgabat, arriving in the evening. Accommodation: Ak Altyn Hotel.
Ashgabat. Our day of sightseeing will commence with the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque, which is one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. Our visit includes the family mausoleum of the first president of Turkmenistan. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. We will then visit the Monument of Independence, the National Museum of Turkmenistan. This museum houses about 500,000 artefacts dedicated to the Bronze Age, Antiquity and middle age history of Turkmenistan. Other sections of the museum include nature, ethnography, military and jewellery sections. We then drive 14kms to Old Nisa, which is the Parthian capital inhabited from the 3rd to the 19th century. Relics and findings have revealed a grandiose architectural complex consisting of ceremonial hall, treasure house and a few residences. Dinner will be at a local restaurant, which will be followed by a night city tour showing the illuminated monuments of Ashgabat. Accommodation: Ak Altyn Hotel.
Ashgabat – Mary. Breakfast at the hotel before an early morning transfer to the airport for our short flight to Mary. Upon arrival we will begin our sightseeing in and around Mary, visiting ancient Merv, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Gavur Kala, Erk Kala and Kirk kiz Kala. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. We will then return to Mary and check into the hotel where we will have some leisure time to rest or explore. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel. Accommodation: Mary Hotel.
Mary – Turkmenabat – Bukhara, Uzbekistan This morning after breakfast we will have a 260km drive to the Turkmen / Uzbek border via Turkmenabat. We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Turkmenabat and then continue our journey to the border- Turkmenistan border point.