ITINERARY: Ashgabat-Darvaza-Ashgabat- Mary – Ashgabat
1 Day: Ashgabat
Meet your local guide at the Ashgabat International Airport. Border formalities.
Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
2 Day: WHOLE DAY IN Ashgabat
Breakfast at the hotel, 9:30 Ashgabat city tour: Arch of Neutrality, Park of Independence, Wedding Palace, Ferris Wheel. After lunch, visit the Carpet Museum. Established in 1, it has the largest collection of Turkmen carpets, ranging from the medieval through to the 21th century, including over 1000 carpets originated in the 18th and 19th centuries. Dinner at the local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
3 Day: Ashgabat – Darvaza gas crater
During the first half of the day, visit the Museum of Fine Arts. You will be impressed by its huge collection of items of sculpture, paintings, graphics, carpets, tapestry, ceramic vessels and precious jewels made mainly by Turkmen, Russian and foreign artists.
After the lunch, drive through the Karakum desert to “Darvaza” Gas Crater. Visit a small nomadic village on the way to the main attraction and immerse into the traditional life style of Turkmen people.
Visit the gas deposit. Stay in a camp with tasty catering; the perfect way to enjoy this highlight. Observe the fantastic view of the crater at daylight and at night, feel the heat and listen to the wind and the sound that this giant oven creates. Traditional dinner near the crater. Overnight in a tent under the starry sky.
4 Day: Darwaza – Ashgabat
After the picnic style breakfast return to Ashgabat through the Karakum desert. The trip takes about 3,5 hours. Transfer to the hotel. Lunch at the local restaurant.
After lunch drive to Ertogrul Gazi mosque, Turkmenbashy ruhy mosque, the biggest mosque in Central Asia. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
5 Day: Oriental bazaar - Nisa
After breakfast at the hotel visit Oriental bazaar “Tolkuchka” - the biggest market place in Central Asia. One can find anything from camels and cars to antiques, carpets, and pottery! Walk the booths to witness the impeccable beauty of Turkmen handmade clothes and silver hand-made jewelry, purchase souvenirs.
In the second half of the day visit, travel to the village of Bagir to visit the ruins of Old Nisa (UNESCO site). Explore the remnants of one of the most important cities and the capital of the Parthian Empire, a major power between the III millennium BC - III millennium AD.
Return to Ashgabat. Overnight at the hotel.
6 Day: Ashgabat - Mary
Breakfast. Early morning drive to Mary city (350 km). Visit Ancient Merv. Guided tour: Gyz Gala and Oglan Gala, Complex of Askhabs, Gyaur Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, SoltanSanjar Mausoleum, IbnZeid Mausoleum. Lunch at local restaurant. After drive back to Ashgabat.
Dinner in Ashgabat. After transfer to International airport of Ashgabat.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.