Travel around Turkmenistan: Tour 8
Duration: 6 days
Places to visit: Ashgabat - Kow-Ata - Nokhur - Balkanabat- Yangykala - Gozli-Ata - Turkmenbashy - Awaza - Ashgabat - Darwaza - Kune Urgench - Shawat border
Day 1: Ashgabat
On arrival you will be transferred to the capital of Turkmenistan. In course of the tour you will be able to see the parks and squares of the capital, Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, the archeological site "Old Nisa", which is going to impress you by its mud brick remains of fortifications and palaces, temples, ceremony hall, treasury building. Moreover you will learn that this city used to be the capital of Parthian civilization. Here was used combination of the traditional art and Hellenistic and Roman elements. Russian bazaar is the next destination for exploring. Night is in the hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Kow-Ata - Nokhur - Balkanabat
Today you will start out travel to the underground lake - Kow-Ata. The name of this incredible sight can be translated as the Father of caves. Inside of it you will be met with the view that resemble magnificent auditorium. Its length is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. At the bottom of it you will see lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites) due to which the color of the water is emerald. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. After it you will head on to other sight of the tour that is known as the Nokhur (120km - 2 /3 hours). You will find this interesting destination tour to which are very popular in the in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range. The houses of the village were made by using the cement and mud. The streets are especially narrow while the main one is rather wide. Nohkuri people are quite different to other Turkmen tribes. While living in the mountainous border area between Turkmenistan and Iran this village is the largest one with population of maybe two thousand people. Drive to Balkanabat for overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Balkanabat - Yangykala - Gozli-Ata - Turkmenbashy - Awaza
In course of the tour you will travel to Yangykala. You will be impressed to know how the name of it is perfectly fit for this canyon because "yangikala" can be translated as "fire fortresses". And the cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colors that were created by winds and rains will remind you the castles from cartoons. The most breathtaking view of this place will open to you during sunset when everything here is painted in a red-hot color. In the evening you will visit "Gozli Ata" pilgrimage place then to Turkmenbashy. During the route you will have a stop to enjoy tourist zone Awaza. Rest on the shore of the Caspian Sea. Night is in a hotel.
Day 4: Awaza - Ashgabat
You will have a plenty of time to enjoy free time on the shore of the Caspian Sea. At the second part of the day you drive to Ashgabat where you will have evening city tour. Night is in the hotel.
Day 5: Ashgabat - Darwaza
The day will start with morning drive to Gypjak that is known as the biggest mosque in the central Asia. During the way you will have an opportunity to enjoy the exclusion in the Horse Farm where you will see the famous pride of Turkmen people. Then you will head on to the famous sight in tour to Turkmenistan the Darwaza gas crater. That will mesmerize you with its mystical beauty. On the way we will visit the village Erbent where can be acquainted with life of the Turkmen people. Night is in the tent.
Day 6: Darwaza - Kune Urgench - Shawat border
Today you will visit architectural monuments of Old Urgench that used to be the Khorezm capital at X-XII centuries. In course of the tour you will have an excursion in the Mausoleum of Najm al-Din al-Kubra, TyurabekKhanum, Il-Arslan, Tekesh Ibn Hadzhibey, the highest minaret in Central Asia KutlygTimur. Transfer to Dashoguz\ Shawat border. End of the tour.
Price per person:
02 pax - 800 $
04 pax - 695 $
06 pax - 565 $
08 pax - 500 $
10 pax - 465 $
Single - 120 $
Early check-in - 30 $
Single early check-in - 45 $
Half board - 60 $
Full board - 120 $
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Balkanabat - "Sport" Hotel 3*
Avaza - "Hazina" Hotel 5*
Darwaza - Tent
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Service does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments
Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5×6) to be presented at the points of entry.