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All Turkmenistan. From Bronze to Golden Age

All Turkmenistan. From Bronze to Golden Age

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All Turkmenistan. From Bronze to Golden Age

Country: Turkmenistan
Type of tour: cultural
Season: April - October
Duration: 15 days
The itinerary: Ashgabad - Turkmenabad - Kugitang Mountain - Mari - Ashgabad - Moon Mountains - Balkanabad - Yangikala - Turkmenbashi - Avaza resort - Ashgabad - Tashauz - Kunya-Urgench - Ashgabad

        Amazing historical and cultural tour will take you to the Bronze Age to the sources of origin of one of the world"s civilizations Margiana and through ancient and medieval times to the present - the golden age of Turkmenistan. You will see the most interesting places of Turkmenistan from the unique plateau of Dinosaurs in Koytendag mountains in the east to the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west and from the lunar mountains of Girkaniya and ruins of Dehistan on the border with Iran in the south to the World Heritage Sites in Kunya Urgench in the north. You will learn not only the famous historical monuments, but also the unique nature of Turkmenistan.

BRIEF PROGRAM OF THE TOUR

Day 1 Arrival in Ashgabad. Rest. Sightseeing tour around the city.
Day 2 Continue the excursions.
Day 3 Flight to Turkmenabad. Moving to Kugitang Mountains.
Day 4 Full day for walking on Kugitangu.
Day 5 Moving to Mari through sand and saxaul woods of Karakum desert.
Day 6 Full day of excursions in old Merv.
Day 7 Moving to Ashgabat.
Day 8 Moving to Moon Mountains. Night in mountain settlement Karakala near the Iranian border.
Day 9 Moving to Balkanabad.
Day 10 Moving to the country of canyons – Yangikala.
Day 11 Moving to city-port Turkmenbashi on the coast of Caspian Sea. Resort Avaza.
Day 12 Rest and swimming in Caspian Sea. There is a flight to Ashkhabad in the evening.
Day 13 Moving to Tashauz. There is a stop on a gas crater of Darvaza on the way.
Day 14 Excursion in Kunya Urgench. There is a flight to Ashkhabad in the evening.
Day 15 Departure home.
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Day 1 Arrival in Ashgabad. Rest. After lunch - a sightseeing tour around the city. The national Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, the Independence monument, the Memorial of earthquake of 1948, the Mosque of Ertogrul Gazi.
Day 2 Continue the excursions. A well-known Sunday market, where you can buy everything – from carpets and jewels to camels. Ancient Nisa (III century BC) – the residence of Parthian kings, this monument is protected by UNESCO and the ruins of Annau mosque.
Day 3 Flight to Turkmenabad (the former Chardjou) – a small city on the bank of Amu Darya near to the Uzbek border. Moving to Kugitang Mountains (240 km, 6 hours). There is stop for excursion of Astana Baba mausoleum (XII century) on the way.
Day 4 Full day for walking on Kugitangu: a sacred grotto of Kirk – Kiz, the plateau of dinosaurs (more than 400 prints of huge paws of dinosaurs), canyons and falls, the hot lake Kainar – Bobo (Gainar –Baba).
Day 5 Moving to Mari (360 km, 8 hours) through sand and saxaul woods of Karakum desert.
Day 6 Full day of excursions in old Merv (a huge complex of ancient fortresses and the mausoleums, since III century BC, which is protected by UNESCO) and Margush (huge city Gonur Depe V century BC) is the center of ancient Zoroastrian Margiana – the powerful antique state: a fortress Gyaur-Gala (Alexandria-Antiohiya), the mausoleums of Sultan Sandjara and Mohammed ibn Zade, tombs of Guifari and Bureida, the ruins of a medieval fortress Keshk.
Day 7 Moving to Ashgabat (350 km, 4 hours).You will visit the ruins of the medieval city - Abiverd on the way.
Day 8 Moving to Moon Mountains (settlement of Karakala of km 320/ 10 hour). Today is a long and sated day. In the morning we will leave Ashkhabad, visit the greatest mosque in Turkmenistan - Turkmenbashi-Ruhi and the magnificent mausoleum of Turkmenbashi, the well-known Baharden cave with hot underground lake Kov-Ata, the exotic settlement Nohur in mountains Kopetdag. You will spend the night in mountain settlement Karakala near the Iranian border.
Day 9 Moving to Balkanabad (350 km/10 hours), through fantastic «Moon Mountains », the exotic forgotten settlement Madau in sand of Kara Kum, the ruins of ancient Dehistan – a known medieval city on the Caravan track to Iran, the mausoleum of Mashad (X – XI century).
Day 10 Moving to the country of canyons – Yangikala (200 km, 4 hours). Fantastic multi-colored mountains at the bottom of the former gulf of Caspian Sea - Karabagazgol, stone «eggs of dinosaurs» in canyons of Kamil-ata. You will spend the night in the guest house for pilgrims of a holy place Gazli-ata.
Day 11 Moving to city-port Turkmenbashi on the coast of Caspian Sea through Kara Kum desert (240 km, 4 hours). You will spend the the night in the international resort Avaza, walking at night Avaza with sound-to-light fountains and laser show.
Day 12 Rest and swimming in Caspian Sea. There is a flight to Ashkhabad in the evening.
Day 13 Moving to Tashauz (500 km, 6 hours). There is a stop on a gas crater of Darvaza on the way. A fantastic show of «burning input in underworld». There is a Kebab-picnic near to the crater.
Day 14 Excursion in the capital of Medieval Khoresm – Kunya Urgench (100 km). Many monuments are protected by UNESCO as objects of a world heritage: the Minaret of Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIII cc), mausoleums of Turabeg Hanum (XII-XIV cc), Nadjmetdin Al-Kubra (XII century), Tekesh (XIII century). There is a flight to Ashkhabad in the evening.
Day 15 Departure home.
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