Novruz is the biggest festival for Turkmen people. They celebrate the Novruz festival in the uplifting and joyous atmosphere. By tradition, the valley in Akhal, covered with fresh green grass after spring showers, was the main venue for the celebrations.
Arrive to Ashgabat by TK 322 ISTASB HK11 2130 0315. Transfer to the hotel. Early check in. Rest from night flight. Breakfast at the hotel.
Then you will have Ashgabat city tour. You will see Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat 2017 Sports and Housing facilities.
You will be also taken to grandiose Square of Revival (Galkynysh) - a new administrative, business and cultural center of Ashgabat. Have a stroll along Ylham (Inspiration) Park. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Gokdepe fortress and horse farm 45km from Ashgabat. Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev. The siege of Gokdepe lasted twenty-three days, after which the city was taken by storm. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. At the horse farm you can see proud of Turkmen nation Akhalteke horses. Over the 30 beautiful horses, you can see at the horse farm. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. Unique breed on the world,that not mixed with other breeds. Different rulers as Alexander Great, Darius I wants to own this horses.
Master class lunch at horse farm. (National dish Tamdyrlama). Preparing of lamb meat.
Then drive back to Ashgabat to visit Nissa fortress -the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings. UNESCO declared fortress a World Heritage Site in 2007. Nissa described as one of the first capitals of the Parthians. It was founded by Arsaces I (reigned c. 250 BC – 211BC), and reputedly the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings, although it has neither been established that the fortress at Nissa was a royal residence or a mausoleum. The ruins of ancient settlement Nissa are located 18 km from Ashgabat at Bagyr village. On the back way we will visit Ruhy Mosque of Saparmyrat Hajy is the largest mosque in Central Asia. Seven thousand men and woman can pray at the same time. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Turkmen Yayla – participation in Nowruz Holiday Celebration. Visit folk show of five regions: Balkan, Ahal, Mary, Lebap and Dashoguz. Ancient traditions of celling carpets, jewelry and clothes. Show of the woven of carpets, processing of wool. Cooking of traditional meals, visit of national wrestling. Performance of the Galkynysh group on Akhal-Teke horses, showing various tricks and horse riding. Lunch on sight. After end of the show. Transfer to the airport for flight to Mary. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at hotel.
BF at the Hotel. Drive to Merv to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.
Then drive to the north to visit local village where we can see the demonstration of crafts such as carpet making, felt rug making, dying yarns, weaving, broom making and other crafts. Locals will show milking camel and demonstrate making national instruments. Lunch at local family. Drive back to Mary. Dinner at local restaurant. Evening flight to Ashgabat.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time for leisure. Lunch at “Berkarar” shopping mall.
After lunch drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (3.5 h) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the as is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater.
Picnic style breakfast in the camp. Then drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. You will also visit Nejemeddin Kubra, Sultan Ali and Kryk Molla. Evening flight to Ashgabat, then transfer to the International airport of Ashgabat for flight to home.
- • Letter of invitation and registration
- • Accommodation in DBL/TWIN rooms:
- • Sport Hotel 4*BB – 4 nights
- • Mary Hotel 4*BB – 1 night
- • Tent stay in Darwaza - 1 night
- • Transportation throughout the tour, 5-6 days 4WD cars
- • Domestic flight: Ashgabat – Mary – Ashgabat
- • English speaking guide service
- • Entrance tickets to Nissa fortress, Horse farm, Merv, Kunya Urgench
- • Meals: FB
- • 1,5 L water per person per day
Price doesn't include
- • International flights
- • Cost of Turkmen visa & border fees
- • Early check in at hotels
- • Payment for photo and video
- • Tips for guide and driver
- • Medical insurance
- • Services not shown in the program
- • TRAVEL TAX – 2$ PER PERSON PER NIGHT
- • (You should pay cash at the hotels)
- • Domestic flight: Dashoguz – Ashgabat – 75$ per person