Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage, Turkmenistan tours.

Name of tour: Cultural heritage 

Length: 5 days 

Places of interest: Ashgabat, Nisa, Mary, Darwaza, Damla 

Day 1: Ashgabat
You will meet our guide and driver at the Ashgabat International Airport. They will accompany you to the hotel where you will have a small break. In the second half of the day we will visit main places as parks and monuments, impressive mosque and other iconic building. After the lunch we will continue our tour to Old Nisa, Gypjak mosque and mausoleum of the late President of Turkmenistan.

Day 2: Ashgabat – Mary/ Merv
In the morning you will have a breakfast and then will be hotel check out. We will keep travelling to Mary city. There will be small break at Annau, the ruins od the 15th century Seyit Jamal-ad-Din Mosque. Mary is an important city in the southeast of Turkmenistan, an oasis in the desert with a long and fascinating history. Named for the mother of Jesus because in Kerait tradition, she is buried here. However, originally named Marv, it was historically a popular stop on the Silk Road; later it was occupied by Russia until Turkmenistan established independence, after which it became the capital of Mary province. The modern city of Mary is the base from which to discover the nearby ancient sites of wonder. The city's museum contains exhibitions and displays to give visitors a good foundation for exploring the surrounding area. Each city (or "kala") within the vast complex of historic Marv tells its own story of a slice of Turkmenistan's amazing history from the 7th century BC until well past the Medieval period. And, even further back, the excavation site at Gonur Depe marks central Turkmenistan as one of the earliest seats of civilization in the world. In addition we will visit mausoleums of Sultan Sanjar and Muhammed ibn-Zeyd.

Day 3: Mary – Ashgabat – Darwaza
In the morning you will have a breakfast and then we will go to the airport. You will have a local flight to Ashgabat. After lunch time we will travel to Darwaza passing Karakum desert. On the way we will have a break at one local village, so you will be able to learn more about Turkmen culture. Darwaza, or, as it is also called, the Gates of Hell - is the most mysterious place in Turkmenistan, about which those who are interested in all kinds of natural mysteries have probably heard. For 40 years, the 70-meter-high crater burning in the Karakum desert has attracted tourists and researchers, becoming more and more overgrown with legends. Few sources say that the crater was formed in 1971, when Soviet geologists discovered an underground cavity with natural gas in the desert.

Day 4: Darwaza – Damla
As soon as you have a breakfast we will continue our way to Damla village. In the midst of the arid sprawl of Turkmenistan's vast Karakum desert, the tiny village of Damla is a little haven of traditional Turkmenistani life. Among just 60 dwellings in the swirling sands, the local inhabitants go about their daily lives quietly and simply and a visit to Damla is a unique opportunity to see and experience a slice of their way of life. Located to the east of the fiery crater at Darvaza and connected to other civilization by endless sandy dunes, Damla is secluded and cut off; indeed, many of the villagers trek miles to neighboring towns like Bekuri, on foot or carried on camels or horseback for supplies and services. However, it is precisely Damla's isolation that creates its charm; see and experience for yourself the marvel of the peace and tranquility of this preserved piece of true Turkmenistan. There will be lunch and after that we will keep going to Al Molla village. Overnight is in a guest home.

Day 5: Damla – Ashgabat
After breakfast we will drive through Murze Chirla village. On the way you will have plenty of stops to enjoy the nature and take pictures. Today you will drive back to Ashgabat. A magnificent and clean city of Turkmenistan with lavish palaces and mosques surrounded by vast expanses of manicured parkland, the city was noted in the Guinness World Records several times. Overnight will be in a hotel.

Day 6: Flight
In the morning is transportation to the airport.

Price per person:
02 pax – 755 $
04 pax – 650 $
06 pax – 540 $
08 pax – 485 $
10 pax – 450 $
Single – 120 $

Early check-in – 30 $
Single early check-in – 45 $ 

Half board – 50 $
Full board – 100 $


Service includes:
- Transport
- Accommodation:
      Ashgabat – “Menzil” Hotel 3*
      Mary – “Dayanch” Hotel 3*
      Darwaza – Tents with dinner
      Damla – Homestay
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
- Domestic flights Mary- Ashgabat                                           

Service does not include:
- Visa
- Full board
- Single rooms   
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments 

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