This is a sample tour giving you a brief introduction with Turkmenistan’s two major landmarks: its capital Ashgabat and Darwaza gas crater dubbed as Door to Hell.
The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture.
En-route to the crater you will cross charismatic Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. Overnight you will stay at the camp by the crater and will watch the spectacular and fascinating game of flames erupting from the earth. Tour ends at the Turkmen-Uzbek border and is ideal for those who proceeds further to Uzbekistan. It could be modified in the reverse direction and be finished at the Turkmen-Iran border, depending on what travel itinerary you have and how many days you can allocate for the country.
Please keep in mind, that Turkmen visa is given only strictly for the number of days you booked your tour and you are not allowed to extend visa unless tour is booked. As a result, Turkmenistan is quite expensive for the tourists with daily budgets starting from 200$ (stays are authorized only in state owned hotels and you can’t stay overnight in cheaper private accommodations and you are obliged to have a tour guide). For budget wise travelers a transit visa restricted by 5 days is the only option to save on accommodation and guide.
- Ashgabat - See Ashgabat in all its marble-clad glory
- Kowata - cave with an underground lake where water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You may and make sure to swim in the lake).
- Darwaza - burning gas crater also known as 'The Door to Hell'. In the evening watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater.
Arrival in Ashgabat International airport. You will be met by our representatives and transfer to hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning drive 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.
Drive to visit Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque in Central Asia). Then visit National Museum of History & Ethnography.
Later drive to visit Horse hippodrome to see a national proud of Turkmen people – Akhalteke horses. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon.
Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. In the afternoon drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (3.5 h). The Crater is also called as "The Door to Hell". The 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 60 m and 20 m deep. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. En-route we cross Karakum desert, will make a stop in small desert village Erbent. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater.
BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater.
Picnic style breakfast. Morning drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing: Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. After sightseeing, transfer to Turkmen/Uzbek border Shavat.
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