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On this activity and heritage-combined tour we will be visiting major cultural monuments throughout Turkmenistan such as the ancient cities of Nissa, Merv and Konye-Urgench as well as also meeting with the gracious people of a country hardly know to the West. Further you will discover mesmerizing landscapes, have an opportunity to ride the famed Akhal-Teke horses, and join in on a moderate trekking tour through the breathtaking Firuza valley. .

Visit the best of the Turkmen Silk Road: Ashgabat, Kaahka, Merv (Mary) and Kunya-Urgench. Duration 12 days. Accommodation 4 Stars, transportation by air-conditioned vehicles and airplane.

Day 1 Arrival Ashgabat. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Morning excursion of Ashgabat, including a visit of the Arch of Neutrality. From the top of the tower there is a panoramic view of the nations' capital. Visit the of the City Mosque, Ashgabat's largest Mosque, and the memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1948 earthquake, which completely destroyed Ashgabat. Excursion to Old Nissa (II c. BC). This site includes the remains of the Parthian fortress of Nissa. In ancient times this fortress included the treasury of the Kings of the Arshakid dynasty. Walk through the Round Hall (18 m in diameter), the Square Throne Hall (20x20 m), the Treasury House (60 x 60 m.), and households with the remains of ancient water pipes and ancient khums. Visit the historical site of Anau Mosque, which includes two historical monuments northern and southern Anau Depe (4-3 millennium BC) and the Annau mosque (15th c AD).
Day 3 Drive to Firuza Canyon. The settlement Firuza is squeezed between the steep canyon gorge of the Firuzinka stream. Popular during Soviet times, this is the closest one can get to the inhospitable Kopet-Dag mountains. Accommodation in "pioneer" camps. There we will have an opportunity to ride horses and walk along the foothills of this impressive mountain range dividing Iran and Turkmenistan.
Day 4 Full day exploring in and around Firuza Canyon.
Day 5 Drive to the underground lake Kow-Ata at Baharden. Located 60 metres underground in the lower slopes of the Kopet-Dag mountains is a hot-water mineral lake. There we can take a swim in the constant 36C waters. The lake is at the foot of a steep 250 meters stairway, descending through a damp and pungent chamber that the spotlights struggle to penetrate. After our refreshing swim we continue on to Geok-Tepe. This village is situated 40 km from Ashgabat. There we will visit the Goek-Tepe Mosque and Geok-Tepe Meseum. Overnight in camps.
Day 6 Return to Ashgabat. Visit the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan. This museum has 9 halls, each dedicated to a particular period and theme. The museum has a rich collection of ancient artifacts from Turkmenistan. One of the highlights in the museum is a unique collection of ivory rythons/ horn like vessels.
Day 7 Drive to Mary via Kaahka. The village Kaahka is situated 150 km from Ashgabat. This rich historical site includes different historical monuments dating back as far as the 3rd millennium BC up until the 19 century. Abiverd is an ancient town through which once passed The Great Silk Road. The whole area of Abiverd is 70 ha. In 1221 Abiverd fell into the hands of Mongols and the town was destroyed. The mausoleum of Abu Said Makneyi was built in 11th century and has the double dome that characterises mausoleums of that time. The inner part of the mausoleum is decorated with inscriptions while the portal is laced with mosaics. The mosaics offer various colours and pictures to the viewer. The entire mausoleum is decorated with Arabic inscriptions upon the outer area and designs ornate in inner areas. Dinner and overnight in Mary.
Day 8 Full day stay in Mary. Excursions to Old Merv and the Historical Museum. Visit the unique series of cities, not built on top of each other, as is so often the case, for instance at Damascus or Jerusalem, but constructed on adjacent virgin sites. The sites of the ancient town Erk-Kala (the fortress- citadel), Gyaur-Kala, Sultan-Kala, Abdulla-khan-Kala correspond to the different periods of Mervs' existence .The monuments we will tour and walk through are the Great and Little Kiz Kalas, the Kiz Bibi mausoleum, the magnificent Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar, the Palace and keshk in the Shahriar Ark or Royal Citadel, the mosque of Yusuf Hamdani, the Timuridiwans or Askhab, and the Mausoleum of Muhammad ibn Zaud. Merv was the largest city and the capital of the wealthy region in the Parthian state. Remains of the outer wall Gilyakin - Chiburge are partially preserved even today. Merv reached its highest glory during the period of "seldjuks", especially during the government of Sanjar sultan (1118 -1157). He made it the capital of the of the Seldjuk state. This museum has just opened an exhibit of archaeological finds from sites excavated in the Mary oasis, including material from the bronze age found at the sites of Gonur and Togoluk as well as the cities of Ancient Merv. The building in which the museum is housed is in itself worth a visit as are the museums other exhibits.
Day 9 Return to Ashgabat. Excursion to the Carpet Museum. This museum has a large, impressive collection of modern and antique carpets and carpet items, khurdjuns, chuvals, torbas and also the second-largest Turkmen carpets. It is also has a small carpet work shop, where the visitor can see the process of carpet making and take the pictures of the carpet makers. There is a carpet shop where the visitors can buy Turkmen carpets from various tribes.
Day 10 Flight to Dashoguz (Tashauz). Excursion to Kunya-Urgench. At the far end of Turkmenistan, 150 km to the northwest of Dashoguz (Tashauz), lies Kunya-Urgench (population 31.400). The outskirt of the city adjoins the territory of the State Historical Cultural Museum and Reserve, covering nearly 640 hectares, and was founded in 1985. Here one can discover several magnificent architectural memorials of the 13th-14th c. These include one of the tallest minarets in Middle Asia, and various numbers of common buildings in medieval epoch: mausoleums, medressas and fortresses. In 712, Kunya-Urgench was overthrown by the Arabs, and took a new Arabic name, Dgurdganiya (or Gurgandg). The city developed, thanks to its advantageous position on the trade routes from the south to the north and from the west to the Volga River, and to the east in Mongolia and China. In and around the Kune-Urgench territory there numerous archaeological and architectural monuments preserved, presenting considerable scientific and cultural value. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 11 Return to Ashgabat. Full day free to explore, shop, or rest by the pool.
Day 12 Transfer to Airport. Departure
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