TURKMENISTAN CLASSIC TOUR
Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat
Day 1 / Arrival in Ashgabat
Flight to Ashgabat
Arrival in Ashgabat. Meet & assist at the airport and transfer to hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 2 / Ashgabat
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour of Ashgabat including: Lenin Monument, new mosque, Turkmenbashi revolving statue, local Russian bazaar, etc. Visit Museum of History and ethnography. About 500,000 exhibits are displayed in the museum. It boasts a full collection of Turkmenistan's most significant architectural finds of the XX century; a large number of ancient Turkmen carpets and rugs; examples of national dress and fabrics; traditional household equipment; musical instruments; weapons; jewelry; orders and medals, and historical documents. Its unique collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures includes not only Turkmen fine arts but also masterpieces of some Russian and Western European artists of the nineteenth-twentieth centuries. The collection includes early paintings, watercolors and icons among its exhibits. Moreover the museum reveals the variety of Turkmenistan's landscape: its flora and fauna, fossils and rare geological finds. Overnight.
Day 3 / Ashgabat
Breakfast. Visit to horse farm: you can watch the beautiful and graceful Akhal-Teke horses at the Horse
Farm. For additional payment you can also ride horses. Visit the Mosque in Kipchak
village: The mosque was built in the native village of the first President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat
Turkmenbashi. It is the biggest mosque in Central Asia. Total area of the mosque is 7.000 m2. 10.000 people can pray therein at the same
time. Next to the mosque is a mausoleum where the First President, his two brothers and parents are
buried. Visit Carpet Museum, The museum was opened on the 24th of October 1994. This museum has a
large, impressive collection of antique carpets, carpet articles (chuvals,
khurjuns, torba etc.) and also two first biggest carpets, made in Turkmenistan - 18 m by 11,5
m, total area 192 square m. and 20 m by 13 m, 266 square m.
Day 4 / Ashgabat
After breakfast visit the Tolkuchka Bazaar (Oriental Market - in Ashgabat should not be missed. This colorful bazaar is where practically the entire country comes together to trade on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Anything and everything is sold here from camels and cars to antiques, carpets, and jewelry.). After lunch drive to Nisa, Old Nisa, the capital of the Parthian Empire (25 km from Ashgabat), mentioned in the Zend-Avesta - holy book of Zoroastrianism. In the 4th century B.C., Parthia was a part of Alexander the Great's Empire. Then it became an independent state. It was a large city and the family residence of kings. The peak of Parthia's military success and political might was achieved in the second and first centuries B.C. Its territory stretched from Syria to India. The Parthian army defeated the army led by the Roman commander Crassus, famous for his defeat of a slaves' revolt headed by Spartacus. Now you can see the remains of the royal fortress. Drive to Health Way. Overnight.
Day 5 / Ashgabat - Mary
After breakfast drive to Mary with guide. Lunch. Visit Ancient Merv is by far Turkmenistan's most recognized heritage site. It impresses in its vastness of 2,000 ha including five different city-sites from three millennia and with numerous monuments and shrines remaining from the Muslim period. Merv has recently been included into the UN List of World Heritage Monuments. The important architectural monuments include Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum and Gyz Gala Fortress. Accommodation at Hotel.
Day 6 / Mary - Ashgabat
Breakfast. Visit Mary Regional Museum of History and Ethnography with unique Collection of Turkmen Traditional Costumes. Lunch. Drive to Ashgabat. Free time. Dinner at hotel.
Day 7 / depart Ashgabat
transfer to Ashgabat international airport.
flight to home