Title of tour: Mysterious Turkmenistan
Sites to visit: Ashgabat, Goktepe village, Nokhur, Kow Ata, Kerki, Koytendag, Farap border
Day 1: Ashgabat
Your local guide will welcome you at the airport and drive to Ashgabat. First, you will drive to Goktepe village to see Mosque of Turkmenbashy Ruhy, can host more than 10 000 people. It is considered as the largest mosque in Central Asia. Then have excursion to Goktepe horsefarm, where there are famous Akhal-Teke Horses. After learning interesting facts about horses, drive back to Ashgabat. After dinner, take a short tour to Independent Park. Then have a panoramic view in the Palace of Happiness. Spend night in a hotel.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Kow Ata - Nokhur
After breakfast, drive to mysterious lake Kow-Ata and popular Bakharden cave. The name of the lake means "father of the caves" from local language. It is more popular for the curative qualities of water than natural beauty. Afternoon, continue tour to traditional village of Nokhur. Here one tribe of Turkmen people live among the mountains and could protect their real life from the influence of modern life. The village is located in the Kopet Dag range. Stay in a family owned guesthouse.
Day 3: Nokhur - Ashgabat - Kerki
In the morning, drive back to Ashgabat and continur to memorial complex, where there is three monuments: First, for the honor of casualties in 1948 earthquake. Second, for soldiers died in WWII and the third for killed in Turkmen fights. The most inspiring is the Earthquake Memorial, representing a bombastic bronze rendering of a bull and child. Afternoon, explore Russian Market, which was built by Russian architect between 1972-1982. It is also was one of the city buildings under the project "Ashgabat Reconstruction Program of 1970-1980". The style of the building belongs to Soviet Modernism. It has interesting decoration in Turkmen style, by the sculptor Klych Yarmamedov. He made an amazing abstract monument in the buildings corner. After excursion, transfer to railway station to have a train to Kerki town. Night in a train.
Day 4: Kerki - Koytendag
After arrival, take time for breakfast and leave to Kaytendag Mountain to explore the nature. The Kugitangtau (Koytendag) Mountain is the most picturesque mountain in Turkmenistan. In translation from local language, it means the "mountains of canyons". It takes its name from its own formations. The mountain represent very narrow canyon cliffs. There are found deep lakes and long caves on the mountain. In addition, it was found Dinosaur Plateau bearing traces of these prehistoric reptiles. Furthermore, the highest point of the country is located in Koytendag, Mount Ayrybabareaching 3 139 meters. The deepest lake of the country is Kattakol, lies on this range. Stay in a camp.
Day 5: Koitendag - Farap border
After breakfast, transfer to Farap border.
Price per person:
02 pax - 640 $
04 pax - 535 $
06 pax - 435 $
08 pax - 385 $
10 pax - 350 $
Single - 45 $
Half board - 35 $
Full board - 70 $
Ashgabat - Kerki night train - 25 $
Tour price includes:
Ashgabat - "Menzil" Hotel 3*
Nokhur - Home stay
Koitendag - Tents
- Visa support
- English speaking guide
- Entrances to all museums
- Mineral water during the tour
Tour price does not include:
- Full board
- Single rooms
- Early check-in
- Travel insurance
- Migration tax (12$)
- Fee for using cameras on monuments
Note: Each Traveler should have 2 photos (5×6) to be presented at the points of entry.