ADVANTURE OF KARAKUM DESERT

The Karakum Desert is a vast arid land expanse located in Central Asia mainly situated in Turkmenistan covering more than 80% of this country

Ashgabat – Mary (Merv) – Ashgabat – Dashoguz – Koneurgench Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1 Saturday: Arrive Ashgabat. Overnight: “Ak Altyn” 4* hotel 3 nights.

Day 2 Sunday: Ashgabat

Ashgabat city sightseeing tour including the visiting of the Eastern Jygyldyk (Tolkuchka) bazaar, Presidential Square, monument of Independence, National Museum of History & Ethnography where a full collection of Turkmenistan’s most significant architectural finds, a large number of Ancient Turkmen carpets and rugs, examples of national dress and fabrics, traditional household equipment, musical instruments, weapons, jewelry, medals and historical documents are displayed.  Drive to Bagir settlement (15 km. to the west from Ashgabat), visiting of the historical and archaeological site “Ancient Nisa – the Residence of Parthian Kingdom” UNESCO site from 2007 (Nisa is situated at the crossroads of important commercial and strategic axes. The archaeological remains vividly illustrate the significant interaction of cultural influences from Central Asia and from the Mediterranean world. The Parthian Empire was one of the most powerful and influential civilizations of the ancient world, and a brilliant rival of Rome which prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire to the east. Nisa, the capital of the Parthian Empire, is the outstanding symbol of the significance of this imperial power). Next visit is the biggest mosque in Central Asia located in Kipchak settlement.

 Day 3 Monday: Ashgabat/Merv/Asghabat

 Flight to Mary. Arrive at airport & drive to Bairam Ali town. Visit the historical site “Ancient Merv” (Margiana Alexandrine 1st century BC – 18th). The ancient city of Merv (Persian Marv) contains a succession of ancient cities developed over a period of 2500 years at the heart of the oasis formed by Murgab river delta, and close to the course of where the main river channel flowed in ancient times. Visiting of Sultan-kala (9th-12th centuries), Gyaur-kala (3rd century BC-9th century AD) and Erk-kala (1st millennium ВС), sightseeing to the architectural monuments which are concentrated around “The pearl of ancient Merv” the Sultan Sandjar Mausoleum, rising high above the center of Sultan-kala. In the period of Sultan Sanjar, Merv was the capital of their great country, the largest town in Middle Asia and in the whole Muslim East. Site seeing of sites: Greater and Lesser Gyz Gala (Maiden Fortress), Ashabs’ Mausoleum, Hoja Yusup Hamedany Mausoleum and Muhammed-ibn-Zeid Mausoleum. Return to Mary. Flight to Ashgabat.

 Day 4 Tuesday: Ashgabat/Dashoguz/Koneurgench (border point)

 Flight to Dashoguz city. Arrival & drive to Kuhne-Urgench historical site (100 km to the north from Dashoguz). Kuhne-Urgench the capital of Shahs of Khorezm has been known by various names, found in Avesta-Urva (VI-th century BC); Hangird-Hanjird (VII-VIII Century AD); Gurgench-Djurdjaniya (IX-XII Century AD). After the invasion by the Mongols, the town was called Urgench; from 1646 AD, it was known as Kuhne-Urgench. Ancient Kuhne-Urgench was considered one of the major cities of the East. Legend has it that the town Kuhne-Urgench was destroyed and re-built seven times. Beginning 1681 AD, Kuhne-Urgench came under the control of Arab rulers. Between 1017-1034 AD, Kuhne-Urgench was governed by Ghazanavids. Anushtegin, a Turkish slave, founded the new state which lasted until 1221 AD. In 1221 Urgench, was destroyed by the Mongols. In 1321, the town was annexed to the Golden Horde. In the middle of the 14 th century Hussein Sufi, a Qongrat Turk, founded the Sufi Dynasty with the support of the Khan of the Golden Horde. In 1388, the town destroyed by Temurlan, and lost a status of a city. In 1646, when the Amu-Darya River changed its course, life came to an end in Urgench. After the construction of the canal “Khanyap” by the Khans of Khiva, the town was re-born. Since 2005, the ruins of Old Urgench have been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.  Sight seeing of sites: minaret of Kutlug – Timur and mausoleum of Tyurabek Hanum (XII century), mausoleum of Farhaddin Rumy, Horezm shah Tekesh, Sultan Ali and Najmeddin Kubra (12-16 cent.).

Drive to the border “Kuhne-Urgench”. End of the Turkmenistan tour program.

“AK ALTYN” **** HOTEL

The 4-star Ak Altyn Hotel is an eight-storeyed building founded in 1994. The hotel is situated in Ashgabat near to the following sights: National Museum, Earthquake Victims Museum, Independent Monument, government institutions and banks. The hotel includes 73 single rooms, 2 single Superior rooms, 40 double rooms, 18 Lux rooms, 1 Superior Lux room and 1 luxury suite.

At your disposal:
  • 135 rooms
  • Parking
  • Conference Hall
  • Restaurant
  • Lobby Bar
  • Fitness Centre
  • Private Bathroom
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Service
  • Laundry Service
  • 24-hour Reception
Each room has the following amenities:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Flat-screen TV with satellite channels
  • Phone
  • Safe
  • Refrigerator/ Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Shower