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Ashgabat - Nohur - Yangikala - Awaza - Mary - Dashoguz - Ashgabat

Day 1: Ashgabat

Breakfast. Meeting of the group at International Airport of Ashgabat. Accommodation in hotel. City tour – visiting place of interest: State historical reserve “Nissa” UNESCO world heritage. Lunch. Tour continues: Park of Independence, Arch of Neutrality, Monument of Ashgabat, Indoor Ferris Wheel “Alem”, “Gulistan bazaar”, also known as “Russian bazaar”. Drive back to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2: Ashgabat - Kow-Аta - Nohur

Breakfast. Visit the International Equestrian Complex (Ahalteke horses) at Gokdere village. Lunch. Drive to Garagum Yalkymy (so-called “Gas Crater”) (250 km, 4-4,5 hours). Along the way stops in Yerbent village - settled village, very colorful, bright example of former nomadic life of Turkmen tribes. “Gas Crater” located in the very centre of the Garagum Desert was formed in the shape of a huge deep cavity, blowing off the gas. The gas set on fire and the light of the flame is seen many kilometres away from the site. Explore the place. Dinner. Overnight at tent camp.

Day 3: Nohur - Balkanabad - Yangigala - Gozli – Ata

Breakfast. Drive to Balkanabad (420 km westerly of Ashgabat). Lunch. Drive to Yangigala Canyons. Explore the canyons. (130 km westerly of Balkanabad). Marvelous natural objects – Yangigala Canyons located North-West Of Turkmenistan in Balkan region. Translation from Turkmen language Yangigala means fire fortress. This name canyons received because of the red color, from which was made by nature mountain ranges and cliffs. Drive to holy place of pilgrims Gozli – Ata. Camping. Dinner

Day 4: Gozli – Ata - Аwaza - Turkmenbashy - Ashgabat

Breakfast. Drive to national recreation zone “Awaza”. (200 km from Yangigala). Walking on Caspian Seashore. Transfer to airport of Turkmenbashy. Flight to Ashgabat. Arrival and transfer to hotel. Accommodation.

Day 5: Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat

Transfer to airport. Flight to Mary. Breakfast. Visit Museum of Ethnography of Mary Region. Drive to Bayramali (30 km). Tour around State Historical Reserve “Ancient Merv” – “Queen of the World” were one of the important capitals of Islam, alongside with Bagdad, Cairo and Damask. The most prosperity of Merv were XI-XII centuries, when it were capital of Great Seljuk Empire. Their Empire stretched from Amuderya river until the Mediterranean Sea. Seljuk’s Merv occupied more 640 hectares and were one of the prosperous cities of that period. It attracted scientists and traders from all world of Islam. However, Merv couldn’t resist assaults of Mongols in 1221, and were totally demolished with all marvelous monuments. Lunch. Drive to Ashgabat (350 km). On the way short stops in Abiverd – ruins of the Seyidjemalettin mosque. Arrival. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation. Overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunyaurgench - Darvaza

Breakfast. Transfer to airport. Flight to Dashoguz. Arrival. Drive to Kunyaurgench (105 km). Visiting State historical reserve “Ancient Kunyaurgench” - huge complex with ruins and monuments of modern Kunyaurgench. Famous scientists, like Ali Biruni, Avicenna had worked here. City fight back against army of Genghis Khan. From that period exists only couple of architectural monuments and buildings, but many major part of monuments explored and studied. This place is still holy for the Muslims. Lunch. Drive to Darvaza. Gas Crater at Darvaza is located in the middle of Karakum desert and it’s a huge burning hole with the long flames. Light of the flames are seen many kilometers from. Explore the place. Dinner (barbeque). Overnight at tent camp.

Day 7: Darvaza - Ashgabat

Breakfast. Drive to Ashgabat via Yerbent village (250 km southerly of Darvaza). Accommodation in hotel. Time on your own.

Day 8: Ashgabat

Breakfast. Transfer to International Airport of Ashgabat. Flight to Moscow via Siberian airlines at 07:30. Farewell. End of tour.

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