Navruz Tour 2019
Arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
Attend to the Novruz holiday, which Turkmen people celebrate every year.
The yurts from all the provinces and the city of Ashgabat stand further inside, where people cook meals specific to each particular region of Turkmenistan. Trestle beds covered with carpets stand near the festively decorated yurts. Ancient traditions and rituals, national games and competitions and native crafts return to life in this place. Handmade works are demonstrated, and folk plays are performed on the ground. Overnight at a hotel.
Ashgabat city tour.
During the city tour, you will explore an archaeological site of Old Nisa (included in UNESCO World Heritage list) and Spiritual Mosque, one of the biggest mosques in Central Asia. After visit the National Museum of History, which has 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national dress and fabrics; traditional household equipment; musical instruments; weapons; jewelry; orders and medals, historical documents and may more. Then you will go to National Park of Independence with the symbol of modern Ashgabat established on it - the Monument of Independence, the highest construction in the country. Take a train to Mary. Check in to a hotel.
Have breakfast and go to excursion to Merv, an ancient city that was a major center of international trade and crafts located on the Silk Road. The remains in this vast oasis span 4,000 years of human history. A number of monuments are still visible, particularly from the last two millennia. After visit the Mary Museum, Turkmenistan's best museum outside Ashgabat, whose ground-floor archaeological displays provide an excellent introduction to both Ancient Merv and the Bronze Age sites of the northern part of the oasis. The enormous premises is home to a collection of taxidermy, temporary exhibits and a gallery of Turkmen art, but the real reason to visit is the superb archaeological collection on the upper floor, full of discoveries from Margush (Gonur), as well as impressively detailed models of both sites. Take a train to Ashgabat. Check in to a hotel.
Drive to Akhalteke horse farm in Gokdepe. After having a lunch go to the Gaz Crater “Darvaza” or the “Door to Hell”, which has been burning for almost half a century. Despite its ominous look and nickname, the Darvaza gas crater is actually quite a sight to behold. The contrast between the serene, clear desert skies and the fiery depths below it is surreal, making for breathtaking photos and a worthy day trip. On the way stop at Erbent village to witness life of locals surrounded by desert. Arrive at the crater, set up the camp. Enjoy a delicious fire-cooked meal for dinner near the burning gas crater. Overnight in tents
In the morning depart Gas Crater and drive to Kunya-Urgench. It contains a series of monuments mainly from the 11th to 16th centuries, including a mosque, the gates of a caravanserai, fortresses, mausoleums and a 60-m high minaret. The monuments testify to outstanding achievements in architecture and craftsmanship whose influence reached Iran and Afghanistan, and later the architecture of the Mogul Empire of 16th-century India. Take a train to Ashgabat.
Departure from Ashgabat. End of the tour.