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Navruz tour - Turkmenistan 2017

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Tour itinerary: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat
Season: March 2017
Days: 7Nights: 6
Price: $1420
Tour description:

Celebrate old Persian New Year called Navruz (new day) in Turkmenistan! It's an unuqie chance to visit Navruz celebrations near Ashgabat city, get to know traditions, culture and feel the coming spring. 



TOUR STARTING DATE:  18th MARCH 2017
DEADLINE FOR SIGH-UP:  14th FEBRUARY 2017
18 March. Day 1
Ashgabat

Arrival in Ashgabat. Meeting, transfer to the hotel. Check-in after 13:00. Rest day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

19 March. Day 2
Ashgabat

Breakfast.
09:00 start city tour with visits to Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Stairs of Health Park, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque.

18:00 return to the hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day.

Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

20 March. Day 3
Аshgabat – Dashoguz - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel.
08:30 transfer to the airport for morning flight to Dashoguz (50 min.).

Day trip to Kunya Urgench (UNESCO). Visiting the founder mausoleum of Sufi sects "Kubra" Nadzhimetdin Kubra (XII-XIII centuries); the mausoleum of Mongolian princess Torebeg-Hanym (XII-XIV centuries); minaret Mamun (X-XI centuries); minaret Kutlug-Timur (XII-XIV c, the highest minaret in Central Asia - 67m height); mausoleum Kyrkmolla (II in BC - III A.D.); mausoleum Arslan II (the oldest building in the city - date of its bookmark is roughly estimated by XI century).

Return back to Dashoguz. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city.

20:30 return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

21 March. Day 4
Ashgabat 

Breakfast in the hotel.

08:30 Departure from hotel lobby for full morning visit of Navruz celebrations near Ashgabat. it's unforgettable experience where you can observe turkmen traditions, culture and shows. 

Afternoon visit of National Museum, where you can see more than 166 unique  exposition from Ancient Merv and Nissa.  A trip to ancient Nissa (18km from Ashgabad) that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ruins of the ancient city (the date of foundation of the I millennium BC - I millennium BC).

18:00 return back to the hotel.

20:00 departure from hotel for city-by-night tour.

21:30 return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

22 March. Day 5
Ashgabat - Darwaza - Ashgabat

Breakfast. 

10:00 start excursion with visiting  Sunday Bazaar "Tolkuchka" (secondhand market) which is famous for variety of goods. Stretching for a few kilometers along deserted suburbs of Ashgabat, bazaar attracts many tourists by opportunity to buy traditional Turkmen carpets. 

Early afternoon departure by jeeps for after-dark trip to Darwaza (4-hour drive one way), with stop at local desert village on the way. BBQ dinner at Darwaza.

In 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Gate to Hell, and the sight of the crater at night indeed gives a somewhat spooky feel. 

The views are most impressive in the dark, and an overnight stay in tents near the crater is a unique experience, especially when accompanied by a barbeque dinner. Midnight return to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

23 March. Day 6
Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat

Breakfast in the hotel.

08:30 Transfer to the airport for morning  flight to  Mary.

Excursion to Ancient Merv (UNESCO).  Discover historical park with: Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, Mohammed bin Said Mausoleum, medieval castles – “Kesk” fortresses (6-7 centuries) and others. Return to Mary. Visit the History museum of Merv region.

Transfer to airport for  evening flight to Ashgabad.

20:30 return to the hotel. Everning at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

24 March. Day 7
Ashgabat
Transfer to airport. Departure. End of the tour.

Accommodation: 

City

Hotels 3 Star

Ashgabad

Ak Altyn Plaza

Prices:

Group of people

Price per 1 person

1 person

$2440

2 persons

$1630

3-4 persons

$1420

Tour Price includes:

- Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)

- All transfers and all other overland transport as per program per AC vehicles as in the table under “itinerary”

- Domestic airline tickets (economy seats, Boeing 717 aircraft) 

- Accommodation based on twin-shared hotel room, including breakfast

- 1 Lunch (day 2) and 1 dinner (day 5)

- English-speaking local guide-interpreter services 

- Entrance fees to all sites 

- Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd

Tour Price does not include:

- Air tickets for international flights;

>- Turkmenistan tourist visa, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport 

- Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)

- Photo/video fees at historical sites and museums

- Souvenirs and other personal items

- All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”

- Meals (lunches and dinners).  


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