• Pre-Turkmenistan

    4 days/ 3 nights

    Program: London – Ashgabad – Mary – Merv – Ashgabad - Kunya Urgench – Khiva

    Day 1 : London / Ashgabad

    A.M. Arrival Ashgabad. Transfer to hotel for accommodation (early check-in).
    Late breakfast.
    Sightseeing incl:
    • National Museum of Turkmenistan – museum has a large historical section, which includes Bronse Age, Antiquity and Middle age sections and very interesting golden exhibits.
    • Carpet museum – where is the second biggest hand woven carpet of the world. The biggest carpet of the world is in one of the Niyazov’s palaces.
    P.M. Lunch. Continue sightseeing tour :
    • Nisa (III c) Parthiandates capital inhabited till the 19c. Grandiose architectural complex consisting of ceremonial hall, treasure house and residences.

    Dinner & o/n hotel.

    Day 2 : Ashgabad / Mary / Merv/ Mary (352km)

    A.M. Breakfast.
    Drive to Mary (
    352 km - 5 hours). Arrival and transfer to hotel for accommodation.

    P.M. Lunch.
    Sightseeing to ancient city Merv:
    • Merv ‘pearl of east’ one of oldest inhabited cites
    Central Asia. It was rebuilt over the centuries spread more than 100 sq km. Merv is site of no less than five cities from different periods, each built beside last. Sultan Sanjar mausoleum impresses with size & solidity, Gayir Kala has an area of 360 ha, har regular planning, right contour of walls and for gates one to each part of the world.
    • Mary regional museum - features traditional Turkem life and culture including displays on weddings and carpet weaving.

    Back to Mary. Dinner & o/n hotel.

    Day 3 : Mary / Margush / Mary / Ashgabad ( 110 + air)

    A.M. Breakfast.
    Sightseeing to Margush :
    • Huge historical-cultural area, occupie0d the territory by the middle stream of
    Murgab river and oasis of Merv. The first inhabitances appeared here in Neolithic epoch. In the beginning of II thousand years at the North delta of Murgab river the ancient agricultural center with big settlements enclosed by walls with towers appeared. In the center of the city is a fortified palace enclosed by a great wall was built. The unique architecture of this construction has no corollary & represents a singular phenomenon in the history of ancient Oriental architecture.

    P.M. Lunch.
    Back to Mary. Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabad by T5-132 at 20 :40-21 :40.
    Arrival and transfer to hotel for accommodation.

    Day 4 : Ashgabad / Dashauz / Kunya Urgench / Khiva (Air+315 km)

    A.M. Breakfast.
    Transfer to airport for flight Ashgabad-Dashauz by T5-101 at 06 :40 – 08 :00. Arrival and drive to Kunya-Urgench for sightseeing.
    Sightseeing incl :
    ? Mausoleum of Fakhr At-Din – Built in 12-13 centuries, it is small, almost square erection crowned with the 12 sided marquee.
    ? Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum – 1172-1200y. – mausoleum presents semicubic erection, crowned with the high conic cupola.
    ? Turebek Khanum Mausolum – Turebek Khanum wife of the Urgench governor Kutlug Temur.
    ? Mausoleum of Najmitdin Kubra and Sultan Ali
    ? Kutlug Timur Minaret – 60m in height the minaret was buil in 1320-1330 by golden horde khan Kutlug Temur.

    P.M. Drive to Dashauz. Cross Turkmen-Uzbek border « Shavat».
    Continue drive to Khiva. Arrival and accommodation at hotel.