Bukhara and Margush.
Tours on sights of ancient Merv.
The brief description of a route of tour from Bukhara in Turkmenabad and the ancient cities of Margush:
Bukhara - Turkmenabad – nature reserve Repetek - Mary - Bairam-Ali – ancient Merv – Margush - Ashgabad.
Extension of a route: 670 km.
The Best time for travel: from 1 of April to 30 of September.
5 days and 4 nights.
The detailed program tour day after day on ancient monuments of Turkmenistan:
Day 1. Bukhara - a check point «Farab» - Turkmenabd - Mary (353 km).
Breakfast. Early departure Bukhara. Transfer: Bukhara - settlement Zhandor - settlement Karakul - settlement Alatat - a check point «Farab» (98 km). Arrival on a check point «Farab». A meeting on Uzbek-Turkmen border, passage of formalities Uzbek and Turkmen boundary and customs services. Transfer: a check point «Farab» - settlement Pier Farab - Turkmenabd (40 km). lunch at local restaurant. The further transfer: Turkmenabad - settlement Bairam-Ali - Mary (255 km). In 72 kilometers from Turkmenabad there is a unique sandy reserve Repetek where the well-known cobra lives. Our way lays on northwest in town Mary through desert Karakum. Arrival in Mary, transfer in hotel, accommodation, dinner. Evening walk in vicinities of the central area and a new mosque. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2. A trip on site of ancient settlement Gonur-depe (250 km).
Breakfast. A trip on excursion in the ancient country Margush (125 km, from them the road passes of 50 kilometers on desert). Lunch on the way. Visiting and excursion on ancient excavation of capital of the ancient country Gonur depe, Zoroastrian temple “Temenos”, Necropolis (3000 burials). Picnic lunch in Margush. On the return route visiting the Parthian fortress “Childburdj” and caravan saray “Gebekly”. Arrival in Mary, visiting of a town ethnographic museum. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 3. Mary - monuments of ancient Merv (67 km).
Breakfast.Excursion on ancient sites of ancient settlement and ruins of ancient Merv. Visiting of ancient monuments. Transfer: Mary - settlement Bairam-Ali - site of ancient settlement Abdulla-khan Kala (XV century) (32 km). Excursion on a site of ancient settlement Abdulla-khan Kala. Transfer: to fortresses Greater and Small kyz kala, walk in vicinities. Transfer: to mausoleums Askhabs (VII century), walk in vicinities, excursion to the mausoleums. Visiting of sites of ancient settlement Gyaur-kala, Erk-kala, visiting of citadel Shakhriar-ark. Visiting of a mosque and minaret Ysup Khodzha Khamadani (XIII century). Visiting of the mausoleum Sultan Sandzhar (XII century). The end of excursion across ancient Merv. Returning in Mary (35 km). Transfer in the airport, a start to Ashgabad (40 minutes). Arrival in Ashgabd, a meeting at the airport, transfer in hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 4. Ashgabad.
Arrival in Ashghabad. A meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel, accommodation. Breakfast. The beginning of excursion across Ashkhabad. Visiting of mosque Ertogrulgazy is one of the most beautiful mosques of Ashkhabad, constructed in turkish style, the biggest is in town. On a mosque there is four minarets a height of each of them of 62,22 meters In a mosque, considered the house of the God, on a ground floor there is a man's hall, on the second floor there is a female hall. In halls can simultaneously pray up to 5 000 person. At manufacturing domes and roofs of a mosque lead in quantity of 160 tons was used. Visiting of a monument of the Neutrality also known, as the Arch of the Neutrality - constructed in 1998, height of 95 meters, including 12 a meter sculpture - the highest construction in Turkmenistan with gold statue Turkmenbashi at top. In 2010 the monument has been dismantled with its carry on a today's site. Inside of a construction there is the Museum of the Neutrality consisting of 3 halls. Visiting of the state national historical museum of Turkmenistan, in halls new, constructed after acceptance of independence, the National museum valuable archeological finds of ancient history of Turkmenistan are presented. In funds of a museum - tens man-made monuments of traditional craft creativity and a folk art XVII - XIX centuries. Weaving, an embroidery, ceramics, rug weaving, products of jewellers. In total in an exposition more than 2500 exhibits. Lunch at local restaurant. After lucnh excursion in a museum of a Turkmen carpet. In a museum there are some hundreds the best samples of carpets Turkmenistan, the oldest carpet concerns to XVII century. Here there is a second-largest carpet in the world of manual work - «Golden Age Great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi» which area makes almost 301 square meters, weight - more than ton. Walk on «Track of health». It is possible to carry “Track of health” to sights of Ashkhabad "Serdar-Yoly" which is on southern slopes Kopetdag of a ridge «Asma Yoly” in 12 kilometers from town. It is the concreted foot road, length of 36 kilometers and width of 5 meters which passes on slopes Kopetdag of a ridge. On a precept of the first president each inhabitant of Ashkhabad should pass daily on this path for maintenance of the health and a tone. Rise on cable a way on one of tops of a ridge Kopetdag. Walk on vicinities and road of health «Serdar-Yoly». Survey of Ashkhabad from height of the bird's flight. Returning to Ashkhabad. Dinner. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5. Ashgabad.
Transfer to airport. Departure from Ashagabat.