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    Nowruz 2020 tour to Turkmenistan

    7 nights / 8 days in Turkmenistan
    Ashgabat –  Yayla – Ashbabat – Gokdepe – Kow Ata – Nokhur – Yangikala – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat – Mary – Merv –Chashgyn village – Darwaza  (Gas crater) – Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat


    • Visa support (letter of invitation).
    • Registration in Ashgabat city
    • Twin-share accommodation according to the itinerary
    • Transportation throughout the tour
    • English-speaking guide
    • Entrance fees to sightseeing sights
    • 3 Domestic flights: Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat, Mary-Ashgabat,  Dashoguz-Ashgabat
    • Meals: full board
    • 1,5 L water per person per day
    • Tour leader from Korea Konsult (in case of 10 participants)


    • International flights
    • Cost of Turkmen visa (80-100 USD) & border fees
    • Single room supplement 160 USD per person for 7 nights
    • Photo and video fees at sites and museums
    • Tips for guide and driver
    • Travel insurance
    • Services not shown in the program
    • Travel tax - 2 $/person/night. Pay cash at the hotel

    Turkmenistan visa: KoreaKonsult will issue an invitation letter for your tour. In order to obtain the visa you will need to submit the letter to the nearest Embassy of Turkmenistan and get the visa stamped to your passport. If there is no Embassy of Turkmenistan in your country this letter will let you obtain the visa on arrival in the Ashgabat airport.

    UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY! Celebrate Nowruz in the most mysterious and unexplored country of Central Asia - TURKMENISTAN! I Nowruz is the name of the Iranian New Year, also known as the Persian New Year, which is celebrated in Turkmenistan as well. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. Nowruz is the day of the vernal equinox, and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day, depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and day is calculated exactly every year, and families gather together to observe the rituals.

    The main festivities in honor of Nowruz holiday take place in the sub-mountain valley of Akhal, in the historic land storing the layers of ancient civilizations. According to the centuries-old tradition, a picturesque place in the open air, where the spring expanse best suits the spirit and scale of the long-awaited event, is chosen for the large-scale celebration. Locals set up a Turkmen village from the oriental tale, hospitable and welcoming, open to friends and neighbors. Yurts with well-attended courtyards, a high swing and big white yurt stand behind symbolic gates.



    The tour itinerary is a PRELIMINARY one. Korea Konsult reserves the right to change some parts of the itinerary below if needed. Eventual itinerary changes after the group arrival in Turkmenistan are beyond our control. Under no circumstances can Korea Konsult be held responsible for any itinerary changes.

    Mar 20 (Fri): Ashgabat
    • Arrival in Ashgabat by morning flight. Transfer to the hotel. Early check in, rest. Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Ashgabat city tour: Tolkuchka Bazaar, Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferries Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat 2017 Sports and Housing facilities. You will be also taken to grandiose Square of Revival (Galkynysh) - a new administrative, business and cultural center of Ashgabat. Have a stroll along Ylham (Inspiration) Park.

    OVERNIGHT: Sport Hotel or same level****
    Mar 21 (Sat): Ashgabat – Yayla (Celebration of Nowruz) – Ashgabat


    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Drive to Turkmen Yayla – participation in Nowruz Holiday Celebration. Visit folk show of five regions: Balkan, Ahal, Mary, Lebap and Dashoguz. Ancient traditions of celling carpets, jewelry and clothes. Show of the woven of carpets, processing of wool. Cooking of traditional meals, visit of national wrestling. Performance of the Galkynysh group on Akhal-Teke horses, showing various tricks and horse riding. Lunch on sight. After end of the show. Dinner at local restaurant.
    • Drive back to the hotel

    OVERNIGHT: Sport Hotel or same level****
    Mar 22 (Sun): Ashgabat – Gokdepe – Kow Ata – Nokhur
    • Breakfast in the hotel
    • Drive to Gokdepe fortress and horse farm 45km from Ashgabat. Gokdepe fortress that was attacked in December 1880 by Russians under General Mikhail Skobelev. The siege of Gokdepe lasted twenty-three days, after which the city was taken by storm. Gokdepe Mosque was built to commemorate the defeat and is noted for its mint-turquoise blue colored roof and white marble structure. At the horse farm you can see proud of Turkmen nation Akhalteke horses. Over the 30 beautiful horses, you can see at the horse farm. 5000 years ago, Turkmens begin breed Akhalteke horses. Unique breed on the world,that not mixed with other breeds. Different rulers as Alexander Great, Darius I wants to own this horses. 
      Master class lunch at horse farm. (National dish Tamdyrlama). Preparing of lamb meat. 
    • Visit Kow-Ata underground lake which is located 57 km from Gokdepe. The Turkmen name Kow-Ata means "father of caves". At first glance, this underground area appears like a magnificent auditorium: the overall length of the cave is 230 m, its height reaches 20 m, and its width is at some points 57 m. The bottom of the cave is covered with lumps of dissolved limestone (stalagmites), and its warm and gushing water is clear and emerald colored. The water has a constant temperature of 33-37°C. (You can swim in a lake). Lunch is at sight.
    • Drive to Nokhur. The village itself fills a small depression valley in the mountains of the Kopet Dag Range, and the houses are  built with local boulders cemented with mud.  Apart from the main street through the middle of the town, the streets are so narrow that they only just fit a car between the high stone retaining walls on each side.The Nohkuri people who populate this remote mountain village are quite different to other Turkmen tribes.  They live in a handful of villages in the mountainous border area spanning Turkmenistan and Iran. Nokhur is the largest village with just a thousand or maybe two thousand people. Dinner is at homestay and overnight.

    OVERNIGHT: Homestay in Nokhur village
    Mar 23 (Mon): Nokhur – Yangikala

    • Breakfast at homestay village
    • Drive to Yangykala Canyons (4 h), one of the scenic natural objects of Turkmenistan. The word expression “yangy kala” translates from Turkmen as “fire fortress”. Indeed, the sheer cliffs of white, yellow, ocher, purple and red colors, fancily carved by winds and rains, are very similar to the stone castles from a fantasy. Explore the Canyons. Dinner at Canyons. Overnight at tents.

    OVERNIGHT: tents
    Mar 24 (Tue): Yangikala – Turkmenbashi – Ashgabat – Mary

    • Picnic style breakfast
    • Drive to Turkmenbashi. Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat. Flight to Ashgabat. Arrival in Ashgabat and drive to Mary (3.5 h). Overnight at Mary hotel.

    OVERNIGHT: Mary Hotel ****
    Mar 25 (Wed): Mary – Merv – Chashgyn village – Mary

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Drive to Merv to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum.
      Then drive to the north to visit local village where we can see the demonstration of crafts such as carpet making, felt rug making, dying yarns, weaving, broom making and other crafts. Locals will show milking camel and demonstrate making national instruments. Lunch at local family. Drive back to Mary. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Mary hotel.

    OVERNIGHT: Mary Hotel ****
    Mar 26 (Thu): Mary – Ashgabat – Darwaza

    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Transfer to airport for flight to Ashgabat. Arrival in Ashgabat. Drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater (3.5 h) dubbed by locals as "The Door to Hell". The Darwaza area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 70 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided the best solution was to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the as is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater.

    OVERNIGHT: tents
    Mar 27 (Fri): Darwaza Gas Crater– Kunya Urgench – Ashgabat
    • Breakfast at the hotel.
    • Picnic style breakfast in the camp. Then drive to Kunya Urgench. Sightseeing tour in Kunya Urgench: visit Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun II Minaret, Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. You will also visit Nejemeddin Kubra, Sultan Ali and Kryk Molla.
    • Evening flight to Ashgabat, then transfer to the International airport of Ashgabat for flight to home.
    • OPTIONAL: Kunya Urgench is a border town with Uzbekistan. Instead of flying back to Ashgabat you can continue your trip to Uzbekistan. Korea Konsult will happily organize all your journey there.


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