Ashgabat – the city of love

Program

  1. day Arrival in Ashgabat. Pick up at the Ashgabat International Airport. Accommodation in the hotel. Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. City tour: parks and sguares, Monu-
    ment of Independence, Cable Car”AsmaYoly”. Lunch. Continue the tour: Health Path “SaglykYoly”Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. Dinner.
  2. day Breakfast. Visit to the National Museum of Turkmenistan. Tour of Nisa – the capital of the ancient Parthian state. Drive to Kypchak village to visit the Memorial
  3. day Breakfast. Visit to “the Altyn Asyr”Oriental Bazaar. Lunch. Visit to the stables. Dinner. Night transfer to the Ashgabat

Ashgabat is the capital of Independent and Neutral Turkmenistan, located in the middle part of the Kopetdag Mountains’foothills (200m above sea level). The Karakum Channel passes by on the north
of Ashgabat and separates the city from the Karakum Desert. In fact, Ashgabat is a man-made oasis. Nowadays Ashgabat is the city, which has old architectural traditions and huge choice of unique city
development decisions.

Description of main spots

Ertogrul Gazy Mosque. In 1993 the foundation stone of the mosque was laid in the old center of Ashgabat and 5 years later the mosque with the hall for 5 000 people was opened for visitors. It was called “Ertogrul-Gazy” in memory of Turkmen leader, who had headed the campaign of Seldjuk tribes to the Minor Asia in the 8th century AD. Later their descendants created the Osman Empire there
The Monument of Independence was built in the shape of traditional Turkmen house -“of 60 meters in diameter with 91 meters column, decorated with arrow, stars and the crescent, one of the symbols of Turk¬menistan. The sculptures of Turkmen historical leaders and writers are situated around the monument. Aerial route of the hanging cableway drives up to one of the summits of the Kopetdag edge. The revealing view from height of bird flight also includes the mountain landscape and Turkmen white marbled capital. Culture- entertainment complex was built at a height of 1239 m
The National Museum of Turkmenistan
, the largest museum complex in the country. It contains a wonderful collection of archeological findings, ethnography items and nature samples. It is located in the south of Ashgabat, along Archabil highway. The museum was opened in 1998.
The ruins of Nisa are situated in the outskirts of Bagyr village, about 15 km to the west of Ashgabat, and consist of two impressive archaeological sites called Kone nusay (Old Nisa) and Taze nusay (New Nisa). It was the land conquered by Parthian kings who turned small Parthia into a huge empire of the ancient world that stretched from Indus to Euphrates.

Ruhy Mosque is the largest mosque in Central Asia. It has rightfully become the most majestic spiritual symbol of the Independence Epoch.
The National Museum of Turkmen Carpet opens Turkmen national pride to the world. Turkmen carpets have been famous since ancient times and still strike amateurs and professionals of art by their beauty and harmony. Famous, “quick like the wind”,
Akhalteke horses glorified
Turkmen country throughout the world. Akhalteke racer is depicted on the state emblem. Turkmens have raised this breed of horses more than 5000 years ago at the foothills of Turkmenistan. Turkmens are innate riders. The love for horses is inculcated in Turkmens since child¬hood. There is quite a few Turkmen people, who follow their vocation to work with “heavenly” racers and achieve a professional success in this job.

The cost includes:
• Visa support letter and visa registration
• Accommodation in the hotel “Grand Turkmen”**** (BB)
• Transport for the whole tour (A/C)
• Transfers airport – hotel – airport
• Meals-full board
• Guide’s services
• Sightseeing sites’entrance
• Water, tea, coffee, fruits during the whole tour

The cost does not include:
• International flight air ticket
• Visa to Turkmenistan
• Immigration fee paid upon arrival in Turkmenistan
• Photo-video fee at sights

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