3 Days Culture tour itinerary for Ashgabat & Mari: Dig In To Know The Secrets Of Ancient Margush
Travel from Uzbekistan into Turkmenistan to visit Ancient Merv, located on the Great Silk Road, for renowned sites such as Gyz Gala, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, etc. Learn about the Margush/Gonurdepe, a Bronze Age civilization, with well-preserved ruins.
FARAP – MARY
Today, right after breakfast, say good-bye to Uzbekistan as you make your way to Turkmenistan border Alat/Farap.
Upon arrival to the border point, go through customs procedures and continue to drive to Mary province about 4 hrs. (270km).
Have lunch at 12 pm at the local restaurant in Turkmenabat.
In the afternoon, visit Ancient Merv. Merv was located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and quickly became one of the largest and biggest cities of the ancient world and was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus.
Go on a guided tour with your Turkmenistan tour guide to Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, and Ibn Zeid Mausoleum.
Continue driving to Mary city, accommodate at the hotel and dinner at the local restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.
ANCIENT MARGUSH/GONURDEPE – MUSEUM OF HISTORY
After breakfast, visit the 5th center of civilization Margush/Gonurdepe. A remarkable Bronze Age civilization existed here, known variously as Margush, meaning 'lowland', or by the Greek name of Margiana. It has been gradually uncovered since the early 1970s by belated Professor Viktor Sarianidi - the leader of Margiana Archaeological Expedition. The Bronze Age sites are to be found at or beyond the northern edge of the present-day oasis, on land which is now desert. Climatic change and progressive desertification caused the abandonment of the area, with the result that the ruins of the Bronze Age settlements are well preserved beneath the desert soils. The Margiana sites seem to have had close ties with those at Bactria, in present-day northern Afghanistan. Sarianidi argues that the Bactria- Margiana complex was a major centre of ancient civilisation, and has speculated that Margiana may even have been a birthplace of Zoroastrianism.
Have lunch at the local restaurant.
Then, continue with the National History and Ethnology Museum.
Drive to Mary.
Rest and eat dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at the hotel.
MARY – SARAHS BORDER
After breakfast, check-out hotel and transfer to Sarahs to cross the border Turkmenistan-Iran.
Cross the border at 11:00 – 12:00 pm.
Letter of Invitation
Registration fee and tourist tax
Hotel stay (2 night) 3*
Transfers during all route
Daily 1.5 lt water
This tour includes visiting an Ancient Merv - was located at the road crossing of the Great Silk Road and quickly became one of the largest and biggest cities of the ancient world and was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus. Guided tour: Gyz Gala, Erk Gala, Soltan Gala, Soltan Sanjar Mausoleum, Ibn Zeid Mausoleum. Visit the fifth center of civilization Margush/ Gonurdepe.
Other Tours by this guide
Marvel at the Darvaza (a.k.a Door-to-Hell), the natural gas crater with the size of an American football field that ...
Visit the most interesting and mysterious places of Turkmenistan in this nature tour. You will see the modern ...