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KARAKUM SPECIALS

This 12-day adventure is a true joy for those who want to explore the multiple landscapes and life in the Turkmen Karakum Desert. Not like any other tour, it includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; the historical importance of life in the ancient Murgab and Uzboy River oases, and offers an insight into the old nomadic lifestyle of the Turkmens. It includes an overnight at Darwaza as well as in the Yangikala Canyons. Accommodation in towns is in 3* hotels, as well as 6 nights in a tent. Meals are only included on the off-road desert sections of the tour, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences when overnights are in town. Transport is mainly by 4-wheel drive vehicles, with minibus transport only in Ashgabat and Mary. Two domestic flights are included where large distances need to be covered. If you are willing to sacrifice the comfort of a bed, and are keen to experience an authentic desert adventure, this tour is our recommendation for you.

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D WD Itinerary Program Transport Guide Meals Accommodation
1 Sat Arrival Ashgabat Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel. Regular No   3* tourist hotel
2 Sun AshgabatairplaneTurkmenbashi 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Sunday Bazaar, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Turkmenbashi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel. Regular ESG B 3* tourist hotel
3 Mon Turkmenbashi-Yangisuw Drive to Yangisuw Canyon. Rest day to explore Yangisuw area on foot. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents in Yangisuw area. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
4 Tue Yangisuw-Gozli Ata Drive from Yangisuw to Yangikala Canyon. Time to explore the canyon area. Picnic lunch on the way. Late afternoon transfer to Gozli Ata pilgrim site. Dinner and overnight in common gender-shared rooms at pilgrim house. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
5 Wed Gozli Ata-Serdar Drive to Serdar Town via Balkanabad Town and with visit of Parau Bibi pilgrim site on the way. Overnight in motel. 4x4 ESG B Motel
6 Thu Serdar-Western Karakum Drive through Karakum Desert to Balishem desert village, partly along the ancient Uzboy River bed, and with visit of Ygdykala Parthian fortress remains on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Balishem settlement. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
7 Fri Western Karakum-Darwaza Drive through Karakum Desert to Darwaza gas crater. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
8 Sat Darwaza-Central Karakum Drive through Karakum Desert to Murzachirla desert village, with visit of Damla village on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Murzachirla village. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
9 Sun Central Karakum-Gonur Depe Drive through Karakum Desert to Gonur Depe archeological site. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents just outside the archeological park area. 4x4 ESG BLD Camp
10 Mon Gonur Depe-Mary Drive to Mary town. Afternoon at leisure to visit town center, bazaar, history museum. Overnight in hotel. 4x4 ESG B 3* tourist hotel
11 Tue MaryairplaneAshgabat Morning visit of Merw (UNESCO) historical Silk Road park. Afternoon flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to city. Overnight in hotel. Regular ESG B 3* tourist hotel
12 Wed 27.05 26.08 Departure Ashgabat Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Regular No    
2016 tour dates: Saturday 14 May – Wednesday 25 May 2016 (tour 1)
  Saturday 28 May – Wednesday 8 June 2016 (tour 2)
  Saturday 11 June – Wednesday 23 June 2016 (tour 3)
  Saturday 30 July – Wednesday 10 August 2016 (tour 4)
  Saturday 13 August – Wednesday 24 August 2016 (tour 5)
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 17 April 2016 (tour 1)
  Sunday 24 April 2016 (tour 2)
  Sunday 1 May 2016 (tour 3)
  Sunday 3 July 2016 (tour 4)
  Sunday 10 July 2016 (tour 5)
Price per person (1 pax) 4095 USD
Price per person (2-3 pax) 2395 USD
Price per person (4 pax) 1995 USD
Price per person (5-6-7 pax) 1795 USD
Price per person (8-12 pax) 1695 USD
Single supplement 200 USD

Included:

  • Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • All transfers and all other overland transport as per program per AC vehicles as in the table under “itinerary”
  • Domestic airline tickets (economy seats, Boeing 717 aircraft) as in the table under “itinerary”
  • Accommodation based on twin-shared hotel room, including breakfast as in the table under “accommodation”
  • Accommodation in private trekking tents, including breakfast as in the table under “accommodation”
  • Fixed meals (lunch and/or dinner) where indicated in table under “meals”
  • English-speaking local guide-interpreter services as mentioned in the table under “guide”
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the table under “program”
  • Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd

To be paid in addition:

  • No additional obligatory costs to be paid to agency

Not included in tour price:

  • Turkmenistan tourist visa, from 105+2 USD per person, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
  • Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
  • Meals not indicated in above table
  • Camera usage fees to historical parks and museums
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Souvenirs and other personal items
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”