Duration: 11 days/ 11 nights
Route: Ashgabat-Kov Ata-Balkanabat-Turkmenbashi / Awaza-Yangykala / Yangysuw-Karakum desert-Darvaza-Ashgabat
Day 1: Turkmenistan arrival / Ashgabat
Early morning arrive to Ashgabat Intl. airport with TK flight via Istanbul (optional and subject to possible change). Complete border crossing formalities; meet your guide/driver and transfer to hotel (immediate check-in). Overnight at hotel.
Morning is free at leisure.
PM City Tour of Ashgabat, visit Independence period parks and monuments. Tour today also includes visits to Old Nissa fortress (World Heritage site of UNESCO) and Turkmenbashi Ruhy mosque in Kipchak (the largest mosque of Turkmenistan). Rest of the time is free at leisure. Overnight at hotel in Ashgabat.
Day 2: Ashgabat - Balkanabat (450 km) (B)
After breakfast start driving to Balkanabat. On the way stop at Kipchak mosque and Turkmenbashi mausoleum, Geokdepe mosque and Kow Ata underground lake (optional: entrance fees are not included). Overnight in hotel Nebitchi.
Day 3: Balkanabat - Turkmenbashi (150 km) (B)
After breakfast drive to Turkmenbashi city on the Caspian Sea. On arrival city exploration and visit to Awaza sea resort. Rest of the time is free at leisure. Overnight at one of hotels in Awaza Caspian Sea resort
Day 4: Turkmenbashi - Yangy Kala - Yangy suw (195 km) (B, L, D)
After breakfast in hotel start driving north-east of Turkmenbashi. On the way we explore the canyons of Yangy Kala. Picnic lunch on the way (lunch-boxes). Late afternoon arrival to Yangy suw. Dinner & overnight in tents.
Day 5: Yangysuw – desert camp at “Balls canyons” (ca 200 km/desert off-road) (B, L, D)
In the morning we will drive east deep into the Karakum desert; pass Kemal Ata, Bogdakshor from its northern side (through “Stone river”, “Fortress canyon”, “Balls canyons” and Koymat). Dinner and overnight in tents at so-called “Balls canyon” area with interesting round stone formations (wild camping).
Day 6: “Balls canyons” – Geokdere – Igdy kala (ca 250 km/desert off-road) (B, L, D)
In the morning drive to Igdy Kala, pass Gekdere (the area with more interesting stone formations). Lunch around Melekoch village. Dinner and overnight in tents (wild camping).
Day 7: Igdy Kala fortress - Darvaza flaming Gas Crater (220 km) (B, L, D)
In the morning start driving towards flaming gas Crater in Darvaza. On the way we do several stops to take photos of huge sand dunes of the Karakum desert. Lunch and dinner included. Overnight in tents at Darvaza Gas Crater.
Day 8: Darvaza – Damla (100 km) (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to Damla desert village. Village and area exploration on arrival. Dinner & overnight in yurt/tents or local house.
Day 9: Damla – Ashgabat (250 km) (B, L)
After breakfast drive to Ashgabat. Overnight in hotel
Day 10: Departure
Early morning transfer to airport to take departure flight home at …. (subject to change, to be advised). End of our services.
NOTE: B-breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner.