The present Ashgabat distinguishes itself with its own style, combining the best traditions of national architecture and the achievements of modern town-building such as “Arch of Neutrality”, “Memorial Complex”, “National Museum”, “Monument and the park of Independence”, “Ice Palace”, “Path of health”, “The fairy tale world of Turkmenbashy”,
“Olympic swimming complex”, “Puppet theatre”, “Park of 10 Akhaltekin horses” and many others.
Fresh climatic air, clean and wide streets, new parks with majestic fountains and originality of the capital keep unforgettable impressions.
This Ashgabat half day city tour is designed bring you a feel of Ashgabat's local culture while enjoying sightseeing highlights of the city of Love.
Duration: 4 hours
Pick up: hotel pick-up.
This half day city tour Ashgabat could be either in the morning or in the afternoon.
Morning Tour 09.00 – 13.00.
Start the tour by visiting the park and Monument of Independence - the profundity and essence of independence as a basic gain in the centuries, the old history of the Turkmens are reflected in the highest monumental structure of the country, having been erected on the central axis of the National park, extending its green splendor on a vast abandoned ground at the foothills. Continue tour on to the National Museum of History & Ethnography where a full collection of Turkmenistan’s most significant architectural finds, a large number of Ancient Turkmen carpets and rugs, examples of national dress and fabrics, traditional household equipment, musical instruments, weapons, jewelry, medals and historical documents are displayed. Next visit is the Arch of Neutrality, a 75m- high (246ft) monument with a revolving golden statue of the first President Turkmenbashy. Hit the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality to see the beautiful panorama of Ashgabat. Continue the tour to “Alem” Ferris wheel, panoramic tour to the “Bagt Koshgi” (wedding palace) and “Yildiz” Hotel - one of the city's top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located at the foothills of the Kopetdag, which offers an excellent view of the city.
Tour ends at “Gulistan” market (so called "Russian bazaar") to experience a diverse oriental culture and really get a feeling for local life. It’s natural that exotic Asian assortment from the Turkmen fields and vegetable gardens is on sale here. Melons pomegranates, grapes, dried fruits and vegetables are sold all year round. Tempting smell leads better that any guide-book to the fast food counters. Golden pastries are fried here, juicy manty are on sale, and wonderful drink, camel chal (fermented drink made of camel’s milk) is offered. A little further, the smoke over braziers indicates the place where fragrant mutton shish kebab is cooked. The rhythm of life at the market adds a positive tone to the human mood.
Afternoon Tour 14.00 – 18.00.
Afternoon Ashgabat city tour starts visiting the Ertogrul Gazi mosque. The mosque takes its inspiration from Ottoman architecture, as a symbol of the ties between Turkmenistan and Turkey, and offers more than a nod towards the design of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. Then cyclo ride tour around the Square of Revival (Galkynysh) at the intersection of two avenues - Turkmenbashi and Galkynysh, with an impressive monument in its center - a triumphal column crowned with the globe and presidential standard. In the north-west corner of the square you will see the white marbled with golden domes the Complex of Presidential Palace, Ministry of Defence, the Turkmen State University named after Makhtumkuli on the eastern side and the luxury "Nusai" hotel on the opposite side of the University. Drive to the park and monument of Independence along the Turkmenbashy Avenue. Visit the National park and Monument of Independence. Next visit is the Arch of Neutrality, a 75m- high (246ft) monument with a revolving golden statue of the first President Turkmenbashy. Hit the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality to see the beautiful panorama of Ashgabat. Continue tour to the historical and archaeological site “Ancient Nisa – the Residence of Parthian Kingdom” UNESCO site from 2007. Nisa situated at the crossroads of important commercial and strategic axes. The archaeological remains vividly illustrate the significant interaction of cultural influences from Central Asia and from the Mediterranean world. The Parthian Empire was one of the most powerful and influential civilizations of the ancient world, and a brilliant rival of Rome which prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire to the east. End the tour at your hotel.
Ashgabat City half day tour in private:
|No of travelers
|| 3-5 pax
|| 6-8 pax
||9 pax up
|Price in USD/person
|| $ 40
|| $ 35
Not fit your requirement? Feel free to contact us to plan this trip and get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.
• Transferring by private car
• English speaking tour guide (other language available upon request)
• Admission for all sights as mentioned in the program
• 1 Bottle (0,5 ltr) of water per person during the tour – complimentary
• Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
– National Museum of History & Ethnography is open every day from 09 a.m. till 5 p.m. except Tuesdays. Most museums are closed on Tuesdays. In case your trip coincides with these days, alternatives will be suggested.
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