Meet the tourists at Serahs border, pay attention to the TIME CHANGE in Iran. Custom formalities in Iranian site an hour and Turkmen site at least an hour. From the border to Mary 4 hours driving, rouph road. Lunch on the way. Upon arrival to Mary accommodation at the Hotel. If time permits city tour. Dinner. Overnight in Mary.
Breakfast. Visit Ancient Merv Archeological-Architectural Monuments. Including Kyz Kala VII-th century CE, late Sasanian period, Askhabs mausoleum (companians of prophate Muhammed) Al Hakim ibn Amr al Jafari and Bureida ibn al Huseib al Islami with the beautifully blue tiled patterns with the shape of eight pointed star. Futher to the East cross the bridge on al Razik canal and head to the North in between two fortresses. On the left Sultan Kala built at the time of Malik shakh ibn Alp Arslan, on the right Gyaur Kala IV-th century BCE. On the Northern edge of that there is Erk Kala the oldest of Merv fortresses. Hoja Yusuf Hamedani Mosque is one of Merv holiest parts where local pilgrims are worshipping and sacrificing the animals for good Fortune and fertility. Hoja Yusuf Hamedani was sufi-dervish and based in Merv School of Sufism. The Shahriar Ark (or Citadel of Sultan Kala) is another impressive parts of Merv. Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar is most impressive construction with magnificent turquoise-tiled outer dome, which was seen from one day caravan way according to the reports of middle age historians. The XII-th century Mausoleum of Muhammed ibn Zeid is an interesting site for Sufi pilgrims. Lunch. After lunch visit Mary Regional Museum, if time permits see Russian Orthodoxs Church. Evening flight to Ashgabat. Accommodation at the hotel.
Full day city tour, including “Old Nisa” remains of Parthian Royal Residence, with Zoroastrian Temple, Square Hall of Parthian Kings, Treasery and Currently excavated sites by two joint Archeological teams Italian-Turkmen, Turkmen-Russian. On the way back to Ashgabat stop at Kipchak village to see Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashy with capacity of 10 000 worshippers. Lunch. After lunch visit Independence Tower 91m. height. National Museum of History, Arch of Neutrality, Russian Bazar. Dinner. After dinner have short evening tour to the city visiting “Yyldyz” hotel (imitation to Burch al Arab) impressive one and Wedding Palace (City Hall) from there you will have wonderful panorama to the city. Overnight.
Breakfast. Transfer to Bajgiran border. Border formalities on both