Dinosaurs on the Silk Road

Stunning Dinosaur Plateau in the Koytendag Mountains of Turkmenistan


Countries: Turkmenistan
Tour duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Itinerary: Ashgabat – Kerki – Koyten – Kerki – Ashgabat

Tour to Uzbekistan

Turkmenistan is rich not only in unique ancient architectural monuments, but also in impressive natural sites that have no analogues on the planet. One such place is the Dinosaur Plateau in the Kugitang Mountains in eastern Turkmenistan. The world's largest collection of dinosaur footprints in a single location has been discovered there – around 3000 footprints of Megalosaurs, Iguanodons and Tyrannosaurs. Scientists have also found 31 dinosaur trackways, and the longest one is 311 metres, a world record. In addition, footprints of not only dinosaurs but also human-like creatures have been found on the plateau, raising many questions and hypotheses.

During this tour we will visit other interesting sites in the Koytendag region, as well as attractions in and around Ashgabat, including Ahalteke horse stables, Carpet Museum and the ruins of the ancient Parthian city of Nissa, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Tour itinerary 2024:
Day 1. Arrival in Ashgabat.
Arrival in Ashagabat early in the morning. Meet the local driver at the International airport and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
Breakfast at the hotel.
11:00 Meet the guide and start the city tour in Ashgabat. We will visit Russian bazaar, Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque, Ahalteke horse stables, Independence Park, Rukhnama Monument, Neutrality Arch, National museum, Nissa (UNESCO) and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum.
Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight.

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2. Ashgabat – Kerki by morning flight.
Kerki – Koyten by road, 250 km
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for furthe flight from Ashgabat to Kerki (11:00-12:00).
Upon arrival we will have a transfer to Koytendag, en route – stop to see Astan baba and Almaberder Mausoleums. Picnic lunch on the way.
Late in the afternoon arrive to Kugitang Mountains region. Accommodation at the tourist lodge in Koytendag.
Dinner and overnight at base lodge.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner .
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Koyten.
Breakfast at the lodge.
After that we will star exploring Kugitang region and visit the Dinosaur Plateau, the Umbar Dere Gorge and the Kyrk Gyz pilgrim cave. Picnic lunch en route.
Return to base lodge. Dinner and overnight at base lodge.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Koyten – Kerki by road, 250 km.
Kerki – Ashgabat by night train, 12:40-06:10
After early breakfast transfer back to Kerki. En route we will visit Kaynar Baba lake (having the hydrogen sulphide spring with a holy fish which can be seen in the lake).
Upon arrival in Kerki direct transfer to the train station to catch the night train to Ashgabat.
12:40 Departure from Kerki (train number №96). Lunch and dinner on the train.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in train.

Day 5. Arrival in Ashgabat.
06:10 Arrival in Ashgabat. Transfer to local restaurant for breakfast.
After breakfast full day tour with a guide. We will visit Sunday bazaar, Anau Ruins Mosque, Carpet Museum, Ferris Wheel, Earthquake Monument, Soviet War Memorial Complex and Wedding Palace panoramic viewpoint.
After dinner time we will have a direct transfer to the airport (no hotel).

Meals: breakfast.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6. Departure from Ashgabat.
Departure from Turkmenistan by early morning TK flight.

Cost of the tour in USD per person, season 2024:

Group 1 pax 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-7 pax 8-9 pax 10-11 pax Supplement for single accommodation
Hotel 4* 2100 USD 1435 USD 1270 USD 1225 USD 1160 USD 1130 USD +170 USD
Hotel 5* 2135 USD 1470 USD 1305 USD 1260 USD 1195 USD 1165 USD +215 USD

Tour price includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels, mentioned below, or in similar, but of the same category in double/twin rooms with breakfasts, including early check-in in Ashgabat on Day 1;
  • Meals - 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners according to the program;
  • Services of English-speaking guide for the whole tour;
  • Entrance fees to the sites;
  • Local flight from Ashgabat to Kerki (economy class);
  • Domestic train ticket from Kerki to Ashgabat (1 bunk bed in a 4-person sleeper cabin) (no dining-car on board, no private bathroom or water supply in compartment);
  • Railway transfer from Bukhara to Tashkent;
  • Comfortable transportation throughout the tour, including ‘airport-hotel-airport” transfers;
  • Visa invitation for Turkmenistan visa.

Tour price does not include:

  • The cost of international flights
  • Turkmenistan visa - 100-120 USD per person to be paid on arrival (including visa fee and migration tax);
  • Tourist fee per night, charged in the hotels at departure - 2 USD per person per night (to be paid on the spot);
  • COVID-19 PCR tests by arrival and/or departure 43 USD per person per test (to be paid on the spot);
  • Meals not mentioned above;
  • Medical expenses and insurance;
  • Porters at the railway stations and airports;
  • Tips;

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Location Hotels 4* Hotels 5*
Ashgabat Sport 4* or similar Archabil 5* or similar
Koyten Tourist lodge

Information on the vehicles
Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:

Uzbekistan and other countries Vehicle
Group of 1–2 people "Toyota Avalon" or similar
Group of 4 people "Toyota Sienna minivan for 5 seats"
Group of 6–10 people "Toyota Hiace for 14 seats" or similar


Visa to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

A great number of other countries can obtain an e-visa to Uzbekistan by simply visiting the governmental portal e-visa.gov.uz.

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Visa to Turkmenistan:

Citizens of all foreign countries, intending to enter Turkmenistan, are obliged to have visa. Visa to Turkmenistan can issued only on the basis of preliminary issued visa invitation. The visa invitation is being issued by our company on the basis of the following documents of yours:
- filled-in application form (sample of the application form is being send beforehand);
- scanned copy of your passport of good quality;
- a photo of good quality (size 3:4).

After receiving these documents we apply to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan for visa invitation issuance for our tourists. The process of visa invitation issuance takes 7-10 working days. On the basis of the visa invitation a tourist can get Turkmenistan visa at the embassy of in any country, where there is Turkmenistan Embassy, in Ashgabat airport or at the consular department on the border.

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