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Explore Turkmenistan

7-day tour & full expert itinerary from €1590 per person (based on two) Enquire for special group rates!

The least-visited of Central Asia’s countries, Turkmenistan, is slowly opening its borders to tourists whilst remaining firmly off the beaten track. Explore this ancient land of spirituality, exquisite natural beauty, rich history and exciting modern culture while experiencing the legendary Turkmen hospitality.

Turkmenistan is a country steeped in history. Travel the Silk Road, observing the vast natural beauty of the Karakum Desert and soaking in the culture of magnificent ancient cities such as Merv and Konye-Urgench. Gaze in wonder at the Darvaza gas crater, known as “The Gates of Hell”, still burning since 1971, and be awestruck by the breathtaking colours of the Yangykala Canyon.

The country’s fascinating present can be experienced in the capital city of Ashgabat, “The City of Love”, sometimes called the “The White City” for the glistening marble palaces accented with shimmering gold domes. Here the presence of the President for Life, Saparmurat Niyazov (also known as “Türkmenbaşy”) can still be felt due to the many statues and pictures dedicated to him adorning the city. Must-see attractions in Ashgabat include the Arch of Neutrality, the Wheel of Enlightenment, the Palace of Happiness and the Monument to the Constitution, to mention but a few.

Ashgabat will host The Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, beginning on the 15th of September 2017 and ending on September 24th. The state-of-the-art stadiums and arenas of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex feature brand new, custom-built facilities, all made of the city’s characteristic white marble. The people of Turkmenistan love to put on a show, so we eagerly await the opening and closing ceremonies. On October 27th, Ashgabat will host their annual Independence Day concert at Kopetdag Stadium. This is a spectacle that must be seen to be believed, featuring performances of local popular artists and traditional folk music and dance in a blaze of colour.

Optional Highlights for your Trip

  • Explore a country not often seen by foreign visitors
  • Drive 250km to Darvaza (The Gates of Hell) and camp there overnight
  • Visit Nisa, a UNESCO Heritage site and capital of the Parthian Empire
  • Wander around the surreal capital city of Ashgabat
  • Enjoy a local beer and shashlik with 360° views over Ashgabat
  • Explore around the foothills of the Kopetdag Mountains
  • Swim in Kow Ata an underground thermal spring lake
  • Take a night tour of the city and see its white marble architecture light up
  • See Yangykala Canyon, which makes the Grand Canyon look not so grand
  • Check out the futuristic and empty beach resort of Avaza, like Dubai gone horribly wrong!
  • Talk with us about doing a full Silk Road itinerary through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Xinjiang

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 Airport- Ashgabat
  • Meet at the airport the previous night or early in the morning. Transfer to hotel and check in.
  • Sightseeing in Ashgabat: Ertogrul Ghazi mosque, history museum, Nisa, Turkmenbashy spiritual mosque and mausoleum in Kipchak.
  • Return to Ashgabat and continue sightseeing: Visit Independence park and the monument of the Ruhnama (which unfortunately doesn't open any more, but is still an amazing and unique monument), Tower of Neutrality, The Wheel of Englightenment (which if it's open you can take a ride on, but is often closed), and the other monuments.
  • After sunset, drive to the Palace of Happiness (Wedding Palace), where you can take panoramic photos of Ashgabat. Continue to the amusement park in First Park.
  • Return in hotel late in the evening.

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Insider Info

Our Turkmenistan itinerary and pricing is a guide only and each trip can be tailored to your individual requirements or that of your group. If you would like take in more time in Turkmenistan just let us know. It can be difficult to secure your tourist visa for Turkmenistan as only a certain (minimal) number are issued each year, that is one of the most important things to be aware of when planning a trip here. This can be made more difficult at certain times of the year. Tour prices reduce substantially for small, medium and of course large groups. If there are particular areas of any of our destinations, specific sites of interest you wish to visit or activities you would like to do, this can be arranged as part of your own designed itinerary. For example if you wish to learn about the history, culture or sports of any of our destinations or of course just relax on a holiday - all of this can catered for. We can offer high end accommodation and/or comfortable budget accomodation for the duration of your trip. All of our tailor made tours and our group tours are developed with local expert staff and guides to make your experience unique and authentic.

Included in this tour

  • Letter of Invitation and registration
  • A/C Road Transportation
  • Local expert English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share
  • Bottled water each day
  • Breakfast every day

Not included in this tour

  • International Flights
  • Visa (roughly $90 for most nationalities on arrival at Ashgabat airport)
  • Immigration tax at the airport ($12)
  • Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • Photo/video fees at sites (not at all sites, but usually around $2-10 depending on the site)
  • Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up to your personal discretion)
  • Any other personal expenses such as souvenirs and drinks

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