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Turkmenistan

Independence Day Tour

Sep 26th - Oct 2nd 2018
7 Days
1,249

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

At Global Village Tours we are committed to taking you off the beaten track, and Turkmenistan is a little bit further than that! This is our third year traveling to incredible Turkmenistan – nestled between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia. What makes this tour all the more unique is that we will be here to celebrate Turkmenistan’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an event which not many foreigners have had the opportunity to witness, and it is as extravagant as it is rare!

Strict government visa policy means that annual tourist numbers to the country are only in the four figures! In 2017 Turkmenistan was one of the most difficult countries to obtain a tourist visa for. But the good news is we have incredibly efficient partners on the ground there that have a great strike rate with granting all our Global Villagers visas. But we would advise allowing plenty of time when signing up just to be sure.

We will explore the amazing capital city of Ashgabat with the world’s highest concentration of white marble buildings. The city is impeccably maintained with numerous parks and wide open green spaces, contrasting this are the many bustling bazaars where we can enjoy a coffee and a chat with the locals. Much of modern life in Turkmenistan is reflected in its former leader Turkmenbashy – we will visit the mausoleum where he lays in state. We also pay a visit to the ancient city of Nisa, a UNESCO world heritage site and the former capital of the Parthian Empire before it was leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC.

Moving away from the capital we will explore smaller villages and towns including a few homestays to give us an insight into rural Turkmen life. A tour highlight is an adventure in a four-wheel drive out to the Karakum Desert to see the infamous 'Gates of Hell' - a 230 foot wide flaming gas crater. After the sun sets over the crater we will spend the night camping under the stars. Next up is Kow Ata, a thermal lake situated in underground caves where we can take a dip to cool off from the warm Autumn air. Also on our list we will pay a visit to the 5-star Avaza Beach resort. Although the facilities are extravagant and the buildings futuristic, the place is somehow best described as a ghost town! Last but not least is Yangykala Canyon, one of the worlds finest canyons which most people dont even know exists.

See the full itinerary for more!

 

Inclusive of

  • Letter of Invitation
  • A/C bus (water onboard complimentary), 4WD, domestic flight Turkmenbashy -Ashgabat.
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Western guide
  • Entrance fees to Nisa and Kow Ata
  • 3 x 4 star hotel, 1 x 3 star hotel, 1 x 1 star hotel, 1 x homestay, 1 x camping (double/twin)
  • Breakfast every day and dinner at the homestay in Nokhur

Exclusive of

  • Flights to and from Ashgabat
  • Turkmen visa (dependant on nationality)
  • Tax at border (USD 12)
  • 6 x dinner, 7 x lunch (allow approximately USD 100-120)
  • Photo/video fees at sites, usually around $2-10, depending on the site
  • Tips for guides
  • Any other personal expenses such as souvenirs

If you have any questions or queries about Turkmenistan, drop us a line at info@globalvillagetours.ie

Price

€1,249

Length

6 Nights,
7 Days

At a glance

  • Ashgabat
  • Avaza
  • Turkmenbashy
  • Darvaza
  • Ashgabat
Back to Group Tours

Turkmenistan

Independence Day Tour

Sep 26th - Oct 2nd 2018
7 Days
1,249

At Global Village Tours we are committed to taking you off the beaten track, and Turkmenistan is a little bit further than that! This is our third year traveling to incredible Turkmenistan – nestled between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia. What makes this tour all the more unique is that we will be here to celebrate Turkmenistan’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an event which not many foreigners have had the opportunity to witness, and it is as extravagant as it is rare!

Strict government visa policy means that annual tourist numbers to the country are only in the four figures! In 2017 Turkmenistan was one of the most difficult countries to obtain a tourist visa for. But the good news is we have incredibly efficient partners on the ground there that have a great strike rate with granting all our Global Villagers visas. But we would advise allowing plenty of time when signing up just to be sure.

We will explore the amazing capital city of Ashgabat with the world’s highest concentration of white marble buildings. The city is impeccably maintained with numerous parks and wide open green spaces, contrasting this are the many bustling bazaars where we can enjoy a coffee and a chat with the locals. Much of modern life in Turkmenistan is reflected in its former leader Turkmenbashy – we will visit the mausoleum where he lays in state. We also pay a visit to the ancient city of Nisa, a UNESCO world heritage site and the former capital of the Parthian Empire before it was leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC.

Moving away from the capital we will explore smaller villages and towns including a few homestays to give us an insight into rural Turkmen life. A tour highlight is an adventure in a four-wheel drive out to the Karakum Desert to see the infamous 'Gates of Hell' - a 230 foot wide flaming gas crater. After the sun sets over the crater we will spend the night camping under the stars. Next up is Kow Ata, a thermal lake situated in underground caves where we can take a dip to cool off from the warm Autumn air. Also on our list we will pay a visit to the 5-star Avaza Beach resort. Although the facilities are extravagant and the buildings futuristic, the place is somehow best described as a ghost town! Last but not least is Yangykala Canyon, one of the worlds finest canyons which most people dont even know exists.

See the full itinerary for more!

 

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

Inclusive of

  • Letter of Invitation
  • A/C bus (water onboard complimentary), 4WD, domestic flight Turkmenbashy -Ashgabat.
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Western guide
  • Entrance fees to Nisa and Kow Ata
  • 3 x 4 star hotel, 1 x 3 star hotel, 1 x 1 star hotel, 1 x homestay, 1 x camping (double/twin)
  • Breakfast every day and dinner at the homestay in Nokhur

Exclusive of

  • Flights to and from Ashgabat
  • Turkmen visa (dependant on nationality)
  • Tax at border (USD 12)
  • 6 x dinner, 7 x lunch (allow approximately USD 100-120)
  • Photo/video fees at sites, usually around $2-10, depending on the site
  • Tips for guides
  • Any other personal expenses such as souvenirs

If you have any questions or queries about Turkmenistan, drop us a line at info@globalvillagetours.ie