Classic Turkmenistan tour

Turkmenistan Tour: Main Cities, Grandiose Must-see Objects and Best Places to Visit


Country: Turkmenistan  
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Itinerary: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Darvaza gas crater - Ashgabat - Mary - Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi -
  - Awaza Resort - Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Tour: Main Cities, Grandiose Must-see Objects and Best Places to Visit

Turkmenistan is the least accessible of the former USSR republics and a very specific oriental country with rich history. The stone ruins found all across the country keep memory of old and new Nisa - the capital of the Parthian Empire, majestic ancient Merv - the capital of Persian satrapy Margiana, Kunya-Urgench - the capital of ancient Khorezm and many other historically remarkable places.

However, apart from world-famous historical monuments, Turkmenistan boasts some other interesting locations of an absolutely different kind. Among them is the Door to Hell - the burning Darvaza gas crater in the Karakum desert. Thousands of torches of various sizes have been burning inside the crater for almost 50 years, attracting people from all over the globe.

Many sights of Turkmenistan can be referred to only with superlatives: Ashkhabad - the world’s most white-marbled city; the Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque (Mosque of the Turkmenbashi’s Spirituality) - the biggest mosque in Central Asia and the biggest one-dome mosque in the world; Merv - the oldest extant city in Central Asia. If we keep in mind the most beautiful Turkmen carpets and the famous Akhal Teke horses, innumerable ancient artefacts, the well-organized infrastructure on the shore of the Caspian Sea and the modern resort Awaza, we realize Turkmenistan is and has always been a very intriguing place to visit.

Join group tour to Turkmenistan and enjoy all the country's best highlights!

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Tour Program:
Day 1. Arrival in Ashgabat.
Tour beginning/arrival date. Arrival in Ashgabat. Meeting at Ashgabat airport according to tourist's flight arrival time. Transfer to a hotel and check-in after 14:00 PM. Leisure time. Greeting dinner. After dinner transfer back to the hotel and night city tour en route. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 2. Ashgabat - Dashoguz (Domestic flight). Dashoguz - Darvaza (490 km, 6-7 hrs.).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport, flight to Dashoguz (10:30-11:20). Transfer to Kunya-Urgench ancient city and sightseeing tour there: Turabek-Khanum Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Il-Arslan Mausoleum, Kutlug-Timur Minaret. Transfer back to Dashoguz and drive to Darvaza gas crater. Dinner at tent camp. Overnight in tents.


Day 3. Darvaza - Ashgabat (300 km, 4-5 hrs.).
Breakfast at tent camp. Transfer to Ashgabat. Check-in at a hotel upon arrival. After lunch sightseeing tour in Ashgabat: National Museum, Parthian Fortresses of Nisa (UNESCO heritage site). Overnight at the hotel.

Parthian Fortresses of Nisa

Day 4. Ashgabat - Mary (Domestic flight). Mary (sightseeing, 100 km, 4 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport, flight to Mary (09:50-10:30). Arrival in Mary, sightseeing tour in the surroundings: visit the site of ancient Merv (UNESCO heritage site, 40 km from Mary) - one of the world’s greatest vanished cities, once the Silk Road metropolis. Transfer back to Mary. Visit Mary museum. Transfer to a hotel and check-in. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 5. Mary - Ashgabat (360 km, 5 hrs). Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi (night train).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Ashgabat. Visit Abiverd en route, sightseeing tour there: ruins of ancient settlement Abiverd - craft and trade city on the Silk Road. Visit Anau mosque and private horse farm, where famous thoroughbred Akhal Teke horses are bred. Akhal Teke horses are famous for their endurance, intelligence and beauty. Upon arrival in Ashgabat - sightseeing tour there: visit Russian bazaar, monuments to Lenin and Pushkin. Transfer to the railway station. Departure for Turkmenbashi by night train (19:00-09:00). Overnight in train.

Akhal Teke  horses

Day 6. Turkmenbashi - Awaza (50 km, 2 hrs).
Arrival in Turkmenbashi. Breakfast at a local cafe. Sightseeing tour in Turkmenbashi: the Church of St Michael the Archangel, the local Bazaar and port. Transfer to Awaza, Turkmenistan's shining resort city on the Caspian Sea. Check-in at a hotel. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 7. Awaza - Turkmenbashi (50 km, 1 h). Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat (Domestic flight).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport, flight to Ashgabat (13:00-14:00). Arrival in Ashgabat, meeting at the airport, transfer to a hotel and check-in. After lunch - continuation of sightseeing tour in Ashgabat: Neutrality Arch, Independence Park, Ashgabat Cable Car - the first and single in Turkmenistan. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 8. Ashgabat - Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out before 12:00. Leisure time without any transport and excursion services. Transfer to the airport. Departure.


Cost includes:

  • Visa support to Turkmenistan;
  • Meeting/seeing-off at Ashgabat airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotel on twin/double share with breakfast;
  • Accommodation in tents with double share on trekking part (including sleeping bag, sleeping pad and pillow);
  • Sightseeing tour in each city according to the tour program;
  • Accompany English speaking guide;
  • Entrance fees for included in the tour sights;
  • Services of the driver with comfortable transport during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • Flight tickets (economy class, 20 kg for luggage) for Domestic flights: Ashgabat - Dashoguz, Ashgabat - Mary and Turkmenbashi - Ashgabat;
  • Train tickets (economy class) for night transfer Ashgabat - Turkmenbashi;
  • Meals accrding the program: beakfasts in the hotels, 1 dinner (lunch-box) and 3 dinners in the restaurants;
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;

Cost does not include:

  • International air flights;
  • Photo and video on the sights and in museums;
  • Meals, excluding mentioned in the program;
  • Medical insurance.

Obligatory additional expenditures:

  • Tourist visa for 20 days 155+4 USD in case of issuing it in the airport or on the border zone;
  • Migration card 10+4 USD upon arrival in the airport or on the border zone;
  • Tourist fee for accommodation in hotels, paid upon departure 2 USD /per person /per night in the hotel;

We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
- Hotels 4* - very comfortable hotels providing excellent facilities and services; mainly located in or near city centers.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels 3* Hotels 4*
Ashgabat Ak-Altyn Hotel 3* or similar Grand Turkmen Hotel 4* or similar
Darvaza Tents or similar Tents or similar
Mary Mary Hotel 4* or similar Mary Hotel 4* or similar
Turkmenbashi (Awaza) Seyrana Hotel 3* or similar Seyrana Hotel 3* or similar

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