10 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

10 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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10 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Ashgabat
— 4 nights
2
Mary
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

4
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and make a trip to Geokdepe.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip itinerary builder .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ashgabat is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Malaysia Time (MYT) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November: high temperatures in Ashgabat hover around 15°C and lows are around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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World of Turkmenbashi Tales ©
World of Turkmenbashi Tales
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

1
night
Mary

Mary ©
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, and finally explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mary online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Ashgabat to Mary by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque
National History and Ethnology Museum ©

2
nights
Kunya-Urgench

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. On the 4th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc, steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, then make a trip to Kutlug Timur Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Konye Urgenc Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla, explore the ancient world of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench, then make a trip to Seyit Ahmet, and finally explore the ancient world of Gate of the Caravanserai.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kunya-Urgench tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mary in December: high temperatures in Kunya-Urgench hover around 2°C and lows are around -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

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nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
On the 6th (Fri), make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Darvaza online day trip planner .

Getting from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks Nature
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater