10 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

10 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Ashgabat
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Ashgabat is an approximately 11- hour flight. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Ashgabat, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in November, things will get much colder in Ashgabat: highs are around 15°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Theme Parks Museums Historic Sites
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World of Turkmenbashi Tales ©
World of Turkmenbashi Tales
Ashgabat National Museum of History ©
Ashgabat National Museum of History
Gypjak Mosque ©
Gypjak Mosque

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): don't miss a visit 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.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mary driving holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Mary in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off 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 ©
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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): make a trip to Konye Urgenc, make a trip to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then don't miss a visit to Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Kyrk Molla, delve into the distant past at Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, then don't miss a visit to Seyit Ahmet, and finally make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kunya-Urgench day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, Kunya-Urgench is slightly colder than Mary - with highs of 2°C and lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to 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

2
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Darvaza travel route 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 time for travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

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