17 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

17 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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17 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Ashgabat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kaakhka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Bamy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Balkanabat
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
6
Kunya-Urgench
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: London

3
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Explore hidden gems such as Kow Ata Underground Lake and Halk Hakydasy Memorial Complex. Visit Geokdepe and Ertugrul Gazi Mosque for their historical value. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, get outside with Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, and appreciate the history behind Independence Monument.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ashgabat online tour itinerary planner .

London, UK to Ashgabat is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Ashgabat, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from London in March; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 19°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe
Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

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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 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, then delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, and then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque and then explore the ancient world of Gonur Depe.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mary trip planning website .

Fly from Ashgabat to Mary in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gonur Depe ©
Gonur Depe
National History and Ethnology Museum ©

2
nights
Kaakhka

Kaakhka ©
Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kaakhka trip website .

Traveling by car from Mary to Kaakhka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 21st (Sat), you're off toBamy.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Abiverd Ruins ©
Abiverd Ruins

2
nights
Bamy

Bamy
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): Head underground at Bahardenskaya Cave.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Bamy trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Kaakhka to Bamy in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Balkanabat on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bamy

Nature Parks
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Balkanabat

Balkanabat ©
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Balkanabat planning website .

Traveling by car from Bamy to Balkanabat takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Balkanabat

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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

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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 26th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, make a trip to Kutlug Timur Minaret, then explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai, contemplate the long history of Kyrk Molla, steep yourself in history at Seyit Ahmet, then don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kunya-Urgench online visit planner .

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Balkanabat to Kunya-Urgench in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Kunya-Urgench can reach 15°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Il Arslan Mausoleum ©
Il Arslan Mausoleum

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Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Darvaza trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) 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