31 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

31 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Start: Antalya, Turkey
Drive:  22 h 15 min
1
Balkanabat
— 4 nights
Drive:  9 h
2
Dasoguz Province
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Darvaza
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
4
Kaakhka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Mary
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Antalya, Turkey

4
nights
Balkanabat

Balkanabat ©
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. Balkanabat is known for nature and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Yangykala Canyon, appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Balkanabat trip site.

Antalya, Turkey to Balkanabat is an approximately 41- hour car ride. The time zone difference when traveling from Antalya to Balkanabat is 2 hours. You'll set off for Dasoguz Province on the 5th (Sun).

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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

3
nights
Dasoguz Province

Dasoguz Province ©
Dasoguz Province is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dasoguz Province online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Balkanabat to Dasoguz Province takes 11.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Dasoguz Province

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

5
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Darvaza Gas Crater.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Darvaza trip builder.

You can drive from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza in 2 hours. You'll set off for Kaakhka on the 14th (Tue).

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

4
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. Kaakhka is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

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Drive from Darvaza to Kaakhka in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Mary on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Abiverd Ruins ©
Abiverd Ruins

5
nights
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.
Mary is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, and shop like a local with Zelyony (Green) Bazaar.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mary online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kaakhka to Mary takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In May in Mary, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 21°C at night. You'll set off for Ashgabat on the 24th (Fri).

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Shopping 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

5
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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, and delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Mary to Ashgabat in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Mary in May, things will get slightly colder in Ashgabat: highs are around 31°C and lows about 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Fun & Games Historic Sites Theme Parks
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Ashgabat hippodrome ©
Ashgabat hippodrome
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument