37 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

37 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  25 h
1
Ashgabat
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Mary
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kaakhka
— 5 nights
Drive:  8 h 15 min
4
Balkanabat
— 5 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
5
Kunya-Urgench
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Darvaza
— 6 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28 h
End: New York City

6
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: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 25- hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from New York City to Ashgabat. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Ashgabat are a bit warmer (47°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

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: don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, shop like a local with Zelyony (Green) Bazaar, pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, and take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mary tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Mary takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ashgabat in January since evenings lows in Mary dip to 34°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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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
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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You can drive from Mary to Kaakhka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Abiverd Ruins ©
Abiverd Ruins

5
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: explore the striking landscape at Yangykala Canyon and appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Balkanabat trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Kaakhka to Balkanabat in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Parks Nature
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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

5
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. Kunya-Urgench is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench, explore the ancient world of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, and don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

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Getting from Balkanabat to Kunya-Urgench by combination of train, flight, and taxi takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. February in Kunya-Urgench sees daily highs of 39°F and lows of 21°F at night. On the 20th (Thu), you'll travel 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

6
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.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Darvaza trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Darvaza

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