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9 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary
Fly: 20 h 45 min
Ashgabat— 5 nights
Fly: 1 h
Mary— 1 night
Fly: 28 h
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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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, and take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History.
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Johannesburg, South Africa to Ashgabat is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in September: high temperatures in Ashgabat hover around 38°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Mary.
Things to do in Ashgabat
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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.Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, then explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church. Keep things going the next day: stop by Zelyony (Green) Bazaar and then don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.
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You can fly from Ashgabat to Mary in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 19°C in Mary. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Mary
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