13 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

13 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan attractions planner
Make it your trip
Fly
1
Ashgabat
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Kaakhka
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Thessaloniki

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Ashgabat — 3 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque, stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, and enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Ashgabat trip planner.

Thessaloniki, Greece to Ashgabat is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Thessaloniki in July, expect Ashgabat to be a bit warmer, temps between 45°C and 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Kaakhka.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Kaakhka — 2 nights

Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. On the 1st (Sat), explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kaakhka trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Ashgabat to Kaakhka in 2 hours. You'll set off for Mary on the 2nd (Sun).
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Historic Sites
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Mary — 2 nights

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.
On the 3rd (Mon), explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque and then take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Mary online trip maker.

You can drive from Kaakhka to Mary in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 42°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kunya-Urgench.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Kunya-Urgench — 2 nights

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 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then make a trip to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and then contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum, make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai, delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla, then don't miss a visit to Il Arslan Mausoleum, then explore the ancient world of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Seyit Ahmet.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kunya-Urgench attractions planning site.

Getting from Mary to Kunya-Urgench by car takes about 11.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Darvaza.
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Darvaza — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Darvaza online visit planner.

You can drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.
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