15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 3 nights
Fly to Dashoguz, Taxi to Kunya-Urgench
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Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Houston

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Ashgabat

— 5 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ashgabat National Museum of History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Seyit Jemaletdin Mosque for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Hezreti Osman Mosque, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat day trip website.

Houston, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Ashgabat, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ashgabat, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks

Mary

— 3 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyaur Kala and Gonur Depe. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, and get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mary trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Ashgabat to Mary by car takes about 5 hours. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mary, with lows of 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums

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 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seyit Ahmet, don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then steep yourself in history at Il Arslan Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site, and finally contemplate the long history of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Kyrk Molla and then make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench journey planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Mary in September, expect Kunya-Urgench to be little chillier, temps between 83°F and 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites

Darvaza

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Darvaza tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks

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.