17 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

17 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Ashgabat
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Kaakhka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Bamy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Balkanabat
— 2 nights
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  7 h 45 min
6
Kunya-Urgench
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: London

3
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Geokdepe and Parthian Settlement of Nisa. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts and Russian Orthodox Church. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hezreti Osman Mosque, make a trip to Wedding Palace, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument.

For ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat holiday planning site.

London, UK to Ashgabat is an approximately 10.5- hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Turkmenistan Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from London in March, expect Ashgabat to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife
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Geokdepe ©
Geokdepe
Kow Ata Underground Lake ©
Kow Ata Underground Lake
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, then explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, and then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum. On the next day, make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque and then delve into the distant past at Gonur Depe.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mary trip planner.

Getting from Ashgabat to Mary by car takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. March in Mary sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gonur Depe ©
Gonur Depe
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
National History and Ethnology Museum

2
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. On the 20th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Abiverd Ruins.

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Getting from Mary to Kaakhka by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll set off for Bamy on the 21st (Sat).

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Abiverd Ruins ©
Abiverd Ruins

2
nights
Bamy

Bamy
On the 22nd (Sun), Head underground at Bahardenskaya Cave.

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Traveling by car from Kaakhka to Bamy takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for Balkanabat on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bamy

Nature Parks

2
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. On the 24th (Tue), appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yangykala Canyon.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Balkanabat trip planner.

Getting from Bamy to Balkanabat by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature Parks
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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

1
night
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. On the 26th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench, contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally make a trip to Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai, explore the ancient world of Kyrk Molla, don't miss a visit to Seyit Ahmet, then don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench day trip website.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Balkanabat to Kunya-Urgench in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Il Arslan Mausoleum ©
Il Arslan Mausoleum

2
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Darvaza trip 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 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater