34 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

34 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 6 nights
Fly to Dashoguz, Taxi to Kunya-Urgench
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Kunya-Urgench
— 6 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 6 nights
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 4 nights
Drive
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Bamy
— 4 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Ben Gurion International Airport

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Ashgabat

— 6 nights
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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, and take an unorthodox tour of Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ashgabat online travel route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Ashgabat is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Israel Standard Time (IST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from Tel Aviv in November, expect Ashgabat to be colder, temps between 15°C and 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Mary

— 6 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.
Mary is known for historic sites and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mary trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Mary takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Ashgabat in November, Mary is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 5°C. You'll set off for Kunya-Urgench on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums

Kunya-Urgench

— 6 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. Kunya-Urgench is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site, don't miss a visit to Kutlug Timur Minaret, and explore the ancient world of Gate of the Caravanserai.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunya-Urgench visit site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, Kunya-Urgench is slightly colder than Mary - with highs of 2°C and lows of -6°C. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites

Darvaza

— 6 nights
Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Darvaza Gas Crater.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Darvaza visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks · Nature

Balkanabat

— 4 nights
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: take in breathtaking views at Yangykala Canyon, pause for some photo ops at The Monument to the Desert Explorers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Balkanabat trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Balkanabat takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll set off for Bamy on the 19th (Thu).

Things to do in Balkanabat

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Bamy

— 4 nights
Bamy is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the fascinating underground world of Bahardenskaya Cave.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Bamy day trip app.

Traveling by car from Balkanabat to Bamy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bamy

Parks · Nature

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.