37 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

37 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner

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Ashgabat
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kaakhka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 5 nights
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Train to Turkmenbashi, Fly to Dashoguz, Taxi to Kunya-Urgench
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Kunya-Urgench
— 5 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 6 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to La Guardia 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: pause for some photo ops at Independence Monument, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat trip itinerary planning tool.

New York City, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from New York City to Ashgabat. Traveling from New York City in January, you will find days in Ashgabat are a bit warmer (47°F), and nights are about the same (27°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife

Mary

— 5 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: don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, explore the ancient world of Gonur Depe, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mary tour planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Mary takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ashgabat in January since evenings lows in Mary dip to 34°F. On the 3rd (Mon), you're off to Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums

Kaakhka

— 5 nights
Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Kaakhka is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

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You can drive from Mary to Kaakhka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 8th (Sat), you're off to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Balkanabat

— 5 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 the dramatic natural features at Yangykala Canyon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozli Ata Mausoleum, and pause for some photo ops at The Monument to the Desert Explorers.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Balkanabat itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kaakhka to Balkanabat by car takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench

— 5 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: contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench - UNESCO World Heritage Site, explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and make a trip to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kunya-Urgench day trip app.

Do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Balkanabat to Kunya-Urgench in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In February, daily temperatures in Kunya-Urgench can reach 39°F, while at night they dip to 21°F. You'll set off for Darvaza on the 20th (Thu).

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.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Darvaza trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to 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.