From  £2550
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar
  • See the Earthquake Monument
  • Explore the Turkmen Carpet Museum
  • Journey into the Kara Kum desert
  • See the flaming crater at Darvaza
  • Discover the main market of Dashoguz
  • Visit the Kow Ata Underground Lake
  • Visit the historical site of Merv
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Classic Turkmenistan Group Tour

12 Day Tour, from £2550 per person

Possibly the most reclusive of the Central Asian states, Turkmenistan has been largely overlooked by the world since gaining independence in 1991. Travelling on this Regent Holidays exclusive small group tour will provide a fascinating insight into the republic’s history and eccentric leaders; admire the lavish marble palaces and communist memorials of Ashgabat, journey into the Karakum desert to witness the flaming Darvaza crater at night and gain an insight into why Merv was one of the most important oasis cities on the Silk Road. 
 

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO ASHGABAT
FLY TO ASHGABAT
Depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Ashgabat with Turkmenistan Airlines.
DAY 2
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT
Arrive Ashgabat in the early morning and transfer to your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a few hours of rest before commencing a full day of city sightseeing. Visit the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar on the edge of the city. Tolkuchka is considered to be one of Central Asia’s most impressive markets. Spend time exploring this sprawling site which sells all manner of goods, from camels to cars. After lunch in a city centre restaurant, enjoy an introductory tour of Ashgabat, which will include the World War II Memorial, Earthquake Monument, Turkmenbashy Square and the Gulustan Bazaar (the pleasant central city market). (B,L,D)
DAY 3
ASHGABAT TO DARVAZA
ASHGABAT TO DARVAZA
Check out of the hotel and continue sightseeing with a visit to the Turkmen Carpet Museum— amongst its exhibits is the world's largest hand-woven carpet. Visit the National Museum and gain an insight into the history of the Turkmen nation and its people. After lunch travel by 4WD vehicles north into the Kara Kum desert. Pass through the semi-nomadic village of Erbent and visit some small desert craters before arriving at Darvaza, a most impressive flaming crater located at a remote spot. Camp here (basic equipment provided) overnight. Darvaza is impressive in the day, but at night it is a remarkable site. A picnic dinner/barbecue will be prepared. (B,L,D)
DAY 4
DARVAZA TO DASHOGUZ
DARVAZA TO DASHOGUZ
Depart camp and head north through the desert to the historical Konye Urgench, completing a traverse of the Kara Kum Desert. Konye Urgench was once considered one of the most important cities in the Islamic World. This area, largely destroyed by the Mongols and Timur, has many sites of historical interest. Tour the area before moving onto the provincial capital city of the region, Dashoguz. On arrival in Dashoguz, enjoy a late lunch before a brief introductory tour of this small city. Check into hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
DAY 5
DASHOGUZ TO TURKMENBASHY
DASHOGUZ TO TURKMENBASHY
Morning visit to the main market of Dashoguz, before a short flight with Turkmenistan Airlines to Turkmenbashy, located on the Caspian Coast. Visit the small Japanese Memorial (this memorial was built in honour of Japanese prisoners of war, who died here in captivity). After lunch, there is an introductory tour of the main sites of the city (including a chance to hunt down Caviar in the Cheryomushki Market) before checking into the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 6
TURKMENBASHY TO BALKANABAT
TURKMENBASHY TO BALKANABAT
Drive to Balkanabat, provincial capital of the region and check into the hotel for an overnight stay. After lunch, enjoy an introductory tour of this small city, followed by free time to explore at leisure. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
BALKANABAT TO ASHGABAT
BALKANABAT TO ASHGABAT
This morning drive to Ashgabat and en-route visit the Kow Ata Underground Lake. Enjoy lunch and if time, a quick dip. Visit the Geok Deppe Stud Farm and the Mosque of Turkmenbashy. On arrival back into Ashgabat check into the hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
ASHGABAT TO MARY
ASHGABAT TO MARY
Today, enjoy further sightseeing of Ashgabat. This will include Ene Mahri and the Memorial to Atamurat Niyazov, the Lenin Monument, Turkmenistan Trade Centre and Ashgabat Park. After lunch travel out of the city to visit the Nisa Fortress, an impressive Parthian site 15km from Ashgabat. Visit the Saparmurat Turkmenbashy Eternally Great Park, a pleasant spot for city residents to spend their days relaxing. Transfer to the airport for a late afternoon flight to Mary. On arrival transfer to the hotel and check in for 2 nights. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
MARY TO GONUR
MARY TO GONUR
This morning head out into the desert to visit the historical site of Gonur. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a nearby oasis before travelling by bus and then 4WD Russian “UAZ” jeeps across the desert for the final part of the journey to reach Gonur. Enjoy an expert guided tour of the area before returning to Mary to enjoy some free time to explore the small city at leisure. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
MARY TO ASHGABAT
MARY TO ASHGABAT
This morning drive to Merv for a morning tour of this site. In its heyday Merv was one of the most important oasis cities on the Silk Road and parts date to the 6th Century BC. After lunch return to Mary to visit the Mary Museum before heading back to the airport to fly back to Ashgabat. On arrival in Ashgabat check into the hotel for a two night stay. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT
Today enjoy the full day free to explore Ashgabat at your leisure. In the evening enjoy a final group dinner. (B,D)
DAY 12
FLY TO THE UK
Check out of your hotel and in the late morning transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B,L)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £2550 per person
(Single person supplement + £380)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkmenistan Airlines
  • All airport taxes and security charges
  • Accommodation in various standards of hotels and one night camping on full board basis (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide throughout
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
  • Invitation letter
  • Travel permits and registration

Price Excludes

  • Immigration Card ($14 per person)
  • Turkmen Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services other than those specified

Price Notes

All international travel outside Europe requires passports to be valid a minimum 6 months after date of return to the UK

Tour Route Map


  1. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  2. Turkmenistan, Darvaza
  3. Turkmenistan, Dashoguz
  4. Turkmenistan, Turkmenbashy
  5. Turkmenistan, Balkanabat
  6. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  7. Turkmenistan, Mary
  8. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat

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Reviews

This was a fantastic trip - one of the best I have been on. Well done Carl for organising it. Hopefully you can come up with another good next year!
R. Ryan

The local tour guide and tour manager from Regent Holidays were excellent. Transport was good - this cannot be said of the road! Barbecue food excellent, often better than some of the hotel meals. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable holiday - a very good travel group of ten persons.

Mr D Dufton

Thanks for rattling this up at such short notice from me! Office efficiency, transfers and pension-style hotel all tip-top - thanks

Mr D O'Neil

An excellent tour in the time allotted. The tour guide was excellent, friendly, informative and polite. A credit to his company and himself.

Mr L Montague
October 10, 2013
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