From  £3760
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ashgabat
  • Travel deep into the Kara Kum desert
  • Drive to the UNESCO site of Merv
  • Explore the archaeological site of Gonur Depe
  • Drive to the flaming crater at Darvaza
  • Visit the Geok Depe Mosque
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Explore Turkmenistan

15 Day Tour, from £3760 per person

Travel to Turkmenistan on this in-depth 15-day itinerary, and discover the highlights that this reclusive Central Asian republic has to offer. Visit ancient archaeological sites such as Konye Urgench and Merv, head from the mountains of Nohur to Balkanabat and the Caspian Sea, and traverse the Karakum Desert from Dashoguz to the bizarre capital of Ashgabat.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO ASHGABAT (SATURDAY)
FLY TO ASHGABAT (SATURDAY)
Fly to Ashgabat.
DAY 2
ARRIVE ASHGABAT
ARRIVE ASHGABAT
Arrive into Ashgabat in the early hours. Meet with the local guide and transfer to the hotel to spend a few hours at leisure before embarking on a city sightseeing tour. Visit the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar on the edge of the city, considered to be one of Central Asia’s most impressive markets, and in the afternoon discover the World War II Memorial, Earthquake Monument, Galkynyash Square (formerly Turkmenbashy Square) and the Gulustan Bazaar (the pleasant central city market). (B,L)
DAY 3
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT
Today enjoy a further half day sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to Nisa, the Turkmen Carpet Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. The afternoon is free to explore Ashgabat at leisure. (B)
DAY 4
ASHGABAT TO MARY
ASHGABAT TO MARY
Transfer to the airport and fly to Mary. On arrival drive to the UNESCO site of Merv and tour the vast area in detail. From Merv drive back to Mary and visit the local history museum and enjoy a tour of this small city before checking in to the hotel for a two night stay. (B)
DAY 5
GONUR DEPE
GONUR DEPE
Take a day trip from Mary to the remote ruins of Gonur Depe. This archaeological bronze age site was only discovered in 1972 and excavations are ongoing. Tour this area with a local guide and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to Mary for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 6
MARY TO ASHGABAT
MARY TO ASHGABAT
Drive back to Ashgabat, a journey of around 6-7 hours stopping en route at the ruins of Abiverd. Once back in the Turkmen Capital return to the hotel for an overnight stay and enjoy the rest of the day free to spend at leisure. (B)
DAY 7
ASHGABAT—NOKHUR
ASHGABAT—NOKHUR
Depart the capital this morning in a 4WD vehicle and travel towards the Caspian Sea. Visit Geok Depe and the Geokdepe Mosque, before arriving at the underground lake/cave at Kov Ata. Here visit the lake and enjoy a swim before entering the Kopetdag Mountains and driving to Nokhur, the main settlement in the region. The night will be spent in tents near the Khurkhuri Waterfall or in a homestay. Total driving today will be 160km. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
NOKHUR TO KOSH DEMIR WATERFALL
NOKHUR TO KOSH DEMIR WATERFALL
Travel higher into the mountains and reach a point 1900 metres above sea level, on the northern ridge of the Kopetdag Mountains. Explore this attractive area in detail before continuing to Koshdemir Waterfall, where the night will be spent camping. (B,L,D)
DAY 9
KOSH DEMIR TO BALKANABAT
KOSH DEMIR TO BALKANABAT
Drive down the Sumbar valley towards Balkanabat, stopping en-route to visit the shrine of Shibli-Baba before lunch in Paraw. Rejoin the main road and head to the city of Balkanabat. On arrival check into the hotel for an overnight stay. (B,L)
DAY 10
BALKANABAT TO TURKMENBASHY
BALKANABAT TO TURKMENBASHY
Depart Balkanabat for Turkmenbashy on the Caspian Sea. On arrival check into the hotel for an overnight stay. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the city with visits to city bazaar, the local museum, Japanese POW cemetery and the Russian Orthodox Church. (B)
DAY 11
TURKMENBASHY TO ASHGABAT
TURKMENBASHY TO ASHGABAT
Enjoy a free morning to explore Turkmenbashy at leisure before transferring to the airport for the flight to Ashgabat. Once back in the capital return to the hotel for an overnight stay and spend the rest of the day relaxing. (B)
DAY 12
ASHGABAT TO DASHOGUZ
ASHGABAT TO DASHOGUZ
Transfer to the airport and fly north to Dashoguz. On arrival travel to Konye Urgench - former capital of the Khorezm Empire - and tour this UNESCO World Heritage site in detail before returning to Dashoguz. If time allows enjoy a walking tour of Dashoguz before transferring to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 13
DASHOGUZ TO DARVAZA
DASHOGUZ TO DARVAZA
From Dashoguz head south to Izmukshir before travelling deeper into the Karakum Desert. Drive to the flaming crater at Darvaza, a most impressive sight by day but even more remarkable at night impressive in the day. Camp overnight. (B,L,D)
DAY 14
DARVAZA TO ASHGABAT
DARVAZA TO ASHGABAT
Depart camp and make the short drive to two smaller craters near Darvaza before driving to the desert village of Bokurdak. The locals here live in a traditional homes of unfired brick or yurts. Visit a family home to gain an insight into traditional desert life, possibly witnessing various traditional activities such as weaving and baking. From Bokurdak drive to Ashgabat and return to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
DAY 15
FLY TO THE UK
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

15 day tour, from £3760 per person

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkmenistan Airlines from London Heathrow
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in a range of hotels with breakfast – Please note due to some of the locations the 
  • hotels are graded at local standards
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) 
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide/driver
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
  • Camping equipment

Price Excludes

  • Immigration fee USD $14 per person on arrival
  • Turkmen visa - please check with our visa specialists - CIBT http://cibtvisas.co.uk/tourkits.php
  • Upgrade to full board from £315 per person
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

Single supplement from £430
Per person (Sole Traveller) £5550

Tour Route Map


  1. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  2. Turkmenistan, Nisa
  3. Turkmenistan, Mary
  4. Turkmenistan, Gokdepe
  5. Turkmenistan, Balkanabat
  6. Turkmenistan, Turkmenbashy
  7. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat
  8. Turkmenistan, Dashoguz
  9. Turkmenistan, Konye Urgench
  10. Turkmenistan, The Karakum Desert
  11. Turkmenistan, Darvaza
  12. Turkmenistan, Ashgabat

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