Often overlooked by visitors to the region, this reclusive Central Asian state is slowly emerging as a must-see destination. Turkmenistan holidays are perfect for travellers wanting to discover the history around the Silk Road, the ancient trade route which linked China and Europe. From the inviting capital, Ashgabat, to the vast Karakum Desert and ancient Silk Road cities, Turkmenistan holidays are filled with the warmth and welcome of the local peoples, many of whom still live a semi-nomadic lifestyle.
Visiting Ashgabat, there’s no escaping the grandiose monuments to former President Niyazov. A tour of the capital explores the vast squares and lavish palaces from the viewing platform of the Arch of Neutrality – complete with a golden statue of the president – and experience the bustling Tolkuchka bazaar, where locals in traditional dress haggle for camels and cars.
But Turkmenistan holidays really gather momentum as soon as they head into the boundless Karakum Desert. Here adventure awaits active travellers: camp by flaming gas craters, visit semi-nomadic villages and spend the night in a yurt. Visitors also have the opportunity to discover ancient cities which provided important stopping points and trading posts along the old Silk Road, with the minarets and mausoleums still towering in Konye Urgench and the ruins of the oasis town of Merv easily accessible.