From  £3570
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar
  • Take in the modern marble city of Ashgabat
  • Explore the little visited archaeological site of Gonor Depe
  • Journey into the Kara Kum desert
  • See the flaming crater at Darvaza
  • Discover the main market of Dashoguz
  • Wander through the ruins of Konye Urgench
  • Visit the historical site of Merv
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Classic Turkmenistan Group Tour

12 Day Tour, from £3570 per person
Itinerary Dates
2019
05 Oct  -  15 Oct

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 your flight to Ashgabat via Istanbul.

DAY 2
ASHGABAT
ASHGABAT

Arrive Ashgabat in the early morning and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon head out in to the city and visit the famous Tolkuchka Bazaar 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. This afternoon see some of the main sights of the city including 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

This morning we visit the Turkmen Carpet Museum home to an extensive collection charting the history of carpet making in the region, we will also visit the National Museum showcasing historical artefacts from the country.This afternoon we head in to the Kara Kum desert passing through villages until we reach the Darvaza Crater burning in the ground and where we camp for the night. (BLD)

DAY 4
DARVAZA TO DASHOGUZ
DARVAZA TO DASHOGUZ

Waking in the desert we head north to the ruins of Konye Urgench, once an important Silk Road city and still home to mausoleums and a 59m tall minaret. We spend the afternoon in Dashoguz where we visit the local museum and the bustling bazaar - getting an idea of rural life outside the capital. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
DASHOGUZ TO TURKMENBASHY
DASHOGUZ TO TURKMENBASHY

A short flight brings us to Turkmenbashy, located on the Caspian Coast. Visiting the city this afternoon we will tak ein the Japanese Memorial as well as the Turkish park and fountains, later we head to the seside town of Awaza to spend the night. (B,L,D)

DAY 6
TURKMENBASHY TO BALKANABAT
TURKMENBASHY TO BALKANABAT

A long drive takes us to the Yangikala Canyon where we can walk amidst the coloured rock and marvel at the length and depth of the canyon with its unique rock formations. After we drive on to Balkanabat. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
BALKANABAT TO ASHGABAT
BALKANABAT TO ASHGABAT

This morning visit the town of Balkanabat seeing the orthodox church and local museum before driving to Kow Ata Underground Lake. Enjoy lunch and if time, a quick dip. Visit the Geok Deppe Stud Farm and the Mosque of Turkmenbashy on the journey back to Ashgabat. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
ASHGABAT TO MARY
ASHGABAT TO MARY

Head out of Ashgabat today to Old Nisa, a Parthian site where excavations have uncovered the fortress of mud brick walls. After the visit return to Ashgabat for lunch before taking an afternoon train to Mary. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
MARY TO GONUR
MARY TO GONUR

A journey in to the desert in 4WDs takes us to Gonor Depe, a Bronze Age site where the archaeological dig is still underway. Mounds of pottery have been found along with the city sketched out in mud brick walls showing the different areas. Return to Mary to visit the museum. (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

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £3570 per person
(Single person supplement + £450)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkish 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

  • Turkmen Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Services other than those specified
Itinerary Dates From Price Single Room Supp.  
05 Oct 2019
-
15 Oct 2019
£3570 £450

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