14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan vacation maker

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Fly
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Mary
— 3 nights
Fly to Dashoguz, Taxi to Dasoguz Province
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Dasoguz Province
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 1 night
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ashgabat
— 4 nights

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Mary

— 3 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: explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, and get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mary sightseeing planning app.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan to Mary is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Dasoguz Province.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums
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Dasoguz Province

— 2 nights
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum and then don't miss a visit to Il Arslan Mausoleum. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Sweet Well, steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, and then explore the ancient world of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dasoguz Province trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Dasoguz Province in 6.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Dasoguz Province

Historic Sites
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Darvaza

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): stroll through Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Darvaza driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Mar 7 — 8:
Highlights from your trip

Balkanabat

— 2 nights
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. On the 9th (Tue), pause for some photo ops at The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Balkanabat tour builder website.

Getting from Darvaza to Balkanabat by car takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Ashgabat

— 4 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: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, appreciate the history behind Independence Monument, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat travel route planner.

You can drive from Balkanabat to Ashgabat in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
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Turkmenistan travel guide

3.8
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.