14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kuwait City
+2
Fly + Taxi + Train:  15 h 30 min
1
Balkanabat
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 30 min
2
Darvaza
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
5
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Kuwait City

1
night
Balkanabat

Balkanabat ©
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. On the 15th (Mon), pause for some photo ops at The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Balkanabat trip itinerary site.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Balkanabat is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, ferry, and train. Traveling from Kuwait City to Balkanabat, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Balkanabat

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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

1
night
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Darvaza travel route planner.

You can drive from Balkanabat to Darvaza in 9.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 18th (Thu) before leaving for Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Darvaza

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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

2
nights
Kunya-Urgench

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. On the 19th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum, contemplate the long history of Il Arslan Mausoleum, then make a trip to Kutlug Timur Minaret, then contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and finally contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench. On the next day, make a trip to Gate of the Caravanserai, contemplate the long history of Kyrk Molla, then make a trip to Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Seyit Ahmet, and finally make a trip to Konye Urgenc.

Before you visit Kunya-Urgench, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

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nights
Mary

Mary ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, then shop like a local with Zelyony (Green) Bazaar, and finally get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Gonur Depe and then make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mary trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kunya-Urgench to Mary in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Mary are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mary

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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
National History and Ethnology Museum

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nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Do your shopping at Tolkuchka-Basar and Russian Bazaar. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, pause for some photo ops at Monument Arch of Neutrality, and identify plant and animal life at Kow Ata Underground Lake.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat attractions planner.

Drive from Mary to Ashgabat in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. July in Ashgabat sees daily highs of 45°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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World of Turkmenbashi Tales ©
World of Turkmenbashi Tales
Tolkuchka-Basar ©
Tolkuchka-Basar
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa