15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Houston
Fly:  23 h
1
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Mary
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
4
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27 h
End: Houston

5
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Parthian Settlement of Nisa and Ashgabat National Museum of History are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Ertugrul Gazi Mosque and Geokdepe for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake, pause for some serene contemplation at Hezreti Osman Mosque, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and don't miss a visit to Gypjak Mosque.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat day trip website.

Houston, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 23- hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Ashgabat, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ashgabat, with lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque ©
Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gyaur Kala and Pokrovskaya Church. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Gonur Depe, get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, and get a taste of the local shopping with Zelyony (Green) Bazaar.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mary online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Mary takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ashgabat in September, Mary is slightly colder at night with lows of 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gonur Depe ©
Gonur Depe
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
National History and Ethnology Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Seyit Ahmet, don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, and finally explore the ancient world of Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): make a trip to Konye Urgenc, delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla, then don't miss a visit to Gate of the Caravanserai, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc Museum.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench trip site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mary in September, with highs in Kunya-Urgench at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum

2
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Darvaza tour planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

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