29 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

29 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner

Make it your trip
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Mary
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kaakhka
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dasoguz Province
— 4 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 4 nights
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bamy
— 1 night
Drive
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Ashgabat
— 6 nights
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Mary

— 5 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Mary trip builder site.

Sydney, Australia to Mary is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a -5 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Mary to be much warmer, temps between 43°C and 26°C. You'll set off for Kaakhka on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 19:

Kaakhka

— 4 nights
Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Kaakhka is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Abiverd Ruins.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kaakhka trip planner.

You can drive from Mary to Kaakhka in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Dasoguz Province.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Dasoguz Province

— 4 nights
Dasoguz Province is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Kutlug Timur Minaret, contemplate the long history of Sweet Well, and delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dasoguz Province trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Kaakhka to Dasoguz Province takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Dasoguz Province

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 27:

Darvaza

— 4 nights
Darvaza is known for nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater and make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Darvaza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza takes 2 hours. On the 1st (Thu), you'll travel to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:

Balkanabat

— 3 nights
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. Balkanabat is known for nature and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Yangykala Canyon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gozli Ata Mausoleum, and appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Balkanabat trip itinerary planning tool.

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. You will leave for Bamy on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Bamy

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the fascinating underground world of Bahardenskaya Cave.

To see traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Bamy sightseeing website.

You can drive from Balkanabat to Bamy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 5th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Bamy

Nature · Parks
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Ashgabat

— 6 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 trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bamy to Ashgabat takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Ashgabat, expect temperatures between 45°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 11:

Turkmenistan travel guide

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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.