15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

15 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan tour itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kaakhka
— 1 night
Drive
4
Dasoguz Province
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Daniel K Inouye International Airport

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Ashgabat

— 5 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, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and take in panoramic vistas at Monument Arch of Neutrality.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat vacation planning site.

Honolulu, USA to Ashgabat is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone changes from Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT), which is usually a 15 hour difference. In December, Ashgabat is cooler than Honolulu - with highs of 50°F and lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Mary

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, then don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, and finally take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Gonur Depe.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mary trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Mary takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Mary, expect temperatures between 52°F during the day and 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 6 — 8:

Kaakhka

— 1 night
Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Abiverd Ruins.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kaakhka online vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Mary to Kaakhka takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dasoguz Province.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 9:
Highlights from your trip

Dasoguz Province

— 3 nights
Dasoguz Province is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and delve into the distant past at Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dasoguz Province travel planner.

You can drive from Kaakhka to Dasoguz Province in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Dasoguz Province

Historic Sites
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Darvaza

— 2 nights
On the 13th (Sun), make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Darvaza online vacation planner.

Getting from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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.