Turkmen Tours

Here are some sample tours of Turkmenistan, land of desert wilderness, the great oasis town of Merv, the largest bazaar in Central Asia, and burning gas craters.  Of course we can combine elements of all the tours to create a special program just for you. 

Option #1: 4 days Ashgabat-Darvaza-Kunya Urgench then on to Khiva, Uzbekistan
Option #2: 5 days Bukhara-Mary-Merv-Gonur-Ashgabat-Khiva
Option #3: 4 days Dashauz-Ashgabat-Mary or reverse

Option #1: 4-days Ashgabat-Darvaza-Kunya Urgench then on to Khiva, Uzbekistan
                                        
Darvaza gas crater: 'The Gates of Hell'
Day 1:  Sightseeing tour of Ashgabat, visiting the National Museum of History and Ethnography, the archaeological site Old Nisa from the Parthian period(ca.129 BC-224 AD), and the Spiritual Mosque and Mausoleum of Turkmenbashy. Overnight Ashgabat.

Day 2:  Drive to Bakharden underground lake. En route visit the famous Ahalteke horse stud farm. Overnight Ashgabat.

Day 3:  Visit Tolkuchka bazaar, the largest open air market in Central Asia. (Held Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays only). Drive to Darvaza and experience the extraordinary gas crater known as 'The Gates of Hell'. Overnight in tents.

Day 4:   Early morning transfer to Kunya Urgench. View mausoleums of Turebek Khanym,Sultan TekeshIl Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. View the Kutlug; Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla.Transfer to Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan border point.Continue to Khiva, about 2.5 hours.
At Tolkuchka bazaar
Visa Note:  Your Turkmen visa can be issued at the land border from Iran or at Ashgabat airport. You will need 2 passport photos, a visa support letter and US$70 cash, To cross the land border to Uzbekistan, you must have an Uzbek visa already in your passport.

Inclusions:
  • Visa support letter for Turkmenistan, entry travel pass, registration
  • Overland transport as per program
  • Guide for the whole tour
  • Entrance fees to specified sites in  program
  • Double or twin share room ( 3 and 4 star hotel options available) in Turkmenistan
  • Tents, sleeping bags, mats and pillows night 3
  • One bottle of mineral water per day per person
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3 and 4
  • Driving over the Turkmen desert
Exclusions:
  •   Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan visa fees
  •   Migration tax paid on arrival at the border US$12 per person
  •   Photo/video fee, tipping, personal items, excess luggage  
  •   Land transport from the border to Khiva. We can arrange this for you.
Cost: Please contact us, advising the number of people in your party.


Option #2: 5 Days Bukhara-Mary-Merv-Gonur-Ashgabat-Khiva
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Day 1:  Bukhara - Mary  After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan check-point 'Farap', complete border formalities, cross the neutral territory (800m), be met by Turkmen partners, drive to Mary (4 hours). Visit museum and bazaar. Overnight Mary.

Day 2: Mary - Gonur - Mary Drive to Gonur, a bronze age site dating from the 3rd century BC. It is deep in the desert and 100 kms from Mary. Return to Mary and visit the History Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Mary - Merv - Ashgabat 
  Drive to Merv, one of the most ancient cities on the Silk Road. Explore the historical sites including Sultan Kala, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zayd mausoleum, remains of 6th-7th cent castles 'Keshk'. Drive to Ashgabat, 350 km (optional flight). On the route discover Abiverd site remains.  (It is also possible to fly to Ashgabat from Mary. You could then visit the remains of the medieval mosque in Anau, 12 kms from Ashgabat).



Day 4:  In Ashgabat 
 Sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, the archaeological site “Old Nisa” from the Parthian period, the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi, and the Carpet Museum.

Day 5: Ashgabat - Dashoguz - Kunya - Urgench - Khiva 
 First flight to Dashouz. Continue drive to Kunya Urgench. Visit Kunya Urgench historical site (Mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla. Return drive to Dashouz. Transfer to Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan check point. Continue to Khiva, about 2.5 hours.

Visa Note:  Your Turkmen visa can be issued at the land border. You will need 2 passport photos, a visa support letter and US$70 cash, To cross the land border to Uzbekistan, you must have an Uzbek visa already in your passport.

Inclusions:
Salor torba fragment Ashgabat's Carpet Museum
  • Visa support letter for Turkmenistan, entry travel pass, registration
  • Overland transport as per program
  • Guide for the whole tour
  • Entrance fees to specified sites in  program
  • Double or twin share room ( 3 and 4 star hotel options available) in Turkmenistan
  • One bottle of mineral water per day per person
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3 4 and 5
Exclusions:
  •   Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan visa fees
  •   Migration tax paid on arrival at the border US$12 per person
  •   Photo/video fee, tipping, personal items, excess luggage  
  •   Internal flights
  •   Meals, except where specified
  •   Entrance to Carpet Museum (USD25)
  •   Land transport from the border to Khiva. We can arrange this for you.
Cost: Please contact us, advising the number of people in your party.

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Option #3: 4 days tour Dashauz-Ashgabat-Mary or reverse

Day 1:  Dashoguz-Kunya Urgench-Ashgabat Meeting at the border check point Dashoguz. (We can arrange transport from Khiva in Uzbekistan to this check point, about 2.5 hours by car).  Formalities. Drive to Kunya Urgench in Turkmenistan. Visit Kunya Urgench historical site (Mausoleums of Turebek-Khanym, Sultan Tekesh, Sultan Il Arslan, Najmad-din-Kubra, Sultan Ali. Discover the Kutlug Timur minaret and Kyrk Molla. Drive back to Dashoguz then fly to Ashgabat (Boeing 717, 50 min flight). Arrival and check into hotel.

Old Nisa archeological site
Day 2 : Sightseeing in Ashgabat Sightseeing in Ashgabat with visits to the National Museum of History and Ethnography of Turkmenistan, the archaeological site 'Old Nisa' from the Parthian period, the Spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi and the Carpet Museum.

Day 3: Early morning flight to Mary followed by city tour and visit to the museum. In the afternoon  drive to Merv, one of the most ancient cities on the Silk Road. Explore the historical sites including Sultan Kala, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Mukhammed ibn Zayd mausoleum, remains of 6th-7th C castles 'Keshk'. Drive back to Mary.

Turkmenbashi Spiritual Mosque
Day 4: Drive to the Turkmen-Uzbek border point Farap. (About 4 hours) Complete formalities and border crossing. Continue to Bukhara (We can arrange transport from the Uzbek border to Bukhara).


Inclusions:
Visa support letter, entry travel pass, registration
  • Overland transport (1-2 persons sedan, 4-8 persons Mercedes Sprinter, 10+ persons - coach )
  • English-speaking guide  
  • Breakfast on days 2, 3 4 and 5
  • Entrance fees to specified sites in  program
  • Double or twin share room (3 and 4 star options available) in Turkmenistan
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day
Exclusions:
  • Turkmenistan visa 
    Migration card paid upon arrival on the border USD12
  • Photo / video fee, tipping, personal items, excess luggage 
  • Meals unless specified
    Separately from above prices:
    Domestic air tickets Dashoguz – Ashgabat –Mary  50 
  • Entrance to Carpet Museum (USD25)
  • Land transport from Khiva the Turkmen border and from the Turkmen border to Bukhara. We can arrange this for you.

Cost: Please contact us, advising the number of people in your party.
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