18 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

18 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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18 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Guatemala City
Fly:  28​h
1
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Kaakhka
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Bamy
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
5
Balkanabat
— 1 night
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  7​h 45​min
6
Kunya-Urgench
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  32​h
End: Guatemala City

5
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
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, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and appreciate the history behind Monument Arch of Neutrality.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ashgabat itinerary planner .

Guatemala City, Guatemala to Ashgabat is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Guatemala City to Ashgabat, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Guatemala City in November, plan for a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 15°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Gypjak Mosque ©
Gypjak Mosque
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gyaur Kala. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, and then stop by Zelyony (Green) Bazaar.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mary online journey planner .

Fly from Ashgabat to Mary in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ashgabat in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 5°C in Mary. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Thu) before leaving for Kaakhka.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque

2
nights
Kaakhka

Kaakhka ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abiverd Ruins. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Abiverd Ruins.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kaakhka trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Mary to Kaakhka in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. On the 13th (Sat), you'll travel to Bamy.

Things to do in Kaakhka

Historic Sites
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Abiverd Ruins ©
Abiverd Ruins

1
night
Bamy

Bamy
Bahardenskaya Cave has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): Head underground at Bahardenskaya Cave.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Bamy road trip site .

You can drive from Kaakhka to Bamy in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Balkanabat.

Things to do in Bamy

Nature Parks
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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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ruins of Ancient Dehistan as well as Yangykala Canyon. On the 14th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Ruins of Ancient Dehistan, then don't miss a visit to The Monument to the Desert Explorers, and then explore the striking landscape at Yangykala Canyon.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Balkanabat trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kaakhka to Balkanabat takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

1
night
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Konye Urgenc Museum as well as Kutlug Timur Minaret.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kunya-Urgench trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi from Balkanabat to Kunya-Urgench in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Kunya-Urgench can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

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nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Darvaza trip planner.

Drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater