8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Ashgabat
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Mary
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Manama

3
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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, take an unorthodox tour of Kow Ata Underground Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ashgabat trip maker website .

Manama, Bahrain to Ashgabat is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manama to Ashgabat. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Manama in July since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife
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Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, then take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, and finally delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mary driving holiday planner .

You can fly from Ashgabat to Mary in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in July, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Konye Urgenc, contemplate the long history of Kunya-Urgench, then contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, and finally delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunya-Urgench journey planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Mary in July, expect nights in Kunya-Urgench to be about the same, around 25°C, while days are slightly colder, around 41°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

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Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Darvaza sightseeing tool .

Drive from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Wed).

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature Parks
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Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater