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Discover Central Asia’s secretive country

Join us on our Grand Turkmenistan Tour. During this trip you will visit all the famous places of Turkmenistan, such as Ashgabat, the Gates of Hell and the Yangykala Canyon. The tour is the ideal mix of nature and culture. You will see the ancient culture of Turkmenistan, but also recent developments in the country.

General info

Start dateFriday 17 September 2021
End dateFriday 24 September 2021
Days8 days / 7 nights
Price€ 1,550
IncludingAccommodation (shared)
Transportation on the ground
Entry fees
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
LOI for the visa
Registration in the country
Western & local guide
ExcludingInternational flights
Single room (€ 50 per night)
Insurance
Visa
Immigration Tax
Drinks
Photo/video ticket (if needed)
Tips for the guide
Personal expenses
This offer is covered by the STO Garant guarantee. You can find the conditions for this guarantee scheme on STO Garant’s website.

Itinerary

Friday 17 September – Ashgabat

  • Arrival  early by Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul.
  • Get to know your guide after which you can have some rest in the hotel.
  • At 11:00 a.m. we start the city tour, including:
  • Highlight: Independence Park, the symbol of modern Turkmenistan.
  • Independence monument, an impressive monument inspired by the old Turkmen tents.
  • Gate of Neutrality, an absurd monument with a golden statue of former President Niyazov.
  • Alem Centre with the largest indoor ferris wheel in the world.
  • Drive to Nisa, a UNESCO world heritage site and the ancient capital of the Parthian Empire .
  • Turkmenbashi Mosque / Mausoleum, here lies the former president of Turkmenistan.
  • Evening tour of Ashgabat, a city that is beautifully illuminated.
  • Overnight stay in Ashgabat.

Saturday 18 September – Ashgabat

  • Highlight: Visit the famous horse races at the State Hippodrome of Ashgabat. Horses have a very important role in Turkmen culture.
  • Tolkuchka Bazaar, a large outdoor market. The perfect place for photos.
  • Ride the Asma Yoly cable car.
  • At 7:30 p.m. we take the night train to Turkmenbashi.

Sunday 19 September – Turkmenbashi – Yangykala Canyon

  • Highlight: After arrival in Turkmenbashi we drive by 4×4 to the Yangykala Canyon. This place is also known as the Grand Canyon of Central Asia.
  • We visit the famous viewpoint of the canyon.
  • If you wish you can take a short walk.
  • Visit to the Gozli Ata Pilgrim House.
  • Drive to Turkmenbashi.
  • Overnight stay in Turkmenbashi.

Monday 20 September – Turkmenbashi – Nokhur – Ashgabat

  • Today we drive the long way back to Ashgabat across the desert.
  • Highlight: Visit the traditional mountain village of Nokhur. Here we get to know life outside the big city.
  • Nokhur Cemetery, learn more about the impressive graves here.
  • Explanation about the silk weaving mill.
  • Drive to Kow Ata.
  • Swimming in a natural hot spring, deep in a cave.
  • Geok Depe Mosque, one of the famous mosques of Ashgabat.
  • Overnight stay in Ashgabat.

Tuesday 21 September – Ashgabat

  • Visit to the Akhal Teke horse farm. Learn more about Turkmenistan’s most important animal.
  • Anau Fort, the history of this place goes back 7,000 years.
  • Monument of the Constitution, a 185m high tower.
  • Lenin Park, here you will find another statue of Lenin.
  • Highlight: Palace of Happiness for a panoramic view of the city.
  • Overnight stay in Ashgabat.

Wednesday 22 SeptemberAshgabat – Darvaza

  • Visit the Stairs of Health Park, if open we will actually walk the stairs here (8km).
  • Drive to Darvaza.
  • Highlight: Arrival at the fire crater (Gates of Hell). A place that started to burn in the seventies and has never stopped since.
  • Walk through the sand dunes around the crater.
  • Sunset at the crater.
  • Barbecue and overnight stay in tents near the Gates of Hell.

Thursday 23 September – Darvaza – Ashgabat

  • Visit to the water crater and mud crater.
  • Drive back to Ashgabat.
  • Free afternoon in Ashgabat.
  • Last group meal.
  • Overnight stay in Ashgabat.

Friday 24 September – Ashgabat

  • End of tour, everyone will be returned to the airport.

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