24 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

24 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip planner
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Fly to Ashgabat International Airport, Drive to Kaakhka
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Kaakhka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ashgabat
— 8 nights
Drive
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Balkanabat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dasoguz Province
— 3 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 3 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Zurich

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Kaakhka — 3 nights

Kaka also known as Kaakhka, Kaakcha or Chaacha is a town and capital of Kaka District in the Ahal Province of Turkmenistan. Kaakhka is known for historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Abiverd Ruins.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaakhka travel route planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Kaakhka is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Zurich to Kaakhka. On the 11th (Fri), you're off to Mary.
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Historic Sites
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Mary — 3 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.
Mary is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum, make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church.

Plan my day in Mary using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Kaakhka to Mary in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 13°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ashgabat.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Ashgabat — 8 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Bring the kids along to Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ertugrul Gazi Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, browse the eclectic array of goods at Tolkuchka-Basar, take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History, and find something for the whole family at World of Turkmenbashi Tales.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ashgabat tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Mary to Ashgabat takes 5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Ashgabat are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Balkanabat.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
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Balkanabat — 3 nights

Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. On the 23rd (Wed), appreciate the history behind The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then explore the striking landscape at Yangykala Canyon. On your second day here, make a trip to Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

Plan my day in Balkanabat using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Ashgabat to Balkanabat by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive. On the 25th (Fri), you're off to Dasoguz Province.
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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Dasoguz Province — 3 nights

Dasoguz Province is known for historic sites and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Kutlug Timur Minaret, explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Dasoguz Province day trip site.

Drive from Balkanabat to Dasoguz Province in 11.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Darvaza.
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Historic Sites
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Darvaza — 3 nights

Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Darvaza trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dasoguz Province to Darvaza takes 2 hours. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Parks · Nature
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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.
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