8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Belfast

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Ashgabat — 5 nights

A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ashgabat online route maker.

Belfast, UK to Ashgabat is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Belfast to Ashgabat. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Belfast in July; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 45°C and lows reach 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Darvaza.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wildlife
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Darvaza — 2 nights

On the 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Darvaza Gas Crater.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Darvaza trip planner.

Getting from Ashgabat to Darvaza by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel back home.
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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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