8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Ashgabat
— 3 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 2 nights
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Ashgabat — 3 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: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe, admire the striking features of Wedding Palace, and make a trip to Gypjak Mosque.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ashgabat trip planner.

Porto, Portugal to Ashgabat is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Porto to Ashgabat. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Ashgabat: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mary.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Mary — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church, delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, and then don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Gonur Depe.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Mary trip planning website.

Getting from Ashgabat to Mary by car takes about 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ashgabat in May: high temperatures in Mary hover around 38°C and lows are around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Darvaza.
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Historic Sites
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Darvaza — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then don't miss a visit to Darvaza Gas Crater.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Darvaza trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mary to Darvaza takes 7.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to 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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