9 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

9 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Ashgabat
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mary
— 2 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 2 nights
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Ashgabat — 4 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 Wedding Palace, enjoy breathtaking views from Monument Arch of Neutrality, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ashgabat road trip website.

Istanbul, Turkey to Ashgabat is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Ashgabat is 2 hours. Plan for much colder nights when traveling from Istanbul in October since evenings lows in Ashgabat dip to 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mary.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · 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 6th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, and then get engrossed in the history at National History and Ethnology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mary day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Mary takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Darvaza.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Darvaza — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then stroll through Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Darvaza trip maker.

You can drive from Mary to Darvaza in 7.5 hours. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to 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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