Turkmenistan is by far the most mysterious and unexplored of “the Stans” in Central Asia. Over the years Turkmenistan has slowly opened its borders to tourism and now is the best chance for you to explore all that the nation has to offer whilst remaining firmly off the beaten track.
The tour begins in the ultra-modern capital city of Ashgabat, also known as the “White Marble City” from the abundance of glistening white marble statues and buildings adorned with gold trims. Although statues and pictures of the President for Life, Saparmurat Niyazov – more famously known as “Turkmenbashy” – are still seen on almost every street, park, and at the front of ministry buildings, his successor, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has made his own mark on the city.
Here not only will you become one of the small group of foreigners to visit Ashgabat, but you will join the even smaller group of foreigners who have ever had the opportunity to take part in the colourful Independence Day celebrations, getting a truly unique insight into how the Turkmen celebrate their proud day. If you thought an Olympic opening ceremony or the North Korean Mass Games were spectacular, think again.
Once the celebrations in the capital quiet down, we’ll then embark on our journey through the Karakum Desert where you’ll explore the Ancient UNESCO world heritage archaeological sites along the Silk Road such as an ancient fortresses, a dragon themed mosque, underground thermal springs, an abandoned futurist tourist town, an untouched tribal village, and Yangykala Canyon – what was once a seabed is now scattered with all sorts of fossils and it stretches as far as the eye can see. We’ll return to Ashgabat on an overnight Soviet sleeper train.
No trip to Turkmenistan is complete without a trip to Davaza or better known as “The Gates of Hell“. A 70 meter wide crater which was a result of a failed Soviet gas exploration, and has been on fire since 1971.
Turkmenistan is a place oozing in both history and quirkiness. This is the perfect way to see all the must-sees of Turkmenistan, along with some of the more unusual places that you might not have heard of before.
Bookings close 1st July 2024 so to secure your spot on tour book early!
Wednesday 25th September – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Thursday 26th September – Ashgabat
Friday 27th September – Ashgabat – Nisa – Ashgabat: Turkmenistan Independence Day!
Saturday 28th September – Ashgabat – The Gates of Hell
Sunday 29th September – The Gates of Hell – Nokhur
Monday 30th September – Nokhur – Turkmenbashi – Awaza
Tuesday 1st October – Awaza – Yangikala – Turkmenbashi – Overnight train to Ashgabat
Wednesday 2nd October – Ashgabat
Thursday 3rd October – Ashgabat
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
• Letter of Invitation
• All transport to complete the tour (incl airport transfers & overnight 4-berth sleeper train)
• Accommodation in twin share hotel and overnight yurt camping
• Meals during camping
• Local English speaking guides and YPT guide
• All entry fees unless otherwise stated
• Turkmenistan Visa on arrival at Ashgabat Airport ($85 depending on your nationality)
• Immigration tax at the airport ($14)
• International flights to and from Turkmenistan
• Single Supplement ($295)
• Lunch and dinners (except during camping)
• Photo/video fees at certain sites ($2-$10 depending on the site)
• Tips for guides
• Travel insurance
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.