14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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14 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  15​h 30​min
1
Balkanabat
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 30​min
2
Darvaza
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Mary
— 2 nights
5
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Kuwait City

1
night
Balkanabat

Balkanabat ©
Balkanabat, formerly Nebit Dag, is a city in western Turkmenistan, and the capital of Balkan Province, the largest province in the country. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to The Monument to the Desert Explorers and then take in breathtaking views at Yangykala Canyon. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Gozli Ata Mausoleum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Balkanabat trip maker site .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Balkanabat is an approximately 27-hour car ride. Traveling from Kuwait City to Balkanabat, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Darvaza.

Things to do in Balkanabat

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Yangykala Canyon ©
Yangykala Canyon

1
night
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
On the 17th (Wed), make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): don't miss a visit to "Door to Hell" Gas Deposit.

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You can drive from Balkanabat to Darvaza in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kunya-Urgench.
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"Door to Hell" Gas Deposit
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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nights
Kunya-Urgench

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): make a trip to Konye Urgenc Museum, delve into the distant past at Il Arslan Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Kutlug Timur Minaret, then don't miss a visit to Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai, delve into the distant past at Kyrk Molla, then steep yourself in history at Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Seyit Ahmet, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Kunya-Urgench trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Darvaza to Kunya-Urgench takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 41°C in July, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
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Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum ©
Turabek Khanum Mausoleum

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nights
Mary

Mary ©
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.
On the 21st (Sun), delve into the distant past at Gyaur Kala, pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrovskaya Church, then look for gifts at Zelyony (Green) Bazaar, and finally take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Gonur Depe and then don't miss a visit to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mary holiday maker website .

Getting from Kunya-Urgench to Mary by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Mary are 45°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ashgabat.

Things to do in Mary

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Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
National History and Ethnology Museum ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque

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nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Do your shopping at Tolkuchka-Basar and Russian Bazaar. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Parthian Settlement of Nisa, examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and delve into the mystery of Kow Ata Underground Lake.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ashgabat day trip planner.

Fly from Mary to Ashgabat in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 45°C in July, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 27th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Tolkuchka-Basar ©
Tolkuchka-Basar
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa