8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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Fly
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Ashgabat
— 4 nights
Drive
2
Darvaza
— 1 night
Drive
3
Dasoguz Province
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ashgabat, Fly to Jeddah

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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, examine the collection at Turkmen Carpet Museum, get engrossed in the history at Ashgabat National Museum of History, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Geokdepe.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ashgabat travel route website.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Ashgabat is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) is 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in November; daily highs in Ashgabat reach 15°C and lows reach 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Darvaza.
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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Darvaza — 1 night

On the 23rd (Wed), make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater and then take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Darvaza travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ashgabat to Darvaza takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Dasoguz Province.
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Parks · Nature
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Dasoguz Province — 2 nights

On the 24th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Sweet Well, then steep yourself in history at Kutlug Timur Minaret, and then steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Dasoguz Province tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Darvaza to Dasoguz Province in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough 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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