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Turkmenistan Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays

Overview

Enjoying a somewhat unique reputation as, not only the least explored country along the old Silk Road, but also probably the most eccentric of the Central Asian republics, modern Turkmenistan is very much the product of its ex president, Saparmurat Niyazov, otherwise known as Turkmenbashi. Sporting a gold statue of its former ruler on practically every corner, the country is awash with towns and ...

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Group tours

GROUP TOUR

Uzbek & Turkmen: Cities of the Silk Road

Take in the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, and the art museum of Nukus in Uzbekistan, and ancient Merv, Gonur Depe, Ashgabat and the Darvaza Gas Crater in Turkmenistan.
14 days from C$6,116
GROUP TOUR

Silk Road: The Five 'Stans of Central Asia

Explore the Silk Road cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva in Uzbekistan, enjoy homestays in the mountains of Tajikistan, the breathtaking scenery of Kyrgyzstan, ancient sites in Turkmenistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan.
29 days from C$10,666
GROUP TOUR

The Great Silk Road Adventure: Xi'an to Istanbul

Travel the full length of the Silk Road from Xian to Istanbul on this once-in-a-lifetime trip, taking in iconic sights like Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Samarkand’s Registan Square and Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
48 days from C$19,941

TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAYS

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

TAILOR-MADE

Classic Turkmenistan

Travel through this little-explored country taking in all its quirky gems and unique highlights with this classic itinerary. Expect an eclectic mixture of unbelievable history and rare, natural (and man-made) wonders
8 days from C$3,841
TAILOR-MADE

Undiscovered Turkmenistan

Calling all those with a truly adventurous spirit! Expect a few long travel days and simple lodging to go where others rarely do on this trip that mixes historic ruins and sites with natural attractions and landscapes
10 days from C$5,066
TAILOR-MADE

Classic Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

One for the history buffs, this itinerary focuses on the rich past of two of the countries. Expect a lot of ancient buildings, ruined cities and antique relics from the Silk Road, the Bronze and Medieval ages and beyond
11 days from C$5,583
TAILOR-MADE

Complete 'Stans of Central Asia

Travel to all five 'Stans' of Central Asia in this epic journey through these neighbouring countries that share so much of their culture and history; and be pleasantly surprised by the different experiences they offer.
24 days from C$10,290

HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKMENISTAN

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Ashgabat

Situated between the Kara Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, Ashgabat has a population of about 400,000. Its original founding fathers were Russian troops who landed in Krasnovodsk which ...

Darvaza

Its name translated as 'gates', Darvaza is a small Turkmen settlement located close to the border with the Dashoguz region, and the start of a special permit zone. Darvaza has 350 inhabitants, most ...

Konye Urgench

Located in the remote northern deserts of Turkmenistan, Konye Urgench was the capital of the ancient state of Khorezm. Part of the Persian Empire in the 6th century BC, Khorezm later flourished as ...

Mary & Merv

Mary is Turkmenistan's fourth largest city and is of historical and economic importance. It was developed by the Soviets into a centre for cotton production and natural gas reserves have been found ...

OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY

Darvaza Wild Camping

Staying overnight in the majestic desert of Karakum is a fabulous experience. We are privileged to have special camping permits for spectacular wilderness areas. Tents and mattresses are provided to…

Mary Hotel

Mary Hotel is a three-star hotel located in the heart of Mary, ideally situated opposite the town's bazaar. The hotel is made up of 175 spacious rooms decorated in luxurious colours of beige, cream and…

Sofitel Oguzkent Ashgabat

Set in the centre of Ashgabat opposite Neutrality Park, the Sofitel Oguzkent is a hotel that offers some of the highest standards in Turkmenistan. The 299 spacious rooms and suites provide one of the…

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WHEN TO GO

INSPIRATION

THE SILK ROAD IN 60 SECONDS

The Old Silk Road goes through some of Central Asia’s most spectacular mountains, lively bazaars and ancient towns. Following the ancient trade route between Asia and Europe. Traversing parts of Kyrg…

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Central Asia expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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Wild camping under the stars and alongside the spectacular Darvaza Gas Crater, aka the ‘Gate to Hell’, is a truly surreal but must do experience when visiting Turkmenistan.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Turkmenistan though you should be up-to-date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. We recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments. 

Currency 

In Turkmenistan the official unit of currency is the Manat. 

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to www.oanda.com.  

Cultural Sensitivity 

On our tours you will frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your tour-leaders and guides will always be able to advise you accordingly.   

The first thing to say about travelling in Central Asia is that most areas, particularly the cities and towns, have a much more laid-back approach to Islam than their neighbours to the south in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, it should also be remembered that Turkmenistan is technically a Muslim country and therefore a little bit of caution should be applied in certain areas. Outside of the cities, people are quite conservative and so you should dress modestly. When visiting active mosques women should wear a head scarf, and both sexes should ensure their shoulders and legs (to below the knees) are covered. 

Language & Religion 

Following the ’92 constitution, Turkmen is the official language of Turkmenistan.  Russian is still widely used within the cities and acts as the main means of inter-ethnic communication. Uzbek is also spoken by roughly 9% of the population. 

90% of the country’s population follow Islam, with about 9% following the Eastern Orthodox Church. Islam originally came to Turkmenistan through holy men acting as missionaries during the Muslim conquests in the 7-8th Century AD. 

Time  

Turkmenistan is 4 hours ahead of GMT  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is www.worldtimezone.com.  

Food and drink 

The food in Turkmenistan is based around meat and rice, although the salads on offer are very varied. Shashlik and plov are very popular dishes. 

With regard to alcohol, the choice tends to be limited to vodka or beer so anyone wanting something different - Scotch or Gin for example - should buy it duty free and bring it out. However, be advised that mixers, like tonic water, are extremely difficult to find in Central Asia! 

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