Samarkand, the Turkmen & Gobi Deserts

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  • duration 54 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Ends Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
  • Wild camp near the 'Door to Hell' Darvaza Crater
  • Overland in to the Karakum desert
  • Explore the ruined city of Kunye Urgench
The tour Samarkand, The Turkmen & Gobi Deserts starts in Ashgabat and ends in Ulaanbaatar. This is an adventure trip that takes 54 days. You will travel through Turpan, Altai Tavan Bogd National Park, Yolyn Am and 29 other destinations visiting Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and 3 more countries. This is a guided group tour. The tour includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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Based on 1,020 reviews
Tamsin's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Tamsin
  • On Jan 22 2019
“It was my first time travelling with Dragoman and I am completely sold!”
Janice's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • Janice
  • On Nov 22 2017
“Basically its a great trip for meeting local people. Most interesting countries were Togo, Benin and Guinea. I really enjoyed the Voodoo ceremony and watching local drumming/dancing in Benin and Togo.”
John's review for another Dragoman tour
5 - Excellent
  • John
  • On Jun 04 2015
“Seb was very caring of the bus. Good maintanance, and a careful and good driver. Lou was a great all round leader.”
  • Day 1: Ashgabat
  • Day 2: Darvaza
  • Day 3: Kunye Urgench
  • Day 4: Khiva
  • Day 5: Khiva
  • Day 6: Bukhara
  • Day 7: Bukhara
  • Day 8: Bukhara
  • Day 9: Kyzylkhum Desert
  • Day 10: Samarkand
  • Day 11: Samarkand
  • Day 12: Samarkand
  • Day 13: Tashkent
  • Day 14: Tashkent
  • Day 15: Tashkent
  • Day 16: Fergana Valley
  • Day 17: Arslanbob
  • Day 18: Arslanbob
  • Day 19: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 20: Kyrgyz Fergana Valley
  • Day 21: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 22: Son-Kol Lake
  • Day 23: Kochkor
  • Day 24: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 25: Jeti-Oguz Valley
  • Day 26: Karakol
  • Day 27: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 28: Chong Kemin Valley
  • Day 29: Bishkek
  • Day 30: Bishkek
  • Day 31: Tash Rabat
  • Day 32: Kashgar
  • Day 33: Kashgar
  • Day 34: Kashgar
  • Day 35: Aksu
  • Day 36: Korle
  • Day 37: Turpan
  • Day 38: Takeshikenzhen
  • Day 39: Hovdiin Bulgan
  • Day 40: Altai Tavn Bogd NP
  • Day 41: Altai Tavn Bogd NP
  • Day 42: Altai Tavn Bogd NP
  • Day 43: Olgii
  • Day 44: Tsambagarav NP
  • Day 45: Tsenkher Caves
  • Day 46: Altai
  • Day 47: Taats Lake
  • Day 48: Gobi Desert
  • Day 49: Gobi Desert
  • Day 50: Bayanzag
  • Day 51: Yolyn Am
  • Day 52: Baga Gazryn Chuluu
  • Day 53: Ulaanbaatar
  • Day 54: Ulaanbaatar
  • Comfortable Hotel 12 nights
  • Camping without facilities 3 nights
  • Basic Hotel 12 nights
  • Yurt Camp 7 nights
  • Homestay 5 nights
  • Wild Camp 14 nights
  • 90 Breakfasts
  • 50 Lunches
  • 58 Dinners
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Russian Bus
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
  • Any international flights to Ashgabat and from Ulaanbaatar are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Samarkand, the Turkmen & Gobi Deserts tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Samarkand, the Turkmen & Gobi Deserts tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 10 June 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 June 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Samarkand, the Turkmen & Gobi Deserts tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Samarkand, the Turkmen & Gobi Deserts tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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