If you’re looking for an unusual destination that sets you apart as a traveller, Turkmenistan should top your list. Photography here is mostly prohibited and guided tours are a must - but the things you see will be ingrained in your memory forever. Explore local culture and cultural, religious and historic sites in Ashgabat, or explore the natural wonders along the Silk Road.

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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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23 day local culture tour through Ashgabat, Mary, Bukhara and 10 other destinations in 6 different countries. Read More
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The Five Stans of the Silk Road

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26 day city sightseeing trip through Bishkek, Chong Kemin, Song Kul and 16 other destinations in 5 different countries. Read More
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Uzbekistan & Turkmen Explorer

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Best of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan

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13 day explorer trip to Tashkent, Samarkand and 6 other destinations travelling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Read More
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Central Silk Route

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A fantastic trip overall with the most incredible facilitation through some magical locations. Well ...
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Explore Kyrgyzstan to Turkmenistan

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26 day explorer tour through Bishkek, Chychkan, Osh and 17 other destinations in 5 different countries. Read More
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Tashkent to Ashgabat

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10 day explorer trip to Tashkent, Khiva and 3 other destinations travelling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Read More
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Wonders of the Silk Road

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13 day cultural, religious and historic sites tour to Ashgabat, Mary and 4 other destinations in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Read More
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Bishkek to Ashgabat

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26 day city sightseeing tour to Bishkek, Kochkor and 11 other destinations in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Read More
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Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan Adventure

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18 day explorer tour to Tashkent, Bukhara and 7 other destinations travelling through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Read More
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Western China & Central Silk Route

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Silk Route & Mountains of Central Asia

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47 day adventure trip through Ashgabat, Darvaza, Kunye Urgench and 28 other destinations in 5 different countries. Read More
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Ultimate Silk Road: Beijing to Ashgabat

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41 day natural landmarks sightseeing tour through Beijing, Xian, Zhangye and 19 other destinations in 4 different countries. Read More
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Central Asia: Five Stans Adventure

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39 day explorer tour through Nur-Sultan, Baikonur, Turkistan and 23 other destinations in 6 different countries. Read More
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Turkmenistan - Tour Highlights and Travel Tips

Made up of nearly 80% desert but with access to the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan is perhaps best known for its intricately detailed carpets. While tourism is welcome in Turkmenistan, the country's strict governance means a guided tour is absolutely necessary when on a trip to the country. Perhaps one of the world's most unusual destinations for tourists, photography is mostly prohibited and there is a heavy military presence across the country.

Tour Highlights

  • See the golden dome of the Gypjak Mosque
  • Visit the "Door to Hell", a massive gas crater in Darvaza
  • Experience tradition at the Turkmen Carpet Museum
  • Browse the hundreds of stalls at the Tolkuchka-Basar
  • Find your inner archaeologist at Gonur Tepe, a larger former settlement of the Mouru civilization

Travel Tips

  • Smokers take note - it is 100% forbidden to smoke outside in a public place. However, smoking is permitted inside some restaurants and shops. If you don't see anyone else smoking, you shouldn't either.
  • Unless you particularly love sweltering heat, avoid a tour to Turkmenistan in the summer months. The country is mostly made up of desert, and summer temperatures often surpass 50°C (122°F).
  • Travel outside Turkmenistan's capital city, Ashgabat, requires the accompaniment of a travel guide. This can be costly, so be sure to budget accordingly before your visit.
  • While the country has generally been free of terrorism that has rocked its neighbouring countries, Turkmenistan is known for what is called "vodka terrorism". This crime occurs when Turkmen drink far too much vodka and attempt to fight or rob the people they come across on trains or in the streets. To be on the safe side, avoid men who are evidently drunk.
  • There is a strict curfew of 11pm in Ashgabat, the capital city. This applies to locals and visitors alike. Always return to your hotel before curfew, and women, in particular, should never walk the streets alone at night.
  • Feel free to converse with the friendly locals, but avoid talking about politics especially avoid commenting on the country's leader.

Turkmenistan has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Turkmenistan before planning your tour.