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Travelling Turkmenistan - Tours and Trips in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan Tours and Holidays 2018/2019

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 ...

5 Trips in Turkmenistan

Highlights
  • Gaze up at the ancient walls surrounding Khiva
  • Discover the futuristic architecture of Ashgabat
  • Learn about Tamerlane's dynasty
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Intrepid Travel

Ashgabat To Tashkent

of 8 reviews
Strategically positioned along the Silk Route, the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were famed... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Ashgabat/Tashkent View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 21 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,066 15 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Epic journey through the heart of Central Asia from post-Soviet monuments to.
  • Exquisit Silk Road era mosques and from deserts dotted with camels to.
  • Mountain pastures dotted with yurts..
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Exodus

The Five Stans Of The Silk Road

Vast deserts, rolling steppe, fertile valleys and majestic mountains form the backdrop to the five ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Ashgabat/Almaty View Map
  • Operator Exodus Active 1 hour ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 4,053 23 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Visit the wilds of Chong Kemin National Park
  • Be amazed by the ferocity of the Darvaza Gas Crate
  • Walk the lively streets of Ashgabat
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Intrepid Travel

Ashgabat To Bishkek

of 2 reviews
Follow the central Silk Road through Turkmenistan’s harshly beautiful deserts, Uzbekistan’s soaring mountain ranges and... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Ashgabat/Bishkek View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 21 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,715 30 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Pick up souvenirs in the bazaars of Tashkent
  • Experience the romance of the Silk Road in Samarkand
  • Spend a memorable night sleeping in a yurt
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Intrepid Travel

Tashkent To Ashgabat

of 10 reviews
Strategically positioned along the Silk Route, the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were famed... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Tashkent/Ashgabat View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 21 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 2,085 15 days View Tour
Highlights
  • Eat mutton dressed up as itself in a Bishkek restaurant
  • Visit the wilds of Chong Kemin National Park
  • Practice your echoes in the canyons of Jeti-Oghuz
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Intrepid Travel

Bishkek To Ashgabat

of 3 reviews
Follow the central Silk Road through Turkmenistan’s harshly beautiful deserts, Uzbekistan’s soaring minarets and Kyrgyzstan’s... ... Read More
  • Starts/Ends Bishkek/Ashgabat View Map
  • Operator Intrepid Travel Active 21 hours ago
  • Tour Type Group Tour
From US$ 3,743 30 days View Tour
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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. 

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