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Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Turkmenistan travel isn't easy; an escorted tour is the only way to experience the harsh desert and unforgiving countryside of this off-beat, unconventional destination.

The capital Ashgabat is a modern city full of monuments. Its Sunday market is still the best place to buy traditional carpets though. Due east is Mary, which lies close to the remains of Merv, the ancient second city of Islam that is still littered with archaeological treasures. Elsewhere, Darvaza is a small town at the heart of the Karakum Desert, a strange sea of sand pitted with gas craters, where its residents eke out a semi-nomadic lifestyle; you can stay in traditional yurts and enjoy local hospitality.

Travel to Bakharden to see the underground lake Kov-Ata, situated below the slopes of the Kopet Dag mountains. Alternatively journey to the Repetek Desert Reserve, where air temperatures of more than 50°C have been recorded, to see strange reptiles and lizards or the impressive, pristine Kugitang Nature Reserve, where rare markhor mountain goats can be found amidst the country's highest peaks, deep canyons, thick forests and caves; Explore Dinosaur Plateau here to see ancient footprints cemented into the mud by the baking sun.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
6 hours

Time zone
GMT +5

Currency
Manat (TMM) = 100 tenge

Language
Turkmen

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

Top itineraries in Turkmenistan

The Golden Eagle Caspian Odyssey

16-day luxury rail journey from £14,795 pp

Discover the ancient cities of the Silk Road on this 16-day luxury rail journey, taking in six remarkable countries on the eastern and western shores of the Caspian Sea.

Golden Eagle A Taste of the Silk Road

13-day itinerary from £11,695 pp incl. flights

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to retrace the ancient Silk Road trading route from Almaty in Kazakhstan, through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia to finish in Moscow.

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Luxury rail journey

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are the world's leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, offering fully-escorted, private and adventurous rail tours to discerning guests looking to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations without compromising on comfort.

The Silk Road – Moscow to Beijing

21-day luxury rail journey from £15,395 pp

This epic three-week journey takes you from Moscow, through Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to China and the city of Beijing on board the spectacular Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and Urumqi Private train.

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Turkmenistan articles

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