8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Turkmenistan trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Hofuf, Fly to Ashgabat
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Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Drive
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Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive to Ashgabat International Airport, Fly to Doha

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Ashgabat

— 5 nights
A Soviet-like grid of opulent marble edifices in the center of the desert, Ashgabat paints an unusual picture.
Ashgabat is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Fortresses of Nisa - UNESCO World Heritage Site, make a trip to Gypjak Mosque, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kow Ata Underground Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Geokdepe.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ashgabat trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Ashgabat is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Turkmenistan Standard Time (TMT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in December, things will get cooler in Ashgabat: highs are around 11°C and lows about 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife
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Darvaza

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): make a trip to Darvaza Water Crater.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Darvaza trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Ashgabat to Darvaza in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Nature · Parks
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Turkmenistan travel guide

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Ruins · Landmarks · Geologic Formations
With a population of just 5 million and the majority of its area part of one of the driest deserts on the planet, Turkmenistan remains one of the world's least explored destinations. Known largely for the eccentric dictatorship of Saparmyrat Niyazov, who died in 2006, this desert land boasts great natural beauty and centuries-old traditions. A tour of Turkmenistan reveals a series of thriving cities, once important stops on the ancient Silk Road. Probably the most convenient of the country's urban centers, Ashgabat serves as the national capital and most developed city, known for its white-marble buildings housing theaters, museums, and shopping malls.