16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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16 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly:  26​h
1
Ashgabat
— 5 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Mary
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Darvaza
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  30​h
End: Brisbane

5
nights
Ashgabat

Ashgabat ©
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, shopping, casinos, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the ancient world of Parthian Settlement of Nisa, stroll through Kow Ata Underground Lake, see the interesting displays at Turkmen Carpet Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Ashgabat National Museum of History.

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Brisbane, Australia to Ashgabat is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Turkmenistan Time, which is usually a -5 hour difference. In April, Ashgabat is a bit cooler than Brisbane - with highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Parthian Settlement of Nisa ©
Parthian Settlement of Nisa
Independence Monument ©
Independence Monument
Turkmen Carpet Museum ©
Turkmen Carpet Museum

2
nights
Mary

Mary ©
Prosperous thanks to its successful cotton growing and processing industry, Mary retains much of the Soviet-era sensibility once prevalent in this part of the world.
On the 24th (Fri), make a trip to Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque, explore the ancient world of Gyaur Kala, and then take an in-depth tour of National History and Ethnology Museum. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrovskaya Church and then delve into the distant past at Gonur Depe.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mary trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Ashgabat to Mary in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Ashgabat in April, with highs in Mary at 28°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Kunya-Urgench.

Things to do in Mary

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gyaur Kala ©
Gyaur Kala
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque ©
Gurbanguly Hajji Mosque
National History and Ethnology Museum ©

2
nights
Kunya-Urgench

Kunya-Urgench ©
Konye-Urgench, also known as Kunya-Urgench, Old Urgench or Urganj, is a municipality of about 30,000 inhabitants in north Turkmenistan, just south from its border with Uzbekistan. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): make a trip to Konye Urgenc Museum, contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then make a trip to Il Arslan Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, and finally steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc, don't miss a visit to Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, contemplate the long history of Kyrk Molla, then contemplate the long history of Seyit Ahmet, and finally delve into the distant past at Gate of the Caravanserai.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kunya-Urgench driving holiday planning app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In April, Kunya-Urgench is slightly colder than Mary - with highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Darvaza.

Things to do in Kunya-Urgench

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kunya-Urgench ©
Kunya-Urgench
Kutlug Timur Minaret ©
Kutlug Timur Minaret
Konye Urgenc ©
Konye Urgenc

4
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Darvaza is known for nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape at Darvaza Gas Crater and don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Darvaza trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. On the 1st (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Darvaza Gas Crater ©
Darvaza Gas Crater
Darvaza Water Crater ©
Darvaza Water Crater

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