8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

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8 days in Turkmenistan Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  17​h
1
Ashgabat
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Mary
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Kunya-Urgench
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Darvaza
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Dublin

2
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, look for all kinds of wild species at Kow Ata Underground Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ertugrul Gazi Mosque, and examine the collection at Turkmen Museum of Fine Arts.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ashgabat journey planning tool .

Dublin, Ireland to Ashgabat is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Turkmenistan Time (TMT) is 5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Ashgabat can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Mary.

Things to do in Ashgabat

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

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): 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.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mary trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Ashgabat to Mary takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Mary are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to 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 ©

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Kunya-Urgench, steep yourself in history at Turabek Khanum Mausoleum, then contemplate the long history of Kutlug Timur Minaret, then explore the ancient world of Il Arslan Mausoleum, and finally don't miss a visit to Konye Urgenc.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kunya-Urgench trip builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mary to Kunya-Urgench takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mary in December, with highs in Kunya-Urgench at 2°C and lows at -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time 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

2
nights
Darvaza

Darvaza ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Darvaza Water Crater and then take in the dramatic natural features at Darvaza Gas Crater.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Darvaza trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kunya-Urgench to Darvaza takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Darvaza

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