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Turkmenistan - Sep 19

Independence Day Tour 2019

Sep 26th - Oct 3rd 2019
8 Days
1,249

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia. What makes this tour all the more unique is that we will be here to celebrate Turkmenistan’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an event which not many foreigners have had the opportunity to witness, and it is as extravagant as it is rare!

Strict government visa policy means that annual tourist numbers to the country are only in the four figures! Last year Turkmenistan was one of the most difficult countries to obtain a tourist visa for. But the good news is we have incredibly efficient partners on the ground there that have a great strike rate with granting all our Global Villagers visas. But we would advise allowing plenty of time when signing up just to be sure.

We will explore the amazing capital city of Ashgabat with the world’s highest concentration of white marble buildings. The city is impeccably maintained with numerous parks and wide open green spaces, contrasting this are the many bustling bazaars where we can enjoy a coffee and a chat with the locals. Much of modern life in Turkmenistan is reflected in its former leader Turkmenbashy, who we will have plenty of opportunities to learn about. We also pay a visit to the ancient city of Nisa, a UNESCO world heritage site and the former capital of the Parthian Empire before it was leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC.

Moving away from the capital we will explore smaller villages and towns including a few homestays to give us an insight into rural Turkmen life. A tour highlight is an adventure in a four-wheel drive out to the Karakum Desert to see the infamous 'Gates of Hell' - a 230 foot wide flaming gas crater. After the sun sets over the crater we will spend the night camping under the stars. Next up is Kow Ata, a thermal lake situated in underground caves where we can take a dip to cool off from the warm Autumn air. Also on our list we will pay a visit to the 5-star Avaza Beach resort. Although the facilities are extravagant and the buildings futuristic, the place is somehow best described as a ghost town! Last but not least is Yangykala Canyon, one of the worlds finest canyons which most people dont even know exists.

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Inclusive of

  • •Letter of Invitation and registration
  • •A/C bus, 4×4’s, train tickets and domestic flight Turkmenbashy-Ashgabat
  • •Local English speaking guide
  • •Western YPT guide
  • •Entrance fees to Nisa and Kow Ata
  • •Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share (except in the homestay)
  • •Bottled water each day

Exclusive of

  • •Flights to and from Ashgabat
  • •Visa (roughly $90 for most nationalities on arrival at Ashgabat airport)
  • •Immigration tax at the airport ($12)
  • •Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • •Single supplement for accommodation ($155)
  • •Photo/video fees at sites (not at all sites, but usually around $2-10 depending on the site)
  • •Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up

Price

€1,249

Length

7 Nights,
8 Days

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Turkmenistan - Sep 19

Independence Day Tour 2019

Sep 26th - Oct 3rd 2019
8 Days
1,249

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia. What makes this tour all the more unique is that we will be here to celebrate Turkmenistan’s Independence Day celebrations. This is an event which not many foreigners have had the opportunity to witness, and it is as extravagant as it is rare!

Strict government visa policy means that annual tourist numbers to the country are only in the four figures! Last year Turkmenistan was one of the most difficult countries to obtain a tourist visa for. But the good news is we have incredibly efficient partners on the ground there that have a great strike rate with granting all our Global Villagers visas. But we would advise allowing plenty of time when signing up just to be sure.

We will explore the amazing capital city of Ashgabat with the world’s highest concentration of white marble buildings. The city is impeccably maintained with numerous parks and wide open green spaces, contrasting this are the many bustling bazaars where we can enjoy a coffee and a chat with the locals. Much of modern life in Turkmenistan is reflected in its former leader Turkmenbashy, who we will have plenty of opportunities to learn about. We also pay a visit to the ancient city of Nisa, a UNESCO world heritage site and the former capital of the Parthian Empire before it was leveled by an earthquake in the 1st century BC.

Moving away from the capital we will explore smaller villages and towns including a few homestays to give us an insight into rural Turkmen life. A tour highlight is an adventure in a four-wheel drive out to the Karakum Desert to see the infamous 'Gates of Hell' - a 230 foot wide flaming gas crater. After the sun sets over the crater we will spend the night camping under the stars. Next up is Kow Ata, a thermal lake situated in underground caves where we can take a dip to cool off from the warm Autumn air. Also on our list we will pay a visit to the 5-star Avaza Beach resort. Although the facilities are extravagant and the buildings futuristic, the place is somehow best described as a ghost town! Last but not least is Yangykala Canyon, one of the worlds finest canyons which most people dont even know exists.

See the full itinerary for more!

Show itinerary

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

Inclusive of

  • •Letter of Invitation and registration
  • •A/C bus, 4×4’s, train tickets and domestic flight Turkmenbashy-Ashgabat
  • •Local English speaking guide
  • •Western YPT guide
  • •Entrance fees to Nisa and Kow Ata
  • •Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share (except in the homestay)
  • •Bottled water each day

Exclusive of

  • •Flights to and from Ashgabat
  • •Visa (roughly $90 for most nationalities on arrival at Ashgabat airport)
  • •Immigration tax at the airport ($12)
  • •Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • •Single supplement for accommodation ($155)
  • •Photo/video fees at sites (not at all sites, but usually around $2-10 depending on the site)
  • •Tips for guides (not obligatory, and up

Turkmenistan - Sep 19 Enquiry

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