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Turkmenistan - Jun 19

Grand Turkmen Tour

Jun 22nd - Jul 3rd 2019
12 Days
1,249

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

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 in the world 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, 3 months or more is optimal.

Our tour begins in the capital city of Ashgabat a.k.a the “Dictators Playground”. Ashgabat boasts the title of having the most marble buildings of any city in the world. Also featuring numerous gold monuments, the infamous “Wheel of Enlightnment” and the “Arch of Neutrality”.

Next up we visit UNESCO world heritage site Nisa and onto our homestay where we will spend the night with a Turkmen famil yin the village of Nokhur. After that head to the Karakum desert to visit the futuristic cities of Avaza and Turkmenbashi, while stopping at one the worlds largest canyons (Yangykala) on the way.

Next is a tour highlight. We take to the desert to visit Darvaza gas crater, better known as the “Gates of Hell”. This is a 240 foot wide flaming crater that has been burning continuously for the last fourty years. We will bbq some dinner over the crater and setup tents to camp under the stars for the night.

Group A concludes here while Group B head on to the Eastern city of Merv, located on the Silk Road and once the largest city in the world. Next we'll head even further into the remoteness of Turkmenistan to to see the largest repository of dinosaur footprints in the world. We can also check out some interesting caves here, enjoy a mud path and even unwind with a goat massage!

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

11 Nights,
12 Days

At a glance

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Turkmenistan - Jun 19

Grand Turkmen Tour

Jun 22nd - Jul 3rd 2019
12 Days
1,249

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 in the world 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, 3 months or more is optimal.

Our tour begins in the capital city of Ashgabat a.k.a the “Dictators Playground”. Ashgabat boasts the title of having the most marble buildings of any city in the world. Also featuring numerous gold monuments, the infamous “Wheel of Enlightnment” and the “Arch of Neutrality”.

Next up we visit UNESCO world heritage site Nisa and onto our homestay where we will spend the night with a Turkmen famil yin the village of Nokhur. After that head to the Karakum desert to visit the futuristic cities of Avaza and Turkmenbashi, while stopping at one the worlds largest canyons (Yangykala) on the way.

Next is a tour highlight. We take to the desert to visit Darvaza gas crater, better known as the “Gates of Hell”. This is a 240 foot wide flaming crater that has been burning continuously for the last fourty years. We will bbq some dinner over the crater and setup tents to camp under the stars for the night.

Group A concludes here while Group B head on to the Eastern city of Merv, located on the Silk Road and once the largest city in the world. Next we'll head even further into the remoteness of Turkmenistan to to see the largest repository of dinosaur footprints in the world. We can also check out some interesting caves here, enjoy a mud path and even unwind with a goat massage!

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 - Jun 19 Enquiry

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