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Turkmenistan - Apr 19

Easter Tour

Apr 20th - Apr 28th 2019
9 Days
1,299

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

At Global Village Tours we are committed to taking you off the beaten track, and Turkmenistan is a little bit further than that! This is our third year traveling to incredible Turkmenistan – nestled between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia.

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 family in 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 world's 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 forty years. We will have a BBQ dinner at the crater and set-up tents to camp under the stars for the night.

Inclusive of

  • – Letter of Invitation Registration
  • – Transport according to the itinerary
  • – Local English speaking guide and Western YPT guide
  • – Entrance fees to Kow Ata and Nisa
  • – Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share (except in the homestay where one or two rooms are shared by the group)
  • – Breakfast every day

Exclusive of

  • – Visa for Turkmenistan (currently $85 at the airport for most nationalities)
  • – Immigration tax at the airport ($14)
  • – Transport to and from Ashgabat at the beginning and end of the tour
  • – Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • – Single supplement for accommodation ($195, not available in the homestay)
  • – Photo/video fees at sites (not at all sites,

Price

€1,299

Length

8 Nights,
9 Days

At a glance

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Turkmenistan - Apr 19

Easter Tour

Apr 20th - Apr 28th 2019
9 Days
1,299

At Global Village Tours we are committed to taking you off the beaten track, and Turkmenistan is a little bit further than that! This is our third year traveling to incredible Turkmenistan – nestled between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Turkmenistan is the least travelled and most mysterious of all of the ‘stans’ of Central Asia.

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 family in 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 world's 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 forty years. We will have a BBQ dinner at the crater and set-up tents to camp under the stars for the night.

Show itinerary

At a glance
Ashgabat Avaza Turkmenbashy Darvaza Ashgabat

Inclusive of

  • – Letter of Invitation Registration
  • – Transport according to the itinerary
  • – Local English speaking guide and Western YPT guide
  • – Entrance fees to Kow Ata and Nisa
  • – Accommodation according to itinerary in twin/double share (except in the homestay where one or two rooms are shared by the group)
  • – Breakfast every day

Exclusive of

  • – Visa for Turkmenistan (currently $85 at the airport for most nationalities)
  • – Immigration tax at the airport ($14)
  • – Transport to and from Ashgabat at the beginning and end of the tour
  • – Meals other than those stipulated (allow up to $10 per meal)
  • – Single supplement for accommodation ($195, not available in the homestay)
  • – Photo/video fees at sites (not at all sites,

Turkmenistan - Apr 19 Enquiry

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