Turkmenistan Travel Tours & Trips

Camp near the 'Gates of Hell' - the Darvaza Gas Crater
The speed, strength and beauty of the Akhal-Teke horses
Ashgabat's Tolkuchka Bazaar - trading in the spirit of the old Silk Road
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Merv
  • Trips & tours in Turkmenistan

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    Turkmenistan Discoverer - 9 days

    In the middle of the Karakum Desert lies one of the earth’s strangest oddities – the Door to Hell. It looks as the name suggests – a...
    Countries visited: Turkmenistan
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  • Why we love Turkmenistan

    • The shiny capital Ashgabat plays host to a planned-utopia parade of modern buildings, Central Asia’s finest market, horse studs and a grand National Museum
    • But it’s the natural landscape away from the city that influences most. From nomadic lives among the huge, harsh Karakum Desert, to the fertile flats of the east, to the natural resources boom of recent years, Turkmenistan’s character has been formed by the land
    • Amidst those parched plains is a veritable showstopper of a sight, the Darvaza Crater. Any country that can boast the Gates of Hell as among its attractions, and then produce a sight that backs up the claim, offers an intriguing, fascinatingly different travel experience

    Safety information

    Incidents of mugging, theft and pick pocketing are rare, but take sensible precautions and keep valuables out of sight. Women should avoid going out alone late at night.

    Certain areas of the country, particularly border areas, are designated restricted zones and require special permission to enter. The borders with Afghanistan and Iran are particularly sensitive. Ashgabat, the Caspian port of Turkmenbashi, and the ancient Silk Road city of Merv/Mary are not in restricted areas. Check with your local tour guide before travelling outside the capital.

    Driving standards are poor. Road travel at night outside cities is particularly dangerous because of the condition of the roads.

    Seat belts, if fitted, should be worn at all times.

    Licensed taxis are clearly identified and yellow in colour. Although taxis have meters, drivers will usually ask foreign nationals for a set fee of around 5 to 10 Manat. Taxis from the airport cost more and drivers usually ask for US$. Most taxi drivers do not speak much English. Don’t use unlicensed taxis.

  • From our Blog

    Turkmenistan: the enigmatic jewel of Central Asia

    Turkmenistan is sort of Central Asia’s North Korea, which isn’t a slogan any tourism board would be rushing into print, but let us explain.

    Locked away from the world since independence from the USSR in 1990, the country’s first two decades were dominated by the eccentric late dictator ‘...

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    Offbeat accommodation

    If you’re heading to the Yunnan province in China, a stay at one of Lijiang’s traditional Naxi houses is a good bet for old-world atmosphere – your front door opens out onto the narrow lanes, wending canals and flickering red lanterns of the old town. Immediately you feel part of the...

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    Bizarre landscapes

    All our trips get among landscapes that fascinate and capture the imagination. Some destinations, however, are just that little bit special in their ability to offer up the unexpected, where natural elements, and sometimes the hand of man, have worked overtime to create something that captivates because...

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    What's New in the ‘Stans’?

    Central Asia now seems at the distant periphery of the world, but at one time it was the centre of culture and contemporary thought. Discover the blue domes and mosaics of Silk Road architecture. Bargain amongst the locals in vast and varied bazaars. Trek and ride horses through mountain forest reserves...

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    All Aboard Our New Rail Journeys!

    There’s nothing quite like long-distance train travel – the thrill of embarkation, the unparalleled chance for meeting locals, the views across plains and mountains in the twilight and the carriage’s sway as you sleep.

    Our new overland trips are classics – Istanbul to...

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