Day 1 : Arrival into Ashgabat
Arrive into Ashgabat. Transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to relax. Overnight in Ashgabat.
Meal plan: n/a
One of the most eccentric Central Asian countries, Turkmenistan has a unique and colourful reputation. Journey across this enigmatic country and discover its rich culture and heritage, and learn about its bizarre laws and flamboyant founder. Explore glittering Ashgabat, the “city of love”, and the nearby UNESCO-listed Old Nisa fortress. Delve deep into history in Ancient Merv, and admire the beautiful architecture of Kunya-Urgench. Swim in the Caspian Sea at Turkmenbashi, cross the vast sands of the Kara Kum Desert to the impressive flaming Darvaza Gas Crater, discover the 2,300 dinosaur footprints of Dinosaur Plateau and admire the beautiful Yangi Kala canyons.
Ashgabat - Nisa - Mary - Gonur Depe - Ancient Merv - Yangy Kala canyons - Turkmenbashi - Kunya-Urgench - Dashoguz - Darvaza Gas Crater
Template plan for Turkmenistan
Get under the skin of all five 'Stans'
Explore Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan
History and landscapes of the Stans beyond Uzbekistan
Discover the most mysterious of the Central Asia's Stans
Julie Crank , Journey Through the 4 Stans
I would recommend the 4 Stan trip to anyone who has already enjoyed Uzbekistan and wants to have a varied trip around some of the best that the other countries of Central Asia have to offer... mountain scenery to match the Alps and the Himalayas; vast steppe and desert landscapes; cities both ancient (Silk Road ruins) and modern (vibrant, cosmopolitan with interesting modern architecture and remnants of Soviet & Tsarist past). Lots of travel companies are offering Silk Road trips these days but this is special and so far, one of a kind !
Anthony Twohig , Journey Through the 4 Stans & Central Asia extension
A fascinating trip to the old Soviet Central Asia, an extraordinary mixture of cultures, peoples and religions. On the old Silk Road, I followed in the footsteps of Alexander The Great, Tamberlane and Genghiz Khan - all of whom - I am reliably informed - booked through Travel The Unknown.