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This short tour of Turkmenistan takes in the main highlights of a fascinating and unusual country. For those with more time, an extension to travel through the Kara Kum Desert and camp by the Darvaza flaming gas crater can easily be arranged.
Explore the highlights of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on this comprehensive two-week tour, following the ancient Silk Road and visiting some of its most evocative and well-preserved sites.
Covering four of Central Asia’s five “Stans”, this comprehensive tour takes in the iconic Silk Road cities in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan before exploring the Islamic cities and former trading posts of southern Kazakhstan. In complete contrast to these historical delights, the journey finishes with time spent in the spectacular mountains of Kyrgyzstan, where you will discover a country steeped in ancient nomadic traditions.
Opened in 2004, The President is undoubtedly one of the finest hotels in Turkmenistan. Located on the road to Archabil, 10 km from the centre of Ashgabat in the park district, this luxury hotel offers 152 well appointed rooms. There is a restaurant onsite and a buffet breakfast is served in the dining room. Other amenities include swimming pool, sport facilities and laundry service.View Images
Turkmenistan and is perhaps the least well known, intensely fascinating and at times slightly strange country in Central Asia. Its capital Ashgabat has been transformed from a humdrum regional Soviet capital to a gleaming metropolis of white marble and flowing fountains. The long history of Turkmenistan is attributed by the dinosaur footprints to be found Kugitang Mountains while ongoing excavations at Gonur Depe are revealing a newly discovered civilisation from the 2nd Millennium BC that in its size and sophistication rivalled those of the Near East. The city of Merv in the Ahal Oasis was once one of the most important cities on the Silk Road and ancient Nisa and important city of the Parthian Empire.
The country itself dominated by the Kara Kum or Black Sands desert which helps explain the strong nomadic traditions amongst its people. Turkmens are generally quite conservative and very proud of their cultural identity and it is common to see women wearing long traditional brightly coloured dresses. However over 50 years of Soviet rule have left their mark particularly with regard to vodka – meals can be accompanied by much toasting! A holiday to Turkmenistan is one of the best experiences in Central Asia.
Time Zone – GMT + 5
Best Times to Visit – May to June, September and October
Visas – UK passport holders, obtain before travel, Letter of Invitation required
Currency – Turkmenistan Manat (TMM) obtainable on arrival