Turkmenistan Group Trip

Ashgabat/Farap - Mary - Ashgabat – Darvaza - Ashgabat/Dashoguz

4 days
Group size


  • Explore Ancient Merv: Discover the "Queen of the World," a historic city that rivaled Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus in Islamic significance. See impressive ruins like the Great Kyz Gala, Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, and the Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex.
  • Encounter Akhalteke Horses: Witness the national pride of Turkmenistan - the Akhalteke horses. Renowned for their beauty and speed, these horses boast a unique breed untouched by others for 5,000 years.
  • Marvel at White-Marbled Ashgabat: Be awestruck by Ashgabat, a city holding the Guinness World Record for most white marble buildings. Witness architectural marvels like the Wedding Palace, the Arch of Neutrality, and the Independence Monument.
  • Immerse Yourself in Turkmen Carpets: Delve into the cultural heritage of Turkmenistan at the Turkmen Carpet Museum. Explore a vast collection of carpets, including the world's largest hand-woven carpet, a true masterpiece.
  • Witness the Gates of Hell: Experience the fiery wonder of the Darvaza Gas Crater, also known as the "Door to Hell." This natural gas crater, burning since 1971, offers a spectacular and unforgettable sight at night.


Day 1 - Alat border / Ashgabat International Airport – Mary

Our representative will meet you at the Turkmen/Uzbek border “Alat” at 9:00.
Optional: Arrive at Ashgabat International Airport. Transfer to Mary to meet the group.
Drive to Merv to explore ancient Merv – “Queen of the world”, was one of the most important capitals of Islam along with Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Sightseeing of ancient Merv includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Muhamed Ibn Zeid mausoleum. After sightseeing, drive to Mary. Then you will see all the major buildings of Mary the downtown. If time permits, you will also visit Mary Bazaar to see a variety of local products. and the Russian Orthodox church (one of the oldest in Turkmenistan). Overnight in Mary.

Day 2 - Mary – Ashgabat

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Ashgabat. On the way to Ashgabat, visit to Horse Stable in Anew to see a national pride of Turkmen people – Akhalteke horses, the nicest horses in the world. 5000 years ago, Turkmens began to breed Akhalteke horses. The World’s unique breed was never mixed with other breeds. Such illustrious Emperors like Alexander the Great, and Darius I desired to own Ahalteke horses. There are beautiful horses on the farm. Per superstition, every sick person who touches an Ahalteke horse will get well soon. Afternoon you will have an Ashgabat city tour. In 2013 the Guinness Book of Records named Ashgabat a “white marbled city” – here you can see the biggest number of structures in the world made out of white marble. You will see the Wedding Palace, the modern “Yildyz” Hotel, the Ferries Wheel, the Constitution Monument, the Arch of Neutrality, the Monument and Park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3 - Ashgabat – Darvaza / Ashgabat International Airport

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to visit the Carpet Museum, one of the best in Central Asia featuring designs from the Tekke, Yamud, Sarik and Chodor tribes. The Turkmen Carpet Museum is one of the cultural centres of Turkmenistan, where about 2000 carpet exhibits, including rare ones, are exhibited. For example, the museum has the smallest carpet to wear keys, as well as the world’s largest hand carpet with a total area of 301 m², which was woven in 2001, and in 2003 it was added to the Guinness Book of Records. Afternoon, drive to Darwaza Burning Gas Crater (300km, 5h) The Crater is also called "The Door to Hell". The area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971, Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of 60 m and 20 m deep. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn it off. Geologists had hoped the fire would use all the fuel in a matter of days, but the gas is still burning today. In the evening, watch the spectacular and fascinating view of the gas crater. BBQ dinner & overnight at Gas Crater.
Optional: Drive back to Ashgabat. Transfer to Ashgabat International Airport

Day 4 - Darvaza – Dashoguz

Picnic-style breakfast. After breakfast drive to the Turkmen/Uzbek Border Checkpoint to cross into Uzbekistan.

What's included / excluded

The tour price includes

  • Letter of Invitation in Turkmenistan
  • Accommodation in DBL/Twin room:
    Sport hotel – 1 night
    Mary Hotel – 1 night
  • Stantrips Yurt camp (Tent/Yurt) stay – 1 night (incl sleeping mats, sleeping bags, pillows, light)
  • Escort guide services
  • Transportation as per program per AC regular road vehicles and 4x4 where terrain requires
  • Entrance fee: per program
  • Meals: BF at hotel, BBQ dinner at Darvaza
  • 1.5 L water per person per day
  • Travel tax

The tour price doesn't include

  • International flights
  • Cost of Turkmen visa & border fees (70 – 100 USD)
  • PCR test (33-35 USD)
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Meals: L & D
  • Single Supplement -80$
  • Medical insurance
  • Services not shown in the program

Trip map

Dates & Availibility

Aug 28 Availiable $490
Sep 04 Availiable $490
Sep 18 Availiable $490
Oct 02 Availiable $490
Oct 16 Availiable $490