Home to ancient ruins, marble clad cities and a rich mix of traditional and modern cultures, this undiscovered gem is also blessed with a wealth of natural attractions including the colourful Yangikala Canyons, the Kopetag Mountains and the desert landscapes around Darvaza.
Staying in a mix of guesthouses and pilgrim rest stops, this remarkable journey scratches beneath the surface of one of the world’s most enigmatic destinations. You’ll start in Ashgabat, home to the world’s highest concentration of marble buildings, before going on to explore the mountains and valleys of Karakala. A visit to the once important Silk Road city of Dehistan is then followed by walks amongst the beautiful sandstone landscapes of the Yangikala Canyons.
After visiting the thriving port of Turkmenbashi and the ancient ruins of Konye Urgench you then head out into the Karakum Desert, to camp close to the site of the Darvaza Crater, the remarkable “Door to Hell” that was created by a collapsing gas rig in 1971. From here you head back to Ashgabat via the stunning UNESCO ruins at Merv, once one of the greatest cities on earth.
*Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room
Take in the modern monuments of Ashgabat
Spend a night in the desert
Trek in the coloured canyons of the east
Explore various ancient and deserted cities
Observe the various architectural styles at ancient Merv
7 nights three and four star hotel, 1 night wild camping, 2 nights guest houses
10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Private guided sightseeing
Private driver and vehicle
Entrance fees included as per itinerary
Private guided transfers to and from all airports