Turkmenistan

A commanding player on the ancient Silk Road, the vestiges of once powerful empires are seen today in its monuments, caravanserais and archaeological relics.

One of the five ‘stans of Central Asia and bordered by Iran and the inland Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan has been at the centre of civilisation for centuries.

This mysterious country offers bountiful cultural experiences and exotic encounters for those adventurous enough to explore.

From desert plains to mountain peaks, Turkmenistan has an abundance of natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Once a key trading post along the Silk Road, it boasts significant archaeological and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Relics from the country’s Silk Road heyday take travellers back in time while friendly locals at mosques and markets deliver a warm modern welcome. In the shimmering capital Ashgabat, lavish marble palaces, gilded statues and vast expanses of manicured parkland contrast with the atmospheric old quarter where cafés and bazaars provide insight to the country’s traditional customs.

Discover the oasis city of Mary and the ancient World Heritage listed site of Merv, once believed to be the largest city in the world. Visit other World Heritage sites like Old Nisa and Kyz Kala and witness the hypnotic flames of the Darvaza gas crater, burning for more than 40 years.

Those with a passion for Silk Road history, ancient empires and intriguing cultures and a sense of adventure will be well rewarded on a journey through Turkmenistan.

REGION Central Asia
LANGUAGE Turkmen
CAPITAL Ashgabat
POPULATION 6,039,991
AREA 491,210 km²
CURRENCY Turkmenistan manat

When to Go

Nearly 80% of Turkmenistan’s landmass is considered part of the Karakum Desert, therefore, hot, dry summers experience soaring temperatures over 40°C and winters drop to below freezing. Plan your adventure in Spring (March - May) or Autumn (September - November) when temperatures hover between 25-35°C. The weather is typically dry but there is a chance of showers in May and November. Due to the desert climate, nights can be cold, so pack layers to beat the evening chill.

More Information About A&K’s Turkmenistan

Abercrombie & Kent Journey Designers have handcrafted impressive Central Asia itineraries that include the hidden wonders of Turkmenistan. So whether you are looking to join an intimate group tour that hops across borders or a bespoke itinerary that focuses solely on Turkmenistan, A&K will take you beyond the tourist trail for a real taste of the destination. 

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