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Speciale Karakum

This 12-day adventure is a true joy for those who want to explore the multiple landscapes and life in the Turkmen Karakum Desert. Not like any other tour, it includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; the historical importance of life in the ancient Murgab and Uzboy River oases, and offers an insight into the old nomadic lifestyle of the Turkmens. It includes an overnight at Darwaza as well as in the Yangikala Canyons. Accommodation in towns is in 3* hotels, as well as 6 nights in a tent. Meals are only included on the off-road desert sections of the tour, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences when overnights are in town. Transport is mainly by 4-wheel drive vehicles, with minibus transport only in Ashgabat and Mary. Two domestic flights are included where large distances need to be covered. If you are willing to sacrifice the comfort of a bed, and are keen to experience an authentic desert adventure, this tour is our recommendation for you.

*You can include this tour to your original itinerary or add more interesting tours before or after this tour. 

There are 5 departure dates:

  1. Saturday 14 May – Wednesday 25 May 2016 (tour 1)
  2. Saturday 28 May – Wednesday 8 June 2016 (tour 2)
  3. Saturday 11 June – Wednesday 23 June 2016 (tour 3)
  4. Saturday 30 July – Wednesday 10 August 2016 (tour 4)
  5. Saturday 13 August – Wednesday 24 August 2016 (tour 5)

1 Day. Arrival in Ashgabat

Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 13 00h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel. (Regular transport, no meals, accommodation in 3* tourist hotel)

2 Day. Ashgabat – Turkmenbashi 

09 00am Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Sunday Bazaar, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Turkmenbashi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel. (Flight, Regular transport, Breakfast, English speaking guide, accommodation in 3* tourist hotel)

3 Day. Turkmenbashi – Yangisuw

Drive to Yangisuw Canyon. Rest day to explore Yangisuw area on foot. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents in Yangisuw area. (4×4 transport, BLD meals, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

4 Day. Yangisuw – Gozli Ata

Drive from Yangisuw to Yangikala Canyon. Time to explore the canyon area. Picnic lunch on the way. Late afternoon transfer to Gozli Ata pilgrim site. Dinner and overnight in common gender-shared rooms at pilgrim house. (4×4 transport, BLD meals, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

5 Day. Gozli Ata – Serdar

Drive to Serdar Town via Balkanabad Town and with visit of Parau Bibi pilgrim site on the way. Overnight in motel. (4×4 transport, Breakfast, Eng guide, accommodation in a motel)

6 Day. Serdar – Western Karakum

Drive through Karakum Desert to Balishem desert village, partly along the ancient Uzboy River bed, and with visit of Ygdykala Parthian fortress remains on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Balishem settlement. (4×4 transport, BLD, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

7 Day. Western Karakum – Derweze

Drive through Karakum Desert to Darwaza gas crater. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza. (4×4 transport, BLD, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

8 Day. Darweze – Central Karakum

Drive through Karakum Desert to Murzachirla desert village, with visit of Damla village on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Murzachirla village. (4×4 transport, BLD, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

9 Day. Central Karakum – Gonur Depe

Drive through Karakum Desert to Gonur Depe archeological site. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents just outside the archaeological park area. (4×4 transport, BLD, Eng guide, accommodation in a camp)

10 Day. Gonur Depe – Mary

Drive to Mary town. Afternoon at leisure to visit town center, bazaar, history museum. Overnight in hotel. (4×4 transport, Breakfast, Eng guide, accommodation in 3* tourist hotel)

11 Day. Mary – Ashgabat 

Morning visit of Merw (UNESCO) historical Silk Road park. Afternoon flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to city. Overnight in hotel. (Flight, regular transport, breakfast, accommodation in 3* tourist hotel)

12 Day. Departure from Ashgabat

Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used). (Regular transport, Breakfast)

Price per person (twin-share basis): 

  • 1 pax – 4095$
  • 2 pax – 2395$
  • 3-4 pax – 1995$
  • 5-6-7pax – 1795$
  • 8-12 pax – 1695$
  • Singe supplement – 200$


  • Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
  • All transfers and all other overland transport as per program per AC vehicles
  • Domestic airline tickets (economy seats, Boeing 717 aircraft)
  • Accommodation based on twin-shared hotel room, including breakfast
  • Fixed meals (lunch and/or dinner) where indicated
  • English-speaking local guide-interpreter services
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l p/p per day

Not included:

  • Turkmenistan tourist visa, from 105+2 USD per person, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport <(subject to change)
  • Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
  • Meals not indicated in above table
  • Camera usage fees to historical parks and museums
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Souvenirs and other personal items
  • All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”

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