8-day Turkmenistan Classic tour

8 Days

Explore Turkmenistan’s ancient cities and modern landmarks on an 8-day Turkmenistan Classic tour. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage site of Merv, visit the white-marbled capital city of Ashgabat, and witness the stunning natural beauty of the Karakum Desert. Experience Turkmen culture through traditional music and dance performances, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the rich history and vibrant culture of Turkmenistan with our comprehensive 6-day tour package. Begin your adventure in the dazzling “white marbled city” of Ashgabat, where you will discover the fascinating Nissa Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and witness the spectacular architectural wonders that earned the city a spot in the Guinness Book of Records. Immerse yourself in the ancient world as you explore the magnificent ruins of Merv, known as the “Queen of the World,” and once one of the most important capitals of Islam.

Continue your exploration of Turkmenistan’s storied past with a visit to Gonur Depe, the mysterious capital of the ancient Margush civilization. Marvel at the impressive Gokdepe Fortress and its turquoise-domed mosque, and get up close and personal with the world-famous Akhal-Teke horses, a unique breed cherished by Turkmen people for over 5,000 years. Finally, uncover the hidden gems of Kunya Urgench, where you’ll encounter majestic mausoleums, towering minarets, and remnants of a once-great civilization. Throughout your journey, you’ll be accompanied by knowledgeable guides, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience. Don’t miss the chance to dive deep into the wonders of Turkmenistan on this captivating tour!

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Turkmenistan Classic Tour starting 1560 USD. Pick up & drop off Ashgabat airport - Visit Mary Merv Ashgabat Dashoguz Urgench. Driver+English-speaking guide.


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8-day Turkmenistan itinerary

Upon arrival at the Ashgabat International airport, you will be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel for some free time to relax. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel before embarking on a morning excursion to visit the ancient fortress of Nissa. This fortress, considered the Sanctuary of Parthian Kings, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. Founded by Arsaces I around 250 BC, Nissa is reputed to be the royal necropolis of the Parthian Kings. Afternoon city tour of Ashgabat, known as the “white marbled city” and home to the largest number of white marble structures in the world. You will visit the Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, Wedding Palace, modern “Yildyz” Hotel, Ferris Wheel, Constitution Monument, Arch of Neutrality, Monument and park of Independence, Ertogrul Gazy Mosque, Ashgabat Sports and Housing facilities, and the Earthquake and victims of WWII Monuments. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Arrival in Ashgabat International Airport
  2. Nissa fortress – UNESCO World Heritage Site
  3. Ashgabat city tour – “white marbled city”
  4. Arch of Neutrality
  5. Ertogrul Gazy Mosque



3-star hotels

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel, then transfer to Ashgabat Domestic Airport for a morning flight to Mary. Upon arrival in Mary, you’ll head to the historical site of Merv, once known as the “Queen of the World.” Merv was one of the most important capitals of Islam, alongside Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus.

Discover the ancient wonders of Merv during a guided tour that includes Greater Kyz Gala & Lesser Kyz Gala (VI-VII), the Complex of Askhabs (VIII-XIV), Erk Gala (VI BC), Gyaur Gala (IV BC), Hoja Yusup Hamadani complex, Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum, and Muhamed Ibn Zeid Mausoleum.

After exploring Merv, continue to Mary city, where you’ll visit the Mary History Museum, situated in the heart of the city. The museum’s exhibits showcase the history and culture of Mary, spanning from ancient times to the present day, offering a unique and comprehensive collection.

Conclude your day with a comfortable overnight stay in Mary city, reflecting on the rich history and cultural heritage you’ve experienced.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Morning flight to Mary
  2. Ancient Merv exploration
  3. Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum
  4. Muhamed Ibn Zeid Mausoleum
  5. Mary History Museum visit

3-star hotels

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Mary Domestic Airport for a morning flight to Ashgabat. Upon arrival in Ashgabat, you’ll visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography, which houses a vast collection of over 500,000 ancient artifacts from Turkmenistan. The museum features nine halls, each dedicated to a specific period or theme, highlighting the country’s diverse landscape, flora and fauna, fossils, and rare geological finds. Explore the Hall of Independence, showcasing the modern development of Turkmenistan.

Next, you’ll visit the National Carpet Museum, home to the Giant Carpet recorded in the Guinness Book of Records, as well as carpets from five regions, each with its own unique symbol or “gol.” These gols are used in building decorations and national emblems, representing the unity of the Turkmen nation. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Morning flight to Ashgabat
  2. National Museum of History & Ethnography
  3. Hall of Independence
  4. National Carpet Museum
  5. Giant carpet – Guinness Book of Records

3-star hotels

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and enjoy some free time. In the afternoon, embark on a 3.5-hour drive to the Darwaza Burning Gas Crater, locally known as “The Door to Hell.” This natural gas-filled cavern was discovered by Soviet geologists in 1971, and to prevent the release of poisonous gas, they decided to burn it off. Although initially expected to last only a few days, the gas continues to burn today. On your journey to Darwaza, you’ll cross the Karakum Desert and make a stop at the small desert village of Bokurdak. In the evening, witness the mesmerizing view of the gas crater and enjoy a BBQ dinner at the site. Overnight in a camp near the crater.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Drive to Darwaza burning Gas Crater
  2. “The Door to Hell”
  3. Karakum desert crossing
  4. Bokurdak village stop
  5. BBQ dinner at Gas Crater

3-star hotels

Enjoy a picnic-style breakfast before setting off for Dashoguz. Upon arrival in Dashoguz city, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and have some free time. Overnight in Dashoguz.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Picnic style breakfast
  2. Drive to Dashoguz
  3. Arrival in Dashoguz city
  4. Hotel transfer
  5. Free time

3-star hotels

Start your day with breakfast at the hotel, then head to Kunya Urgench for a sightseeing tour. Explore the Portal of Caravansaray, Mamun Minaret, II Arslan Mausoleum, Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum, Academy of Horezm, Kutlug Timur Minaret, and Turabek Hanum Mausoleum. Following the tour, transfer to Dashoguz Domestic Airport for your flight back to Ashgabat. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Drive to Kunya Urgench
  2. Portal of Caravansaray
  3. II Arslan Mausoleum
  4. Kutlug Timur Minaret
  5. Flight back to Ashgabat

3-star hotels

After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the historic Gokdepe fortress, which was besieged by the Russian Empire Army in December 1880. The 23-day siege culminated in the storming and capture of the city. Visit the Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy), built in 1995 to commemorate the defeat, notable for its mint-turquoise blue roof and white marble structure.

Next, explore the Gokdepe Museum, which details the 1881 battle between the Russians and the local Akhalteke tribe. Continue your journey with a visit to a Horse Farm, where you’ll see the Akhalteke horses, a national treasure of Turkmenistan and one of the world’s most beautiful breeds. These horses have been carefully bred for over 5,000 years and have never been mixed with other breeds. Emperors such as Alexander the Great and Darius I sought to own these magnificent creatures. The farm houses over 35 stunning horses, believed to have healing powers for those who touch them.

Lastly, visit the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak, the largest mosque in Central Asia. Overnight in Ashgabat.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Gokdepe fortress
  2. Geokdepe Mosque (Saparmyrat Hajy)
  3. Gokdepe museum
  4. Akhalteke horse farm visit
  5. Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak

3-star hotels

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Ashgabat International Airport for your departure.

Quick itinerary day review:

  1. Breakfast at hotel
  2. Transfer to Ashgabat International airport


This is a private Turkmenistan tour package.

  1. Experience Ashgabat, the “white marbled city,” boasting the highest number of white marble structures in the world and visit its impressive landmarks such as the Presidential Palace, Ruhyyet Palace, and the Wedding Palace.
  2. Explore the ancient Nissa Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and delve into the history of the Parthian Kings.
  3. Unearth the wonders of ancient Merv, the “Queen of the World,” an important Islamic capital, and visit the Mary History Museum to learn about the region’s rich heritage.
  4. Witness the awe-inspiring Darvaza Gas Crater, known as “The Door to Hell,” and enjoy a unique BBQ dinner and overnight camping experience nearby.
  5. Traverse the expansive Karakum Desert, making a stop at the small desert village of Bokurdak to experience local culture.
  6. Discover the historic site of Kunya Urgench, home to ancient mausoleums, minarets, and remnants of a bygone era.
  7. Visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography and the National Carpet Museum to appreciate the diverse culture and art of Turkmenistan.
  8. Learn about the fascinating history of Gokdepe Fortress, the battle between Russians and the local Akhal-Teke tribe, and visit the nearby Geokdepe Mosque and Gokdepe museum.
  9. Admire the world-renowned Akhal-Teke horses at a local horse farm, a unique breed treasured by the Turkmen people for over 5,000 years.
  10. Experience the grandeur of the Turkmenbashy Ruhy Mosque in Kipchak, the largest mosque in Central Asia, and marvel at its magnificent architecture.


  • Multi-day private tour in Turkmenistan.
  • English-speaking guide.


  • 8 days in Turkmenistan
  • Letter of Invitation for visa purposes
  • Ashgabat city registration
  • Accommodation in 3-star or 4-star hotels
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Flight tickets for Ashgabat-Mary-Ashgabat and Ashgabat-Dashoguz-Ashgabat
  • Entrance fees for Nisa Fortress, Mary History Museum, National Museum, Carpet museum, horse farm, Merv and Kunya Urgench sites
  • Daily breakfast included
  • 1.5 liters of water per person, per day
  • Travel tax of $2 per person, per night

Not included

  • International flights
  • Turkmen visa costs and border fees
  • Charges for photography and videography at sites
  • Meals: Lunch and Dinner
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Medical insurance
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
How to make Turkmenistan Visa on Arrival

Visa on Arrival for Turkmenistan is an option for tourists visiting the country, making it possible for them to obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at Ashgabat airport. To get a visa on arrival, you must first obtain a Letter of Invitation (LOI). The LOI is part of our Turkmenistan tour packages and needs to be processed before your arrival in the country.

Here’s how to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport:

Apply for an LOI through thru us at least 1 month before your trip, providing necessary documents such as scanned passport, scanned photo, home address, current workplace, and occupation.

Once your LOI is processed, make sure to carry a printout of the LOI with you when boarding your flight or leaving for your trip.

Upon arrival in Turkmenistan, you will need to complete a migration card and pay a US$12 migration fee ($10 fee plus $2 admin charge).

Bring 2 printed passport photos for your tour leader to submit to the migration office after your arrival in the country.

After completing these steps, your visa on arrival will be issued, allowing you to enter Turkmenistan and enjoy your tour with our professional guides.

Please note that independent travel in Turkmenistan is not permitted, and your visa will only be valid for the duration of your booked tour services, which include accommodation, guides, and transportation.

What are the visa requirements for Turkmenistan?

All foreign nationals require a visa and a Letter of Invitation (LOI) to enter Turkmenistan. The visa application process involves working with a licensed travel agency such as RJ Travel and our local travel partners, providing necessary documentation and information, and adhering to the country’s guidelines and restrictions.

How do I apply for a LOI?

To apply for a LOI, contact a licensed travel agency at least three months before your trip. You will need to provide necessary documents such as a scanned passport, a scanned photo, your home address, current workplace, and occupation.

How long does LOI processing take?

LOI processing usually takes around 15-20 working days, so it’s essential to plan your application accordingly to ensure you receive the approval on time for your trip.

How much does a Turkmenistan visa cost?

Turkmenistan visa fees vary depending on the duration, number of entries, and urgency. The fees range from $50 to $150.

Is a vaccination certificate required for entry into Turkmenistan?

Yes, you are required to present a printed vaccination certificate with at least two doses of an approved vaccine upon entry into Turkmenistan.

Will I need to take a PCR test at the border?

Yes, a PCR test might be administered at the border, and it costs $43 (payment in cash). Ensure you have the necessary funds available when crossing the border.

Where can I apply for and obtain a Turkmenistan visa?

You can apply for and obtain a Turkmenistan visa on arrival at Ashgabat International Airport.

Can I travel independently in Turkmenistan?

Independent travel is not permitted in Turkmenistan. Your visa will only be valid for the duration of your booked tour services, and you must adhere to the tour’s itinerary.

Are there any restrictions on medications that can be brought into Turkmenistan?

Yes, medications containing tramadol, morphine, opiates, or similar components are strictly prohibited in Turkmenistan. Ensure you check your medication’s ingredients before traveling.

What services are included in the Turkmenistan visa support provided by travel agencies?

The visa support services provided by travel agencies typically include a visa support letter, entry travel pass, registration, meeting at the border, hotel accommodation, and an accompanying guide throughout your stay.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

8-day Turkmenistan Classic tour
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From $1,560
/ Adult
  • Ashgabat
  • Ashgabat
  • 3-star and 4-star hotels
  • Included
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  • Ashgabat, Mary, Merv, Ashgabat, Dashoguz, Kunya Urgench

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