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Turkmenistan

Conquered by Alexander the Great, part of the wider Parthian Empire, then ruled by the Seljuk Turks it was not until the 11th century that the nomadic Turkmen tribes, from which Turkmenistan derives its name, first settled in the region. Fiercely independent and proud of its heritage, Turkmenistan is today an eccentric desert land of ancient ruins and lunar landscapes. Close to the southern border is capital Ashgabat, built by the Russians at the end of the 19th century and now a city of grand palaces and government buildings. For the adventurous, head north from Ashgabat into the vast dunes of the Karakum Desert to visit the extraordinary gas craters of Darvaza, visit Turkmenbashi on the shores of the Caspian Sea or travel east to Merv, a Silk Road city and, in its day, a major Islamic centre. With our knowledge and experience we can help to create a unique holiday to Turkmenistan that is tailored exactly to your requirements.

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When to Visit

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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Essential Information

Capital: Ashgabet Main Language: Turkmen Time Zone: GMT + 5 Currency: Manat (TMT)

Suggested Journeys for Turkmenistan

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Customer Testimonial

“My thanks to all those involved in putting the arrangements together, it was a fantastic trip which will live long in the memory.”

GC - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - August 2013

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