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Turkmenistan

The surreal world of Turkmenistan is the least explored country on the Silk Road and most certainly the most bizarre! The former last frontier of the old Soviet Empire, a large majority of the country is covered by the large, empty and baking hot Karakum desert which for centuries has been Turkmenistan's best defensive weapon, successfully repelling outsiders, adventurers and armies.

With a gold statue of him available on every pedestal, several towns named after him and enough public portraits to fill several National Portrait Galleries, President Niyazov - otherwise known as Turkmenbasi (Head of all Turkmen) - has a personality cult that makes Lenin look shy and this appears to remain unabated following his death in December 2006.

A warm and friendly people, some of the most appealing in Central Asia, the Turkomen dress in their traditional clothes with huge sheepskin hats, long coats and boots and true to their nomadic traditions are excellent horsemen. A visit to Turkmenistan will be a journey into a rich and colourful past still totally untouched by tourism

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Turkmenistan Tour Itineraries

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Highlights of Turkmenistan

7 Days, from AU $2,549

This 7 day trip will take you on a journey to the least visited of Central Asia's countries - Turkmenistan. Go off the beaten path and enjoy this ancient land of great spirituality, tradition and natural beauty.

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Multi-Country Tour Itineraries with Turkmenistan

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The Jewels of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran

24 Days, from AU $5,203

Beginning in Tashkent, we travel via the Silk Roads cities of Samarkand and Bukhara into the surreal world of Turkmenistan. Nomadic stays, mountain villages and dazzling Islamic architecture in Iran complete your adventure.

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"Turkmenistan was awesome and very very friendly people… They actually have heaps of money from gas and crude… Worth a look at… Tent at the gas cavern was ok, but a little hard ground was hard- was an experience! Thank you for an enjoyable trip." — Mr and Mrs Mitchell, Yamba, October 2019

"We had a wonderful 2 months in Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan! Our guides were all excellent and we enjoyed our time with them.Our Iranian guide was excellent 10/10. We both loved Iran. The history of the 9 countries was amazing and don't think we will ever completely understand it all. Needed lots of homework! The people, the food, the sites, hotels were really good and only a couple of cultural hiccups that were easily fixed locally. Thank you for arranging. " — Vivienne and Trish, Canberra, October 2019

"The guides and drivers in the 4wd were fantastic and loved the Gas Crater and silk road sites. Food included was great and interesting culture. " — Mrs Spanos, Sydney, January 2018

"The guide in Turkmenistan was very well informed and helpful. The trip was good and the various border crossings went well. " — Irvis, Sydney, NSW, June 2015
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