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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

All GetAboutAsia itineraries are customisable to suit your interests, budget and timeframe. To get you started we've listed some of our favourites below. Our Asia Travel Experts are waiting to answer your questions.

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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"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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