Featuring the white marble fantasy-capital of Ashgabat, a night camping
at the bizarre Darzaza gas crater, the ancient silk road ruin of Konye-Urgench,
From 2,300 USD per person
Featuring the white marble fantasy-capital of Ashgabat,
a night camping at the bizarre Darzaza gas crater,
the ancient silk road ruin of Konye-Urgench, and
From 2,300 USD per person
We’ll see all the highlights and local colour of Ashgabat and journey deep into the desert to Bokhurdag semi-nomadic village, as well as camping next to the amazing and unique Darvaza Gas Crater with dinner cooked on the spot. We’ll take a flight to Dashoguz, visit local bazaar and explore the city. We continue our journey to the Konye-Urgench and sites around the area. We spend the night at Dashoguz before returning back to Ashgabat. In Ashgabat we continue to explore the fascinating city and see Geok Deppe Mosque, Gypjak Mosque, take a cable car ride into the Kopet Dag mountains and visit the World’s biggest indoor Ferris Wheel!
HOW TO APPLY
Please email Rich Beal at firstname.lastname@example.org the following information a minimum of one month in advance of the tour, ideally six weeks or more if possible:
Date of Birth
Details of any previous visits to Turkmenistan
Please also indicate where you plan to join the tour from (London, Beijing, Istanbul etc).
We also require a deposit to be paid at this time as we start taking on administrative costs as well as an obligation to pay for the visa invitation as soon as we send off an application. We ask for a deposit of 50% of the tour fee.
You must apply at least 4 weeks before the tour departure date as the Letter of Invitation that we need to obtain in order to facilitate the visa can take several days to be issued by the Turkmenistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We can arrange to have the visas issued on arrival at Ashgabat airport or any other point of entry to the country, but if you would prefer to have it issued at the Turkmenistan Embassy in your home country or have any questions at all about the visa process (it is rather complicated!) please contact us early!
If you are joining the tour from somewhere other than Beijing and buying a ticket via our offices we email the e-ticket voucher to you and also inform you if anyone else is joining the tour from your place of departure so that you can meet up on the way to join the tour.
It is entirely possible to join the tour by flying in from other destinations also. We can also accommodate people joining the tour after entering by land or sea, and a range of exit methods are available to those joining this tour. Single supplement is available on this tour at 40 Euros per night, if you are travelling alone and wish to share a room to avoid this fee we will attempt to match you up with another traveller. You will also have to pay the visa issuing fee, at Ashgabat airport this ranges from US$80 to $130 (depending on nationality) payable in cash only.
CANCELLATION & REFUNDS
Please note that for this tour you are required to pay the fee for the issuance of the visa yourself. Due to the extended amount of time that it takes to have a visa authorised and sent to an Embassy of Turkmenistan it is much simpler to collect the visa on arrival at Ashgabat Airport, the fee payable here varies according to your nationality, its usually around US$100. The visa is stamped in your passport and is the same as it would be if issued at a Turkmen Embassy. If you insist on having your visa issued at an Embassy then please be sure to apply for the tour as early as possible.
The deposit is non-refundable if the tourist cancels himself. If however we cannot arrange visas or for whatever reason it is not possible to travel at the specified time (or you cannot make rescheduled dates) a full refund will be made. Should the client wish to cancel after visa application has been made, charges imposed on us will be paid out of the 50% deposit with the balance being returned to the client. If you have paid in full we will return 50% plus the balance of what is left after the cancellation fee we pay to our partners in Turkmenistan. If you book and cancel a plane ticket through us we charge only the airline’s cancellation fee.
In all cases we return as much as we can and we do not take a fee for client's cancellation. Please be sure that you will definitely be joining the tour when you send all application details.