Tashkent to Ashgabat

10 Days | Step off the beaten track and onto the ancient Silk Road on this revelatory tour through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
EUR €2,057
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Travel into desert landscapes heavy with romance and mysticism on this 10-day journey through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Watch the sun set over Technicolour minarets in Khiva, learn about life in a desert settlement in Yerbent and revel in the eastern-futurism of Ashgabat. Step off the beaten track and onto the ancient Silk Road in this revelatory tour through ancient lands.

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Map of Tashkent To Ashgabat including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan
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Min 15
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Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • This incredible journey takes you through parts of Central Asia that few people can find on a map, let alone have considered travelling to.
  • Steeped in Silk Road history and immortalised in many great tales, the UNESCO-protected town of Khiva is as photogenic as it is legendary.
  • Explore the sprawling ruins of Mary, Merv and other ancient kingdoms and contemplate the remnants of empires that once ruled these vast lands.
  • Witness the eternal flames of the Darvaza Crater, aka the 'Door to Hell' as you camp nearby – one of the strangest, most mesmerising geological oddities on earth.
  • Ashgabat rose from the devastation of an earthquake in 1948 and has enjoyed a surreal and futuristic makeover - witness its often bizarre, but certainly memorable architecture on a city tour.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There are few places like Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan on earth - isolated geographically and long secluded politically. It's probably unlike anywhere you have ever been, so be prepared to be surprised and for things to run a little differently to home. Here's some of what to expect: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/adventures/what-to-expect-on-a-trip-to-turkmenistan/
  • Tourism is strictly controlled in Turkmenistan, with Letters of Invitation needed in advance in order to apply for your visa (which you can then get on arrival) and guides tending to be protective of what tourists see and fiercely proud of their nation and its leaders. Those used to more freedom of exploration and tour guides with a more global perspective may find their experience here different from in other destinations.
  • As there are a number of long travel days, plenty of time spent on your feet and days can be hot and dusty you'll need excellent general health and fitness to get the most out if this trip.
  • There is one night of basic camping included on this trip in the Karakum Desert. Sleeping bags, mattresses and tents are all provided, but there are no bathing or permanent toilet facilities at the campsite.


Map of Tashkent To Ashgabat including Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan



8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner


Private vehicle, 4x4 vehicle, Metro, Taxi, Overnight Train


Hotel (7 nights), Camping (1 night), Overnight Train (1 night)

  • Tashkent - Chorsu Bazaar
  • Tashkent - Khast Imom Complex & Moyie Mubarek Library Museum
  • Tashkent - Amir Timur Square
  • Tashkent - City tour
  • Tashkent - Metro tour
  • Khiva - Islom Hoja Minaret & Medressa
  • Khiva - Juma Mosque
  • Khiva - Tosh-Hovli Palace
  • Khiva - Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum
  • Khiva - Kuhna Ark
  • Darvaza - "Door to Hell" Crater
  • Yerbent - Village visit
  • Ashgabat - National Museum of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat - Nisa ruins
  • Ashgabat - Anau ruins
  • Ashgabat - Independence Monument
  • Ashgabat - Neutrality Arch
  • Ashgabat - Turkmenbashy Ruhi Mosque & Family Mausoleum of the First President of Turkmenistan
  • Ashgabat - Ertugrul Gazi Mosque
  • Ashgabat - Akhal-Teke horse Hippodrome
  • Mary - Abiverd ruins
  • Merv - Big & Small Kizkala
  • Merv - Erk Kala & Gayur Kala
  • Merv - Sultan Sanjar Mausoleum
Add on activities
  • Tashkent - State Museum of History of Uzbekistan - UZS50000
  • Tashkent - Art Gallery of Uzbekistan - UZS20000
  • Tashkent - Museum of Applied Arts - UZS25000
  • Carpet Museum - USD5

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, excluding Day 2 &4. The single supplement is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. Please note your leader will change at the Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan border
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking (including any middle names listed on your passport). Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure.
4. Travel to Turkmenistan requires a Letter of Invitation for visa application. Please see Visa section in the Essential Trip Information for instructions.

Essential Trip Information

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5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
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Julie · Traveled June 2024
A fabulous trip in two very safe countries. Be surprized and awed!
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Emma · Traveled May 2024
I can highly recommend the Tashkent to Ashgabat trip. After visiting Uzbekistan last year and falling in love with it, I had to return to see Khiva and then cross into Turkmenistan. Khiva was beautiful and Turkmenistan was mad. So normal and surreal at the same time! It was fascinating to visit a country that has little written about it and to explore as much as we could. Make sure you apply for your LOI as soon as you book the trip and ensure you receive it before you leave for the trip, and don't bother thinking about social media in Turkmenistan - you won't have it, just enjoy the digital detox. If you have time, I would recommend booking the Uzbekistan Tashkent to Tashkent trip too beforehand as it really is a stunning country.
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024

Marjorie · Traveled April 2024
Shukhkrat in Uzbekistan and Ali in Turkmenistan were amazing tour guides---both were very knowledgeable about their countries and easy to talk to---no questions were left unanswered! What an experience-- I would HIGHLY recommend this trip!
Review submitted 25 May 2024

Tania · Traveled April 2024
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was long enough to have an understanding of the history of both countries and get to know their beautiful, welcoming people - but short enough that it is a good trip to be part of a bigger central Asian adventure. The sights, food and people are amazing. A memorable adventure.
Review submitted 05 May 2024

Robert · Traveled October 2023
Just came back from Turkmenistan, and it was a big adventure. It’s a country like no other. Can only recommend. Ali our leader was awesome!!
Review submitted 18 Oct 2023
Tashkent to Ashgabat
EUR €2,057