Groepsreizen Turkmenistan

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Blini Reizen organiseert in samenwerking met onze agent ter plekke groepsreizen naar Turkmenistan, je sluit hier bij een internationaal gezelschap aan. Hieronder vind je (in het Engels) een korte beschrijving plus een dag-tot-dag schema van 6 groepsreizen en van 3 eventuele verlengingen.

Ben je geïnteresseerd om deel te nemen, let dan met name op de vertrekdata en de uiterste inschrijfdatum. Als je wilt, kunnen we je helpen bij het zoeken naar een vlucht. Reken voor een retourtje Amsterdam – Ashgabat op ongeveer € 800,-.

Navruz Holiday Special
Easter Special
Ahalteke Horses Special
Turkmen Carpet Special
Karakum Adventure Special
Christmas Special
Extensions

Vertrekdata bovengenoemde reizen voor 2016:
• 18 maart (t/m 24 maart)
• 29 maart (t/m 3 april)
• 19 april (t/m 25 april)
• 24 mei (t/m 30 mei)
• 14 mei (t/m 25 mei), 28 mei (t/m 8 juni), 11 juni (t/m 23 juni), 30 juli (t/m 10 aug) en 13 aug (t/m 24 aug)
• 26 december (t/m 30 december)

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Wander through the amazing parks and marvel at the skyline and architecture of modern Ashgabat. Discover Turkmenistan’s Silk Road historical UNESCO heritage. Watch the flames of the burning gas crater at Darwaza or camp under the stars in the spectacular landscapes of Yangikala. Watch the camels graze in the Karakum Desert, or discover hundreds of dinosaur footprints on the slopes of the Kugitang Mountains. And more: join the locals at the celebration of Navruz Spring holiday (21 March), the Turkmen Race Horse festival (last Sunday of April) or the Turkmen Carpet festival (last Sunday of May).

We have designed 6 itineraries along the most spectacular travel highlights in Turkmenistan. These itineraries have been based on requests for such itineraries by individual travelers in earlier years, for whom a private tour was eventually not a viable option. All the itineraries have a unique character: sites and scenes within the country that are otherwise challenging to visit. This is your chance to join!

Three of the tours are kept at a length of a modest 7 days total, to enable travelers with limited time available to join. For those that have a bit more time, we highly recommend to add one or both of the extensions to the western or eastern parts of the country, where travel through spectacular landscapes will complete your Turkmenistan experience. The fourth tour is a 12-day adventurous desert journey, that focuses on experiencing the Karakum Desert in all its facets. Recently a special Easter-tour and a Christmas-tour are added to our program.

Tour departures will become guaranteed when a traveler has firmly signed up, provided passport and personal information (in order for us to initiate your visa support) and has made payment arrangements on a particular tour. The deadline for new sign-ups is indicated below each tour program and cannot be exceeded. Updates on the various tours’ departure status will be available upon direct request.

Tour prices mentioned include services such as visa support (letter of invitation, arrival registration and issue of travel pass), English-language excursions and travel escort, overland transport by air-conditioned foreign-brand minibuses and/or 4-wheel drive vehicles, domestic flights (where applicable) by Boeing airplanes, accommodation based on shared double or twin hotel rooms and trekking tents (as applicable per tour), camp gear (sleeping mats, sleeping bags, camp table and chairs, camp cooking and camp dining arrangements). We have chosen not to include dinner arrangements in Ashgabat and other towns, where public dining options are available, in order to provide flexibility and freedom to the individuals where possible. The price and the listed services reflect the essential ones needed to ensure an optimal travel experience.

Tour prices do not include the cost of your international travel (international flights to and from Ashgabat, or land arrangements, if you reach Turkmenistan from neighboring Iran or Uzbekistan); your Turkmen visa cost (at an embassy abroad, at Ashgabat Airport or at a land border), the cost of meals not included in the program; alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, gratuities and camera fees at historical parks and museums.

Overland travelers using their own mode of (4WD) transport are also welcome to join-in on the overland section of the Karakum Special itinerary. Please contact us directly for a price indication.

All tours allow for the possibility to be combined with travel to/from Uzbekistan or Iran; and with the possibility to obtain your Turkmenistan visa upon arrival, either at the Ashgabat International Airport or at the relevant land border.

Note of caution:
All itineraries here have some elements of uncertainty in them (flight timetables, site opening hours, festival programs might be subject to minor changes): we will do our very best to ensure that the exact program will be carried out, but we do request from all participants an understanding and flexible mindset, in case unexpected situations appear and minor adjustments to the programs are unavoidable.

Individual travelers that make up these group will originate from various countries worldwide, of various age, language and professional backgrounds and with various different personal perspectives and points of interest. We provide an English-speaking excursion guide with the tours, but this person will not act as a group leader or moderator. Therefore, we expect an open attitude to fellow participants throughout the tour.

For details on tour dates and sign-up deadlines, itineraries and day-today program content, tour prices and services, see the tours below:
Navruz Holiday Special
Easter Special
Ahalteke Horses Special
Turkmen Carpet Special
Karakum Adventure Special
Christmas Special
Extensions

Navruz Holiday Special

Groepsreizen Turkmenistan
This 7-day tour is built around the celebration of the old Persian New Year called Navruz (‘naw’ meaning ‘new’ and ‘ruz’ meaning ‘day’) and is comparable to the beginning of springtime. The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; all three UNESCO historical parks, but also introduces you in great detail to the cultural aspects of the lifestyle of the Turkmen people. Last but not least, it includes an after-dark return trip to Darwaza in the vast Karakum Desert. Accommodation during this tour is exclusively in a good Ashgabat 3* hotel. Meals are only included on 2 occasions, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences. Transport is by comfortable minibus, and by domestic flight where large distances need to be covered. Two extensions can easily be added to this tour for an even more complete experience of Turkmenistan.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Stairs of Health Park, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque. 1800h return to hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Dashoguz (50 min.). Day trip to Kunya Urgench (UNESCO). Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for full morning visit of Navruz celebrations near Ashgabat. Afternoon visit of National Museum and Nissa (UNESCO). 1800h return to hotel. 2000h departure from hotel for city-by-night tour. 2130h return to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 5 1000h Departure from hotel for visit of Sunday Bazaar. Early afternoon departure by jeeps for after-dark trip to Darwaza (4-hour drive one way), with stop at local desert village on the way. BBQ dinner at Darwaza. Midnight return to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Day trip to Merw (UNESCO) and visit to Mary town center and bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates: Friday 18 March – Thursday 24 March 2016
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 14 February 2016

aantal deelnemers: 2 3-4 5 6-7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 1610 € 1420 € 1325 € 1230 € 1135

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Easter Special

This 6-day tour is meant for those people that are looking for a short and extremely varied trip during the Easter holidays. The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; a trip to Merw, the most famous of Turkmenistan’s UNESCO historical parks, a visit to one of Turkmenistan’s pilgrim sites at Anau, a visit to the Weekend Bazaar, to private stables of the renowned Ahalteke horses, and last but not least a trip to the famous gas crater at Darwaza in the vast Karakum Desert. Accommodation during this tour is in a good Ashgabat 3* hotel. Meals are only included on 2 special occasions, and give maximum freedom to individual preferences for the remaining meals. Transport is by comfortable minibus and 4-wheel drive, and by domestic flight where large distances need to be covered. Three extensions can easily be added to this tour for an even more complete experience of Turkmenistan.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Stairs of Health Park, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque. 1800h return to hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Day trip to Merw (UNESCO) and visit to Mary town center and bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 0900h departure from hotel lobby for visit of National Museum and Anau Mosque remains and pilgrim site. Afternoon departure by jeep to Darwaza gas crater. Visit of crater after sun down. Open air BBQ dinner included this day. Arrival in Ashgabat around midnight.
Day 5 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for visit of Weekend Bazaar and Ahalteke private stables. From 1300h at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates: Tuesday 29 March – Sunday 3 April 2016
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 28 February 2016

aantal deelnemers: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 1070 € 975 € 945 € 899 € 865 € 830 € 820

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Ahalteke Horses Special

Groepsreizen Turkmenistan
This 7-day tour is built around the celebration of the National Day of the Turkmen Race Horse, the famous thoroughbred Ahalteke horse breed that originates in Turkmenistan’s Ahal Region and was historically bred by the Turkmen Teke tribe. The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; all three UNESCO historical parks, but also introduces you to the lifestyle of the Turkmen people. Last but not least, it includes an overnight trip to Darwaza in the vast Karakum Desert. Accommodation during this tour is in a good Ashgabat 3* hotel, plus one night in a tent during the desert trip (this can be changed into an after-dark return trip with overnight in Ashgabat at a supplement cost, as indicated below). Meals are only included on 2 occasions, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences. Transport is by comfortable minibus and 4-wheel drive, and by domestic flight where large distances need to be covered. Two extensions can easily be added to this tour for an even more complete experience of Turkmenistan.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Stairs of Health Park, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque. 1800h return to hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Day trip to Merw (UNESCO) and visit to Mary town center and bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 0900h departure from hotel lobby for visit of National Museum and Nissa (UENSCO). Afternoon departure by jeep to Darwaza, with visit of desert village on the way. BBQ dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza.
Day 5 Drive to Dashoguz. Trip to Kunya Urgench (UNESCO). Return to Dashoguz and transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 Departure from hotel lobby for visit of National Hippodrome and related activities of National Day of the Turkmen Horse, which will take place at and around the race course grounds. Visit of Sunday Bazaar if time allows. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates: Tuesday 19 April – Monday 25 April 2016
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 20 March 2016

aantal deelnemers: 2 3-4 5 6-7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 1515 € 1285 € 1215 € 1120 € 1040

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Turkmen Carpet Special

Groepsreizen Turkmenistan
This 7-day tour is built around the celebration of the National Day of the Turkmen Carpet, the famous century-old art of the Turkmen people and an expression of their individual ancient tribal identities. The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; all three UNESCO historical parks, but also introduces you to the various aspects of the lifestyle of the Turkmens. Last but not least, it includes an overnight trip to Darwaza in the vast Karakum Desert. Accommodation during this tour is in a good Ashgabat 3* hotel, plus one night in a tent during the desert trip (this can be changed into an after-dark return trip with overnight in Ashgabat at a supplement cost, as indicated below). Meals are only included on 2 occasions, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences. Transport is by comfortable minibus and 4-wheel drive, and by domestic flight where large distances need to be covered. Two extensions can easily be added to this tour for an even more complete experience of Turkmenistan.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint, Stairs of Health Park, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum, and Ertogrul Ghazi Mosque. 1800h return to hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Day trip to Merw (UNESCO) and visit to Mary town center and bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 0900h departure from hotel lobby for visit of National Museum and Nissa (UENSCO). Afternoon departure by jeep to Darwaza, with visit of desert village on the way. BBQ dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza.
Day 5 Drive to Dashoguz. Trip to Kunya Urgench (UNESCO). Return to Dashoguz and transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 6 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for visit of Sunday Bazaar. Afternoon visit of Carpet Museum and National Carpet Festival activities at museum grounds. Overnight in hotel.
Day 7 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates: Tuesday 24 May – Monday 30 May 2016
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 24 April 2016

aantal deelnemers: 2 3-4 5 6-7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 1515 € 1285 € 1215 € 1120 € 1040

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Karakum Adventure Special

Groepsreizen Turkmenistan
This 12-day adventure is a true joy for those who want to explore the multiple landscapes and life in the Turkmen Karakum Desert. Not like any other tour, it includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; the historical importance of life in the ancient Murgab and Uzboy River oases, and offers an insight into the old nomadic lifestyle of the Turkmens. It includes an overnight at Darwaza as well as in the Yangikala Canyons. Accommodation in towns is in 3* hotels, as well as 6 nights in a tent. Meals are only included on the off-road desert sections of the tour, in order to give maximum freedom to individual preferences when overnights are in town. Transport is mainly by 4-wheel drive vehicles, with minibus transport only in Ashgabat and Mary. Two domestic flights are included where large distances need to be covered. If you are willing to sacrifice the comfort of a bed, and are keen to experience an authentic desert adventure, this tour is our recommendation for you.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Sunday Bazaar, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Wedding Palace Viewpoint and Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Turkmenbashi. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 Drive to Yangisuw Canyon. Rest day to explore Yangisuw area on foot. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents in Yangisuw area.
Day 4 Drive from Yangisuw to Yangikala Canyon. Time to explore the canyon area. Picnic lunch on the way. Late afternoon transfer to Gozli Ata pilgrim site. Dinner and overnight in common gender-shared rooms at pilgrim house.
Day 5 Drive to Serdar Town via Balkanabad Town and with visit of Parau Bibi pilgrim site on the way. Overnight in motel.
Day 6 Drive through Karakum Desert to Balishem desert village, partly along the ancient Uzboy River bed, and with visit of Ygdykala Parthian fortress remains on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Balishem.
Day 7 Drive through Karakum Desert to Darwaza gas crater. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents at Darwaza.
Day 8 Drive through Karakum Desert to Murzachirla desert village, with visit of Damla village on the way. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents near Murzachirla.
Day 9 Drive through Karakum Desert to Gonur Depe archeological site. Picnic lunch on the way. Camp dinner and overnight in tents just outside the archeological park area.
Day 10 Drive to Mary town. Afternoon at leisure to visit town center, bazaar, history museum. Overnight in hotel.
Day 11 Morning visit of Merw (UNESCO) historical Silk Road park. Afternoon flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to city. Overnight in hotel.
Day 12 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates:
Saturday 14 May – Wednesday 25 May 2016 (tour 1)
Saturday 28 May – Wednesday 8 June 2016 (tour 2)
Saturday 11 June – Wednesday 23 June 2016 (tour 3)
Saturday 30 July – Wednesday 10 August 2016 (tour 4)
Saturday 13 August – Wednesday 24 August 2016 (tour 5)
2016 deadline for sign up:
Sunday 17 April 2016 (tour 1)
Sunday 24 April 2016 (tour 2)
Sunday 1 May 2016 (tour 3)
Sunday 3 July 2016 (tour 4)
Sunday 10 July 2016 (tour 5)

aantal deelnemers: 2-3 4 5-7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 2275 € 1895 € 1705 € 1610

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Christmas Special

This 5-day tour is meant for those people that are looking for a short and extremely varied trip during the Christmas holidays. The tour includes a comprehensive visit of Ashgabat and its post-independence architecture; a trip to Merw, the most famous of Turkmenistan’s UNESCO historical parks, a visit to the Weekend Bazaar, to private stables of the renowned Ahalteke horses, and last but not least a trip to the famous gas crater at Darwaza in the vast Karakum Desert. Accommodation during this tour is in a good Ashgabat 3* hotel. Meals are only included on 2 special occasions, and give maximum freedom to individual preferences for the remaining meals. Transport is by comfortable minibus and 4-wheel drive, and by domestic flight where large distances need to be covered. Three extensions can easily be added to this tour for an even more complete experience of Turkmenistan.

Day 1 Arrival by flight xxx (depending on airline used). Transfer to hotel. Check-in from 1300h. Rest day at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2 0900h Departure from hotel lobby for city tour, including visits of Sunday Bazaar, Independence Park, Neutrality Arch, Ferris Wheel, Turkmenbashi Mosque-Mausoleum. 1800h return to hotel. Traditional Turkmen lunch included this day. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 3 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Mary (40 min.). Day trip to Merw (UNESCO) and visit to Mary town center and bazaar. Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.
Day 4 0900h departure from hotel lobby for visit of National Museum and Ahalteke private horse stables. Afternoon departure by jeep to Darwaza gas crater. Visit of crater after sun down. BBQ dinner in heated tent included this day. Arrival in Ashgabat around midnight.
Day 5 Transfer to airport. Departure by flight xxx (depending on airline used).

2016 tour dates: Monday 26 December – Wednesday 30 December 2016
2016 deadline for sign up: Sunday 27 November 2016

aantal deelnemers: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8-12
prijs vanaf: € 825 € 790 € 780 € 750 € 715 € 685 € 660

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Extensions

(immediately before or after the set tour program)

Caspian sea and Yangikala canyons

Day 1 Transfer from hotel to airport for mid-morning flight to Turkmenbashi. Visit Turkmenbashi town bazaar, port and Russian-orthodox church. Transfer to Caspian Sea coast and seaside hotel. 1600h arrival at hotel. Rest day at leisure.
Day 2 0800h departure from hotel lobby for day trip to Yangikala Canyons (4-hour drive one way). Picnic lunch at canyon viewpoint included this day. Return to Turkmenbashi and transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat. 2130h return to hotel.

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aantal deelnemers: 1 2 3 4
prijs vanaf: € 650 € 440 € 385 € 360

 

Kugitang Mountains and Dinosaur Plateau

Day 1 Transfer from hotel to airport for early morning flight to Turkmenabad. Drive to Koyten village (12-hour drive). Dinner at base lodge.
Day 2 Visit of Dinosaur Plateau, Kugitang slopes, Kyrk Gyz pilgrim Cave. Picnic lunch included this day. Dinner at base lodge.
Day 3 Early departure from return drive to Turkmenabad. Transfer to airport for evening flight to Ashgabat. Transfer to city. 1800h return to hotel. Evening at leisure.

 

aantal deelnemers: 1 2 3 4
prijs vanaf: € 955 € 640 € 590 € 510

 

Extension Dashoguz and Kunya Urgench (UNESCO)

Day 1 0830h Departure from hotel lobby for transfer to airport. Morning flight to Dashoguz (50 min.). Day trip to Kunya Urgench (UNESCO). Evening flight to Ashgabat and transfer to city. 2030h return to hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in hotel.

 

aantal deelnemers: 1 2 3 4
prijs vanaf: € 380 € 285 € 285 € 255

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Additional price-information

Included in tour price:
• Visa support (Letter of Invitation, State Registration, Travel Pass)
• All transfers and all other overland transport as per program per AC vehicles
• Depending on itinerary: domestic airline tickets (economy seats, Boeing 717 aircraft)
• Accommodation based on twin-shared hotel room, including breakfast
• Depending on itinerary: fixed meals (lunch and/or dinner)
• Depending on itinerary: English-speaking local guide-interpreter services (ESG)
• Depending on itinerary: entrance fees to all sites mentioned
• Bottled drinking water en route 1,5l pppd
Not included in tour price:
• Turkmenistan tourist visa, from 85+2 USD per person, when obtained at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
• Turkmenistan migration tax 10+2 USD per person, to be paid at Ashgabat Airport (subject to change)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Camera usage fees to historical parks and museums
• Tips for local guides and drivers
• Souvenirs and other personal items
• All other charges and services not mentioned under “Included”
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