Cultural overdose

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Where are we going?!

We’re going to Turkmenistan, the most secretive country in Central Asia! A country where national TV stations only broadcast good news and where smoking, beards and unwashed cars are prohibited. A country with a Ministry of Horses and airconditioned bus stops. With no more than a few thousand tourists a year and a handful of daily flights to Ashgabat, there is much to be discovered in Turkmenistan.

Why would I want to go there?!

Where to start? With its empty four-lane roads, thermometer monuments and the largest indoor ferris wheel in the world, white marbled Ashgabat may well be the strangest city on earth. Hidden in the grand void that is the Turkmen landscape, one can find multicolored canyons and remains of once important Silk Road cities. To top things off, the burning fire crater of Derweze – also known as the Gate of Hell – awaits in the middle of the Karakum Desert.

To complete your culture shock, there’s the opportunity to meet the Turkmen people themselves. During the traditional spring festival Nowruz, as well as in remote villages in the Kopet Dag mountains. Marveling at their beautiful dresses and warm sheepskin hats in this desert country is nice. Discussing their nomadic traditions, bride robbery and the importance of Melon Day to desert dwellers is even more interesting.

March 19th 2020March 28th 202010 days4-8yes
€ 2150     p.p. (4-6 participants),      € 2100     p.p. (7-8 participants)


  • international flight Amsterdam – Frankfurt or Istanbul – Ashgabat
  • night train Ashgabat – Turkmenbashi
  • all transport in Turkmenistan
  • accommodation based on double rooms (hotels in Ashgabat, Turkmenbashi, Balkanabat; guesthouse in Serdar), four-berth train compartment (Ashgabat – Turkmenbashi) and yurt (Derweze), breakfast included
  • dinner on evenings not spent at hotels
  • all excursions and entry fees

Not included

  • travel insurance
  • visa Turkmenistan ($89)
  • migration fee Turkmenistan ($14)
  • tourist fee Turkmenistan ($2 p.p.p.n.)
  • meals, unless stated otherwise
  • personal expenses


Take me further!

Curious about this tour? Complete the contact form below to get more information about cultural overdose (in Dutch). If you’d rather chat in English, give us a call at +31 6 81 83 20 58.

World Nomad Games 2020