Exploring Turkmenistan's Yangykala Canyons

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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3 days | 2 nights

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Turkmenistan

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Highlights

  • Set off on an epic overland journey in a 4X4, stopping off to see stunning mosques and spiritual shrines along the way
  • Bed down under the stars amongst the stunning flame-colored canyons for what will be a night to remember
  • Have a full tour of the famous Yangykala Canyons, including excursions to Kara-Bogaz-Gol, and the sparkling canyons of Yangysuw

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

As soon as you set your eyes on the brilliant flame-colored canyons of Yangykala, you’ll realize why this deep valley region is considered to be one of the most spectacular sights – not just in Turkmenistan – but the whole of Central Asia. This mini-three day excursion will take you from the white-marble capital of Ashgabat overland via 4X4, stopping off at treasured shrines and mosques, before reaching the stunning Yangykala Canyons on the second day. Along the way, you’ll bed down under the stars in tents, as well as experience a full tour of the valleys, which boast stunning pink, orange, red and yellow shades and cut deep into the Turkmenistan landscape. Make your way back on the third day and spend your final night in the capital of Ashgabat.

This excursion to the Yangykala Canyons must be conducted in conjunction with longer itineraries to Turkemenistan.

Day-to-Day

DAY 1 Balkanabat

The first day of this mini-tour of Turkmenistan will take you from the capital, Ashgabat, to the western stopover city of Balkanabat. The stunning overland 6-7 hour journey is made via a private and comfortable 4X4 car, and there will opportunities along the way to see the Spirituality Mosque in Kipchak (the biggest of its type in Turkmenistan), as well as the atmospheric holy shrine of Paraw-Bibi. After you have arrived in Balkanabat, transfer to Nebitchi Hotel and relax for the evening.

DAY 2 Yangykala Canyons

Hit the road again early in the morning of this second day, making your way 4 hours north to the flame-colored canyons of Yangykala, one of the most spectacular attractions in the entire country. You’ll reach the first ‘Grand Canyon’ by lunch, which is where you’ll eat before continuing further north in the afternoon to the precipice of Kara-Bogaz-Gol, where you’ll discover the sparkling canyons of Yangysuw. After dinner, bed down for the night under the stars in the tents supplied.

DAY 3 Departure

After breakfast, there’s further chance to explore the stunning canyons of Yangykala, rich in natural beauty and oozing a certain atmospheric and peaceful charm that all visitors can enjoy. After some final visits, set off back to the white-marble capital, Ashgabat, and take time to rest in your quality hotel or explore the city, all whilst winding down what has been an action-packed three-day excursion in Turkmenistan.

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