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The country of Turkmenistan was once an important location on the famous Silk Road, an old trading route that linked Eastern and Western civilisations. Our Turkmenistan rail holidays take you on a magnificent journey along the very same path between Moscow and Beijing on board the lavish Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, calling at Turkmenistan along the way. One of the world's driest deserts, the Kara Kum Desert, covers around 80 percent of this country and you will see cities such as Merv and the capital Ashgabat looming from the sand as you journey into the country. Expect to be dazzled by ancient history and culture, impressive architecture and natural beauty on a rail holiday in Turkmenistan. A country swathed in tradition, the Turkmens are very welcoming people and extremely proud of their rich heritage.

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Turkmenistan Rail Holidays

The ancient oasis city of Merv is one place you might visit on Turkmenistan rail holidays. It was once one of the greatest centres of Islam, comparable to Baghdad, Cairo and Damascus. Nowadays you can see scattered ruins of fortified walls that demarcate the sites of the ancient palaces and mosques that once gave Merv its grandeur.

You may also get the chance to visit the capital city, Ashgabat, on Turkmenistan rail holidays. Literally translating as the 'City of Love', Ashgabat is sandwiched between the Kara Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range. Characterised by gleaming domes, lavish fountains, gold statues and marble monuments, the city contrasts its ancient relics with modern sky scrapers and vast areas of well-kept parkland. Originally developed by the Russians during the late 19th century, one of the most vibrant places to see on Turkmenistan rail hoidays in Ashgabat is the Tolkuchka Bazaar, an enormous market that spreads across acres of desert on the outskirts of the city. There, amid the noise and commotion, you will discover that you can purchase anything you can possibly think of, from camels to car parts, pistachios to jewellery. Turkmenistan rail holidays are truly an incredible experience.



Capital City:Ashgabat
Currency:Turkmen New Manat
Electricity:European adapter required
Famous for:Carpets, embroidery and horseriding
Language:Turkmen – but also Russian
Population:5.1 million