Turkmenistan Independence Day Whirlwind Tour

Sep 26, 2025
Sep 29, 2025
4 days


Heard of the North Korean Mass Games? Ever seen an Olympics Opening Ceremony? Well the Independence Day concert in Ashgabat is bit like if both of those had a love child. But add in some of Turkmenistan's special brand of weirdness. It really is something totally unique, and what makes it even cooler is how many people do you know that have even heard of it? We were the first to ever take a group of tourists to this special event, and since 2015 have continued to be the only people to manage it.

We'll be based in Ashgabat, taking in the city which in itself is really something special, interspersed with the concert, a day of horse racing at the hippodrome, and any other Independence Day events that we have the opportunity to experience. There's a good chance the President and his father, the former President, will be at one or both of these events, but just depends what they feel like on the day!

As if that wasn't all exciting enough, once all the Independence Day fun is wrapped up, we'll head out of the city and spend a night at the Gates of Hell, before returning to Ashgabat.

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There are also longer versions of this tour for anyone who would like to explore Turkmenistan even more, with both the Original Tour and the Mega Tour . Alternatively, if you'd also like to see some other Stans while you're here, have a look at our 5 Stans Autumn Whirlwind Tour .

If you like the look of this tour but the dates don't work for you, or you'd like to do part of the tour, please get in touch and let us know. All our tours are able to be split into smaller sections, we're always scheduling new tours and your dates might work for one of them, or we can always organise an independent tour.


Letter of Invitation

Accommodation in twin share at roughly 3 star hotels (breakfast included), camping at Gates of Hell

Transport as per itinerary, beginning and ending in Ashgabat

Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary, including Independence Day events

SAIGA guide and local guides



Visa fee (can be paid on arrival at the airport or land border, or at an embassy beforehand)

Meals other than breakfast at hotels

Transport to and from Ashgabat at the beginning and end of the tour

Accommodation and any other services before or after the tour

Personal expenses such as souvenirs or any optional activities

Any COVID related expenses


Experience the amazing Independence Day Events , something very few foreigners ever get the privilege of seeing

Spend the night mesmerised by the horrendous but exhilirating Gates of Hell

Visit all the crazy white and gold monuments of Ashgabat

Day 1Fri Sep 26
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Day 2Sat Sep 27
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Day 3Sun Sep 28
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Day 4Mon Sep 29
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