wastelands, Rockets and resorts

decaying industrial towns, brave-new-world architectures, Post SOVIET Desolation, seaside melancholia and tacky  honeypots

Ashgabat – Balkanabat – Turkmenbashi – Bekdash – Kendirli – Aktau – Aralsk – Semey


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will give you a wide range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.


THis TOUR IS UP AND RUNNING AND YOU CAN ALREADY MAKE YOUR BOOKING. below you can find a summary of the route. FULL DETAILED ITINERARY IS BEING EDITED and will be online very soon. for more info please send us an email at info@soviettours.com

DAY 1 - Ashgabat

  • Our guide will meet you at Ashgabat International Airport and drive you to our hotel of choice (exact hotel name and address will be communicated well in advance per email). 
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Turkmenistan
  • We'll spend the day touring Ashgabat, the surreal capital of the country, a brave new world made of marble skyscrapers and totalitarian monuments. 
  • Among the towering shapes, imposing statues and futuristic atmospheres of the city we'll also be able to find some good old Soviet charm, dusty narrow alleys, crumbling XIX-century Russian houses and lively bazaars, reminding us that even under the shadow of a postmodernist totalitarianism we are in good old Soviet Central Asia
  • Lunch, dinner and overnight in Ashgabat

DAY 2 - Nokhur

  • This morning we'll pay a visit to some truly unusual sights in Ashgabat (aka Soviet remnants, art galleries, dance schools and sports halls).
  • Right after an early lunch we'll drive to Kipchak to visit the shining Turkmenbashi Mosque, where the first president of Turkmenistan (the notorious Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov) rests beside his family. 
  • We'll the continue on to Kow Ata, a natural underground thermal lake and a popular weekend escapade among the busy citizens of Ashgabat, who flock here to enjoy the therapeutic attributes of the holy waters.
  • We'll spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the lake and afterwards we’ll have lucullian shashlik dinner at one of the many traditional restaurants dotting the dusty badlands around the entrance to the cave.
  • Overnight in Ashgabat

DAY 3 - Balkanabat

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  • Dinner and overnight in Balkanabat

DAY 4 - Turkmenbashi

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  • Dinner and overnight in Turkmenbashi

DAY 5 - Turkmenbashi

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  • Dinner and overnight in Turkmenbashi

DAY 6 - Bekdash  

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  • Dinner and overnight in Kendirli

DAY 7 - Ustyurt Plateau

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  • Dinner and overnight in Aktau

DAY 8 - Fort  Shevchenko

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  • Dinner and overnight in Aktau

DAY 9 - Soviet Train

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  • Dinner and overnight on the train

DAY 10 - Aralsk

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  • Dinner and overnight in Aralsk

DAY 11 - Aralsk

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  • Dinner and overnight in Aralsk

DAY 12 - Baikonur

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  • Dinner and overnight in Kyzylorda

DAY 13 - Zhezqazghan 

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  • Dinner and overnight in Zhezqazghan

DAY 14 - Atasu

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  • Dinner and overnight in Atasu

DAY 15 - Balkhash

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  • Dinner and overnight in Balkhash

DAY 16 - Soviet Train

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  • Dinner and overnight on the train

DAY 17 - Semipalatinsk

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  • Dinner and overnight in Semipalatinsk

DAY 18 - Nuclear Polygon

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  • Dinner and overnight in Semipalatinsk

DAY 19 - Flight back home or Astana extension  

  • After enjoying a last lavish Kazakh-style breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to either Semey Region Airport for your flight back home or your connection toward Astana, where you will enjoy a guided tour through its brave-new-world architectonic shapes; you can also choose to use our services to discover other areas of Kazakhstan, such as the Altai Mountains and/or Almaty the former capital of the country; contact us to learn more about our bespoke itineraries in the region. 
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

3 to 6 participants: 3850 € 


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 25 euro/night), private transport in the region, entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.


WHERE THE HECK AM I TRAVELLING TO?  

BELOW YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT TOUR STAGES MARKED ON A MAP OF THE REGION YOU ARE GOING TO EXPLORE WITH US

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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Caspian Depression and/or Pamir Highway