Turkmenistan Encompassed


Turkmenistan Encompassed

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 15 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Notes

Important Information 

Foreign Office Travel Warnings

We constantly monitor the advice posted by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). In particular we will always advise clients of any travel warnings. At the time of writing there are no warnings against travel to Turkmenistan. Please feel free to contact us should you have any specific concerns or if would like to know in detail what measures are being taken to ensure visits remain trouble free and without incident.

It should be noted that this information applies to British citizens. Other nationals are asked to check the current position of their respective government.

Accommodation and Meals 

Hotel Check-in Times

As a general rule most hotels will allow guests to check-in from 2pm. Please note that the price of your tour does not include guaranteed early check-in. This is particularly relevant on the first day of the tour and for early morning arrivals. You can pre-book and pay for an extra night at the beginning of your tour which will guarantee your accommodation is available irrespective of what time you arrive. Please contact us for information and costs.

It should also be noted that on many of our tours we have set-aside Day 1 of the itinerary as an ‘arrival day’. For this reason and because tour participants are likely to be arriving at different times, and often from different countries, guided sightseeing or other activities are not included. If you are arriving early or before the start date of the tour and would like to organise some extra arrangements on a private basis please contact us.

Accommodation Rating

At Undiscovered Destinations we know our travellers prefer to stay in comfortable, mid-range accommodation. On this tour you can expect rooms to be en-suite, with private bathroom. In general you will find your hotel has a restaurant and/or bar.

We welcome solo travellers and single rooms will be allocated subject to the applicable tour supplement. Please note that on occasions you may not always be allocated a double or twin room, as some hotels have designated single rooms. These may be smaller in size. However, the supplement payable takes this into consideration.

Smoking

The Government of Turkmenistan has introduced new legislation stating that smoking is prohibited in ALL public places, including streets, parks, and airports – in fact everywhere except specially designated areas (if any) in restaurants and hotels. Anybody spotted smoking will be taken to the nearest police station, where they may be kept for several hours before having to pay a fine of 300 manat (around £60). Those who refuse to go to the police station, to pay the fine, or argue with police officers may end up being detained for up to 15 days. Anyone attempting to bring more than 40 cigarettes for personal use into Turkmenistan will be fined 500 manat (around £100).

Food & Drink

The daily meal basis is shown in the tour itinerary; breakfast (B), lunch (L) and dinner (D). Please note that lunch may be a picnic. Drinks are not included and will be payable locally in cash.

Dietary Requirements

If you have any special dietary requirements you must notify us at the time of booking. While we will make every effort to cater for you, we cannot guarantee that this will be possible.

Budgeting for your Tour

You will need some extra money to cover meals and drinks not included in the tour price, any optional sightseeing, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry.

Food

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more. 

Lunch $9
Dinner $12

Drinks

The prices for drinks can vary greatly depending upon location and the prices detailed below are an average guide. In general you would expect that drinks purchased in a supermarket or local bar to be less expensive, whilst drinks in an upmarket bar or restaurant may be more expensive.

Bottle of Beer (domestic) $1.50
Water (1.5L) $1.20

Tipping – Guide and Drivers

Tipping is common practice in Central Asia. If you are travelling on our group tour, a reasonable amount to allow would be around $3-4 per person per day for the guides and around $2 per person per day for the driver.

Foreign Exchange

ATM Availability: ATM machines are not widely available
Credit and Debit Card Acceptance: Cards are rarely accepted
Local Currency: Manat
Recommended Currency for Exchange: US Dollars
Where to Exchange: Your guide will advise you

Joining your Tour

Flight Information

Our advertised prices do not include the cost of international flights. Please contact us if you would like a quotation to book a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme. 

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a free airport transfer, both on arrival and departure. In order that the transfer can be arranged please ensure that you advise us of your flight information once available. Please advise the date, time and flight number for your arrival/departure. If we have not been advised of this information at least 2 weeks before travel, then you will be required to make your own way to the hotel on Day 1 of your tour.   

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with Undiscovered Destinations that you have adequate valid travel insurance, the cost of which is not included in the price of the tour. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. 

Visa Information

Most nationalities require a visa for Turkmenistan, and a Letter of Invitation approved by the State Migration Services of Turkmenistan will be needed, which will be provided by Undiscovered Destinations. This process can take up to one month. It is possible to obtain a visa on arrival at Ashgabat airport but prior approval from the Turkmen authorities is again necessary. UK passport holders can arrange a visa prior to travel through the Turkmenistan Embassy in London.

These guidelines can change at any time and you should check with your nearest embassy.

Passports

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, valid for at least six months after the date of return to the UK. 

We strongly advise that your passport contains a minimum of two blank pages, as this may be a requirement of the local immigration authorities. In addition certain countries will stipulate that the two blank pages are opposite each other. If you are unable to meet these requirements you may be refused boarding by your airline or denied entry by the immigration authorities.

For specific information about the requirements for your destination please check with the country’s embassy or consulate. Alternatively UK citizens can visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Vaccinations & Protection

We strongly recommend that you contact your doctor’s surgery or a specialist travel clinic for up-to-date information, advice and the necessary vaccinations. For a visit of less than one month, almost certainly you will be advised to have immunisations against the following: Diphtheria and Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Meningitis. If you are travelling with prescription medicine, we advise that you carry a copy of the prescription and a letter from your doctor, stating that you are legally able to take the items. 

Preparing for your tour

Climate

The region can be bitterly cold in its winter months and fiercely hot during the July and August. The best time to visit is generally accepted to be from mid-April to June, and September to mid-November. 

Clothing

When it comes to clothing it is usually recommended that lighter clothes are worn through the day, and warmer ones at night. You should wear a hat during the day for protection from the sun. You should make sure that you bring a waterproof jacket for any rainy days. Although Turkmenistan is not conservative with regard to dress code (sleeveless shirts and knee-long legwear is fine), wearing short skirts and shorts is frowned upon, and you should make sure that you bring an outfit suitable for entering mosques and religious buildings – long sleeves and trousers / long skirts.

Equipment

The first thing on your list should be a first aid kit. Whilst there is no undue cause for alarm, travellers are best advised to travel well-prepared: adequately immunized, with sufficient supplies of prescription drugs, along with a medical kit. Suncream / sunblock is a must. Insect repellent, including a bite spray, will also be useful to have. You will not need to bring a sleeping bag as bedding will be provided when camping and at the home stay. However we do recommend that you bring light sleep sheet and a towel, as well as a torch (flashlight). 

Footwear

Footwear is a main priority on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes/boots are recommended. 

Luggage on tour

Your luggage should not exceed 20kgs (44lbs). One large suitcase/rucksack, and one small hand luggage rucksack is acceptable.

Electric Supply & Plugs

Electrical supply is 220V and plugs usually have two round pins like most European countries.

Tour Itinerary Versions

Please ensure that you have an up-to-date copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reasons or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tour notes. These tour notes were updated on 09/11/2017


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