Highlights of Azerbaijan

10 Days, from AU $4,636

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Travel through the capital Baku which looks like it comes right out of a sci-fi movie, it’s an ancient city with a western touch. Just outside of Baku is an ethereal destination that brings nature and history together. Azerbaijan has actually a diverse collection of landscapes, from wetlands to high mountains, deserts to fertile valleys to explore.

Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Baku

Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to hotel for overnight.

Day 2: Baku

At 09:00, start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Martirs Lane called ‘Shehidler Khiyabany’ among locals. When you walk through the Alley of the Martyrs, you will find a beautiful view overlooking Baku’s coastline. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to Icheri Sheher, the old part of the city. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Overnight at the hotel

Day 3: Baku – Gobustan – Baku

Meet your guide at 09:00. Start with Gobustan National Park. On the way visit Bibi Heybat Mosque. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. If the weather allows, continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. After visit to the richest bank of Azeri carpets – National Carpets Museum.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Baku

Today you will be visit Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Drive to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Return to Baku. On the way visit Heydar Aliyev Center. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Baku – Khinalug – Baku

In the morning, meet your guide and the driver at your hotel in Baku. Depart north-west of the capital city. Drive through Red Village (Krasnaya Sloboda), the biggest settlement of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan. The road to Khinalug lies through picturesque mountain road on the altitude of 2,000 m. Enjoy breathtaking views of the landscape. Khinalug is one of most ancient settlements in the country where people have been continuously living for more than 5,000 years. Return to Baku. On the way back stop at Quba mass grave. Arrive in Baku. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Baku – Shamakha – Lahij – Gabala

In the morning, departure from your hotel to Gabala. On the way, visit Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakha and have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Drive the Girdimanchay River’s canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century place rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is mostly famous for magnificent ancient mosques and bath-houses. But it is also a place to learn more about medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as a chance to purchase artifacts such as jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers and iron tools in a number of traditional workshops. In the afternoon, continue driving to our final destination for the evening the city of Gabala. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Gabala – Kish – Sheki

In the morning, check-out from hotel and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit the first Albanian church in Caucasus dating back to the 1st century AD. Have sightseeing tour around Sheki. Visit stunning Sheki Khans’ Palace, a medieval fortress, and local History Museum. Continue to local mosque, handicrafts workshop, madrasah, and bazaar. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Sheki – Kish – Mingechevir – Ganja

Check out from hotel and start sightseeing tour in Sheki. Visit medieval fortress, Sheki Khans Palace (currently under the restoration, observation from the outside), history museum, handicrafts workshop, mosque-madrassah, and local bazaar. Depart Sheki and head to Ganja town (160 km, 2-3 hours).

Stop in Kish village see the first church in Caucasus (I cent.). One the way, visit Mingachevir town. Have a short drive around the city; pass by riverside, city center, and beautiful water reservoir. Continue driving to Ganja. Check-in to hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Ganja – Goygol – Ganja

In the morning, start city tour in Ganja with visiting Shakh Abbas Mosque with two minarets. Continue to mausoleum of the last khan of Ganja Javad Khan; visit Chokek Hamam (medieval bathes). Continue sightseeing tour walking by Central Square, Sardar Baghi park, Alexander Nevski Christian Orthodox Church and Christian Temple Agvan Kilsasi.

Drive out of the city to a small town of Goygol to visit village Helenendorf that was settled in the winter of 1818–1819 by 194 Swabian German families. German architecture of local buildings will surprise you.

Change the vehicle to 4WD drive and head to Goygol national park and Goygol Lake - the picturesque lake surrounded by dense forest charms its visitors with its beauty and exquisiteness. Return to Ganja. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Ganja – Georgian border (Red Bridge)

Depart Ganja and head towards border with Georgia.

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All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Standard:from AU $4,636
Superior:from AU $5,204

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • All transfers by comfortable sedan;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local English-speaking guide;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Azerbaijan tourist e-visa.

Exclusions:

  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance.
Price Dependent:

Availability of accommodation and season.

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