Azerbaijan is a fascinating country which lies at a number of different crossroads whether cultural, geographical, religious or political. Situated between the Caucasus Mountains and the Caspian Sea, it is where Europe meets Asia, and where centuries of Turkic and Persian influence have overlapped and enriched one another.
Our journey begins in the vibrant capital Baku where historical and contemporary influences are visible side by side. We then traverse the breadth of the country to the former Silk Road cities of Shamakhi, Sheki and Gabala which are important cultural centres of Azerbaijan.
One of the highlights of this trip is the unique Gobustan region where ancient rock carvings depicting prehistoric life have been preserved in an arid landscape featuring mud volcanoes. As well as mosques of both the Shia and Sunni branches of Islam we will visit sacred places from other religious traditions such as the Church of Kish and the Zoroastrian temple of Ateshgah.
Still relatively untouched and blessed with natural resources and a buoyant economy, now is a great time to explore this charming land of contrasts. Join us for an amazing trip to Azerbaijan, where the Caucasus meets the Caspian!
Baku, Shamakhi, Sheki, Gabala, Ganja, Gobustan National Park, Absheron Peninsula, and Candy Cane Mountains.
Items Included in Package:
- 4-star accommodation with breakfast
- All ground transport including airport transfers
- Experienced English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fees to sites and monuments
The standard tour package is based on twin sharing of rooms with en suite bathroom. Single supplement options are also available.
Items Not Included:
- Lunch and dinner
- International flights to and from Azerbaijan
- Visa fees
Itineraries are subject to small modifications depending on the size and composition of the group as well as local circumstances at the time of the trip.
The arrival and departure airport is Baku Heydar Aliyev International (GYD). You are advised to contact us prior to booking any flights to ensure that your flight times tie in smoothly with the tour programme.
Extension to Georgia:
For those who have time there is an opportunity to extend the trip to neighbouring Georgia. This involves travelling by land across the border to the capital Tbilisi. After spending a couple of days in the south east of the country we head west to Batumi on the Black Sea.
This tour is being organised in conjunction with the Muslim Arts and Culture Festival (MACFEST).
Palace of the Shirvanshahs with Modern Baku in the Background
Mud Volcanoes in Gobustan National Park
Stunning Mountains around Gabala