The Land of Fire - Azerbaijan 6 Nights and 7 Days 

Destination

Best time to Visit

April May June

Stay Days

Suitable For

Family Friends Honeymoon

Theme

Adventure Mountains Urban Rural

About This Itinerary

Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Its capital, Baku, is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. Within the Inner City lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline.


Detailed Itinerary

1

Arrival Baku

Arrive Baku , after completing the airport formalities meet our representative and proceed to hotel for check-in. Evening is at leisure.Dinner and overnight stay in Baku

2

Baku Local-Sightseeing

Panoramic view of Baku city and Baku Bay from Highland Park - Martyrs Alley, marvelous view of Flame Towers Later visiting Old city – Icheri Sheher: Entrance gates of Old Baku; fortification tower; Caravanserai complexes – Bukhara and Multan; Maiden Tower (under UNESCO protection); old mosques; bathes; Miniature Book Museum; Shirvanshahs Palace (under UNESCO protection); narrow, small cobbled stone streets. Continue with Nizami Street – a large pedestrian and shopping street in the downtown Baku Visiting National Museum of History of Azerbaijan: the former mansion of Azerbaijani oil magnate and philanthropist H.Z.Tagiyev Walking on Baku Boulevard. Boat tour on a windless weather Back to the hotel Overnight in Baku

3

Baku – Gabala

Check-out from the hotel Passage to Baku – Gabala route: on the way visiting Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza. Continue to Juma Mosque, Mausoleum of Yeddi-Gyumbez in Shamakhi city. Drive through Girdimanchay River’s canyons to visit ancient Lahij village. Visiting workshops of blacksmithes, potteries, carpet weaving shop, cobbled stone streets. Lahij was one of the main points on Great Silk Road. Visiting Nohur Mountain Lake in Nohurgishlag village in Gabala Arrival in Gabala: Check-in at hotel Visiting of Tufandag Mountain with mountain cable car Back to the hotel Overnight in Gabala

4

Gabala- Sheki

Check-out from the hotel Passage to Gabala – Sheki route On the way visiting Chotari Albanian Church and Udi house in Nij village Arrival to Sheki: Check-in at hotel. Visiting of Kish village: the first church of Caucasus Visiting of Old Sheki: medieval fortress, The Palace of Shaki Khans – a summer residence of Shaki Khans, Historical Museum; Round temple (outside); handicrafts workshop of Shebaka, national musical instruments’, takalduz Continue with Sheki Caravanserai – a historical monument in Sheki Back to the hotel Overnight in Sheki

5

Sheki - Baku

Check-out from the hotel Visiting local Eastern Bazaar of Sheki Continue trip back to Baku. On the way, visit to Mud Volcanos Visiting Gobustan National Park (under UNESCO protection): primary people carved their daily life styles on rocks. There are more than 6000 stone carvings (petroglyphs) on the rocks near the Caspian Sea side. Visiting the Bibiheibat Mosque – which is a historical mosque in Baku Arrival in Baku Overnight in Baku

6

Absheron Peninsula tour

Sightseeing tour to Absheron Peninsula: Fire Worshippers’ Temple – Ateshgah: The temple was built over a pocket of natural gas that fuelled a vent providing an ‘eternal’ fire which zoroastrians used to worship. Continue with “Yanardag” – “Fire Mountain”: a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula near Baku, which itself is known as the “land of fire.” Flames jet into the air 3 meters (9.8 ft) from a thin, porous sandstone layer Visiting the Heydar Aliyev Center (from outside) Visiting Azerbaijan Carpet Museum Back to the hotel Overnight in Baku

7

Departure

After breakfast, check-out from hotel and you will be transferred to Baku airport for your onwrad journey

Important Details

1) Azerbaijan Airlines, also known as AZAL, flies from Barcelona, Berlin, London, Paris and other European airports to Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport, and further to Ganja, Lankaran, Zagatala und Gabala.
2) By train - There is a good train connection from Georgia to Azerbaijan
3) Visa -  People travelling to Azerbaijan are usually required to get a visa in advance, Electronic visas are valid for 30 days and are single entry
4) Language - Since gaining independence from the Soviet Union, Azerbaijani (or Azeri-Turkic) is the official language 
5) Best season to visit -  April to June, The hottest months are July and August, which are on average 26°C
6) Currency - The official currency in Azerbaijan has been the manat since 1992. After inflation in 2006, it was replaced by a new manat.
7) Credit cards: Credit cards are accepted in Baku banks (which tend to close at 4pm)
8) Money exchange: It is advisable to take Euro or US dollar notes with you and exchange them as needed in banks, airports, bureaux de change and hotels.
9) Safety - Azerbaijan is relatively safe, with low criminality. Normal common sense should still be practised, especially at night.
10) Religion - One of the cornerstones of Azerbaijan is the strict separation of state and religion. Most Azerbaijanis are nominally Muslim, though it does not really influence their lives apart from festivals such as Ramadan
11) Medical care is free even for tourists, but it is not always guaranteed outside Baku. It is recommended to take your own first aid kit and copy of a travel insurance policy.
12) Avoid drinking local tap water.
13) Food is an important component of Azerbaijani culture, with influences from Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Central Asia
14) Most internet cafés are called Internet Klub, based in Baku and other densely populated areas
15) There are several providers that offer SIM cards for mobile internet in Azerbaijan, for example, Azercell and Bakcell.
 

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