Best of Azerbaijan - 8 days (AZ-02)

This eight day tour offers the chance to comprehensively explore the fascinating country of Azerbaijan. Beginning in the nation’s capital, Baku, you’ll visit historically important Shamakhi and the ancient Silk Road city of Sheki, see the curious natural phenomenon that is Yanar Dag and see the 16th century Ramana Fortress.
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Day 1. Baku
Arrival in Baku. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2. Baku
Today, we begin our discovery of the city of Baku, enjoying a sightseeing tour of Baku’s most absorbing sights.
Day 3. Baku – Shamakhi – Sheki - Kish
Today we will drive to Shamakhi - once the capital of the Shirvan Empire. We will visit the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum, the tombs of Diri Baba. Continuing towards Sheki, we stop at Kish. This village is the site of a centuries-old Albanian church.
Day 4. Sheki - Baku 
An excursion to the oldest city in Azerbaijan - Sheki, once famous among merchants travelling the Great Silk Road. Present day Sheki is packed with sights including a good history museum and Khan's Summer Palace.
Day 5. Gobustan – Yanar Dag
Tour of Gobustan National Park - a culturally significant landscape of myriad rock carvings with over 6,000 petroglyphs. On our way back to Baku, you’ll stop at Yanar Dag. This natural phenomenon is called the Burning Rock, so named because it is fuelled by seepage of natural gas.
Day 6. Ateshgah – Ramana Castle
We will have a guided tour to Ateshgah - the temple of fire worshippers, This open air museum has been recently restored and by the decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ateshgah was declared a State historical-architectural reserve. Our final stop today will be an excursion to the fortress of Ramana.
Day 7. Baku
We will visit some of the sights associated with modern Baku: the waterfront area of Baku Boulevard, the carpet museum, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, and many more.
Day 8. Baku
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport.
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Baku Baku
Azerbaijan’s capital and largest city, this is a city where past and present are intertwined. The Old City’s Icheri Sheher fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dom... Read more
Gobustan Gobustan
Gobustan National Park, located in the Greater Caucasus Mountains is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its rock art engravings. These images depict prehistoric hunting ... Read more
Sheki Sheki
Set against a backdrop of snow-capped Caucasus peaks, Sheki developed as a trading centre with many caravanserais located within the city. Two still remain: the Upper and the Lower... Read more

Quick Facts
  • Season: Four Seasons
  • Days: 8
  • Group Size: 2-10
  • Tour Grade:   Gentle

Day 1. Baku
On arrival at Baku’s international airport you’ll be met by our representative for your transfer to the hotel. After check in there’ll be free time. Overnight in Baku. (D)
Day 2. Baku
Today, we begin our discovery of the city of Baku, enjoying a sightseeing tour of Baku’s most absorbing sights. We’ll visit to the city’s main monumental, historical and architectural attractions before climbing to the city’s highest point at Upland Park for an impressive panorama of the Azeri capital and its bay. From there we’ll descend to the old city, known locally as Icheri sheher. This was all there was of Baku until the mid-19th century when, as a result of the oil boom, a growth spurt caused the city to spill beyond its defensive walls. This tiny area measures just 22 square hectares and yet it contains so many significant sights, including the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the Maiden Tower and the Karavansaray, once the place of merchants’ rest. Today, just 1300 families call Icheri sheher, this city within a city, home. It’s a delightful place to take an evening stroll through the maze of streets to the gathering place of Fountains Square. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping, should you wish. Overnight in Baku. (B, D)
Day 3. Baku – Shamakhi – Sheki - Kish
Azerbaijan has a long history, as demonstrated by places such as Shamakhi.  It was once the capital of the Shirvan Empire and the base of the Shirvan Dynasty. These days Shamakhi is famous for its winemaking. Visiting this city you’ll have an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum, whose imposing domes rise mysteriously above an almost silent valley. From here there are stunning views back to Shamakhi. Not far away, you’ll encounter the tombs of Diri Baba. Equally atmospheric, the structures are built into the rock giving the appearance of an eagle’s nest. As we approach, only the front is visible; the other sides are disguised by the cliffs from which they were hewn, giving the impression that the tomb is suspended off the ground. The monument has two storeys: while the lower floor was probably for servants, the upper, reached by stairs, would have been the salon. Whether it is a sacred site or a place of burial is up for interpretation. Continuing towards Sheki, we stop at Kish. This village is the site of a centuries-old Albanian church which was incorporated into the Armenian Apostolic Church back in 1836. Near the church you’ll find an ancient cemetery where, visible through a glass cupola, you’ll see numerous human remains. These bodies are impressively tall, appearing to be 2.5 metres or more. The Albanians who once resided here were giants with white skin and golden hair, very unlike the inhabitants of the modern Caucasian nations. Ovenight in Sheki. (B, D)
Day 4. Sheki - Baku 
An excursion to the oldest city in Azerbaijan is a real treat. In ancient times people sold silk here, making Sheki famous among merchants travelling the Great Silk Road. Present day Sheki is packed with sights including a good history museum. The jewel in Sheki’s crown, however, is Khan's Summer Palace with its wonderful façades built from brick, river stones and oak, decorated with floral motives. Inside, the palace impresses even more. Within its six rooms, there are beautiful frescoes painted by talented craftsman; some of them feature flowers, while others depict hunting or battle scenes. In addition, two beautiful mirrored balconies, ornate decoration using rare coloured Venetian glass and exquisite paintings featuring colourful depictions of birds and animals ensure this place does not disappoint the tourist. The first floor of this palace offers clues to Khan’s wealth and power as the murals on the walls of animals and hunting are usually thought of as symbols of nobility. In ancient times the palace was surrounded by beautiful gardens, though nowadays only two large trees survive. Later, you’ll be driven to Baku where you’ll check into the hotel for an overnight stay. Overnight in Baku. (B, D)
Day 5. Gobustan - Yanar Dag
Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting to collect you for your included excursion to Gobustan National Park. Situated in East Azerbaijan, this archaeological reserve borders the southern slopes of the Major Caucasus ridge to the north, the Harami and Mishov Mountains to the south, Pirsaat River to the west and the Caspian Sea and Absheron peninsula to the east. Gobustan is a culturally significant landscape of myriad rock carvings.  Over 6000 petroglyphs have been discovered here together; that’s not all – there are also many ancient caves and archaeological sites within the reserve. Incredibly, some have been dated to as early as the 18th century BC. Together, they offer a fascinating insight into the development of human activity in this area, with scenes of mountain goat hunts, ceremonial dances and even maritime imagery as this place used to be by the sea. On our way back to Baku, you’ll stop at Yanar Dag. This intriguing natural phenomenon is called the Burning Rock, so named because it is fuelled by seepage of natural gas. Flames up to three metres high regularly shoot from the sandstone hillside. Many believe that Yanar Dag is the reason Azerbaijan acquired its nickname, the Land of Fire. Overnight in Baku. (B, D)
Day 6. Ateshgah – Ramana Castle
Today’s excursion is a guided tour to Ateshgah. The temple of fire worshippers, Ateshgah is located on the Apsheron peninsula on the outskirts of Surakhani village just thirty kilometres from the center of Baku. It was revered in different times by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs. The current temple building dates from the 17th century, but far more ancient artefacts have been excavated here. This pentagonal complex has an open courtyard with an altar in the centre which was a place of pilgrimage for worshippers. This open air museum has been recently restored and by the decree of the President of Azerbaijan, Ateshgah was declared a State historical-architectural reserve. Our final stop today will be an excursion to the fortress of Ramana. Ramana Castle is estimated to date back several centuries. The height of the fortress’ main tower is an imposing fifteen metres and is built of stone. It is assumed that it was built to protect a palace and was used during the reign of Shirvanshahs. Overnight in Baku. (B, D)
Day 7. Baku
Having returned to Baku, we will visit some of the sights associated with modern Baku: the waterfront area of Baku Boulevard behind which rise the famous Flame Towers skyscrapers, the carpet museum, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, Shopping Mall 28th May and Park Boulevard, a mall situated on the main promenade. Overnight in Baku. (B, D)
Day 8. Baku
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)


Want to travel on different dates?
Please see below for our group tour dates, if you would like to travel on a different day, please let us know and we will come back to you with an offer. There might be additional surcharges for a private tour but all depends on the number of people in your party and your travel preferences.

Note on pricing
Prices depend on the hotel category and are listed below. Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section.

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27.06.2019 - 04.07.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
04.07.2019 - 11.07.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
11.07.2019 - 18.07.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
18.07.2019 - 25.07.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
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08.08.2019 - 15.08.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
15.08.2019 - 22.08.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
22.08.2019 - 29.08.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
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05.09.2019 - 12.09.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
12.09.2019 - 19.09.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
19.09.2019 - 26.09.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
26.09.2019 - 03.10.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
03.10.2019 - 10.10.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
10.10.2019 - 17.10.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
17.10.2019 - 24.10.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
24.10.2019 - 31.10.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
31.10.2019 - 07.11.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
07.11.2019 - 14.11.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
14.11.2019 - 21.11.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now
21.11.2019 - 28.11.2019 £1,095 £1,495 £95 £555 book now

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Dates Excluding flights Including flights Single supplement Solo supplement Book
27.06.2019 - 04.07.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
04.07.2019 - 11.07.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
11.07.2019 - 18.07.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
18.07.2019 - 25.07.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
25.07.2019 - 01.08.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
01.08.2019 - 08.08.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
08.08.2019 - 15.08.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
15.08.2019 - 22.08.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
22.08.2019 - 29.08.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
29.08.2019 - 05.09.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
05.09.2019 - 12.09.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
12.09.2019 - 19.09.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
19.09.2019 - 26.09.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
26.09.2019 - 03.10.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
03.10.2019 - 10.10.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
10.10.2019 - 17.10.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
17.10.2019 - 24.10.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
24.10.2019 - 31.10.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
31.10.2019 - 07.11.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
07.11.2019 - 14.11.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
14.11.2019 - 21.11.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now
21.11.2019 - 28.11.2019 £1,195 £1,595 £115 £555 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour overview section.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room accommodation.
  5. Solo supplement is payable in the unlikely event when you are the only person on the tour. It will be refunded if other people join the same tour.



Diplomat Hotel Baku 3*
Address: 185 Suleyman Rahimov Str., Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +994 12 596 11 27

DESCRIPTION
Centrally located in downtown Baku a mile from Fountains Square, the newly constructed Diplomat Hotel is equally suited to holidaymakers and business travellers. Its 24 classic rooms and suites are equipped with flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryers and free WiFi. Soundproofed windows make it easy to shut yourself away from the bustle of the Azeri capital when you wish.

The Diplomat Hotel offers a range of useful services for its guests, including airport pick up, room service, complimentary parking, laundry service, safety deposit boxes and a business centre. There’s a restaurant, located on the ninth floor to take advantage of sweeping views of the Caspian Sea, serving European cuisine and a buffet breakfast.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour room service
  • Business centre
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Issam Hotel Sheki 3*
Address: 31 District, Shahriyar Str., Sheki, Azerbaijan
Telephone: + 994 24 244 87 81

DESCRIPTION
Found right at the heart of Sheki, the Issam Hotel and Spa is a resort hotel with a city centre location. The comfortable modern rooms all feature air conditioning, flat screen TV and minibar. En suite, guests are provided with slippers, bath robes, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.
 
The hotel scores highly on its leisure facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, a spa centre offering a wide range of treatments, fully-equipped gym and a sauna. Guests also enjoy free WiFi and free private parking. The hotel’s restaurant offers a good selection of Azeri and international cuisine, and there’s also a popular hotel bar.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • Private parking
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Spa centre
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Sheki Palace Hotel 4*
Address: Akhundzada Avenue, Sheki, Azerbaijan​
Telephone: +994 24 244 90 44

DESCRIPTION
Located close to the Palace of Sheki Khans in the heart of the old city, the five star Sheki Palace Hotel has an impressive façade, but it’s when you step inside that the hotel’s quality becomes apparent. The 46 tastefully furnished rooms are decorated in a classic style. All amenities can be expected, including flat screen TV, air conditioning, free WiFi, safety deposit box and a minibar. The en suite bathrooms have a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries.

Guests at the Sheki Palace benefit from access to the hotel’s fitness centre and can also enjoy relaxing on the sun terrace. The hotel’s Shebeke restaurant serves Azerbaijan cuisine. Alternatively, guests can enjoy sweeping views of the city and Greater Caucasus Mountains from the property’s terrace restaurant.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • Laundry service
  • Fitness centre
  • Business centre
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY

Metro City Hotel Baku 4*
Address: 157 Feteli Xan Xoyski, AZ1020 Baku, Azerbaijan
Telephone: +994 55 224 17 14

DESCRIPTION
The Metro City Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Baku, a short taxi ride from the city's main attractions. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary style, with ensuite bathrooms and flat screen televisions. A number of thoughtful touches such as a roomy wardrobe, slippers and tea-making facilities help ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.

The hotel offers free WiFi and also has a range of on-site leisure facilities. There's a spa, sauna and sizeable indoor swimming pool, as well as a well-equipped gym. Breakfast is included in the room rate and the hotel's restaurant, specialising in European cuisine, can be visited for lunch and dinner.

FACILITIES
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour room service
  • Business centre
  • Private parking
  • Laundry service
  • Free internet access
PHOTOGALLERY




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