Azerbaijan Tours & Holidays

Small Group Tours & Tailor-Made Holidays


Since ancient times, Azerbaijan has been known as 'The Land of the Sacred Fire’. With rich reserves of oil and natural gas deposits erupting continuously from the earth, it positioned itself at the heart of the Zoroastrian religion for centuries, attracting fire worshippers from all over the world. Still remarkably untouched by tourism, the fires of Zoroastrianism may be long extinguished but you can still enjoy the promise of a warm welcome.

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Group tours

Travel to Azerbaijan with like-minded people on one of our small group tours (usually max size 12), featuring knowledgeable local guides and an expert tour leader.


Whether you want to travel on one of our award-winning itineraries or build your own journey from scratch, our expert consultants will help create the perfect tour for your tastes and budget. Below are a few suggestions of the kind of trips we can offer, all of which can be tailored to you.




Enjoy the opera in Baku

Enjoy the opera in Baku

Take in an evening of beauty, grace and cultivation with a visit to the gorgeous Opera House, built by Georgian millionaire Daniel Mailov in 1911 and considered by many to be the finest building in the city.

See mud volcanoes and cave paintings

See mud volcanoes and cave paintings

Explore the otherworldly landscape of Gobustan National Park, home to dramatic mud volcanoes and ancient cave paintings. Discover thousands of rock art showing animals, hunting scenes, dances and ships and even graffiti left by passing Roman armies

Visit the land of sacred fire

Visit the land of sacred fire

Home to an abundance of natural oil and gas deposits, Absheron is a fascinating area to visit. Discover the ancient and modern methods of oil extraction, as well as the various religious cults associated with oil, with a visit to a Zoroastrian fire temple.

Discover Baku’s many museums

Discover Baku’s many museums

Baku is home to several fascinating museums, including the Azerbaijan History Museum, housed in the 1896 mansion of Z. Taghiev, the richest of the oil barons, as well as the unusual Fizuli Museum of Manuscripts and the many 'house museums', former famous houses or apartments now open to the public. 

Explore Sheki's Khan's palace

Explore Sheki's Khan's palace

Visit the stunning Palace of the Sheki Khans, once the summer residence and a must-see for any visit to Azerbaijan. With its magnificent frescoes, typical Azeri shebeke windows and mosaics, the palace was recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Hunt for Silk Road treasures

Hunt for Silk Road treasures

Sheki is one of the oldest towns in the Caucasus, founded more than 2,700 years ago. Here discover the work of jewellers, potters, engravers and embroiders, who for centuries have sold their goods to Moscow, St Petersburg and even Western Europe.

Visit a 1st century church

Visit a 1st century church

Explore the village of Kish, home to the oldest church in the Caucasus. Researchers are now working together to learn more about the history of this beautiful church, believed to be one of the oldest in Christendom, dating from the 1st century AD.

Discover Azerbaijan’s handicrafts

Discover Azerbaijan’s handicrafts

Home to ancient cobbled streets bursting with artisanal charm, Lahij is the heart of Azerbaijan’s handicrafts industry. Here you will meet carpet weavers, leather traders, jewellery makers, and of course the famous ‘UNESCO’ coppersmiths.



Baku is a pleasant city, built around a bay on the Caspian Sea, with a wide and shady promenade. Central Baku is made up of the medieval walled city known as "Icheri Sheher" with its medieval mosques,...


The heart of Azerbaijan’s handicraft industry, the village of Lahij in the Ismayilli region boasts ancient cobbled streets and stone houses bursting with artisanal charm. One of the oldest cultural ...


The Ancient Town of Sheki was at the centre of the trade routes crossing the region. Silk embroidered in gold by local craftsmen was exported from Sheki to the four corners of the known world. The palace ...

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When To Go The weather conditions can be extremely varied, even within the course of a day. The Greater Caucasus Range moderates local climate by serving as a barrier against cold air from the north and the relatively small territory covers different climatic zones, which are determined by distance from the Black Sea and by altitude. The climatic zones range from humid subtropical to snow and glaciers.

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Baku is a great base for exploring the best of Azerbaijan’s highlights, but heading into the lesser explored Azeri Greater Caucasus offers a striking drive and the unique craft village of Lahic.

LGBTQIA+ Guidance

When planning to travel as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, there may be additional things you wish to consider doing, such as:

  • Speaking to one of our travel experts for information about travelling in your chosen destination and local attitudes towards members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Checking the Human Dignity Trust map of countries that criminalise LGBTQIA+ people, which highlights potentially dangerous regions and countries
  • Checking the ‘Local laws and customs’ section of your country's official foreign travel advice page
  • Looking for any updates for your desired destination on the Human Rights Watch LGBTQIA+ rights page
  • Buying a recommended guidebook, as many include an LGBTQIA+ section and advice for LGBTQIA+ travellers


Health and Vaccinations 

There are no mandatory immunisations for travellers to Azerbaijan though you should be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio and Hepatitis A. Please note we are not medical professionals and so we highly recommend you seek advice from your local GP or travel centre as to the correct immunisations and preventative treatments.  


In Azerbaijan the official unit of currency is the Azerbaijan Manat (AZN).   

To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to  

Cultural Sensitivity  

On our tours we frequently interact with local people, each with their own distinct customs and traditions. We therefore ask you to be considerate and to treat them with respect. Your guides will be able to advise you accordingly.  

In the churches and cathedrals women should cover their heads with a scarf or hat, while men should take their hats off.  

Language & Religion 

The official language of Azerbaijan is Azerbaijani belonging to the Turkic language family.  Azerbaijani is closely related to Turkish, Qashqai and Turkmen. 99% of Azerbaijan’s population are Muslims belonging to the Shia sect which is the 2nd highest Shia population outside of Iran. 


Azerbaijan is 5hrs ahead of GMT.  

A useful website to check the time zone differences is  

Food and drink 

Azerbaijani food is characterised by its use of fresh and healthy ingredients. Meals often begin with salads: tomatoes, small cucumbers, white cheese and a variety of delicious herbs.  Caviar from the Caspian Sea washed down with a glass of iced Vodka is a speciality, cheap (compared to the West) and widely available. These may be followed by a hearty soup, for instance dyshbara (dumplings in broth), piti (lamb and peas) or dovga with meatballs, herbs and sour cream.  Popular main courses are shashlyks or kebabs cooked over a charcoal fire and fish, particularly sturgeon fresh from the Caspian Sea. It is also delicious grilled in the same way over charcoal and served with a pomegranate sauce – Narsharab.    

Travelling Solo In Azerbaijan 

All of our small group tours are designed to cater for solo travellers: the number of solo travellers will vary from tour to tour, but usually over half will be travelling alone. Get all of the excitement of discovering new places combined with the security of travelling with an organised group, with like minded people.