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Classic Azerbaijan

Tailor Made Itinerary

8 Days From £2,195

Overview

A fascinating week-long journey through the largest of the Caucasus states, this intriguing itinerary offers up a rich mix of the old and the new, contrasting the country’s ancient heritage with its modern counterparts and taking you on a trip from the shores of the Caspian Sea to the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains. 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore on foot and discover the heritage and history of Baku
  • Get off the beaten track and stay in a remote local village at the foot of the Caucasus mountains
  • Admire the impressive Sheki frescoes and fortress
  • Discover the oldest church in the Caucasus surrounded by spectacular scenery
  • Marvel at the early Stone age rock paintings in the volcanic desert landscape of Gobustan
  • Spend the evening at the stunning Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE BAKU 

DAY 1: ARRIVE BAKU 

On arrival into Baku you will be greeted by your Wild Frontiers representative and transferred directly to your hotel for check in. This afternoon, your guided walking tour of Baku includes the medieval walled city "Icheri Sheher" with its narrow alleyways, mosques and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs. Visit the 12th century Maiden's Tower, the imposing mansions of the oil barons, built in the oil boom of 1870-1914 and Martyr's Hill, with its superb views over the Bay of Baku. (no meals) 

Boutique 19 Hotel

DAY 2: ABSHERON WITH OPERA AND BALLET EVENING

DAY 2: ABSHERON WITH OPERA AND BALLET EVENING

Today enjoy a half day excursion to the Absheron Peninsula, visiting the Ateshgah (or place of fire) a Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Also see the fortresses, which in medieval times formed part of the defence system of the Peninsula and the attractive mosque at Amirjan. There's time for a swim in the Caspian Sea, before returning to Baku. After freshening up, you will be treated to an evening at the gorgeous Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, possibly the finest building in all of Baku.
(B)

Boutique 19 Hotel

DAY 3: BAKU - DIRI BABA - SHAMAKHI - LAHIJ

DAY 3: BAKU - DIRI BABA - SHAMAKHI - LAHIJ

Head west and into the foothills of the Caucasus, en route visiting the Diri Baba (living grandfather) Mausoleum, and also stop at Shamakhi, once the capital of Shirvan and home to the 19th century Grand Mosque, the 11th century Gulistan Fortress and the ‘seven tombs of the khans of Shamakhi’. Leave the main road and head into the mountains to visit the charming village of Lahij, the centre of Azerbaijani handicrafts, where you will stay for the night.

DAY 4: LAHIJ - SHEKI

DAY 4: LAHIJ - SHEKI

Spend the morning exploring this beautiful village before driving through some of the region's most spectacular scenery as you follow the southern foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. Here you will reach the town of Sheki, one of the oldest centres of culture in Azerbaijan, founded more than 2,700 years ago.
(B)

Sheki Saray Hotel

DAY 5: SHEKI & KISH 

DAY 5: SHEKI & KISH 

Sheki is known for its charm and is one of the most ancient towns in the Caucasus, dating back to the late Bronze Age. Visit the Royal Summer Palace of the Sheki Khans with its magnificent frescoes and stained glass as well as Sheki Museum and Fortress. In the afternoon explore the village of Kish with the oldest church in the Caucasus dating from the first century and enjoy a walk in the surrounding Caucasus foothills.
(B)

Sheki Saray Hotel

DAY 6: SHEKI - GANJA

DAY 6: SHEKI - GANJA

Today it's on to Azerbaijan's second city Ganja, birthplace of Nizami, the nation's most famous poet. Visit the 17th century Shah Abbas Mosque, the Orthodox church, Nizami's Mausoleum and the "Bottle House" decorated with 50,000 glass bottles. 
(B)

DAY 7: GANJA - GOBUSTAN - MUD VOLCANOES - BAKU

DAY 7: GANJA - GOBUSTAN - MUD VOLCANOES - BAKU

You will head east back towards Baku today, en route driving through the volcanic desert to Gobustan. This mountain outcrop and cave complex is covered in thousands of rock paintings dating from the early Stone Age to the Bronze Age. You will also see the old oil fields of Bibi Heyat, learn about oil production in this area and see the bizarre mud volcanoes.
(B)

Boutique 19 Hotel

DAY 8: DEPART BAKU

DAY 8: DEPART BAKU

Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.
(B)

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Luxury

Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

CLASSIC AZERBAIJAN (8 DAYS) £2,195

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Mid-Range - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

START PLANNING YOUR TRIP

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WHEN TO GO

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Natalie

Natalie is our Causcaus expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

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+44 (0)20 3944 6258

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