Prices include:
  • Greeting at the arrivals gate.
  • Porter service.
  • RT Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Service of Azerbaijan Tourism’s representatives whilst you are in Azerbaijan.
  • Sightseeing and entrances as described.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners).
  • Guide: services of a local guide at Jerash (1 ½ hours) and at Petra (3 hours).
  • 4WD Niva ride to Khinalug.
  • Water: water in vehicle during transfers.
  • Porterage at hotels and airports (2 bags per person).
  • Transportation in a superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Visa fees.
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8 Days All Inclusive Small Group min 4, max 18
Overview
On this fascinating eight-day tour, explore the delights of Azerbaijan, a beautiful country on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Your journey takes you from the cosmopolitan and ancient capital of Baku to the charming medieval town of Sheki in the Caucasus Mountains, via fire temples, fortresses, and historic trading towns. You will also be able to spend a day visiting the Mud Volcanos near Gobustan State Reserve where has more than 600,000 rock paintings, which depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years. A night will then be spent in the capital city, then travel through ancient Absheron visiting the beautiful monument of Absheron peninsula. Next day, visit the previous capital of Azerbaijan, the city of Shamakhi, then continue your journey with visits to the mountain village of Lahic. This place is famous for its coppersmiths and its cobbled streets. Stay the night in Gabala where is one of the most ancient cities in Azerbaijan. Rich in culture, rich in activities and most definitely rich in sights. Next day, explore Gabala, home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania. Visit Sheki city, a true gem of Azerbaijan tourism. Sheki is a small city that has a whole lot to offer by way of historic attractions; in particular, the Palace of Sheki Khans which is a magnificent work of Islamic architecture. at the end of the tour, transfer to Baku International Airport and check-in for your onward flight.
Hotels, Prices, and Dates
   1st. Option All 5-4-3 Star Mixed Hotels;

  • Night 1 Old City Hotels 3* Baku
  • Night 2 Old City Hotels 3* Baku
  • Night 3 Old City Hotels 3* Baku
  • Night 4 Old City Hotels 3* Baku
  • Night 5 Qafqaz Karvansaray 4* Gabala
  • Night 6 Qafqaz Karvansaray 4* Gabala
  • Night 7 ShekiSaray 4* Sheki
   2nd. Option All 5-4 Star Mixed Hotels;

  • Night 1 Holiday Inn 4* Baku
  • Night 2 Holiday Inn 4* Baku
  • Night 3 Holiday Inn 4* Baku
  • Night 4 Holiday Inn 4* Baku
  • Night 5 Qafqaz Karvansaray 4* Gabala
  • Night 6 Qafqaz Karvansaray 4* Gabala
  • Night 7 Sheki Palace 5* Sheki
   3rd. Option All 5 Star Hotels;

  • Night 1 Fairmont 5* Baku
  • Night 2 Fairmont 5* Baku
  • Night 3 Fairmont 5* Baku
  • Night 4 Fairmont 5* Baku
  • Night 5  Qafqaz Riverside 5* Gabala
  • Night 6 Qafqaz Riverside 5* Gabala
  • Night 7 Marxal Resort 5*  Sheki
This is the total price per person in a twin share room. Solo travelers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.
This is the total price per person in a twin share room. Solo travelers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.
This is the total price per person in a twin share room. Solo travelers who choose this option will be allocated a room with someone of the same gender.

USD $ 1,252
per person in a twin share room

Want your own room? 
Add an extra $175.00

This is the additional cost for your own room (subject to availability). This will be added to your total trip price. Please ask for more details at the time of booking.

USD $ 1,399
per person in a twin share room

Want your own room? 
Add an extra $236.00

This is the additional cost for your own room (subject to availability). This will be added to your total trip price. Please ask for more details at the time of booking.

USD $ 1,771
per person in a twin share room

Want your own room? 
Add an extra $399.00

This is the additional cost for your own room (subject to availability). This will be added to your total trip price. Please ask for more details at the time of booking.
Start Date
15-Aug-2017
Finish Date
22-Aug-2017      Scheduled
Start Date
12-Sep-2017
Finish Date
19-Sep-2017      Scheduled
Start Date
03-May-2018
Finish Date
10-May-2018      Scheduled
Start Date
09-Jul-2018
Finish Date
16-Jul-2018       Scheduled
Start Date
15-Aug-2017
Finish Date
22-Aug-2017      Scheduled
Start Date
12-Sep-2017
Finish Date
19-Sep-2017      Scheduled
Start Date
20-Apr-2018
Finish Date
27-Apr-2018    Guaranteed
Start Date
03-May-2018
Finish Date
10-May-2018      Scheduled
Start Date
15-Aug-2017
Finish Date
22-Aug-2017       Scheduled
Start Date
12-Sep-2017
Finish Date
19-Sep-2017      Scheduled
Start Date
20-Apr-2018
Finish Date
27-Apr-2018    Guaranteed
Start Date
03-May-2018
Finish Date
10-May-2018      Scheduled

Scheduled:
This tour is pre-planned, guided (escorted) tour with fixed dates and prices. We have made our decisions based on historical and current sales patterns, schedules and popular periods, among other criteria. We have been careful to offer a variety of fixed date group tours across our full range of regions and travel styles. The system is flexible so that the more people who book tours which are 'scheduled', the more tours we can name as guaranteed departures.  

Guaranteed 
A guaranteed departure means that the tour will definitely operate on the day it is scheduled and will not be canceled for lack of participation. All guaranteed departures will run except in the event of a natural disaster or other similarly disruptive event that is beyond our control.
Travelers have made it very clear to us that guaranteed departures are very important. As a result of this feedback, we have gone through our group tour schedules and nominated tens of departures as guaranteed departures. We are pleased to be able to give you more confidence to book your adventure holiday with us. 

Fully Booked
This tour is now fully booked, it means we have no place left, but please consider booking a tour on another date or contact us to ask if there have been any cancellations. 

Booking Conditions and Cancelation 

Before booking through us, please read these Booking Conditions carefully and all the other information relevant to your booking.

Prices include:
  • Greeting at the arrivals gate.
  • Porter service.
  • RT Airport-Hotel-Airport Transfers.
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Service of Azerbaijan Tourism’s representatives whilst you are in Azerbaijan.
  • Sightseeing and entrances as described.
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary (7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners).
  • English speaking guide.
  • Water: water in vehicle during transfers.
  • Porterage at hotels and airports (2 bags per person).
  • Transportation in a superior air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Visa fees. 
​​ Price Excludes:​​
  • International flights.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Gratuities.
  • Sightseeing other than listed in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Items of a personal nature including telephone calls, laundry, and room service.
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Detailed itineraries and Map
Day 1: Meeting & Greetings, Transfer to Hotel

Day 1 in Brief

Transfer to Hotel

Dinner

Overnight in Hotel (Baku)

Welcome to Azerbaijan

As your plane lands at the airport in Baku, you will be warmly welcomed at the airport by our guide who will stand by you during the whole transfer to your hotel. Our bus will take you to the hotel where you can relax after the flight. You will have your dinner in your hotel.

Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku - one of the six international airports serving Azerbaijan, is the largest airport in the Transcaucasia.

The airport is located 25 kilometers east of Baku, connected to the city by two modern highways. It is the main hub of the national airline CJSC Azerbaijan Airlines. 
The airport meets international standards. Thanks to its very favorable geographical location, Baku airport has become the number one in the region for transit flights between East and West, North, and South.

According to the rating of the independent British consulting agency Skytrax, Heydar Aliyev International Airport was awarded the "4 Star" rating in 2015.

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Day 2: Baku Old City Tour, Boulevard, Upland Park, H. Aliyev Cultural Center.

Day 2 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting Baku Old City

Visiting Baku Boulevard

Visiting Baku Upland Park

Visiting H.Aliyev Center

Overnight in Hotel (Baku)

Old City: Core of Baku

Your acquaintance with Azerbaijan starts with its capital. The centuries-old quarters merge with very modern parts of the city. It is the place where rich history mingles with the magnificent present. For the visitors, Baku will be a sensational city.

The sights line up one after another, all streets are full of fashionable boutiques and cozy pubs and incredibly nice and helpful people create a very pleasant atmosphere around. Moreover, large parks, smartly renovated old town and illuminated fountains help to create an unforgettable image of Baku. The contrasts here have always been impressive but now the city is also a real exposure of the contemporary imposing architecture.
 Firstly, we will take you to the Baku Old City. You will visit the legendary Zoroastrian Maiden Tower of the 5th c. Then we walk to the old bazaar. The entire old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and during our city tour we visit the oldest Multani Caravanserai, the Haji Banu Hamam from the 15th c., the Juma Mosque (Friday Mosque), which housed the carpet museum in the Soviet times, as well as the Shirvanshahs' Palace (the most striking example of the medieval palace structures in Azerbaijan, dating to the middle of 15th century) antique carpet shops and museum.

Once we finish old city tour, you will have lunch (Azerbaijan National Cuisine) in one of the beautifully designed restaurants in old town. After the lunch, we will continue the remaining program of sightseeing excursion. So we will visit the Upland Park of Baku where you can see the Panoramic View of the city and Bay of Baku. Our guide will give information about a flooded city, Sabayil under water of Baku Bay. Then we head to Martyr's Line or Alley of Martyrs formerly The Kirov Park, where is a cemetery and memorial in Baku dedicated to those killed by the Soviet Army during Black January. You will be also impressed by the modern district with the three Flame Towers near the Upland Park, overlooking the city. They look as if they have been thrown from heavens into the city by some fabulous giants. 

The Next place to visit is Baku Boulevard. You will have a walk along Baku Boulevard, the second longest one in the Europe. You can get a boat and make 30 minutes trip along Baku Bay. During Baku Bay Cruise you will enjoy splendid panoramic views of Baku from the sea while learning about Baku and its history. You will be introduced to the interesting facts and legends of the largest lake in the world better known as the Caspian Sea.

After the boat trip, we will visit the Carpet Museum. It demonstrates carpets in close connection with other kinds of traditional handicrafts of Azerbaijan. Its collection includes about 14 000 traditional carpets, embroideries, costumes, copper artworks, jewelry art, as well as contemporary works of glass, wood, and felt.

Now we are going to the Flag Square. We will take a turn around National Flag Square, a spacious seafront plaza dominated by a massive flagpole. Designed by David Chambers and completed in 2010, the 162 m (531 ft) standard ranks among the tallest in the world, and boasts an enormous flag of Azerbaijan visible from almost anywhere in the city. You will also have a chance of seeing the Baku Crystal Hall, which was constructed on the territory of Baku’s National Flag Square specifically to host Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

Once we finish Baku Boulevard tour we will head to Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. An internationally recognized architectural marvel, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center displays a curved modern style. Designed by the late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the elegant building stands 74 m (243 ft) in the middle of a square and houses a museum, a gallery hall, and a grand auditorium. Explore the signature landmark, which symbolizes the modernization of Azerbaijan, and enters to observe many interesting exhibits and artistic features.

Around at 17:00, we will finish the Full Day Baku City Tour and you will be transferred to your hotel. In 1 hour free time, we will take you to one of our great restaurants for the dinner. You will enjoy the delicious food and after the dinner, we will take you to the hotel. Next day we will leave Baku for Gobustan.
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Day 3: Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape & Mud Volcanoes

Day 3 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting Gobustan Museum

Visiting Rock Petroglyph Site

Visiting Mud Volcanoes

Overnight in Hotel (Baku)

Gobustan: Outstanding Universal Value

Gobustan National Park is one of Azerbaijan's most popular sights attracting thousands of tourists annually. Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art. The site also features the remains of inhabited caves, settlements, and burials, all reflecting an intensive human use by the inhabitants of the area during the wet period that followed the last Ice Age, from the Upper Paleolithic to the Middle Ages. The site, which covers an area of 537 ha, is part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation.
Start your day with a breakfast at your hotel and enjoy a beautiful drive out of Baku to visit the Gobustan National Park. You will travel 64 km southwest of Baku along with the Caspian shore. On the way to Gobustan, you will see the geography of the region covered with volcanic desert, craggy stones, and withered mountains.
The tour will start off from Gobustan Museum where you will see ancient human bones, work tools used in back to thousand years ago during the Mesolithic Period. Then, you will advance to the mountain in order to see real Rock Paintings in the open air museum.


You will also get a chance to marvel at the Mud Volcanoes in the Gobustan Reserve which is home to almost half of the world’s mud volcanoes.Nowhere else in the world are there so many mud volcanoes as in Azerbaijan – which has literally hundreds of these strange things, more than in the rest of the world put together.
While most of Azerbaijan's many mud volcanoes are way off any tourist routes, the ones near Gobustan are the exception to the rule.

The mud volcanoes of Gobustan are not the biggest specimens of their kind, but they are fascinating all the same. In fact, their comparatively small size has the advantage that you can get right up close – you can even touch the mud if you like (it's indeed just cold mud, as we can testify). The best bit, however, is just watching the bubbly action. And listening to it. Many of these flatulent little vents make rather suggestive noises.
How much action there will be at any given time will vary a bit, but at the very least you should be able to see some bursting gas bubbles and spluttering ejections of mud from the more virile volcano vents.
Most of them are on the top of cones some 10 to 15 feet (3 to 5 meters) high, but there is also one flat, almost perfectly circular mud lake a bit off the mud volcano cones proper.

 At the end of the Gobustan tour, you will return to Baku. On the way back to Baku, we will have lunch at a local restaurant on the Caspian Sea Coast. After the lunch around 14:00 we will see the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. It is a historical mosque in Baku.

The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum, and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan. It is locally known as "the mosque of Fatima", which is what Alexandre Dumas called it when he described the mosque during his visit in the 1840s.

Our tour ends here for today.We will drop off you at the hotel and you will get free time until we come back and take you to the dinner around 19:00.  You will enjoy the delicious food and after the dinner, we will take you to the hotel. Next day we will visit Absheron Peninsula.
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Day 4: Absheron Peninsula Tour

Day 4 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting Fire Temple

Visiting Burning Mountain

Visiting Mardakan Castles

Visiting Gala AEMC

Overnight in Hotel (Baku)

Absheron: History in Action

The Absheron peninsula is kind of the birthplace of the by now global oil drilling craze – at least it was the first place where this reached massive (early) industrial proportions. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was the No. 1 oil production place on Earth, supplying nearly half the world's oil.

Yanar Dag fire mountain is a non-religious site of much more recent origin – but still a testament of the spontaneous gas fires that these lands can emit straight from the ground, as already observed and reported by Marco Polo when he traveled through what is today Azerbaijan (the 'land of fire').
We will pick you up from your hotel and start heading to the ancient Zoroastrian Temple Ateshgah which is considered as an authentic Azerbaijani exotic site to visit. It is located approximately 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb of Surakhany. During that period, you will learn a lot about the temple from your guide, particularly, more about a unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets. The history of Atashgah goes back to the time of the Sassanids when Zoroastrianism was the main religion in this region. During The Arab caliphate invasion, some of the fire-worshipers did not accept Islam and were eventually forced to return to India, where the history of the fire religion continued. 

In the second part of the visit, after visiting the temple you will directly go to the Yanar Dag which is not far from Surakhani temple. It is the most famous and popular tourist site of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan. Actually, it is rather a hill than a mountain, with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. According to local people, Yanar Dag flame was only noted when accidentally lit by a shepherd. There is no seepage of mud or liquid, which distinguishes it from the nearby mud volcanoes. Only a handful of fire mountains exist today in the world, and most are located in Azerbaijan.

Today you also visit a few of Absheron Castles. Mardakan Castle: It is an ancient fortress within the Mardakan settlement of the Baku area. The tower was built and made in the four-cornered shape, in the middle of the XIV century by Shirvanshah Akhsitan son of Shirvanshah Manuchohr. Mardakan Tower was created for honoring the bright victory of Akhsitan against the enemies. Tower was useful for purposes of a shelter of feudal and of course as a watching point.

The Tower’s peak is 22 meters, the thickness is below 2.10 meters and also 1.60 meters towards the top. Its inner yard is 28×25. The tower had been divided into 5 ranges from inside.

Now we will have lunch in one of the local restaurants. 

After the lunch, we will visit Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
You can see the petroglyphs demonstrated in the open-air museum. They are the ones found in the territory of Absheron. The oldest examples of them were described by the ways of engraving, scratching and chipping. The most of these petroglyphs are dating back to 3rd- 2nd millennium, B.C. The content and structure of images have great importance. Themes and topic of Absheron petroglyphs are different. General ideological views were presented by though these images. The stages of hunting, sacrificing humans, holy marriage, etc. were demonstrated on these images. 

Our tour ends here for today.We will drop off you at the hotel and you will get free time until we come back and take you to the dinner around 19:00.  You will enjoy the delicious food and after the dinner, we will take you to the hotel. Next day we will take you to the other parts of Azerbaijan: Tomorrow we will have Shemakhi and Lahic Tours.
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Day 5: Shamakhi & Lahic Tours

Day 5 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting DiriBaba Mausoleum

Visiting Juma Mosque

Visiting Seven Tombs

Visiting Lahic Village

Overnight in Hotel (Gabala)

Shamakhi Juma Mosque: the oldest and the largest mosque in Azerbaijan.

Shamakhi is an ancient Azerbaijan city. It started in the 5th century BC. In the 9th -16th centuries it was the capital of Shirvan Empire, a residence of Shirvan Dynasty it is by right considered one of the most beautiful cities of the Orient. In the mid-18th century, it used to be the center of Shamakhi Khanate.
The main landmark of the city is Gulistan fortress (11th – 12th centuries) – the last refuge of Shirvan Dynasty built for the city's defense. Equally interesting are the mausoleum The Seven Tombs with numerous burial places of Shamakhi governors, Juma Mosque (10th century, reconstructed in the 19th century), numerous ruins of the 10th – 17th centuries.
Lahic built in the 5th century B.C. on the canyon of the river Girdimanchai (Upper Caucasus). The village is small but very picturesque. The territory is recognized as a cultural reserve and is considered a popular touristic destination of the Great Silk Road.
In the morning depart from your hotel in Baku for Lahic via Shamakhi, once a capital and trade center for western Azerbaijan, and now a small town. The city has a rich heritage and has provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. It is famous for its traditional dancers, the Shamakhi Dancers, and also for giving its name to the Soumak rugs. In Shamakhi's history, eleven major earthquakes have rocked Shamakhi, but through multiple reconstructions, it maintained its role as the economic and administrative capital of Shirvan and one of the key towns on the Silk Road. 
On the way, visit Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza village. The building of the mausoleum which was completed in 1402 is a masterpiece of the architectural school of Shirvan and a beautiful creation of arts of ancient masters. Next, we will visit Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum (Seven Tombs) - the Shirvan Khan's family graveyard, built for a family of Mustafa Khan – the last khan of Shamakhi. Only three of these desecrated octagonal royal tombs remain reasonably complete. Other mausoleums of the group are partly destroyed and are without cupola or walls. The monument belongs to Shirvan-Absheron architectural school and the oldest of them is dated to 1810, which is testified by an inscription carved on the mausoleum. Continue to Shamakhi and have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque of Shamakhi. The only building to have survived eight of the eleven earthquakes is the landmark Juma Mosque of Shamakhi, built in the 10th century. 
Drive through Girdimanchay River’s canyon to visit Lahic, the 5th-century place rich in its historic and architectural values. 
Lahic starts where the road from Ismayilly ford the Kishlarcay stream in front of the Cannat Bagy Guest House. The road then snakes along a cliff top past the Ismayilly bus stop (150 m) and over a small stone bridge to the triangular central square marked by a war memorial (300 m). From here the cobbled main street (Huseynov Str.) passes a series of coppersmith workshops before crossing the Lulochay stream on another bridge after around 700 m. The road then continues a similar distance on the far side through a less commercial part of town known as Aracit.
Lahic is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid with stones. It is famous for medieval water supply and sewage systems as well as traditional workshops making jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools. Lahic is particularly famous for its coppersmiths, whose workshops overflow into narrow, stone-paved Huseynov str. On the upper floors of the workshops, you can sometimes still find carpet makers at work. As years go by the workshops are increasingly transforming themselves into tourist boutiques but they remain rustic, welcoming places, where craftsmen are happy to be watched and photographed engraving intricate patterns.
People in Lahic speak their own language, although Azerbaijani Turkish and Russian can still be heard (with the occasional foreign language). The one thing you're unlikely to hear is the wind and grind of city life. Instead, it's the gentle tapping sound that spills from workshops along its roughly cobbled streets that fills the ears. Here in Lahic, centuries of isolation have honed the skills of the copper smiths which line the narrow streets. The soaring peaks that surround this village make farming nearly impossible, so local people turned very long ago to crafts. Copper smithing is only the most famous. Almost everyone who lives here can turn shapeless things into objects of quiet and even mystic beauty.
We will leave Lahic for Gabala where we stay overnight. The next day, we will explore Gabala city.
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Day 6: Gabala Tour

Day 6 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting Nij Curch

Visiting Gabala Ruins

Visiting Archaeology Center

Visiting Lake Gabala (Nohur)

Visiting Tufandag Resort

Overnight in Hotel (Gabala)

Gabala: Home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania

    Gabala, or also and more locally known as Qabala, is one of the most ancient cities in Azerbaijan. Rich in culture, rich in activities and most definitely rich in sights . In the mountain region to the North of the country, you can see more of the local culture, sights, and activities: Sport, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Skiing and the list goes on. Unique, interesting, fascinating and delightful. Roman scholar Pliny the Elder who lived in the 1st century AD, in his work Naturalis Historia, called the 2400-year-old town of Gabala located on the ancient Silk Road as Kabalaka. Greek geographer Ptolemy called Gabala as Khabala, while Arab historian Belazuri as Khazar.
  Gabala truly is one of the most beautiful places in Azerbaijan, a mountainous town that hosts an International Classic Music Festival and International Piano Competition every year. The Gabala Music Festival has seen world’s famous classic performers including London Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Tartini Quartet and others. The people of Azerbaijan are well-known for their love of music, especially classic music. It is very common for many families in Azerbaijan to have piano and national music instruments such as tar or saz
Today we will explore Gabala. Take a deep breath as you leave your hotel after having a delicious breakfast and breathe in the fresh Gabala air for the first time. You are in the ancient capital of Azerbaijan and this veritable melting pot of culture and tradition is a joy to explore. Whilst traveling through Gabala in the north of Azerbaijan you will take the time to experience a small part but significant part of the religious tolerance within the country. Religion is 100 percent removed from the state here and freedom of religion is something you feel brings pride and togetherness. For a country that is 95% Muslims the signs and support for all religions are evident. If a new church is built for whatever denomination, the heads of all other religions are invited.
First, we will visit the Church of the Udi, near Gabala, in the village of Nij. This small church is special. It belongs to the native people of this part of the world – The Udi people. One of the most ancient of the Caucuses with mentions dating back to 5BC. There are only a few thousand Udi people in the world today and the majority, approx. 4.000 live in this area and village in Azerbaijan. Today they practice Orthodox Christianity and you will be welcomed with their kindness to see their church, renovated and used. In their homes, a flame always burns and the moon plays a great part in their beliefs. All signs that they followed much more before Christianity. They have kept their own language but of course, most are bilingual. Farming plays an important role with the Udi language naming calendar months after things like grapes and seeds.
You will then head to Chukhur Gabala, home to interesting ruins from its time as the former capital of Caucasian Albania, along with the famed Silk Road, beginning in the 4th century BC. During the tour, the guide will explain interesting facts about the history, cultural heritage of Gabala.
Now that you have seen Chukhur Gabala, it is time to get yourself acquainted with the Gabala Archeology Center. The three-storey building of the Gabala Archeology Center has a showroom, an archeological collection, a restoration lab, a conference hall and study rooms for archeologists. The office of the Gabala state historical-artistic reserve is here too. So here, you can see the exhibition features about 1,500 items discovered during excavation. The items found are put on display at the Archeology Center after restoration in the labs equipped with the most sophisticated technologies.
From here, you will come back to Hotel for lunch. Following the lunch, it is time to visit the must-see natural beauties of Gabala. First, you will head to the Gabala Lake, where you can ride a non-powered boat. The Gabala Lake is a gem, half natural, half man-made. It is brimming with activities galore and especially in summer. Then continue on to the Seven Beauties Waterfall. At the end of the day, you will return to a local restaurant in Gabala City for the dinner.
For now, it is back to your accommodation for the night. Tomorrow we will visit our final destination-Sheki city.
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Day 7: Sheki Tour

Day 7 in Brief

Transportation

Lunch & Dinner

Visiting Palace of Khans

Visiting Kish Village (Church)

Visiting Sheki Caravanserai

Visiting Sheki Carpet Factory

Visiting Shebeke Workshop

Overnight in Hotel (Sheki)

The majestic wooden Khan’s Palace, built without a single nail 

A true gem of the Azerbaijan Tourism, Sheki, is a small city that has a whole lot to offer by way of historic attractions; in particular, the Palace of Sheki Khans which is a magnificent work of Islamic architecture. The mountain town of Sheki is one of the must-see sights of Azerbaijan. Sheki is situated 700 m (2297 ft.) above sea level like an amphitheater surrounded by the mountains and forests of oak trees, this ancient city was long famed as a silk center and an important stop on the Great Silk Route. There is an assumption that the name of the town goes back to the ethnonym of the Saks, who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the 7th century BC. 
After breakfast at your hotel in Gabala, You will departure for Sheki Cty. Firstly, you will check in your hotel in Sheki, then you will start the Sheki Sightseeing Tour. Visit the Upper Town, the magnificent Palace of Sheki Khans and the Craft Museum. Built in 1797 as a summer residence for Muhammad Hasan Khan, the Palace of Sheki Khans is a masterpiece of lavish decoration. Both the exterior and interior decorations of the palace embody the architectural glamor of the ancient Sheki Khanate. In 1998, the Palace of Sheki Khans was nominated for the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. See the majestic wooden Khan’s Palace, built without a single nail and filled with some of the most impressive stained glass and Islamic miniaturist fresco work in the world today. Making this fact even more incredible are the windows colored yellow, red and blue demand a closer inspection and makes. The light coming in is mesmerizing and perfect. Individual windows with each square meter consisting of 14,000 little pieces of handcrafted wood and over 5000 pieces of colored glass. Inside there are six rooms, each with their different original purpose and intricate design. Not one inch is missed with fine detail. The ground floor has a grand reception room, a rainbow of colors hits you immediately. Thousands upon thousands of images, floral to symbols of culture. Even when you look up the mind goes into awe with the shapes and detail. Mirrors perfectly placed to capture the colored light coming in. Looking at the palace from the front you cannot miss the great big sycamore trees just in front to the left and right. Dating back as old as approx 1530 they have enabled the palace to stay standing through wind, storm, and earthquakes. Also on the grounds of the summer palace, you will find a few small museums and an arts and crafts souvenir shop. The museum housed inside the old Albanian Church displays a nice collection of textiles, carpets, and embroidery from Sheki and surrounding villages.

Continuing on your expedition around Sheki, we will visit the Upper Caravanserai, an architectural monument. It's a renovated caravanserai that housed traders, their goods and camels during the 18th and 19th centuries. For centuries, Sheki has been famous for its Caravanserais, hotels offering lodging and food for traders, travelers and merchants passing through. While modern times have seen the Caravanserais fall out of use, one in Sheki is still in operation, serving travelers from across the world as it has done for centuries. The Caravanserai was built to allow the animals to be sheltered, fed and watered on the lower floor of the courtyard, while the travelers and traders stayed on the upper balconies. Today the lower floors have all been turned into lodgings too.

Following the tour, visit a small village of Kish to enjoy a wonderful panorama of the ruins of an ancient Albanian church and the surrounding nature. The Albanian church at Kish, home to one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, thought by many to be the very first Christian church, as mentioned by St Paul in the New Testament. The Albanians (no relation to the European country of Albania) were one of the first Christian civilizations and ruled this part of the Caucasus until around the 5th century AD.

Now it is time for lunch. Piti is a traditional Azerbaijani dish - which is something of a local specialty, that you are able to try it. Piti is a chunky, aromatic stew of meat (chicken or veal), chickpeas, vegetables, and a bunch of other unidentifiable ingredients. The stew is quite fatty (sometimes with chunks of lard on top) and some pitis has a single apricot added to the mix. It is traditionally served in a small earthenware pot with lots of bread on the side. Eating piti is a bit of an art. First, tear your bread into small pieces into an empty bowl. Using the back of your spoon to keep the chunky bits in the pot, pour the piti liquid over the bread. Sprinkle with sumac and eat the sodden bread/soup as your first course. Next, you smash the remaining piti stew into a chunky paste using a special wooden pestle. (The waiter might step in at this point to help you.) Once you've finished the soup and smashed the stew, transfer it to your bowl to eat as a second course.
After the lunch, you will visit Museum of carpets (there are various big rooms with pottery, silk embroidery, and national costumes, jewelry) Shebeke craft workshop, Sheki Bazaar, and the local sweet bakery. You can also try the famous Sheki baklava. This sweet is much known in Azerbaijan, even not only in Azerbaijan but also in other bordering regions. Shaki baklava is the pride of Shaki population, this is a sweet, which every stranger coming to Azerbaijan, has to taste. Many people say that you have to see a master cooking it, to feel this sweet. The very thin pastries on the bottom and on the top of it make it crispy, a thick layer of blended nuts inside makes it soft. It’s very difficult to cook it, and even in Azerbaijan, not every confectionery is good at it. The best option to buy the Shaki baklava is to buy it from its motherland: Shaki.
After a long day delving into the many treasures of Sheki, come back at your accommodation to wind down for a while. Then get ready for dinner in one of the best local restaurants. Before you make the return trip to your accommodation for the night, enjoy the local food, as you like. That night you will be staying in Sheki. Tomorrow is the last day of the trip. So we will transfer you from Sheki to Baku.
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  10. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Tourist, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Sheki, Sheki Tour, Palace of Sheki Khans, Sheki King Palace, Sheki Caravanserai, Kish, Kish Village, Kish Church, Albanian Church, Pakhlava, Shebeke Workshop, Sheki Silk Carpets, Sheki Bazaar, Piti.
  11. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Tourist, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Sheki, Sheki Tour, Palace of Sheki Khans, Sheki King Palace, Sheki Caravanserai, Kish, Kish Village, Kish Church, Albanian Church, Pakhlava, Shebeke Workshop, Sheki Silk Carpets, Sheki Bazaar, Piti.
  12. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Tourist, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Sheki, Sheki Tour, Palace of Sheki Khans, Sheki King Palace, Sheki Caravanserai, Kish, Kish Village, Kish Church, Albanian Church, Pakhlava, Shebeke Workshop, Sheki Silk Carpets, Sheki Bazaar, Piti.
Day 8: The End of Tour

Day 8 in Brief

Transfer to the Airport

Lunch

Transfer to Airport

After your breakfast, we will transfer you to Baku airport for flying back home. On the way to the Airport, you will enjoy your lunch in one of the local restaurants in Azerbaijan regions. Driving distance from Sheki to Baku is 305 kilometers (189 miles).
Estimated Travel Time Between Sheki and Baku
Average Speed Travel Time
48 km/h 06 hours 19 minutes
64 km/h 04 hours 44 minutes


This trip can also be expanded with a visit to Georgia. In this case, we will transfer you from Sheki to Georgia-Azerbaijan borders. It can be arranged at the time of your booking and additional charges may apply.
  1. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Azerbaijan, Baku, Sheki, Gabala, Shamakhi, Quba, E-Visa, Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes, Absheron Tour, Old City, Maiden Tower, Albanian Churches, Fire Temple, Burning Mountain, Architectural Tour, Haydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Caravanserai, Shirvanshahs' Palace, Carpet Museum, Azerbaijan National Cuisine, Baku Upland Park, Baku Panoramic View, Martyr's Line, Flame Towers, Baku Boulevard, Flag Square, Crystal Hall
  2. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Azerbaijan, Baku, Sheki, Gabala, Shamakhi, Quba, E-Visa, Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes, Absheron Tour, Old City, Maiden Tower, Albanian Churches, Fire Temple, Burning Mountain, Architectural Tour, Haydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Caravanserai, Shirvanshahs' Palace, Carpet Museum, Azerbaijan National Cuisine, Baku Upland Park, Baku Panoramic View, Martyr's Line, Flame Towers, Baku Boulevard, Flag Square, Crystal Hall
  3. Travel, Tourism, Tour, Culture, History, Heritage, Cultural Tour, UNESCO World Heritage, Azerbaijan, Baku, Sheki, Gabala, Shamakhi, Quba, E-Visa, Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes, Absheron Tour, Old City, Maiden Tower, Albanian Churches, Fire Temple, Burning Mountain, Architectural Tour, Haydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Caravanserai, Shirvanshahs' Palace, Carpet Museum, Azerbaijan National Cuisine, Baku Upland Park, Baku Panoramic View, Martyr's Line, Flame Towers, Baku Boulevard, Flag Square, Crystal Hall