Best of Azerbaijan Tour8 Days | Baku, Absheron, Khinalug, Shamakha, Lahij, Sheki, Kish, Ganja, Goygol, Gobustan

Private Tour from US$ 1,135
  • KhinalugKhinalug
  • Itinerary MapItinerary Map
  • Maiden TowerMaiden Tower
  • Icheri-SheherIcheri-Sheher
  • BakuBaku
  • KhinalugKhinalug
  • KhinalugKhinalug
  • Lahij villageLahij village
  • Sheki Khans PalaceSheki Khans Palace
  • Sheki Khans PalaceSheki Khans Palace
  • Sheki Khans PalaceSheki Khans Palace
  • Kish churchKish church
  • Kish churchKish church
  • GanjaGanja
  • GanjaGanja
  • Gobustan mud volcanoesGobustan mud volcanoes
  • Gobustan petroglyphsGobustan petroglyphs
  • Khinalug
  • Itinerary Map
  • Maiden Tower
  • Icheri-Sheher
  • Baku
  • Khinalug
  • Khinalug
  • Lahij village
  • Sheki Khans Palace
  • Sheki Khans Palace
  • Sheki Khans Palace
  • Kish church
  • Kish church
  • Ganja
  • Ganja
  • Gobustan mud volcanoes
  • Gobustan petroglyphs

Fascinating Best of Azerbaijan Tour where within 8 days you will be able to visit main sights of the country, the most beautiful cities and villages, see unsurpassed Azerbaijani carpets and of course, meet hospitable people of this Caucasian country. This tour has the best to offer and you can learn a lot only in one week.

 

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Baku – arrival
 
Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to hotel. Check-in at noon. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Baku
 
Today you will visit the Old Town of Baku “Icheri Sheher” and Absheron peninsula.
Drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Continue to Yanardag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Return to Baku for sightseeing tour. Visit Shirvanshahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, Maiden Tower, and the main market square, which has numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Continue touring new Baku by exploring Nizami Street and Fountain Square. The excellent round-up will be a visit to the iconic Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, which is a quirky building designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. In the evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Duration of sightseeing tour: 6-7 hours
Driving distance: 80 km
Day 3: Baku – Khinalug – Baku
 
In the morning, meet your guide and driver at your hotel. Depart north-west of the capital city. Drive through Red Village (Krasnaya Sloboda), the biggest settlement of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan. The road to Khinalug lies through the range of Great Caucasus mountains. On our way we will get as high as 2,000 m above the sea level. We will have numerous opportunities for taking photos on the way enjoying breathtaking views of the landscape. Khinalug is one of the most ancient settlements in the country where people have been continuously living for more than 5,000 years. Return to Baku. On the way back stop at Quba mass grave. Arrive in Baku. Overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 440 km
Day 4: Baku – Shamakha – Lahij* – Sheki
 
At 08:00, depart Baku and drive to Sheki. On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum in the village of Maraza. Continue to Shamakha to visit the historical Juma Mosque, which was restored in 2013. Weather permitting, drive through Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century, quaint corner high in Caucasus mountains with its rich history and beautiful architecture. Lahij is an ancient village with charming cobbled sidewalks famous for numerous traditional handicraft workshops (jewelry, copperware, wool carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools). Continue driving to Sheki, the pleasant and easily walkable medieval town set in a lush mountainous area. Sheki is especially known for local style sweet baklava. Arrival in Sheki at about 19:00 for overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 340 km
*Lahij will not be reachable during 2024 due to the road construction.
Day 5: Sheki – Kish – Ganja
 
In the morning, after check-out, visit the colorful Sheki Bazaar. Here, you can find virtually everything you may want to eat: local fruits and berries, spices, freshly-baked bread, honey, cheeses, and Sheki sweets. Continue to the Sheki Khans Palace, which is surrounded by medieval fortress walls, and then explore the handicraft workshops and the famous caravanserai. Drive to Kish village to see the first church in the Caucasus (I cent.). Head to Ganja. Check-in to the hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel.
Driving distance: 200 km
Day 6: Ganja – Goygol – Ganja
 
In the morning, start the city tour in Ganja by visiting Shakh Abbas Mosque with two minarets. Continue to the mausoleum of the last khan of Ganja Javad Khan; visit Chokek Hamam (medieval bathes). Continue the sightseeing tour walking by Central Square, Sardar Baghi park, and Alexander Nevski Christian Orthodox Church.
Drive out of the city to the small town of Goygol to visit the village Helenendorf which was settled in the winter of 1818–1819 by 194 Swabian German families. The German architecture of local buildings will surprise you. Change the vehicle to a 4WD drive and head to Goygol national park and Goygol Lake - the picturesque lake surrounded by dense forest charms its visitors with its beauty and exquisiteness. Return to Ganja for overnight at the hotel.
Driving distance: 100 km
Day 7: Ganja – Gobustan – Baku
 
In the morning, we depart Ganja and drive to UNESCO site Gobustan National Park (300 km, 4-5 hours). Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes.
Reach Baku for overnight.
Driving distance: 350 km
Day 8: Baku
 
Check-out from hotel till noon. Free time until transfer to Baku International Airport. Departure. End of the Best of Azerbaijan Tour.
  • All transfers (1-2 pax by sedan, 3-4 pax by Mercedes Vito or similar, 5-10 pax by Mercedes Sprinter passenger van; 11-15 pax by 30-seater bus);
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local English-speaking guide;
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary;
  • Welcome dinner in Baku;
  • Mineral water;
  • Azerbaijan tourist E-visa.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Tips are not included, but would be appreciated;
  • Personal travel insurance.

Prices per person

 
 
Economy
Comfort
Lux
1 person
US$ 2,895
US$ 3,055
US$ 3,330
2 persons
US$ 1,585
US$ 1,735
US$ 1,850
3 persons
US$ 1,295
US$ 1,440
US$ 1,535
4 persons
US$ 1,135
US$ 1,270
US$ 1,360
Single supplement
US$ 280
US$ 345
US$ 370
Prices are in US$ per person, discounted prices for larger groups are available on request.

Accommodation

Ganja - 2 nights
Economy:
Premium / Leon / VIS Palm
Comfort:
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Lux:
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