Azerbaijan Culture & Nature

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  • Tour Duration 7 days
  • Azerbaijan
  • Min number of people 7
  • Max number of people 14
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Azerbaijan is a country with unique nature, unparalleled culture, centuries of history with its customs and traditions and refined cuisine, a place that will meet the expectations of the most sophisticated gourmets, and finally it is the land of Caucasian hospitality and friendliness!

This route is intended for people who like to be active outdoors, discover nature, cultural heritage, history and art.
Intensive and light tour to the central part of Azerbaijan. Explore dozens of historical monuments: temples, mausoleums, palaces and fortresses. You will also enjoy the beauty of nature along the way. Here you will see unique natural monuments, historical and cultural sights. Compare the rhythm of the big cities and the peaceful life of the beautiful villages with that of the megalopolis.

Locations you will visit

  • Baku
  • Gabala
  • Sheki

Included

  • TWIN/DBL room in 4* hotel
  • Half board: Breakfast and lunch
  • Entrance tickets to the sites, listed in the program
  • Accompanying English speaking guide
  • Transport (depends on the number of travellers) and driver services
  • Wine degustation
  • Sweets degustation

Not included

  • International air tickets
  • Dinners
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Surcharge for special requests on food and meals
  • Entrance fees, transport service, permits and guide service during free time
  • Insurance
  • Tips (always optional, always appreciated)
  • Surcharge for public holidays
  • Fees for video and photo shooting
  • Visa (if applicable) and any other administrative costs
  • Cable railway
  • Shooting

Your Itinerary – in Brief:

Day 1: Arrival Baku
Day 2: Baku city trip
Day 3: Transfer Baku-Gabala (A road trip 215 km)
Day 4: Transfer Gabala-Sheki (A road trip 85 km)
Day 5: Transfer Sheki-Baku (A road trip 300 km)
Day 6: Baku city trip
Day 7: Baku – Departure

Day 1Arrival Baku

Arrival in Baku. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel. Free time.

Timetable: Evening city tour:
• Highland Park: panoramic view of Baku Bay, the city, the coastal National Park
which stretches along the bay
• Flame Towers: A trio of skyscrapers whose tallest tower is 182 meters. From
every corner of Baku there is a beautiful light show every evening
• Baku Boulevard (Seaside Park – recently declared a National Park): promenade
that runs parallel to the seawall of Baku and is popular for strolling and enjoying
the view of the Caspian Sea

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2Baku city trip

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable: City tour Baku:
• Old Town or Downtown is the historic core and oldest part of Baku, the capital of
Azerbaijan. Take a stroll through narrow streets, cafes, art galleries and carpet
shops…
• Visit the Maiden Tower where the guide will tell you about the legend of the
“Maiden Tower”.
• Palace of the Shirvanshahs (UNESCO) was the former residence of the rulers of
the Shirvanshahs and consists of: the palace itself, a courtyard of the
Diwankhana, the courthouse, the Shirvanshahs’ crypt, the palace mosque of 1441
with its minaret, the bathhouse and the mausoleum of the court scholar
• Nizami street, a large pedestrian and shopping street in the centre of Baku,
named after the classical Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi
• Fountain Square is a public square in the center of Baku is derived from the
dozens of fountains on the square
Lunch
• After lunch, visit the traditional bazaar. Authentic and colourful bazaar in Baku.
Everything you need for your home, fruit, vegetables, dried fruit and of course
BLACK AND GREEN THEE !!!!
• Wine tasting in the Azerbaijani winery

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3Transfer Baku-Gabala (A road trip ~215 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Gabala is the beautiful part of Azerbaijan with a rich and ancient history (220 km from Baku). There is a large number of historical and cultural monuments from different eras in this region. The beautiful nature and well-developed infrastructure attract thousands of tourists.

Timetable:
• Nohurgol Lake surrounded by a forest where you can relax and boat on the Lake
• Guided tour to Tufandag: Longest cable car in the world. Whether skiing or just
for unforgettable summer views of the Alpine landscape behind Qabala, jump
aboard the Tufandag network of four cable cars. Cost not included: USD 13
• Qabala Shooting Club: Shooting experience. Costs not included: USD 17
• Qabaland – Azerbaijan: a youth entertainment centre (karting, ice rink and soon
also interesting attractions)
Lunch in the local restaurant and free time

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4Transfer Gabala-Sheki (A road trip ~85 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Sheki sits on a picturesque mountain and there are several architectural and archaeological sites in the town, including the Gelersen-Gerersen fortress (VIII-IX), numerous caravans, the Jumamosque (XVIII), the Gileilin Minaret (XVIII), and medieval baths.

Sheki is an important centre of crafts. Here you can buy jewellery and engravings by local artists. Sheki has its own theatre, a historical museum, and the house museum of the famous writer and philosopher M.F. Ahundov.

Timetable: City tour Sheki:
• Palace of Sheki Khans built without using a single nail. This unique architectural   monument was built in 1762 by Huseyn Khan and is located in the Khan’s fortress   at the top of this charming Silk Road town. The windows of the palace are   wonderful examples of the ancient art of ‘shebeke’, wooden grids filled with stained   glass and assembled without glue or nails!
• After visiting the palace you can also visit the nearby shebeke workshop to see how   these gratings are made in a complicated way.
• Karavansaray
• Kish Albanian Church
Lunch in the local restaurant and free time

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 5Transfer Sheki-Baku (A road trip ~300 km)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Sheki is also known to specialize in Sheki halva, a sticky-sweet treat made with
layers of rice lace interspersed with ground nuts, sugar and cloves.
• Ali Akhmed Sweet Shop: Candy tasting
• Transfer to Baku (5 hours)
Lunch in the local restaurant and free time

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6Baku city trip

Breakfast at the hotel.

Timetable:
• Gobustan National Park (Rock Arts museum in the open air – UNESCO) where you
will spend 4 hours accompanied by a local guide who will teach you the history of
petroglyphs
Lunch in the local restaurant
• 14.00-18.00 Free time

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 7Baku - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure. The local partner will take you to the airport.

Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a country in the South Caucasus region of Eurasia at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, and has an 11 km (6.8 mi) long border with Turkey in the northwest. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic proclaimed its independence in 1918 and became the first secular democratic Muslim-majority state. In 1920 the country was incorporated into the Soviet Union as the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic. The modern Republic of Azerbaijan proclaimed its independence on 30 August 1991, shortly before the dissolution of the USSR in the same year. In September 1991, the Armenian majority of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region seceded to form the Republic of Artsakh. The region and seven adjacent districts outside it became de facto independent with the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994. These regions are internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan pending a solution to the status of the Nagorno-Karabakh through negotiations facilitated by the OSCE. as of January 2019, 52.8% of Azerbaijan's total population of 9,981,457 is urban, with the remaining 47.2% being rural. 50.1% of the total population is female. The sex ratio in the same year was 0.99 males per female. The 2011 population growth-rate was 0.85%, compared to 1.09% worldwide. The ethnic composition of the population according to the 2009 population census: 91.60% Azerbaijanis, 2.02% Lezgians, 1.35% Armenians (almost all Armenians live in the break-away region of Nagorno-Karabakh), 1.34% Russians, 1.26% Talysh, 0.56% Avars, 0.43% Turks, 0.29% Tatars, 0.28% Tats, 0.24% Ukrainians, 0.14% Tsakhurs, 0.11% Georgians, 0.10% Jews, 0.07% Kurds, other 0.21%. The official language is Azerbaijani, which is a Turkic language. Azerbaijani is spoken by approximately 92% of the population as a mother tongue. Russian and Armenian (only in Nagorno-Karabakh) are also spoken, and each are the mother tongue of around 1.5% of the population respectively. Russian and English play significant roles as second or third languages of education and communication.
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