On the Azerbaijan Classic Tour you’ll discover the face of Azerbaijan as you explore its most classic and unusual landmarks. Your journey begins in the palaces and caravanserais of Old Baku and continues to burning mountains and mud volcanoes, ancient temples and petroglyphs, cobblestone villages and a former empire capital now holding the country’s oldest mosque.
Baku is a capital defined by contrasts, from the ancient Maiden Tower to the cutting-edge Heydar Aliev Center, while nearby Absheron Peninsula has made a name for itself with the natural gas fires of Yanar Dag and the remains of the Zoroastrian Ateshgah Fire Temple. Gobustan National Park likewise combines history and natural wonders with the Gobustan Mud Volcanoes and Petroglyphs, while Lahic and Shamakhi create a city-village duo of traditional Azerbaijani displays.
Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. You will be met by our driver for drop-off at the hotel, where check-in begins at noon.
Meet your guide and driver to begin your private tour:
Your guide and driver will pick you up in the morning. Drive to Shamakhi (180km, 2hrs 30min).
On the way, stop at Diri Baba Mausoleum (15th century), located in the village of Maraza. Explore this two-story monument, carved into a rocky cliff as a unique display of Shirvan-Absheron architecture.
Continue driving to ancient Shamakhi, former seat of the Shirvanshah Empire, to visit: