The Colors of Azerbaijan Tour with brighten your vacation with a canvas of Azerbaijani life and culture. Diverse activities include craft and carpet weaving workshops, lunch with a local family, exploring castles and caravanserais, deciphering petroglyphs, marveling at mud volcanoes, learning about local heroes at sacred mausoleums and touring an ancient mosque, synagogue, church and Zoroastrian temple.
Azerbaijan is a tapestry of manmade marvels such as Old Baku, Nakhchivan’s Alinja Castle and Shamakhi’s Juma Mosque, sites accentuated by natural wonders literally bursting through the landscape of Gobustan National Park and Absheron Peninsula. Yet the kaleidoscopic culture seen in Lahic and Khinalig villages and the artisanship of cities such as Quba and Sheki are the real finishing touches to this gorgeous land.
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. Have a rest, followed by a private, guided walking tour of Old Baku (Icheri Sheher) to see several historical monuments:
Depart your hotel in Baku and drive to Gobustan National Park (60km, 1hr), located on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.
Return to Baku. On the way, visit:
A driver and guide will meet you at your Baku hotel to drive to Quba (170km, 2hrs 30min).
On the way, stop at Besh Barmag Dag (Five-Finger Mountain), a local holy site whose jagged cliffs resemble five fingers.
In Quba District you’ll visit:
Early in the morning, transfer to the airport. Take a morning flight to Nakhchivan (1hr, 30min, 405km). Upon arriving to Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, meet your local guide and driver to begin your sightseeing tour to the following:
Your private guide and driver will meet you at your Baku hotel. Drive to Shamakhi (120km, 1hr 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:
In the morning, meet up with your private guide and driver in Sheki to begin your tour to its finest sites: