10 days in North-western Route Itinerary

10 days in North-western Route Itinerary

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Shamakhi
— 1 night
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Ismayilli
— 1 night
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Sheki
— 2 nights
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Gabala
— 5 nights
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Shamakhi

— 1 night

The City of Poets and Former Ancient Capital of the Country

Azerbaijan's former capital surrounded by fine countryside and packed with cultural heritage, Shamakhi is one of Azerbaijan’s most historic cities and the birthplace of legendary Azerbaijani poets Sabir and Nesimi.
On the 17th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Meyseri Wines, don't miss a visit to Diri Baba Mausoleum, then admire the landmark architecture of Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Shamakhi trip planning tool.

Baku to Shamakhi is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Baku in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Shamakhi, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ismayilli.

Things to do in Shamakhi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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Ismayilli

— 1 night

A Place to Enjoy Ancient Crafts and Delightful Food & Wine

Take a trip to Ismayilli to discover a region of rolling countryside producing some of Azerbaijan’s best honey, dairy produce, and wine.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ivanovka Village and then do a tasting at Chabiant Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ismayilli trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Shamakhi to Ismayilli takes an hour. In June in Ismayilli, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Sheki.

Things to do in Ismayilli

Wineries
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Sheki

— 2 nights

Azerbaijan's True Historical Gem

Sheki is Azerbaijan’s true travel gem, a small city off the forested slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountains rich in Silk Road history and renowned for its fascinating architecture, food, and friendly residents.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts, get engrossed in the history at Sheki Khans' Palace, then make a trip to Sheki Fortress, and finally contemplate the long history of Sheki Karvansaray. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish, admire the striking features of Winter Palace, then admire the sheer force of Ilisu Waterfall, and finally experience rural life at Bio Garden.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sheki trip planner.

Drive from Ismayilli to Sheki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gabala.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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Gabala

— 5 nights

Enjoy the Rustic Resorts and Relax in Healing Spas

If you're fed up of the concrete jungle, take a trip to Gabala for the perfect getaway.
Explore Gabala's surroundings by going to Chotari Albanian-Udi Church (in Nij) and Laza Waterfalls (in Laza). The adventure continues: hit the slopes at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, admire the sheer force of Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, see the interesting displays at Gabala Archaeological Center, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nohur Lake.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gabala online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Gabala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Gabala are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Winter Sports

Side Trips

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Shaki-Zagatala Region travel guide

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History Museums · Cross-country Ski Areas · Churches