11 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

11 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan itinerary planner

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Fly
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Baku
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mardakan
— 1 night
Drive
3
Guba
— 1 night
Drive
4
Gusar
Drive
5
Shamakhi
— 1 night
Drive
6
Ismayilli
— 1 night
Drive
7
Gabala
— 1 night
Drive
8
Sheki
— 1 night
Drive
9
Ganja
— 1 night
Drive
10
Lankaran
— 1 night
Drive
11
Gobustan
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Baku

— 2 nights

The City of Eternal Flames, the City of Winds

A truly contemporary city criss-crossed by history, Baku offers everything from the modern elegance of the Flame Towers to the medieval UNESCO-listed Old City at its core.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bibi-Heybat Mosque, Alley of Martyrs, Flame Towers, and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Juma Mosque, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple, examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Richard Sorge, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Heydar Mosque, and finally shop like a local with Nizami Street/Torgovaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Fountains Square, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Girl on Bench, don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, then take in panoramic vistas at Maiden Tower, and finally shop like a local with Ali Shamsi Studio.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Baku online road trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Baku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Cairo in October, expect nights in Baku to be slightly colder, around 14°C, while days are much colder, around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Mardakan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

Mardakan

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Mardakan Fortress, then admire the natural beauty at Mardakan Arboretum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Mir Movsum Agha.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mardakan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Baku to Mardakan in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in October, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to drive to Guba.

Things to do in Mardakan

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 4:

Guba

— 1 night

An Unspoiled Nature Region with Preserved Traditions

A gateway into the majestic Caucasus Mountains, Guba is a glorious stretch of countryside and a great destination for lovers of ecotourism and outdoor adventures.
You've added Khinalig Village, Six-Domed Synagogue, Afurja Waterfall, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Guba Genocide Memorial Complex, take in the awesome beauty at Tengya Alty Gorge, take in the dramatic scenery at Afurja Waterfall, admire the striking features of Six-Domed Synagogue, then get engrossed in the history at Mountain Jews Museum, and finally examine the collection at Khinalig Village.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Guba visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mardakan to Guba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Mardakan in October since evenings lows in Guba dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Gusar.

Things to do in Guba

Museums · Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:

Gusar

The Gates with Tranquil Peaks and Thrilling Activities

Azerbaijan's "northern gates" promise breathtaking Caucasus Mountain scenery, home to some of the country’s highest peaks, a classy ski resort, traditional rustic villages, and tasty Lezgi cuisine.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nariman Narimanov Park. On the 5th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nariman Narimanov Park.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Gusar tour planner.

Gusar is very close to Guba. October in Gusar sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Tue) before leaving for Shamakhi.

Things to do in Gusar

Parks
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 5:
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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Juma Mosque, Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory and Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum. On the 5th (Tue), explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, examine the collection at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque, and finally do a tasting at Meyseri Wines.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Shamakhi day trip app.

You can drive from Gusar to Shamakhi in 3.5 hours. In October in Shamakhi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ismayilli.

Things to do in Shamakhi

Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 6:

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Chabiant Winery, Ivanovka Village and Lahij Central Street. On the 6th (Wed), appreciate the extensive heritage of Lahij Central Street, then don't miss a visit to Ivanovka Village, and then learn about winemaking at Chabiant Winery.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ismayilli route planning website.

Traveling by car from Shamakhi to Ismayilli takes an hour. In October, daytime highs in Ismayilli are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Gabala.

Things to do in Ismayilli

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 7:

Gabala

— 1 night

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, Gabaland, Chukhur Gabala, and other attractions. On the 7th (Thu), engage your brain at Gabala Archaeological Center, get to know the fascinating history of Chukhur Gabala, find something for the whole family at Gabaland, then get all the equipment you need at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Yeddi Gozel Waterfall.

Plan my day in Gabala using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Ismayilli to Gabala by car takes about an hour. In October, daytime highs in Gabala are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Fri) before leaving for Sheki.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 8:

Sheki

— 1 night

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.
You've added Aliovsat Sweets House, Church of Kish, Winter Palace, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 8th (Fri), experience rural life at Bio Garden, admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Karvansaray, shop like a local with Aliovsat Sweets House, don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, then admire the striking features of Sheki Khans' Palace, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Sheki attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Gabala to Sheki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sheki are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ganja.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:

Ganja

— 1 night

A Young Spirit Located in an Ancient Land

Famous as the birthplace of legendary poet Nizami, Ganja is a truly ancient city still bearing traces of the myriad kingdoms and empires that ruled over it in the past.
You've added Heydar Aliyev Park, Javad Khan Street, Lake Goygol, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Alexander Nevsky Church, shop like a local with Javad Khan Street, admire the striking features of Mausoleum of Javad Khan, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah Abbas Mosque, then admire the landmark architecture of Chokek Hammam, and finally don't miss a visit to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ganja route planner.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Ganja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Ganja sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Lankaran.

Things to do in Ganja

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 10:

Lankaran

— 1 night

Lush Landscapes and Intriguing Culture

Known for its awesome nature and unmissable cuisine, Lankaran can also inspire with its varied scenes of culture and traditions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Khanbulanchay Reservoir, Khan's House, Khazar Lankaran Central Stadium, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Khan's House, visit a coastal fixture at Mayak (Lighthouse), steep yourself in history at Zindan Tower, then explore the activities along Khanbulanchay Reservoir, and finally see where the action happens at Khazar Lankaran Central Stadium.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lankaran attractions planner.

Getting from Ganja to Lankaran by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Gobustan.

Things to do in Lankaran

Historic Sites · Nature · Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 11:

Gobustan

Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (UNESCO Heritage) covers three areas of a plateau of rocky boulders rising out of the semi-desert of central Azerbaijan, with an outstanding collection of more than 6,000 rock engravings bearing testimony to 40,000 years of rock art.
On the 11th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Gobustan State Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Gobustan trip builder.

Drive from Lankaran to Gobustan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Gobustan sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Gobustan

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 12:
Highlights from your trip

Azerbaijan travel guide

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Historic Sites · Specialty Museums · Observation Decks
Land of Fire
A holiday in Azerbaijan allows intrepid travelers to discover a history-steeped country sitting at the crossroads of Southeastern Europe and Southwest Asia, an area once controlled by a succession of ancient empires. With its dual Eurasian character, Azerbaijan remains a highly intriguing destination, with tourism one of the top contributors to the country's booming economy. Many begin their tour of Azerbaijan in World Heritage-listed Baku, a cosmopolitan city boasting innovative architecture and a well-preserved historic core. A short drive out of this thriving capital, you can explore timeless villages surrounded by thick orchards and flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains.