11 days in Shaki-Zagatala Region, Goygol & Ganja Itinerary

11 days in Shaki-Zagatala Region, Goygol & Ganja Itinerary

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Gabala
— 1 night
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Sheki
— 3 nights
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Zagatala
— 2 nights
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Goygol
— 1 night
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Ganja
— 3 nights
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Gabala — 1 night

If you're fed up of the concrete jungle, take a trip to Gabala for the perfect getaway.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get curious at Gabala Archaeological Center and then do a tasting at Savalan ASPI Winery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gabala City Mosque, then take in the dramatic scenery at Seven Beauties Waterfall, and then explore the activities along Yeddi Gozel Waterfall.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Gabala vacation planner.

Baku to Gabala is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Gabala when traveling from Baku in July, with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sheki.
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Sheki — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ilisu Waterfall and Bio Garden. Sheki Fortress and Winter Palace are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts, steep yourself in history at Sheki Khans' Palace, admire the striking features of Sheki Karvansaray, and shop like a local with Aliovsat Sweets House.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sheki trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Gabala to Sheki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Zagatala.
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Zagatala — 2 nights

A tour of Zagatala reveals one of Azerbaijan’s most multicultural corners with historical relics galore and interesting culinary secrets.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): admire the striking features of Zagatala Fortress and then pause for some serene contemplation at Zagatala City Mosque. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Zagatala State Reserve.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Zagatala travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Zagatala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Goygol.
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Goygol — 1 night

Located in the western part of Azerbaijan, Goygol and its surrounding countryside remain one of the most picturesque regions in the country.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): don't miss a visit to St. John's Church.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Goygol trip planner.

You can drive from Zagatala to Goygol in 3.5 hours. On the 21st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ganja.
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Ganja — 3 nights

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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Maralgol lake and Imamzadeh Mausoleum. Change things up with a short trip to Turkish Baths in Naftalan (about 1h 5 min away). The adventure continues: walk around Khan's Garden and pause for some serene contemplation at Ganja State Puppet Theatre.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ganja online journey planner.

Ganja is just a short distance from Goygol. In July, daily temperatures in Ganja can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Shaki-Zagatala Region travel guide

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