12 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary
12 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary
Fly to Gabala International Airport, Drive to Sheki
— 1 day
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 1 night
— 2 nights
Drive to Ganja International Airport, Fly to Chicago
Mon, Jul 4 - Fri, Jul 15
Sheki — 1 day
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.On the 6th (Wed), admire the striking features of Winter Palace, take an in-depth tour of Sheki Khans' Palace, then don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish.
To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sheki trip maker website.
Chicago, USA to Sheki is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Chicago to Sheki, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. July in Sheki sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Baku.
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Baku — 3 nights
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.Baku is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, appreciate the history behind Pushkin Statue, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yanardag.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Baku trip planning tool.
Getting from Sheki to Baku by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. July in Baku sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Ganja.
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Ganja — 1 night
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.Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): walk around Heydar Aliyev Park, walk around Khan's Garden, then admire the landmark architecture of Bottle House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Imamzadeh Mausoleum.
For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ganja online trip itinerary planner.
Getting from Baku to Ganja by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In July in Ganja, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Gobustan.
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Gobustan — 1 night
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.Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Mud Volcanoes and then examine the collection at Gobustan State Reserve.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Gobustan online tour itinerary planner.
Take a train from Ganja to Gobustan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Gobustan can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gabala.
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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 12th (Tue): get your game on at Gabala Shooting Club, then get in on the family fun at Gabaland, and then explore the activities along Yeddi Gozel Waterfall.
For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gabala trip itinerary planner.
You can drive from Gobustan to Gabala in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Gobustan in July since evenings lows in Gabala dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough 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.On the 13th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagatala City Mosque and then contemplate the long history of Zagatala Fortress.
To find where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Zagatala trip itinerary builder app.
Getting from Gabala to Zagatala by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. July in Zagatala sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Azerbaijan travel guide
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.