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
Sun, Sep 20 - Thu, Oct 1
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.Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace, then don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish.
For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sheki travel route builder tool.
Chicago, USA to Sheki is an approximately 34-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Sheki is 10 hours. September in Sheki sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car 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: go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple, see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, and don't miss a visit to Flame Towers.
To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Baku trip itinerary app.
Drive from Sheki to Baku in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly 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.On the 26th (Sat), stroll around Heydar Aliyev Park, walk around Khan's Garden, then admire the striking features of Bottle House, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamzadeh Mausoleum.
To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ganja trip planner.
Getting from Baku to Ganja by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) 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 27th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes and then examine the collection at Gobustan State Reserve.
For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Gobustan trip app.
You can take a train from Ganja to Gobustan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Gobustan, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to 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.On the 28th (Mon), get your game on at Gabala Shooting Club, find something for the whole family at Gabaland, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Yeddi Gozel Waterfall.
For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Gabala online holiday maker.
Getting from Gobustan to Gabala by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Gobustan in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 59°F in Gabala. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow 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.On the 29th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zagatala City Mosque and then admire the striking features of Zagatala Fortress.
For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Zagatala online itinerary planner.
Traveling by car from Gabala to Zagatala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In September, daytime highs in Zagatala are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow time for 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.