17 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

17 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan itinerary planner

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Baku
— 7 nights
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Gobustan
— 2 nights
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Gabala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sheki
— 1 night
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Ganja
— 4 nights
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Baku

— 7 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.
Baku is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Baku Old City, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs, explore the ancient world of Ateshgah Fire Temple, and examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Baku trip planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Baku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Jeddah in May, things will get much colder in Baku: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Gobustan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 4 — 11:

Gobustan

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Diri Baba Mausoleum and then don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes.

Make your Gobustan itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Baku to Gobustan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Gabala.

Things to do in Gobustan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 11 — 13:

Gabala

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Gabaland, then get all the equipment you need at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Nohur Lake. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, then see the interesting displays at Gabala Archaeological Center, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gabala City Mosque.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Gabala visit planner.

Traveling by car from Gobustan to Gabala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Expect slightly colder evenings in Gabala when traveling from Gobustan in May, with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sheki.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 13 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, contemplate the long history of Sheki Khans' Palace, then admire the striking features of Sheki Karvansaray, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sheki attractions planner.

You can drive from Gabala to Sheki in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ganja.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 15 — 16:

Ganja

— 4 nights

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.
Spend the 17th (Mon) exploring at Lake Goygol. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol lake, make a trip to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Alexander Nevsky Church, and walk around Khan's Garden.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ganja day trip app.

You can drive from Sheki to Ganja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ganja can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 16 — 20:

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.