19 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

19 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan tour planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Baku
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Mardakan
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Guba
— 1 day
Drive
4
Sheki
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Gabala
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Shamakhi
— 3 nights
Train
7
Ganja
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Ismayilli
— 2 nights
Drive
9
Lahij
— 1 night
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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.
On the 15th (Tue), take in the exciting artwork at Ali Shamsi Studio, steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, then examine the collection at Museum of Miniature Books, then walk around Philharmonic Park, and finally browse the different shops at Park Bulvar Baku. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, take an in-depth tour of National Museum of History of Azerbaijan, then shop like a local with Nizami Street/Torgovaya, then see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Baku trip builder site.

Cairo, Egypt to Baku is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cairo to Baku is 2 hours. Traveling from Cairo in December, you will find days in Baku are cooler (10°C), and nights are a bit cooler (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mardakan.

Things to do in Baku

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:

Mardakan

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Thu), step into the grandiose world of Mardakan Fortress. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: laugh and play at Dalga Beach Aquapark Resort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosque Mir Movsum Agha, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Mardakan Arboretum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mardakan road trip tool.

Drive from Baku to Mardakan in an hour. In December in Mardakan, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Guba.

Things to do in Mardakan

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

Guba

— 1 day

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nariman Narimanov Park, play a few rounds at The National Azerbaijan Golf Club, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Six-Domed Synagogue, and finally stroll the grounds of Guba Genocide Memorial Complex.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Guba route planning app.

Traveling by car from Mardakan to Guba takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mardakan in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of -2°C in Guba. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sheki.

Things to do in Guba

Outdoors · Golf · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 20:

Sheki

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish, get a taste of the local shopping with Aliovsat Sweets House, explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts, then admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace, then make a trip to Sheki Karvansaray, and finally admire the striking features of Winter Palace. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ilisu Waterfall, and then relax in the rural setting at Bio Garden.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sheki trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guba to Sheki in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sheki are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gabala.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:

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 22nd (Tue): explore the activities along Nohur Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Chukhur Gabala, then stroll through Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gabala City Mosque. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Seven Beauties Waterfall, explore the activities along Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, then get curious at Gabala Archaeological Center, then learn about winemaking at Savalan ASPI Winery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chotari Albanian-Udi Church.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Gabala day trip planning website.

You can drive from Sheki to Gabala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December in Gabala, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Shamakhi.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:

Shamakhi

— 3 nights

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.
On the 24th (Thu), examine the collection at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, don't miss a visit to Diri Baba Mausoleum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Alti Aghaj National Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Candy Cane Mountains, then get engrossed in the history at Mikayil Mushfig House Museum, and finally do a tasting at Meyseri Wines.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Shamakhi planner.

You can drive from Gabala to Shamakhi in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Shamakhi are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. On the 26th (Sat), you'll travel to Ganja.

Things to do in Shamakhi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Ganja

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Lake Goygol and Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. John's Church and The Alexander Nevsky Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Shamkir (Sharg Ulduzu Wines & The Museum of History and Ethnography). The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Ganja Mall, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah Abbas Mosque, shop like a local with Javad Khan Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ganja State Puppet Theatre.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ganja online driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Shamakhi to Ganja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Ganja are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ismayilli.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:

Ismayilli

— 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): make a trip to Ivanovka Village and then do a tasting at Chabiant Winery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ismayilli route maker site.

You can drive from Ganja to Ismayilli in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ganja in December since evenings lows in Ismayilli dip to -2°C. On the 31st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lahij.

Things to do in Ismayilli

Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:

Lahij

— 1 night
Lahij is a village and municipality on the southern slopes of Greater Caucasus within the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan. Your day by day itinerary now includes Lahij Central Street. Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): appreciate the extensive heritage of Lahij Central Street and then explore the world behind art at Basgal Village.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lahij online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ismayilli to Lahij in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lahij

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

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.