22 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

22 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Baku
— 11 nights
Fly
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Ganja
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Sheki
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Gabala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gobustan
— 2 nights
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Baku

— 11 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.
Dedicate the 6th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, explore the striking landscape at Yanardag, make a trip to Flame Towers, and see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Baku travel route planning website.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Baku is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Dammam to Baku, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dammam in December, plan for much colder days in Baku, with highs around 10°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ganja.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 12:

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 13th (Sun) exploring at Lake Goygol. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Maralgol lake, don't miss a visit to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum, stroll around Heydar Aliyev Park, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Church.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ganja trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Baku to Ganja takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Baku in December, Ganja is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sheki.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 16:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish, admire the striking features of Sheki Karvansaray, then get engrossed in the history at Sheki Khans' Palace, and finally make a trip to Sheki Fortress. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ilisu Waterfall, admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace, then experience rural life at Bio Garden, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sheki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ganja to Sheki takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Gabala.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 16 — 18:

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.
On the 19th (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Nohur Lake, then admire the sheer force of Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, then engage your brain at Gabala Archaeological Center, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chotari Albanian-Udi Church. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gabala City Mosque, then ski along the peaceful trails at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, and then find something for the whole family at Gabaland.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Gabala tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sheki to Gabala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in December, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gobustan.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

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 21st (Mon): don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes and then make a trip to Diri Baba Mausoleum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Gobustan vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Gabala to Gobustan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Traveling from Gabala in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gobustan, with lows of 3°C. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Gobustan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 22:

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.