23 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

23 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan trip itinerary planner

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Fly to Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Drive to Khizi
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Khizi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gobustan
— 2 nights
Train
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Ganja
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sheki
— 1 night
Drive
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Gabala
— 3 nights
Fly
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Nakhchivan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Baku
— 8 nights
Fly

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Khizi

— 2 nights

The City of Calm Seas and Multi-Colored Mountains

Khizi's swirling pink mountains are quite simply an extraordinary sight to behold.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Candy Cane Mountains and then take in the awesome beauty at Beshbarmag Mountain. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Mikayil Mushfig House Museum and then explore the historical opulence of Chirag Gala Fortress.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Khizi trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Khizi is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Gobustan.

Things to do in Khizi

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 10 — 12:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Diri Baba Mausoleum. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve and then don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Gobustan day trip website.

Getting from Khizi to Gobustan by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Ganja.

Things to do in Gobustan

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 14:

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.
Ganja is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Lake Goygol, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamzadeh Mausoleum, stroll through Heydar Aliyev Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ganja trip planner.

Traveling by train from Gobustan to Ganja takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Gobustan in December, Ganja is a bit cooler at night with lows of 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sheki.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:

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 19th (Sun): make a trip to Sheki Fortress, contemplate the long history of Sheki Khans' Palace, and then relax in the rural setting at Bio Garden.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Sheki visit planner.

Drive from Ganja to Sheki in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Sheki, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Gabala.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

Gabala

— 3 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.
Gabala is known for winter sports, nature, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn about winemaking at Savalan ASPI Winery, get curious at Gabala Archaeological Center, explore the activities along Nohur Lake, and get in on the family fun at Gabaland.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Gabala sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Gabala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Gabala are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can fly to Nakhchivan.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Wineries · Nature · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Nakhchivan

— 2 nights
Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Alinja Castle and then Head underground at Ashab-i Kehf. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Mausoleum of Momine Khatun and then admire the landmark architecture of Nakhchivan Khans' Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nakhchivan visit planner.

You can fly from Gabala to Nakhchivan in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 5°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Baku.

Things to do in Nakhchivan

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Baku

— 8 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 1st (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Heydar Aliyev Center, go for a walk through Baku Boulevard, stroll through Highland Park, and delve into the distant past at Ateshgah Fire Temple.

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You can fly from Nakhchivan to Baku in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Traveling from Nakhchivan in December, expect Baku to be somewhat warmer, temps between 10°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Wineries
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 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.