32 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

32 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan visit planner

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Baku
— 18 nights
Fly
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Nakhchivan
— 1 night
Fly to Ganja, Taxi to Sheki
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Sheki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ganja
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gabala
— 3 nights
Drive
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Shamakhi
— 1 night
Drive
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Khizi
— 1 night
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Baku

— 18 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Masazir Lake (in Masazir), Mardakan (Dalga Beach Aquapark Resort & Mardakan Fortress) and Gobustan (Mud Volcanoes, Gobustan State Reserve, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Baku Old City, take in the pleasant sights at Baku Boulevard, make a trip to Bibi-Heybat Mosque, and examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Baku trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Baku is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Baku is minus 6 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in May; daily highs in Baku reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Nakhchivan.

Things to do in Baku

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 30 — May 19:

Nakhchivan

— 1 night
Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
On the 20th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Alinja Castle, then don't miss a visit to Nakhchivan Khans' Palace, and then contemplate the long history of Mausoleum of Momine Khatun.

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Fly from Baku to Nakhchivan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In May in Nakhchivan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sheki.

Things to do in Nakhchivan

Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 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 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish, then make a trip to Sheki Fortress, then take an in-depth tour of Sheki Khans' Palace, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace. On the next day, relax in the rural setting at Bio Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts, and then admire the sheer force of Ilisu Waterfall.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sheki sightseeing planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Nakhchivan to Sheki in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Ganja.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 20 — 22:

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.
Ganja is known for historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Goygol, admire the landmark architecture of Bottle House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shah Abbas Mosque, and pause for some serene contemplation at Ganja State Puppet Theatre.

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Getting from Sheki to Ganja by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In May in Ganja, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Gabala.

Things to do in Ganja

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Gabala side-trips: Laza Waterfalls (in Laza) and Chotari Albanian-Udi Church (in Nij). Next up on the itinerary: get all the equipment you need at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, do a tasting at Savalan ASPI Winery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gabala City Mosque, and engage your brain at Gabala Archaeological Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Gabala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ganja to Gabala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Traveling from Ganja in May, Gabala is slightly colder at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shamakhi.

Things to do in Gabala

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Shamakhi

— 1 night

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 29th (Fri), examine the collection at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, do a tasting at Meyseri Wines, then delve into the distant past at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Shamakhi trip planner.

Getting from Gabala to Shamakhi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Khizi.

Things to do in Shamakhi

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 29:

Khizi

— 1 night

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 30th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Mikayil Mushfig House Museum, take in the awesome beauty at Candy Cane Mountains, and then explore the striking landscape of Alti Aghaj National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Khizi route builder.

Drive from Shamakhi to Khizi in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Khizi

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 29 — 30:

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.