42 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

42 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

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Nakhchivan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Gabala
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sheki
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ganja
— 6 nights
Train
5
Gobustan
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Khizi
— 1 night
Drive
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Baku
— 21 nights
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Nakhchivan — 3 nights

Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
Nakhchivan is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Momine Khatun, take an in-depth tour of Open Air Museum, contemplate the long history of Alinja Castle, and admire the landmark architecture of Nakhchivan Khans' Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nakhchivan trip site.

Exeter, UK to Nakhchivan is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In May in Nakhchivan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Gabala.
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Historic Sites · Museums
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Gabala — 4 nights

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: tour the pleasant surroundings at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, get in on the family fun at Gabaland, do a tasting at Savalan ASPI Winery, and get to know the fascinating history of Chukhur Gabala.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Gabala day trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Nakhchivan to Gabala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In May in Gabala, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sheki.
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Outdoors · Parks · Wineries · Theme Parks
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Sheki — 3 nights

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.
Go for a jaunt from Sheki to Zagatala to see Zagatala City Mosque about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace, make a trip to Sheki Fortress, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Sheki route planner.

Getting from Gabala to Sheki by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sheki can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Ganja.
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Side Trip
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Ganja — 6 nights

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 sightseeing, historic sites, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Goygol, stroll around Heydar Aliyev Park, make a trip to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamzadeh Mausoleum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ganja online trip planner.

You can drive from Sheki to Ganja in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. May in Ganja sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Gobustan.
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Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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Gobustan — 3 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.
Gobustan is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve, don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes, and steep yourself in history at Diri Baba Mausoleum.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Gobustan online visit planner.

Take a train from Ganja to Gobustan in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Khizi.
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Khizi — 1 night

Khizi's swirling pink mountains are quite simply an extraordinary sight to behold.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Mikayil Mushfig House Museum and then take in the awesome beauty at Candy Cane Mountains.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Khizi travel planner.

Getting from Gobustan to Khizi by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Baku.
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Parks · Nature · Museums
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Baku — 21 nights

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 5th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah Fire Temple, examine the collection at Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, and enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Baku trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Khizi to Baku by car takes about 1.5 hours. May in Baku sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
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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.
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