42 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

42 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan trip planner
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Baku
— 18 nights
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Nakhchivan
— 6 nights
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Gabala
— 3 nights
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Sheki
— 4 nights
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Ganja
— 6 nights
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Shamakhi
— 2 nights
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Gobustan
— 2 nights
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Baku — 18 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Heydar Mosque. Take a break from Baku with a short trip to Candy Cane Mountains in Khizi, about 2h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Baku Boulevard, enjoy breathtaking views from Flame Towers, buy something for everyone on your list at Park Bulvar Baku, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Richard Sorge.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Baku trip maker website.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Baku is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. In November, Baku is colder than Dubai - with highs of 15°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can fly to Nakhchivan.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 15:

Nakhchivan — 6 nights

Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Shahbuz National Reserve and Juma Mosque. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Alinja Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashab-i Kehf, don't miss a visit to Mausoleum of Momine Khatun, and admire the engineering at Aras Dam.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nakhchivan vacation planner.

You can fly from Baku to Nakhchivan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, Nakhchivan is slightly colder than Baku - with highs of 5°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Gabala.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 21:

Gabala — 3 nights

If you're fed up of the concrete jungle, take a trip to Gabala for the perfect getaway.
Explore hidden gems such as Tufandag Winter Summer Resort and Gabaland. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, get engrossed in the history at Gabala Archaeological Center, and learn about winemaking at Savalan ASPI Winery.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Gabala sightseeing planner.

Fly from Nakhchivan to Gabala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Gabala are 8°C, while nighttime lows are -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sheki.
Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Theme Parks
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Sheki — 4 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sheki Khans' Palace and Sheki Fortress. Take a break from Sheki with a short trip to Ilisu Waterfall in Ilisu, about 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish, relax in the rural setting at Bio Garden, admire the striking features of Sheki Karvansaray, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sheki online travel planner.

You can drive from Gabala to Sheki in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. December in Sheki sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ganja.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 28:

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lake Goygol and Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum. Take a break from Ganja with a short trip to St. John's Church in Goygol, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Heydar Aliyev Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imamzadeh Mausoleum, contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol lake, and admire the landmark architecture of Chokek Hammam.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ganja trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sheki to Ganja in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daytime highs in Ganja are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can take a train to Shamakhi.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 3:

Shamakhi — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum and then see the interesting displays at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Juma Mosque.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Shamakhi trip itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Ganja to Shamakhi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Ganja in January, expect little chillier with lows of -3°C in Shamakhi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Gobustan.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

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 6th (Thu): make a trip to Mud Volcanoes and then learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Diri Baba Mausoleum.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Gobustan vacation planner.

You can take a train from Shamakhi to Gobustan in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Shamakhi in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gobustan, with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

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.