Azerbaijan

Bound by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire, in reference to its ancient fire worshipping inhabitants. Historically part of the Great Silk Road, it is a country with a rich heritage and unmatched culture, boasting a plethora of natural, architectural, archaeological, and historical monuments. Visitors can look forward to exploring a diverse variety of attractions including the city of Baku, the country’s cosmopolitan capital; the charming town of Seki, featuring the ornate palace of Xan Sarayi; and the Unesco-listed Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve, which protects thousands of stone engravings dating back as far as 12 000 years.

The official language is Azerbaijani. In addition, much of the population speaks Russian to some degree and many understand and speak Turkish & English. In hotels, bars and offices, English is widely used.

Working hours : Weekends are usually Saturday and Sunday (mainly for public offices), but most shops and supermarkets are open daily. The beginning of the working day is between 8am and 9am; shops generally close between 9pm and 11pm, restaurants and bars - much later – especially at the weekend.

Baku

Days 1 - 2

Located on the coast of the Caspian Sea, Baku is the largest city in the Caucasus and the capital of Azerbaijan. Situated on the border of east and west, and of history and modernity, Baku is an architecturally fascinating city, where awe-inspiring glass and steel skyscrapers tower above Soviet-era buildings and the UNESCO-listed, cobblestoned Old City, which dates back to the 12th century. Visitors to Baku can indulge in both the ancient and contemporary delights of the city, strolling along the leafy Baku Boulevard, one of Europe’s longest promenades, visiting the many museums, or dining at the ritzy rooftop restaurants all offering spectacular views of Baku at night. A trip to nearby Fire Mountain, where a natural gas fire blazes continuously on the hillside, is also highly recommended.

Accommodation

Azcot Hotel

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Baku

Azerbaijan

Days 2 - 3

Bound by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire, in reference to its ancient fire worshipping inhabitants. Historically part of the Great Silk Road, it is a country with a rich heritage and unmatched culture, boasting a plethora of natural, architectural, archaeological, and historical monuments. Visitors can look forward to exploring a diverse variety of attractions including the city of Baku, the country’s cosmopolitan capital; the charming town of Seki, featuring the ornate palace of Xan Sarayi; and the Unesco-listed Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve, which protects thousands of stone engravings dating back as far as 12 000 years.

The official language is Azerbaijani. In addition, much of the population speaks Russian to some degree and many understand and speak Turkish & English. In hotels, bars and offices, English is widely used.

Working hours : Weekends are usually Saturday and Sunday (mainly for public offices), but most shops and supermarkets are open daily. The beginning of the working day is between 8am and 9am; shops generally close between 9pm and 11pm, restaurants and bars - much later – especially at the weekend.

Accommodation

Shahdag Hotel

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Azerbaijan

Baku

Days 3 - 5

As previously described

Accommodation

Azcot Hotel

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Baku

Qabala

Days 5 - 7

Located in northern Azerbaijan, the city of Qabala is the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania. Set in the middle of the old Silk Road, Qabala offers visitors a wealth of historic attractions, as well as ample opportunity to see ancient ruins and archaeological sites. From the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, to the Alazan-Haftaran valley and the impressive Mount Bazarduzu, it is Qabala's mountainous landscape and beautiful fauna that attract thousands of visitors throughout the year. Must-see attractions include the beautiful seven tiered Yeddi Gozel Waterfall; Gabaland Amusement Park, complete with an ice skating rink and an outdoor theatre stage; and the Tufandag Ski Complex, widely considered Azerbaijan's best ski resort.

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Qabala

Baku

Days 7 - 8

As previously described

Accommodation

Azcot Hotel

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Baku
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