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Classic Tour to Azerbaijan

Population 9611700 person

Area 86600 km2

Official language Azerbaijan

Guided tour xxx

Classic Tour to Azerbaijan Day 1. Baku. Absheron peninsula
Day 2. Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala
Day 3. Gabala – Sheki
Day 4. Sheki – Kish – Baku
Day 5. Baku - Guba
Day 6. Guba – Baku – Gobustan
Day 7. End of the tour

Baku is the capital and the largest city of Azerbaijan. Simultaneously it is the largest port of the Caspian Sea. It is situated on the southern shore of the Absheron peninsula. The city consists of two main parts: the city center and the old town. At the beginning of 2009 urban population of Baku was estimated to be over two million people. The Inner City of Baku, as well as the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, and Maiden Tower were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000. The city is a scientific, cultural and industrial center of Azerbaijan.
Shamakhi is the administrative center of Shamakhi region. The city is located in the south-eastern foothills of the Greater Caucasus mountains at a height of 800 meters above the sea level. The city is the birthplace and homeland to many famous Azerbaijani philosophers, architects and scientists, such as Khagani, Nasimi and Sabir.
Lahij village is located on the territory of Ismayilli district of Azerbaijan. It is situated in the intermountain basin, in the mean flow of the river Gyrdymanchay, where Govdagh ridge rises on the north and Nialdagh ridge extends on the south. The village was founded in the V century BC. The etymology of the village’s name comes from the Lahij tribe moved here from Iran (IV-V centuries). Crossing the Araz river they settled in the Nialdagh mountains and named the emphasized settlement in the name of their homeland.
Sheki is located in the northern part of Azerbaijan, on the southern slope of the Greater Caucasus mountains range, and is just 325 km (200 miles) apart from Baku. The population of Sheki is around 63,000 people. Sheki is surrounded by snow-capped peaks of the Greater Caucasus, which reach a height of 3000-3600 m above the sea level in some places. Sheki has admirable historical monuments numbering over 2,700 years. One of the distinctive features of the city is the numerous houses with red roofs. Perhaps the most famous feature of Sheki people is a good sense of humor and comic stories.
Rixos Quba Azerbaijan
Albanian temple located on the territory of Azerbaijan in the countryside village of Kish. According to the legend, St. James sent St. Elisha to Albania with the aim to spread Christianity. After completing his missionary work, he came to the village of Kish and built here a church. Kish temple is the first Christian church, built not only on the territory of the Caucasian Albania, but also in the whole Transcaucasia region.
Everything is peculiar in Khynalyg. First of all, very sui generis people are living here. They are the direct descendants of the Caucasian Albanians, who ceased to exist in the V century. They speak a completely original and different from the state one language which is not a part of any language family. Its alphabet contains 77 letters. Nobody else does not speak on it and does not understand it. And there is only about 2,500 people living in Khynalyg! Locals are speaking with one another exclusively in Khynalyg language while Azeri language is only taught at schools. There are no hotels and eateries in Khynalyg. You can eat and spend the night at locals only.
Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala – Sheki – Kish – Baku – Guba – Baku

Day 1. Baku. Absheron peninsula

Panorama of Baku from the height of the mountainous part of the city and at the TV Tower gives a clear picture regarding the scale and contrasts of Baku. The city has a shape of an amphitheater descending down to the Caspian Sea. The excursion covers the central part (downtown) of the city demonstrating the most interesting historical and architectural sites.

The territory of  Icherisheher is merely 22 hectares, which is just a small fraction of the total area of Baku (44,000 ha). However, the saturation with architectural and historical monuments dictates the need of having a special hike to this part of the city and makes this part of Baku, perhaps the most interesting one to explore. Maiden Tower (XII century), the Palace of the Shirvanshahs (XV century), Synykh Gala castle, Caravanserai and Juma Mosque are among the must-see places and this is not a complete list of showplaces of the old Baku.

The part of Azerbaijan located on the Absheron peninsula is generally called Absheron. Absheron distinguishes itself with hot summers and mild winters and is surrounded on 3 sides by sea – in other words, it is best suited for the lovers of seaside resorts. Developed infrastructure in the region  (extensive network of roads, numerous hotels and recreation areas of different categories, sandy beaches, international airports) makes it the best from the point of recreation, recuperation and receiving foreign guests.

A large number of unique historical monuments, including the numerous temples, castles, fortresses and watchtowers of the Middle Ages cause large  interest among both tourists and local Azeris. Among these monuments, we can point the fire-worshipers temple in the village of Surakhani. Temple o Fire (Ateshgah) is an ancient religious building, erected on the site of natural gas output. The Temple was rebuilt in the XVIII century. Former cells, where pilgrims from all over the world were residing centuries ago, now host a museum containing lots of unique and original exhibits.

Day 2. Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala

Now we are leaving for the northwestern part of Azerbaijan through the Caucasus mountains. Dry landscape around Baku is getting replaced by dense forests and mountains.

On the way we will visit the city of Shamakhi where the largest mosque of the Caucasus  – “Juma” Mosque and the tomb of the rulers of the Shirvanshahs – “Yeddi Gyumbyaz” are situated. Next trip brings us to the village of Lahij. Lahij is a unique monument of the Persian urban architecture and art of antiquity. It was founded approximately in the V century BC. The etymology of the village’s name comes from the Lahij tribe moved here from Iran (IV-V centuries). Crossing the Araz river they settled in the mountainous part of Azerbaijan and named the emphasized settlement in the name of their homeland. The city is part of the international tourist route on the Great Silk Road and is famous for its artisans’ workshops. A trip to the city of Gabala, hotel accommodation and overnight come next.

Day 3. Gabala – Sheki 

Breakfast. Departure to the town of Sheki. Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient places of Azerbaijan. It is located 700 meters (2,297 ft) above the sea level and is surrounded by mountains and oak forests like an amphitheater. This ancient city has been known as a center of silk production and an important passage post on the Silk Road for quite a long period of time. It is also suggested that the name of the city dates back to the ethnonym of the Saks who reached the territory of Azerbaijan in the VII century BC. We start our tour with a visit to Sheki Khan Palace (XVIII century) with magnificent frescoes and exquisite handmade window ornaments. Then we will visit the shop where artisans prepare famous Sheki windows called “Shebeke.” We will also visit the local shop where Sheki sweets are cooked.

Day 4. Sheki – Kish – Baku 

A visit to the Albanian temple in the Kish village which is located not far from Sheki. According to the legend this church is the very first Christian church built not only on the territory of the Caucasian Albania but also in the whole region of Transcaucasia. This place is also remarkable for another feature: mass burial found here during the archeological excavations proves that the buried people heavily differ  from the present inhabitants of the region by their structure. Scientists and researchers who studied the relics described the former natives as tall persons with blond hair and blue eyes. Famous Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who visited this part of Azerbaijan arrived at a decision that the Albanians were the ancestors of the Vikings; he also presumed that Albanians immigrated from these places to the North long ago. The church was restored on the money of the Norwegian Government in 2003 as a result of personal efforts of Thor Heyerdahl. Here, near the territory of the church you can find a memorial bust in honor of the famous explorer as a gratitude from local residents and the state. The next is departure to Baku, arrival in the city and accommodation at the hotel.

Day 5. Baku – Guba

A trip to the north of Azerbaijan, to the city of Guba. Guba is located 600 m above the sea level, in the north-eastern slopes of the Shahdagh mountain which belongs to the Greater Caucasus mountains and on the banks of Gudialchay river and is just 168 km apart from Baku.

Thanks to a good location and developed infrastructure Guba district is one of the most beloved and renowned tourist destinations in Azerbaijan.

Gachrash site which is famous for its shady woods, Tengealti gorge with tempestuous flows of Velvelechay river, well-known Afurja waterfall which is included in the list of the “Monuments of Azerbaijani Nature” – these are the favorite places of Guba visitors.

The district has a peerless mountainous village of Khynalyg, situated 2500 m above the sea level. The population of the village is a separate ethnic group with its own unique language. There is another original mountainous village of Gryz not far from Khynalyg. Overnight in Guba.

Day 6. Guba – Baku – Gobustan

Breakfast. Departure to Baku. Arrival in Baku and accommodation at the hotel. Excursion to Gobustan. Gobustan is a historical and architectural reserve in the open air with unique cave paintings of Neolithic times. There are more than 6 thousand of petroglyphs dating back to 12,000 years.  The patterns reflect the life of the Stone Age people – mostly  hunting, recreation and dances that were accompanied by the melodious sounds of “Gaval dashi” (a stone with deep resonating sound). There were formed numerous carves thanks to huge rocks. These carves served as shelters and hideaways that simultaneously helped people to wait out the bad weather conditions.

A visit to the Museum of Gobustan.

 Day 7  

Breakfast at the hotel. Preparations for the departure. Transfer to the airport. End of the tour

The tour price

Price (in USD)

Number of tourists



2 $1 885 $1 670
4 $1 308 $1100
6 $1 100 $885
8 $1000 $810
10 $955 $736
12 $906 $687
15 $885 $666
20 $829 $610
25 $795 $576
30 $796 $578
35 $777 $558
40 $762 $544


The price includes:

Accommodation at the hotel (with breakfasts) in accordance with the program

Transportation services according with the program

Guide services

Museum entrance tickets

The price does not include:




Lunch and dinner

Alcoholic beverages

Note: the tour price considers the accommodation in comfortable hotels with 3* rate. Depending upon customer’s wish, the hotel rate can be enhanced to a higher rate (with extra charge).

The map and routes 

Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala – Sheki – Kish – Baku – Guba – Baku 

Days Directions Distance, km/ml Duration, +/- traffic
Day 1 Baku – City tour – Absheron peninsula 60 / 38 40 minutes
Day 2 Baku – Lahij – Shamakhi – Gabala 300 / 188 4 hours 20 minutes
Day 3 Gabala – Shamakhi 140 / 88 2 hours 25 minutes
Day 4 Sheki – Kish – Baku 350 / 219 5 hours
Day 5 Baku – Guba 170 / 106 2 hours 35 minutes
Day 6 Guba – Baku – Gobustan 300 / 188 4 hours 20 minutes
Day 7 Baku – transfer to the airport 20 / 12 20 minutes


Only the citizens of Turkey and Israel are able to obtain the visa on arrival at the international airports of Azerbaijan. Visa to Azerbaijan is not required for the citizens of CIS member states (except Turkmenistan). The citizens of other countries must obtain a visa prior to arrival in Azerbaijan via the Azerbaijani consulate in their home country or to get electronic visas through our travel agency. To obtain a visa, please contact our managers at least 6 weeks prior to arrival in Azerbaijan.


The tour price is designed for 3 or 4 star hotels. This category can be upgraded to 5* in accordance with the request of tourists. Breakfast is included in the price of all the hotels. Laundry services are available at extra charge. Internet in the regions is limited and in some hotels is regrettably not available. In Baku hotels internet is fully available and is free of charge in the most of them.  Check-in time is 02:00 pm check-out time is 12:00 noon. Early check-in and late check-out is available on request and at an additional cost.

Practical Information

Foreign Exchange Market: Information regarding exchange rates can be obtained by clicking the following link:

Local currency: Azerbaijani manat (AZN)

Recommended exchange currency: USD/EUR

Where to exchange your currency: upon arrival at the airport your guide will give precise information on where and how you can exchange your cash money to local currency

Availability of ATMs: in big cities only

Credit Cards acceptance: in big cities only


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. temperature 6 5 8 15 18 30 32 30 20 17 12 8
Avg. max. temperature 10 8 12 19 22 30 35 37 25 21 16 12
Avg. min. temperature 3 2 4 10 13 25 30 33 16 13 8 6
Avg. Rainy Days 4 5 3 3 4 3 5 4 3 4 2 5
Avg. Snowy Days 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Protection and Vaccinations

Are not necessary

Power Supply and Plugs

Detailed information on the voltage and type of sockets used in Azerbaijan is given in the following ref.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our customers. You should make sure that your insurance policy covers all medical expenses.


Remember that you have to carry your own baggage without entrusting it to the strangers and other unfamiliar people. Weight allowance is 20 kg.


Weather in Azerbaijan is highly changeable and unpredictable. In the north of a country and in the highlands the weather may be cool (especially at night); so it is advisable to bring warm clothes with you. During the summer the weather conditions in the south of the country are hot and ardent.  It is also necessary to carry a neckerchief with you in order to visit various churches and mosques. 


It is recommended to bring the most comfortable shoes. With you Be sure that you have appropriate shoes (snickers or gumshoes) if you visit a rocky terrain. 

Comments and Remarks

Please note that the tourism infrastructure in the country is currently continues to develop and a program is not subject to change even if it is necessary. You will need some extra money to cover meals, souvenirs and items of a personal nature such as laundry etc. which are not included in the tour price with approximate additional costs being equal to USD 30.00 (per day and per person). Local food is not expensive. You can choose the national restaurants and small cafes and luncheonettes to eat. Approximate price for menu (per person) starts from USD 10.00.