12 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

12 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Azerbaijan sightseeing planner
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Make it your trip
Fly
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Baku
— 4 nights
Drive
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Gobustan
— 1 night
Drive
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Sheki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Gabala
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nakhchivan
— 1 night
Drive

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Baku — 4 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.
Baku is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Heydar Aliyev Center, delve into the distant past at Ateshgah Fire Temple, make a trip to Bibi-Heybat Mosque, and contemplate the long history of Baku Old City.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Baku attractions planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Baku is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Baku is 1 hour. While traveling from Dammam, expect colder days and little chillier nights in Baku, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Gobustan.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Gobustan — 1 night

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.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Mud Volcanoes and then see the interesting displays at Gobustan State Reserve.

To see photos and more tourist information, use the Gobustan online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Baku to Gobustan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. August in Gobustan sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Sheki.
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace, then admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace, then make a trip to Sheki Fortress, and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Kish, then experience rural life at Bio Garden, and then admire the sheer force of Ilisu Waterfall.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sheki travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Gobustan to Sheki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Sheki sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Gabala.
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Gabala — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Nohur Lake, then admire the sheer force of Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, and finally get in on the family fun at Gabaland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Savalan ASPI Winery and then take an in-depth tour of Gabala Archaeological Center.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Gabala travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Gabala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Sheki in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Gabala, with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Nakhchivan.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wineries
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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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Alinja Castle and then admire the striking features of Nakhchivan Khans' Palace.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nakhchivan attractions planner.

Fly from Gabala to Nakhchivan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. August in Nakhchivan sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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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