8 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

8 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

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Fly to Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Drive to Gobustan
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Gobustan
— 1 night
Drive
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Lahij
— 1 night
Drive
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Sheki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ganja
— 2 nights
Fly
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Baku
— 1 night
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Gobustan State Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Gobustan trip maker site.

Istanbul, Turkey to Gobustan is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Istanbul to Gobustan due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Gobustan can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lahij.

Things to do in Gobustan

Museums
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Lahij

— 1 night
Lahij is a village and municipality on the southern slopes of Greater Caucasus within the Ismailli Rayon of Azerbaijan. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Basgal Village and then get to know the fascinating history of Lahij Central Street.

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Traveling by car from Gobustan to Lahij takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sheki.

Things to do in Lahij

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kish and then admire the sheer force of Ilisu Waterfall. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress, then admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Sheki trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Lahij to Sheki in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ganja.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Ganja

— 2 nights

A Young Spirit Located in an Ancient Land

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Maralgol lake and then explore the activities along Lake Goygol. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum and then admire the landmark architecture of Bottle House.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ganja driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Ganja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Baku.

Things to do in Ganja

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Baku

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Girl on Bench.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Baku trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ganja to Baku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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.