Azerbaijan Pre-Tour Extension - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021)

Bookable in conjunction with select departure dates of the 'Georgia & Armenia: Journey to the Caucasus' Limited Edition Small Group Journey 2021.

Journey Overview

Azerbaijan has long intrigued great minds, scientists, travellers and historians. It has an amazing historical and cultural heritage with more than 7,500 natural, archaeological, architectural, and historical monuments from the Khan’s Summer Palace in Sheki to Baku’s Maiden Tower. Explore markets and workshops for the incredible artisanal offerings spanning carpets, copper wares and silk scarves. immerse yourself in the handcrafted and ancient constructed wonders as you discover all this incredible country has to offer.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Baku, Azerbaijan

Arrive at Baku airport to a warm A&K welcome and private transfer to your hotel. 

Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure, including exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, offering complimentary afternoon tea and evening cocktails. 

Few cities in the world are changing as quickly as Baku, and nowhere else in the Caucasus do East and West blend as seamlessly or as chaotically. At its heart, the heritage-listed Old City lies within an exotically crenelated arc of fortress wall. Around this are gracefully illuminated stone mansions and pedestrianised tree-lined streets filled with exclusive boutiques. The second oil boom, which started around 2006, has turned the city into a crucible of architectural experimentation and some of the finest new buildings are jaw-dropping masterpieces.
Hilton Baku

Day 2: Baku | City Wonders & Ancient Carpets

This morning meet your Resident Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Your day in Baku reveals this vibrant and sophisticated city at its best. Head to Martyr's Lane for a stroll through the park, a memorial to those killed by the Soviet Army between 1988 and 1994 fighting for independence, and from this vantage point get excellent views of the city and the Bay of Baku. Travel into the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site which dates to the 6th century.

After lunch at a local restaurant, wander along its cobbled alleyways pausing at Shirvanshah's Palace, the last residence of the Shirvan rulers, before climbing to the top of the spectacular 12th century Maiden Tower, the symbol of Baku, and gazing out across the Caspian Sea.

Pay a visit to the National Carpet Museum built in a shape of rolled-carpet under the direction of Austrian architect Franz Janz showcasing carpets of various Azerbaijani schools in all their splendour.

Savour a Welcome Dinner this evening accompanied by a charming folk show with traditional music.
Hilton Baku | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Baku | Mud Volcanoes & Age-Old Art

Today travel towards the south to see the rare Mud Volcanoes, Azerbaijan has the most mud volcanoes of any country, and Stone Age Gobustan rock engravings. Stand in awe of these ancient wonders, before a journey onward to Gobustan State Reserve. Explore the museums and its treasures, along with the nearby sandstone caves and ancient petroglyphs, with the first engravings chiselled over 17,000 years ago. 

Return to Baku for lunch before a visit to the Heydar Aliyev Center and its many art galleries and museums.  Explore the colourful and charming Green Bazaar, overwhelming your senses as you explore the tea, saffron, nuts, spices, sweets, fruits, and vegetables on offer.

Enjoy an evening at leisure to further explore the city. 
Hilton Baku | Meals: BL

Day 4: Baku-Sheki | A Village of Copper Craftsmen

Depart for the city of Sheki, drinking in the dramatic landscapes as you travel.

Stop first in Shamakhi city, known for its carpets, silk, and wine. Visit the city’s grand Juma Mosque an architectural marvel and religious icon. Afterwards, visit with a local family and watch as they make the traditional ‘yoghurt butter’, before being treated to a tasting of local cheeses. 

Continue to the village of Lahij, the copper smithing centre of the country, for a homemade lunch of delicious local fare. Afterwards, meet local coppersmiths, observing their art and admiring their handicrafts.

Continue to Sheki, a town nestled between beautifully forested mountains, with the remaining time at leisure and dinner savoured as a group.
Sheki Saray | Meals: BLD

Day: 5: Kish | Handcrafted Pieces & Heritage Sites

After breakfast, begin an enchanting Sheki tour at the daily bazaar, tasting the local specialties as you explore.

Visit the spectacular Sheki Khans Palace, the 18th-century icon considered the most beautiful architectural monument of medieval Azerbaijan, its colourful mosaics are a sight to behold.

Pay a visit to the nearby shebeke (stained-glass windows) workshop to witness this colourful wonder being brought to life, before a stop at Upper Caravanserai, one of the two surviving 18th Century hotels in Sheki and an architectural marvel.

Afterwards, be welcomed into a kelagai workshop to witness the delicate decoration process used in the making of traditional silk scarfs.

In the afternoon, visit the heritage listed Kish Church, an ancient monument recognised as one of the first churches in the Caucasus, before transferring to your hotel.
Sheki Saray | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Depart Sheki – Tbilisi, Georgia

Transfer to the Azerbaijan-Georgia border, continuing to your hotel in Georgia before your upcoming journey.
Meals: B

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Hilton Baku

Azerbaijan Pre-Tour Extension - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021)

Overlooking the Caspian Sea, this upscale, glass-sided hotel offers elegant rooms with views of the city and seascapes below. Gain a new ... Read more

Sheki Saray

Azerbaijan Pre-Tour Extension - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2021)

The Sheki Saray Hotel is offers an unforgettable stay. The hotel enjoys uninterrupted views of the Caucasus Mountains and has been sensit ... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing for this Extension will vary from low season to peak season travel.

As a result, it is not available for online booking.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.