14 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips Azerbaijan visit planner
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Fly
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Baku
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Khizi
Drive
3
Gusar
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Shamakhi
— 1 night
Drive
5
Lahij
Drive
6
Gabala
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Sheki
Drive
8
Ganja
— 1 night
Train
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Gobustan
— 2 nights
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Baku — 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Yanardag, contemplate the long history of Baku Old City, then make a trip to Baku Boulevard, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Alley of Martyrs.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Baku road trip planning site.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Baku is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Azerbaijan Standard Time (AZT), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in December, expect nights in Baku to be little chillier, around 3°C, while days are colder, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Khizi.
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Khizi

The City of Calm Seas and Multi-Colored Mountains

Khizi's swirling pink mountains are quite simply an extraordinary sight to behold.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Candy Cane Mountains and then see the interesting displays at Mikayil Mushfig House Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Khizi journey maker app.

You can drive from Baku to Khizi in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Gusar.
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Gusar — 2 nights

The Gates with Tranquil Peaks and Thrilling Activities

Azerbaijan's "northern gates" promise breathtaking Caucasus Mountain scenery, home to some of the country’s highest peaks, a classy ski resort, traditional rustic villages, and tasty Lezgi cuisine.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): walk around Nariman Narimanov Park.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Gusar tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Khizi to Gusar in 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Shamakhi.
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Shamakhi — 1 night

The City of Poets and Former Ancient Capital of the Country

Azerbaijan's former capital surrounded by fine countryside and packed with cultural heritage, Shamakhi is one of Azerbaijan’s most historic cities and the birthplace of legendary Azerbaijani poets Sabir and Nesimi.
On the 28th (Wed), examine the collection at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, then learn about winemaking at Meyseri Wines, and then admire the landmark architecture of Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Shamakhi trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Gusar to Shamakhi by car takes about 3.5 hours. December in Shamakhi sees daily highs of 8°C and lows of -2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lahij.
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Lahij

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 29th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Basgal Village and then get to know the fascinating history of Lahij Central Street.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lahij trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Shamakhi to Lahij takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Gabala.
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Gabala — 4 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.
Gabala is known for winter sports, nature, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Tufandag Winter Summer Resort, find something for the whole family at Gabaland, get curious at Gabala Archaeological Center, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gabala City Mosque.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Gabala road trip website.

Getting from Lahij to Gabala by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to -2°C. You will leave for Sheki on the 2nd (Mon).
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Sheki

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress and then admire the landmark architecture of Sheki Khans' Palace.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sheki tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Gabala to Sheki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sheki can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ganja.
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Ganja — 1 night

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.
On the 2nd (Mon), walk around Khan's Garden.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ganja trip maker website.

Getting from Sheki to Ganja by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January in Ganja, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can take a train to Gobustan.
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Gobustan — 2 nights

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 4th (Wed), make a trip to Diri Baba Mausoleum and then don't miss a visit to Mud Volcanoes.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Gobustan online travel route builder.

Getting from Ganja to Gobustan by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January in Gobustan, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 2°C at night. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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Azerbaijan travel guide

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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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