60 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

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Nakhchivan
— 6 nights
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Gabala
— 6 nights
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Sheki
— 6 nights
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Ganja
— 6 nights
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Shamakhi
— 6 nights
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Lankaran
— 6 nights
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Gobustan
— 5 nights
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Gusar
— 6 nights
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Baku
— 11 nights
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Nakhchivan — 6 nights

Nakhchivan, an autonomous Azerbaijani republic, remains a region of breathtaking landscapes, quaint villages, and a cuisine distinct from the rest of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to Shahbuz National Reserve and Juma Mosque. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Alinja Castle, see human ingenuity at work at Aras Dam, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gulustan Mausoleum, and explore the fascinating underground world of Ashab-i Kehf.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nakhchivan online attractions planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Nakhchivan is an approximately 26-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Nakhchivan, you'll lose 12 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Los Angeles in November, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Nakhchivan: temperatures range from 14°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can fly to Gabala.
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Gabala — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tufandag Winter Summer Resort and Seven Beauties Waterfall. Venture out of the city with trips to Chotari Albanian-Udi Church (in Nij) and Ismayilli (Chabiant Winery & Ivanovka Village). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Yeddi Gozel Waterfall, find something for the whole family at Gabaland, steep yourself in history at Chukhur Gabala, and do a tasting at Savalan ASPI Winery.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Gabala travel route planning tool.

Fly from Nakhchivan to Gabala in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Gabala are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. You will leave for Sheki on the 1st (Thu).
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Sheki — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sheki Khans' Palace and Church of Kish. Explore Sheki's surroundings by going to Ilisu Waterfall (in Ilisu) and Zagatala (Zagatala Fortress, Zagatala City Mosque, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sheki Fortress, stop by Aliovsat Sweets House, admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace, and explore the world behind art at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sheki trip planner.

Traveling by car from Gabala to Sheki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Sheki are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Ganja.
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Ganja — 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Goygol and Heydar Aliyev Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ganja: Turkish Baths (in Naftalan) and Shamkir (Sharg Ulduzu Wines & The Museum of History and Ethnography). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Nizami Ganjavi Mausoleum, stroll around Khan's Garden, admire the landmark architecture of St. John's Church, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shah Abbas Mosque.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ganja trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sheki to Ganja takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in December, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Shamakhi.
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Shamakhi — 6 nights

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Juma Mosque and Lahij Central Street. Get out of town with these interesting Shamakhi side-trips: Basgal Village (in Sileyli), Alti Aghaj National Park (in Altiaghach) and Beshbarmag Mountain (in Siyazan). Next up on the itinerary: experience rural life at Alpaca Azerbaijan, see the interesting displays at Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory, delve into the distant past at Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum, and do a tasting at Meyseri Wines.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Shamakhi online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Ganja to Shamakhi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Ganja in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Shamakhi, with lows of -2°C. On the 19th (Mon), you're off to Lankaran.
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Lankaran — 6 nights

Lush Landscapes and Intriguing Culture

Known for its awesome nature and unmissable cuisine, Lankaran can also inspire with its varied scenes of culture and traditions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hirkan National Park and Yanarbulag Spring. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lankaran: Lerik (Museum of Longevity & Ozobijon Waterfall). Spend the 22nd (Thu) exploring nature at Gizil-Agach State Reserve. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Khanbulanchay Reservoir, enjoy the sea views from Mayak (Lighthouse), get engrossed in the history at Khan's House, and admire the striking features of Zindan Tower.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Lankaran journey planning website.

Traveling by car from Shamakhi to Lankaran takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for Gobustan on the 25th (Sun).
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Gobustan — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mud Volcanoes and Diri Baba Mausoleum. There's more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Gobustan State Reserve.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Gobustan travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lankaran to Gobustan in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 3°C. You will leave for Gusar on the 30th (Fri).
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Gusar — 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nariman Narimanov Park and Laza Waterfalls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gusar: Khinalig Village (in Khinalig), Guba (Afurja Waterfall & Tengya Alty Gorge) and Chirag Gala Fortress (in Siyazan). The adventure continues: explore the galleries of Guba Genocide Memorial Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Shahdag Mountain Resort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Six-Domed Synagogue, and tee off at The National Azerbaijan Golf Club.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Gusar trip planner.

Drive from Gobustan to Gusar in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Gusar when traveling from Gobustan in December, with lows around -2°C. You will leave for Baku on the 5th (Thu).
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Baku — 11 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Wine Tours & Tastings and Heydar Mosque. Change things up with a short trip to Shuvelan Park Shopping Mall in Shuvelan (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Azerbaijan Literature, get a taste of the local shopping with Nizami Street/Torgovaya, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and tee off at Dreamland Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Baku trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Gusar to Baku takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Gusar in January, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 2°C in Baku. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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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