Baku and the land of fire

oil drills, 1001-nights palaces, mud VOLCANOES, holy flames and the caspian riviera

Baku – Qobustan – Absheron – Sumqayit  – Nardaran – Xinaliq – Sheki – Ganja


Tour dates

Regular monthly departures: this tour is offered regularly once a month. Let us know your desired departure month by clicking on the ask-us button below and we will match your preferences with the relevant scheduled group departure. If you are unsure about the month you wish to travel in, then simply tell us a period or a season of the year and we will provide you a range of scheduled group departures: just pick up yours! 

Our scheduled group departures don't suit your plans? If you are travelling with friends and there are 5 or more of you, you can set your own dates and we will organise a tour just for you without charging any additional fee. If you are travelling solo or with less than 4 companions we will organise a slightly more expensive tailored tour according to your time schedule and specific geographical preferences.


ITINERARY

Beware: this is a tour with a strong focus on Soviet Heritage. If you are more into classic attractions (i.e. mosques, ruins, palaces, temples and museums) and/or natural wonders (gorges, lakes and gentle slopes alike), we can easily design a bespoke itinerary according to your own specific preferences. Get in touch for more details on our tailored routes in Azerbaijan

DAY 1 - Baku

  • In the morning you will meet your tour guide in the lobby of the designated hotel (exact hotel address and meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email; private airport pickup and shuttle service available for a small additional fee).
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Azerbaijan
  • Baku walking tour: Old Town, Maiden's Tower, Shah's Palace, Azerbaijani Parliament, Caspian Promenade, Soviet-era buildings.
  • Traditional Azerbaijani lunch
  • Boat ride in the Baku bay and chillout afternoon to enjoy the slow pace of Azerbaijani daily life. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Baku

DAY 2 - Absheron Peninsula

  • We'll devote the entire day touring the surreal badlands and the odd sights of the Absheron Peninsula: Yanar-Dag Burning Rocks, Atashgah Fire Temple, Artem Island, Soviet Resorts, Oil Drills, Fishing Villages and ancient Shia Mosques.
  • Seafood lunch in one of the many villages and hamlets dotting the peninsula.
  • Visit of Sumqayit with a glimpse of the post-apocalyptic areas surrounding the town. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Baku

DAY 3 - Qobustan and the Southern Riviera

  • Visit of the Qobustan area: active mud volcanoes, perfectly preserved petroglyphs and stunning views over the coast.
  • Quick lunch in a typical Azerbaijani roadside restaurant. 
  • Drive along the Southern Riviera: long sandy beaches, industrial archeology, Soviet relicts, fishing villages and lots surreal places.
  • Dinner and overnight in Baku

DAY 4 - Quba, Krasnaya Sloboda and Xinaliq

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  • Dinner and overnight in Xinaliq

DAY 5 - Sheki and Zaqatala

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  • Dinner and overnight in Sheki

DAY 6 - Ganja and Mingecevir

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  • Dinner and overnight in Baku

DAY 7 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last lavish Azerbaijani breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to the airport/train station of choice.  
  • For those flying out: we will arrange transfer to Heydar Aliyev International Airport for your flight back home.
  • For those wishing to take the train/bus to reach further destinations: we will arrange transport to the local train/bus station.
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 990 € 


The price includes: double/twin room accommodation (breakfast included; single supplement: 18 euros/night), private transport in the region (jeep or minivan), entrance fees to the attractions listed in the itinerary, guiding and translation service.

The price does not include: international flights, transport to and from the airport of arrival/departure (35 euros/ride), meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance fees to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

The route of this tour has been carefully designed after several research trips in the region. It is, however, always possible to slightly modify the itinerary according to the needs and the suggestions of the participants. Our motto is flexibility.

Please note: It’s advisable to arrive in Baku one day before the actual tour begins. You should notice, however, that you’ll have to take care of your accommodation for any day and night preceding the actual start date of the tour. Without any additional charge we will readily and gladly reserve a room for you at our hotel of choice and you’ll be able to pay for it by cash or credit card once you check-in. If your flight lands on the same day as the tour begins and you prefer to rest a bit before going out sightseeing, you will then meet your tour guide and the rest of the group at the designated hotel in the late afternoon. 

Airport pickup in Baku is available for just 35 euros per ride.


WHERE THE HECK AM I TRAVELLING TO?  

BELOW YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT TOUR STAGES MARKED ON A MAP OF THE REGION YOU ARE GOING TO EXPLORE WITH US

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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Dagestan Unveiled and/or Caspian Depression