autonomous republic of nakhchivan

squeezed between armenia, iran and eastern turkey lies an ENIGMATIC country nobody has ever heard about 

Nakhchivan City – Ordubad – Batabat


ITINERARY

DAY 1 - Nakhchivan City and Garabaghlar

  • Our tour guide will meet you in the arrival hall of Nakhchivan International Airport (exact meeting time will be communicated well in advance per email in accordance to your flight schedule).
  • Introductory briefing about the region, the route and the set of rules to observe while travelling in Nakhchivan
  • Nakhchivan City sightseeing: Old Town, Noah's Tomb, Momina Khatun, Central Mosque, Khan's Palace, Heydar Aliyev Museum and plenty of Soviet-era buildings.
  • Traditional Nakhchivani lunch
  • Afternoon transfer to Garabaghlar, a traditional village located in the Sharur district, where we'll visit ancient Islamic mausoleums, towering minarets and the crumbling remnants of medieval watchtowers scattered around the barren landscape of Northern Nakhchivan
  • On our way back to Nakhchivan City city we'll visit a truly unique Soviet sanatorium in Duzdag, a surreal asthma treatment center built inside a salt mountain. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Nakhchivan City

DAY 2 - Daridag, Julfa, Ordubad and Gulustan

  • In the morning we'll visit the ancient city of Julfa, right next to the border with Iran, and the nearby thermal springs of Daridag.
  • We'll then move towards the pretty traditional town of Ordubad, where we'll enjoy a short walking tour around a 1001-night maze of narrow alleys, mud walls and historic maisons. 
  • After lunch we'll head back Nakhchivan City driving along a scenic road surrounded by high red mountains and martian landscapes.
  • Besides the routine pauses for food and pictures, we'll break the 1-to-2-hour long journey to pay a visit to the mausoleum of Gulustan, a fine example of Islamic funerary art, and to the fortress of Alinja, an imposing defensive construction dating back to the XII century.
  • Dinner and overnight in Nakhchivan City

DAY 3 - Batabat and al-Khaf Caves

  • Today we will drive to Batabat a magnificent tarn lake located at an elevation of 2,500 meters above sea level amid an uninhabited plateau of beautiful forests, mountains and floating islands.
  • We'll head back back to Nakhchivan City for lunch and then visit the Kahf Cave Complex, mentioned both in the Quran and in the ancient Greek sagas. 
  • In the afternoon you can either join us for a visit to the Carpets Museum in Nakhchivan City or enjoy some free time for coffee pleasures and souvenir shopping. 
  • Dinner and overnight in Nakhchivan City

DAY 4 - Flight back home or transfer to further destinations  

  • After enjoying a last lavish Nakhchivani breakfast together we'll take care of your transfer to either Nakhchivan International Airport or Nakhchivan City Bus Station for your trip back home and/or your connection to yet another exciting destination in the region such as Iran, Turkey or mainland Azerbaijan
  • End of the tour. 

PRICE

4 to 9 participants: 580 € 


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

The price does not include: international flights, meals, drinks and tips, visas if required, entrance to attractions not listed in the itinerary, insurance.

Please note: our short trips are generally offered as extension to our tours. Upon request we can take care of transport and connections between the two segments of a trip combination and guarantee you a smooth transfer from one tour to the next. Please see below for a list of possible combinations for this trip. Flexibility is our motto and an exception to the rule is always possible. This means that this short trip may be also offered as a standalone tour if the demand is high enough. Please see our F.A.Q. or contact us for further details.


WHERE THE HECK AM I TRAVELLING TO?  

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POSSIBLE TOUR COMBINATIONS FOR THIS ITINERARY INCLUDE

Soviet Azerbaijan and/or Iraqi Kurdistan