59 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

59 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

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59 days in Azerbaijan Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Baku
— 14 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Qusar
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Shamakhi
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Qabala
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sheki
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Nakhchivan
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
7
Shusha
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Ganja
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Lahore

14
nights
Baku

Baku ©
The capital of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus' largest city, Baku brings the old and the new, the East and the West colliding together in a particularly diverse and changing city.
Baku Old City and Nizami str. /Tarqovi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center and Workshop Ali Shamsi. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baku: Masazirgol (in Masazir) and Pirsagi Beach (in Pirsagi). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Yanar Dag, see the interesting displays at Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape, step into the grandiose world of Palace of the Shirvanshahs, and explore the ancient world of Ateshgah - Fire Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Baku trip itinerary maker .

Lahore, Pakistan to Baku is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Time to Azerbaijan Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Lahore in January, expect Baku to be a bit cooler, temps between 8°C and 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Qusar.

Things to do in Baku

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Masazirgol, Pirsagi Beach, Afrudja Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Heydar Aliyev Center ©
Heydar Aliyev Center
Baku Old City ©
Baku Old City
Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape ©

6
nights
Qusar

Qusar ©
The gateway to the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, the small town of Qusar provides a home for the proud Lezgins, a local ethnic group with a distinctive culture and rich heritage.
Take a break from the city and head to Shahdag Mountain Resort and Afurdzhi Falls. State Historical, Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve Khinalig and The Guba Genocide Memorial Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Chirag Gala Fortress (in Siyazan) and Laza Waterfalls (in Laza). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Tengya Alty Gorge and stroll around Nariman Narimanov Park.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Qusar online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Baku to Qusar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Baku in January, expect slightly colder with lows of -3°C in Qusar. You'll set off for Shamakhi on the 21st (Tue).

Things to do in Qusar

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Quba, Chirag Gala Fortress, State Historical, Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve Khinalig, Laza Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Shahdag Mountain Resort ©
Shahdag Mountain Resort
Chirag Gala Fortress ©
Chirag Gala Fortress

6
nights
Shamakhi

Shamakhi ©
For centuries one of northern Azerbaijan's most prominent trading and cultural centers, Shamakhi provided the setting for many important events throughout its 2,000 years of history.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Juma Mosque and Diri baba turbesi. Step out of the city life by going to Multi-colored Mountains of Khyzy and Besh Barmag Mountain. Venture out of the city with trips to Haji Badal Mosque (in Ismailly) and Candy Cane Mountain (in Siyazan). It doesn't end there: examine the collection at Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory and make a trip to Yeddi Gumbaz Mausoleum.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Shamakhi trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Qusar to Shamakhi takes 3.5 hours. January in Shamakhi sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of -3°C at night. You will leave for Qabala on the 27th (Mon).

Things to do in Shamakhi

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Diri baba turbesi, Besh Barmag Mountain, Haji Badal Mosque, Multi-colored Mountains of Khyzy
Highlights from your plan
Juma Mosque ©
Juma Mosque
Diri baba turbesi ©
Diri baba turbesi
Shamakhy Astrophysical Observatory ©

7
nights
Qabala

Qabala ©
Archaeological evidence unearthed in the area proves Qabala served as a major center as early as the 4th century BCE.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Qabala Archaeological Center and Gabala City New Mosque. Take a break from the city and head to Tufandag Winter Summer Tourism Holiday Complex and Yeddi Gozel Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Culture House Ivanovka in Ismailly (about 58 minutes away). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Gabaland, get your game on at Gabala Shooting Club, and walk around World War II Memorial Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Qabala trip planner .

Getting from Shamakhi to Qabala by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Qabala, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -3°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Sheki.

Things to do in Qabala

Parks Theme Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Culture House Ivanovka
Highlights from your plan
Yeddi Gozel Waterfall ©
Yeddi Gozel Waterfall
Qabala Archaeological Center
Qabala Archaeological Center
Gabala City New Mosque ©
Gabala City New Mosque

7
nights
Sheki

Sheki ©
A vacation in Sheki, a small town situated in the foothills of the Greater Caucasus, provides tourists with endless hiking opportunities and views of dramatic snowcapped peaks.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sheki Khan's Palace and Church of Kish. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kurmuk Church and The Zakatala Fortress. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sheki: Zaqatala (Dada Gorgud Square & Central Mosque), Mingachevir Mosque (in Mingachevir) and Ilisu Waterfall (in Ilisu). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sheki Fortress and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Folk and Applied Arts.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sheki road trip planning website .

Getting from Qabala to Sheki by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Sheki are 10°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Nakhchivan.

Things to do in Sheki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Zaqatala, Ilisu Waterfall, Mingachevir Mosque, Kurmuk Church
Highlights from your plan
Sheki Khan's Palace ©
Sheki Khan's Palace
Church of Kish ©
Church of Kish
Central Mosque ©
Central Mosque

6
nights
Nakhchivan

Nakhchivan ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Alinja Castle and Juma Mosque. Popular historic sites such as Momine Khatun Mausoleum and The Khan's Palace are in your itinerary. Take a break from Nakhchivan with a short trip to Shahbuz State Reserve in Shahbuz, about 1h 15 min away.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nakhchivan visit planner.

Getting from Sheki to Nakhchivan by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Sheki in February, Nakhchivan is a bit cooler at night with lows of -4°C. You'll set off for Shusha on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Nakhchivan

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Shahbuz State Reserve, Juma Mosque
Highlights from your plan
Momine Khatun Mausoleum ©
Momine Khatun Mausoleum
The Khan's Palace ©
The Khan's Palace
Shahbuz State Reserve ©
Shahbuz State Reserve

6
nights
Shusha

Shusha ©
Shusha, or Shushi, is a city in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh in the South Caucasus. Escape the urban bustle at Hunot Canyon and Waterfall Zontiki. Get some cultural insight at Dadivank Monastery and Gtichavank Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Shusha: Azokh Cave (in Azokh), Nikol Duman Memorial Museum (in Tsaghkashat) and Aghdara (Gandzasar Monastery & Tigranakert of Artsakh). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Tak Dzhur, witness the site of a historic battle at Askeran Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Hambardzum Church, and hunt for treasures at Stepanakert Shuka.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shusha travel planner.

Getting from Nakhchivan to Shusha by car takes about 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ganja.

Things to do in Shusha

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Khankendi, Aghdara, Saint Hambardzum Church, Nikol Duman Memorial Museum, Dadivank Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Gandzasar Monastery ©
Gandzasar Monastery
Dadivank Monastery ©
Dadivank Monastery
Gtichavank Monastery ©
Gtichavank Monastery

6
nights
Ganja

Ganja ©
Imamzadeh Mausoleum and Baghbanlar Mosque are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Lake Goygol and Lake Maralgol will get you outdoors.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ganja trip maker tool .

You can drive from Shusha to Ganja in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In February, daytime highs in Ganja are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 28th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Ganja

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Imamzadeh Mausoleum ©
Imamzadeh Mausoleum
Lake Goygol ©
Lake Goygol
Lake Maralgol ©
Lake Maralgol

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