Overview

The capital of Azerbaijan, this oil-rich city is truly a hidden European gem. It is dynamic, world-class, extremely rich in culture and very, very suave. Get ready for charming winters, historic architecture, vibrant nightlife, and Mud Volcanoes. This isn’t your conventional Euro trip. Planned on a long weekend, you just need to take few days off work and it’s cheap on the pocket too! Trust us, it can’t better than this. Traveling with us is completely hassle-free. Everything will be taken care of including visa, meals, hotels. Please leave a comment below if you wish to enquire about this trip and we will reach out to you. Visiting Baku is a very rewarding experience and we don’t take groups larger than 14 people, so don’t think twice!

Itinerary

  • Day 1 – 25.12.2022 - Arrival to Baku (D)

    Meet and Greet

    On arrival at Baku’s international airport, you’ll be met by our representative for your transfer to the hotel. After check in there’ll be free time. Proceed to Baku Evening Panoramic Tour Later you will visit Baku Crystal Hall – an indoor arena in Baku, Azerbaijan. Located on the coast of Baku near National Flag Square, construction of the arena began in August 2011 and finished in April 2012—in time for it to host its first major event, the 2012 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (photo-shoot from outside) Visit to "LITTLE VENICE" in Baku Boulevard which is a small town built in 1960. The town has two large and several small islands (photo-shoot from outside) Walking through BAKU BOULEVARD which stretches along a south-facing bay on the Caspian Sea. It traditionally starts at Freedom Square continuing west to the Old City and beyond Nizami Street known for shopping. The street's history could be traced back to Baku's town-planning project of 1864. The street runs through the city's downtown from west to east. It begins from Abdulla Shaig Street, in mountainous part of the city and ends at railroad bed on Sabit Orujov Street, near a monument to Shah Ismail Khatai in “Black City”. Total length of the street is 3,538 m. Fountains Square is a public square in downtown Baku, capital of Azerbaijan. The square was previously called Parapet and is often referenced to by the same name now. The name of the fountains square derives from the presence of dozens of fountains throughout the square first constructed during Soviet rule of Azerbaijan. Dinner Overnight in Baku Ramada by Wyndham

  • Day 2 – 26.12.2022 - Baku Old City Tour (B, D)

    Old City Tour

    Today, we begin our discovery of the city of Baku, enjoying a sightseeing tour of Baku’s most absorbing sights. We’ll visit to the city’s main monumental, historical and architectural attractions before climbing to the city’s highest point at Upland Park for an impressive panorama of the Azeri capital and its bay. From there we’ll descend to the old city, known locally as Icheri sheher. This was all there was of Baku until the mid-19th century when, as a result of the oil boom, a growth spurt caused the city to spill beyond its defensive walls. This tiny area measures just 22 square hectares and yet it contains so many significant sights, including the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the Maiden Tower and the Karavansaray, once the place of merchants’ rest. Today, just 1300 families call Icheri sheher, this city within a city, home. It’s a delightful place to take an evening stroll through the maze of streets to the gathering place of Fountains Square. There are also plenty of opportunities for shopping, should you wish. Observation tour to Baku TV Tower – built in 1996, is a free-standing concrete telecommunications tower in Baku, Azerbaijan. With a height of 310 metres (1017 ft), it is the tallest structure in Azerbaijan and the tallest reinforced concrete building in Caucasus. The tower has become one of the most prominent landmarks of Baku, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city. (photo-shoot from outside) Highland Park-Alley of Martyrs, The National Assembly- also transliterated as Milli Majlis, Flame towers- the tallest skyscraper in Baku Baku Funicular is a funicular system in Baku, Azerbaijan. It connects a square on Neftchilar Avenue and Martyrs' Lane. It is the first and remains the only funicular system in the country (ticket is included) Dinner Ramada by Wyndham

  • Day 3 – 27.12.2022 - Baku - Shamakhi – Gabala – Sheki (B, D)

    Meet the locals

    Azerbaijan has a long history, as demonstrated by places such as Shamakhi. It was once the capital of the Shirvan Empire and the base of the Shirvan Dynasty. These days Shamakhi is famous for its winemaking. Visiting this city you’ll have an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the Yeddi Gumbez mausoleum, whose imposing domes rise mysteriously above an almost silent valley. From here there are stunning views back to Shamakhi. Not far away, you’ll encounter the tombs of Diri Baba. Equally atmospheric, the structures are built into the rock giving the appearance of an eagle’s nest. As we approach, only the front is visible; the other sides are disguised by the cliffs from which they were hewn, giving the impression that the tomb is suspended off the ground. The monument has two storeys: while the lower floor was probably for servants, the upper, reached by stairs, would have been the salon. Whether it is a sacred site or a place of burial is up for interpretation. Then drive to Gabala Start explore Gabala. The country’s most beautiful district is known as a tourism paradise. If it hadn’t been for the Gabala radar station, which affects the local beauty and nature, the place would be ideal from both environmental and health standpoints…The distance to Baku is 225 km. Gabala is located in the Haftaran- Alazan valley and surrounded by the Greater Cauca­sus. It sits on the right bank of the Da­miraparan river 900 meters above sea level. Touching Lahij mountains on one side, Gabala is situated in the country’s north-west at the foot of the Shahdagh mountain. In Gabala at the area of 16 hectares is located the largest amusement park under the open sky in Azerbaijan – Gabaland. Visitors are provided with family, kids and extreme kinds of attractions, ice arena, carting, sports fields, XD theatre, convenient parking, great food in restaurants and cafes. Continuing towards Sheki, we stop at Kish. This village is the site of a centuries-old Albanian church which was incorporated into the Armenian Apostolic Church back in 1836. Near the church you’ll find an ancient cemetery where, visible through a glass cupola, you’ll see numerous human remains. These bodies are impressively tall, appearing to be 2.5 metres or more. The Albanians who once resided here were giants with white skin and golden hair, very unlike the inhabitants of the modern Caucasian nations. Dinner Hotel Macara Sheki 4*

  • Day 4 – 28.12.2022 - Sheki City Tour (B, D)

    Shoppppiiiinnnggggg !!

    An excursion to the oldest city in Azerbaijan is a real treat. In ancient times people sold silk here, making Sheki famous among merchants travelling the Great Silk Road. Present day Sheki is packed with sights including a good history museum. The jewel in Sheki’s crown, however, is Khan's Summer Palace with its wonderful façades built from brick, river stones and oak, decorated with floral motives. Inside, the palace impresses even more. Within its six rooms, there are beautiful frescoes painted by talented craftsman; some of them feature flowers, while others depict hunting or battle scenes. In addition, two beautiful mirrored balconies, ornate decoration using rare colored Venetian glass and exquisite paintings featuring colorful depictions of birds and animals ensure this place does not disappoint the tourist. The first floor of this palace offers clues to Khan’s wealth and power as the murals on the walls of animals and hunting are usually thought of as symbols of nobility. In ancient times the palace was surrounded by beautiful gardens, though nowadays only two large trees survive. After guests will enjoy master class for making sweets with a local family. Dinner at local restaurant with local folk Dance. Overnight in Sheki.

  • Day 5 – 29.12.2022 - Sheki - Ganja – Goygol (B, D)

    Village walk

    Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Ganja early in the morning. Ganja – the second city in Azerbaijan. Visit to the mosque of “Shah Abbas”, medieval caravanserai, museum of miniature, “Bottle house”, mausoleum of the Great Azerbaijani poetry Nizami Ganjavi. Visit to the local bazaar. Visit Hanlar and Gol Gol. The area has been cultivated for centuries and a picturesque 12th-century bridge still crosses the river at the precipitous western edge of the village. But the village itself was only founded (as Helenendorf) in 1819 by German winemakers. The village of Xanlar has an unusually agreeable atmosphere. Although no Germans remain, Germanic key-stone inscriptions appear above picturesque gateways, the old church now houses a small museum and several houses on the tree-lined streets are very photogenic. There was a settlement here as early as the Bronze Age. An extensive cemetery was excavated in the 1990s, with many bronze weapons (swords, daggers, axes), some jewellery (rings, bracelets, necklaces), and clay black dishes with the geometric designs, some of which are on display at the local museum. Xanlar has a small history museum (usually closed) and an attractive music school. The simple 1854 German church has been converted into a volleyball court, sit in the organ loft to watch the game. If he's sober enough, one of the delights of a visit is encountering octogenarian Viktor, Xanlar's last ethnic German inhabitant. His house is an unkept but delightful shrine of 1930s Europhilia. The German population was deported, 1935-1941, to Siberia on Joseph Stalin's orders. Traces of the German settlement can be seen in the school buildings and the parish church built in 1854. Hotel Koroglu, housed in Herr Forer's typical balconied wooden house, looks attractive but has no heating or hot water and has yet to repair bullet holes fired into the ceiling by some unruly guests back in 1993. The town was renamed to Khanlar in 1938 in honor of the Azerbaijani labor organizer Khanlar Safaraliyev. It was renamed in 2008 after a nearby lake, Goygol. Overnight in Ganja.

  • Day 6 – 30.12.2022 - Ganja – Baku (B, L, D)

    Back to Baku

    Today after breakfast check out and drive to Baku. Driving distance 350 km and 4 hours in road. Lunch on the way at local restaurant. On arrival at Baku, transfer to hotel for c/in. Dinner at Indian restaurant.

  • Day 7 – 31.12.2022 - Baku - Gobustan - Yanar Dag – Ateshgah – Baku (B)

    Fire Temple

    Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting to collect you for your included excursion to Gobustan National Park. Situated in East Azerbaijan, this archaeological reserve borders the southern slopes of the Major Caucasus ridge to the north, the Harami and Mishov Mountains to the south, Pirsaat River to the west and the Caspian Sea and Absheron peninsula to the east. Gobustan is a culturally significant landscape of myriad rock carvings. Over 6000 petroglyphs have been discovered here together; that’s not all – there are also many ancient caves and archaeological sites within the reserve. Incredibly, some have been dated to as early as the 18th century BC. Together, they offer a fascinating insight into the development of human activity in this area, with scenes of mountain goat hunts, ceremonial dances and even maritime imagery as this place used to be by the sea. On our way back to Baku, you’ll stop at Yanar Dag. This intriguing natural phenomenon is called the Burning Rock, so named because it is fueled by seepage of natural gas. Flames up to three meters high regularly shoot from the sandstone hillside. Many believe that Yanar Dag is the reason Azerbaijan acquired its nickname, the Land of Fire. Drive to FIRE WORSHIPPERS’ TEMPLE- The most famous fire temple is the well-preserved temple Ateshgah ("the Fire Place") in Surakhany, the temple was built over a pocket of natural gas that fueled a vent providing an 'eternal' fire. Having returned to Baku, we will visit some of the sights associated with modern Baku: carpet museum, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre (from outside), Shopping Mall 28th May and Park Boulevard, a mall situated on the main promenade. Free time on own today to enjoy the New Year Eve.

  • Day 8 – 01.01.2023 - Baku (B)

    Goodbye

    After breakfast, Free time for Rest or shopping on own 12.00 C/out from the hotel. 14.00 you’ll transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation: 2x nights in Baku 2x nights in Sheki 1x nights in Ganja 2x nights in Baku
  • Airfare (Delhi to Delhi)
  • Dance folk show on dinner in Sheki
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners & 1 Lunch
  • All entrance fees except Maiden tower
  • 1 bottle of water (1lt) per person per day
  • Normal E-visa to Azerbaijan
  • Professional guide according to requested language
  • GST @ 5% & TCS @ 5*
  • All transfers according to program including airport transfers

Exclusions

  • Lunches
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.
  • Porter service
  • Tips (Rs 100 per day as per the International Standards)
  • Hard drinks
  • Charges in hotels for additional services

What To Pack & Carry

  • Original I'd Proof (Aadhar card / Voter I'd card / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • Prescribed Medicines
  • Your favorite snack to munch
  • Bring your own water bottle to reduce the plastic waste and do your bit to keep the environment clean

Trip Highlights

  • Baku | Gabala | Sheki
  • Hidden european gem
  • Little Venice on the boulevard
  • Baku’s old city is a sight to behold Extremely rich culture
  • Historic architecture
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • European colonies
  • Welcome 2023 with stranger friends

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event of cancellation of tour / travel services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reason/s we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows:

  • Booking amount & Tickets:
  • (Non Refundable)
  • 60 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour / service cost
  • 45 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour / service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: No Refund

DISCLAIMER

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.

SAFETY

Please be aware that during your participation in vacations operated by Jugni, certain risks and dangers may arise beyond our control, including but not limited to: the hazards of traveling in undeveloped areas; travel by boat, train, automobile, aircraft, or other means of transportation; forces of nature; political unrest; acts of lawlessness or terrorism; and accident or illness in remote regions without means of rapid evacuation or medical facilities. Jugni will not have liability regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. While Jugni will use its best efforts to ensure that adequate measures are taken, by agreeing to participate in a vacation and/or optional excursions you agree that you will hold Jugni harmless regarding any provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care rendered. Jugni is not responsible for such risks and dangers that may arise beyond our control. Payment of your deposit indicates you accept these risks and dangers and agree to hold Jugni harmless for the same.