Holidays to Azerbaijan give travellers the opportunity to feel like a true pioneer - here you can explore one of the least visited former Soviet republics. It offers a wide variety of travel experiences; the contrast between the cosmopolitan capital, Baku, and the rest of the country is startling and a combination of the two adds depth and perspective to any Azerbaijan holiday.
Baku is an oil-boom city where sleek cars glide past gleaming skyscrapers, mansions built by oil magnates, Soviet-era architecture and the beautifully preserved walled old city. Elsewhere the pace of life slows dramatically in a country dominated by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains where fortresses are hidden in dense forests.
The Nakhchivan Autonomous RepubIic is a landlocked exclave of Azerbaijan, bordering Armenia, Iran & Tur key. This 5,500km 2 area (roughly a quarter the size of Wales) is a crossroad of Europe & Asia with a rich history dating back to the Neolithic Age. In the past few hundred years alone, the country has seen rule by Iran, Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, before becoming an autonomous entity within the Republic of Azerbaijan upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. Our first Pioneering Nakhchivan Small Group Tour will run in April 2019. Get in touch today to secure your space or register your interest.
The contrast between the Caucasus’ largest cosmopolitan city, Baku and the rest of the country is startling; Baku is an oil-boom city where sleek cars glide past gleaming skyscrapers, mansions built by oil magnates, Soviet-era architecture and the beautifully preserved walled old city. Here, discover ancient buildings huddled over narrow alleyways bustling with activity and life. Glimmering landmarks such as the iconic Qiz Qalasi tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs brilliantly evoke Azerbaijan’s dynastic and unforgettable past.
The Silk Road
You don't have to go far from Baku to reach the stunning mountains, lush green valleys and arid semi-desert. The country was once an important stopover on the Silk Road and in ancient Shekhi you will find the mosaic-fronted Khan's summer palace and be able to stay in the converted caravanserai. Stop at Gobustan's belching mud geysers and appreciate the Stone Age cave art.
Spend an evening stargazing at the Pirguli Space Observatory or, more down to earth, join the locals in a teahouse to watch the spectacular Yanar Dag (Fire Mountain) where a wall of fire burns day and night.