Land of fire

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Travelling to Azerbaijan can be confusing. This is a country that is both European and Asian. Cosmopolitan capital Baku is full of designer shops and 21st-century architecture, but travel a couple of hours away and you can be in rural villages in the desert.

What Azerbaijan is blessed with — beyond the oil of the Caspian Sea — is natural beauty. There are snow-capped mountains and arid deserts, bubbling volcanoes and fire-brimmed hillsides. Yes, the contrasts can be jarring, but that’s all part of the appeal of this fast-changing country.

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  • Baku


    Azerbaijan’s capital might be changing fast due to the oil-boom, but its heart still lies in the UNESCO-listed Old City, full of tree-lined boulevards and fascinating mansions...Read more
  • Lahij


    The ancient village of Lahij in the Upper Caucasus was once an important trade and craft centre, with artisans creating copper adorned ornaments and knives, weaved cloth and leatherware before mass-produced factory goods saw the town decline...Read more
  • Sheki


    Once a trading stop on the fabled Silk Road, the town of Sheki is now the perfect place to sample Azerbaijan’s historic architecture (look for Sheki Khan’s Palace), craft workshops and try piti, a national dish of lamb stew cooked in a clay pot...Read more
  • Mount Yanar Dag

    Mount Yanar Dag

    Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire and nowhere is that more apt than at Mount Yanar Dag in Mehemmedi village, where an eternal flame burns from the hillside’s underground gas reserves...Read more

Classic Caucasus

Explore the best of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia
Approx. 17 days
Baku (1 days) → Mount Yanar Dag (1) → Sheki (1) → Kakheti region (2) → Tbilisi (2) → Rabati Fortress (1) → Kutaisi (2) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Tatev Monastery (1) → Yerevan (4)
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Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan Hiking Tour

Hike ancient forests, mountain lakes and waterfalls
Approx. 18 days
Yerevan (1 days) → Southern Armenia (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Lake Sevan (1) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Lastiver (1) → Khevsureti region (2) → Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (2) → Kakheti region (1) → Sheki (1) → Lahij (2) → Baku (4)
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Highlights of the Caucasus

Wine, wilderness and welcoming cities
Approx. 13 days
Baku (3 days) → Sheki (1) → Tbilisi (3) → Kakheti region (1) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Yerevan (4)
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Caucasus Discovery

Travel beyond the ordinary in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia
Approx. 21 days
Baku (3 days) → Mount Yanar Dag (1) → Lahij (1) → Sheki (1) → Kakheti region (3) → Tbilisi (2) → Kutaisi (2) → Dilijan National Park (1) → Selim Pass (1) → Tatev Monastery (1) → Yerevan (5)
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Where to go in Azerbaijan

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