Azerbaijan Extension

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Trip Extensions
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
XXC
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Ages:
16+

An exciting journey to one of the world's least visited destinations

Extend your stay in the Caucasus region with a short trip to the Land of Fire - Azerbaijan. After an overnight train journey from Tbilisi, we arrive in the capital Baku, famous for its blend of historic UNESCO buildings and modern skyscrapers. From here we visit the Ateshgah Fire Temple, Yanar Dag (burning mountain) and the ancient rock carvings in Gobustan National Park. There is also some free time to explore fascinating Baku on the shores of the Caspian Sea.

Azerbaijan provides a wonderful contrast to Armenia and Georgia, where we experience an entirely different culture. 

Highlights

  • Explore one of the world's least visited countries
  • UNESCO-listed Baku Old Town
  • The ancient rock drawings in Gobustan National Park
  • Visit Ateshgah Fire Temple 

Key information

  • 4 days and 3 nights
  • 2 nights hotel and 1 night sleeper train
  • 2 breakfasts included
  • Price from £429 per person
  • Single supplement from £60 for your own room. A sole traveller supplement from £280 will apply if you are the only passenger on the extension.
  • Countries visited: Azerbaijan

What's included

  • 2 breakfasts
  • All accommodation 
  • Transfers, including overnight sleeper train
  • Tour leader

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Tbilisi
to
Baku
  • Day 1

    (Day 14 of AXC itinerary) Overnight train to Baku

    Say goodbye to the group, before enjoying free time in Tbilisi. In the afternoon we transfer to the railway station for the overnight journey to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Travelling in four berth, second class cabins.
    Sleeper train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Arrival; sightseeing in Baku

    Morning arrival into Baku, Azerbaijan's fine capital on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This is a city of huge contrast, undergoing monumental change, as money from oil and natural gas pours into the economy.

    Here we have a guided sightseeing tour, highlights include the Carpet Museum and the UNESCO listed old town dating back as far as the 10th century. We also visit the Palace of Shirvan-Shahs, Maiden Tower and the ancient Lezgi Mosque. The evening is free to enjoy the city’s nightlife; we recommend a stroll along the beautifully restored Baku Boulevard running along the shoreline, where there are dozens of cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
    Central Baku Hotel or similar

  • Day 3

    Absheron Peninsula & Gobustan

    Full day excursion. Firstly we visit Gobustan, 30 miles southwest of Baku, famous for its 2000-year-old rock drawings, followed by a visit to the mud volcanoes. In times of heavy rain, the visit to the volcanoes is not always possible.

    In the afternoon we visit the Ateshgyakh Fire Worshippers Temple (18th century) located within Greater Baku in the village of Surakhany. Here people worshipped fire, seeking protection against adversity and oppression and begging it for happiness and well-being. These fires are believed to be where Azerbaijan got its name - meaning ‘Land of Fire'. We then transfer to Absheron Peninsula to observe the unique burning mountain of Yanar Dag. Here we learn about the history of oil in Azerbaijan and its use in ancient times, right up to the present.

    Again the evening is free to enjoy the delights of Baku, we recommend one of the rooftop bars with views across the Old Town to the Flame Towers shinning bright over the whole city.
    Central Baku Hotel or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    End Baku

    Transfer to the airport. There may be time to enjoying some additional sightseeing in Baku, depending on your flight time. However, most flights from this region to the UK depart very early.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Azerbaijan

All British citizens require a visa for Azerbaijan. The easiest way to do this is via an e-visa, which is significantly cheaper than through the embassy or visa agency. Information relating to the visa application process can be found here. Please contact our Operations Team to obtain one of these visas; details of who to contact will be on your sales confirmation.

To apply for the Azerbaijan e-visa through Exodus, we will require the following:

1. Scan of your passport photo page (this should be a scan, in colour, rather than a photo, and all details should be legible)
2. Your occupation
3. Home and/or work phone number
4. Mobile phone number
5. Full postal address

Approximately 2 months prior to departure, we will be in touch to collect any missing information. A payment of £40 per person is also required.

Vaccinations

Azerbaijan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Vaccination against Meningitis is also recommended.

Eating and Drinking

2 breakfasts included.

Unlike Georgia and Armenia, the cuisine of Azerbaijan is more heavily influenced by the nation’s Muslim neighbours in Turkey and Iran.

Azerbaijan is famous for vegetables and greens used seasonally in their dishes. Fresh herbs, including mint, coriander, dill, basil, parsley, tarragon, and watercress are very popular and often accompany main dishes. The Caspian Sea is home to many species of fish, including the sturgeon. Black caviar from the Caspian Sea is one of Azerbaijan’s best-known delicacies well sought after in other parts of the world, including former Soviet countries. Kebabs and shashlik, including lamb, beef, chicken, duck and fish (baliq) are very popular and often served with a tart pomegranate sauce called narsharab. Dried fruits and walnuts are used in many dishes.

Coffee is not always available, tea (always black) is very much the national drink.

Alcohol is available throughout Baku but can be quite pricey.

Weather

The climate of Azerbaijan can be described as continental, with warm summer and very cold, dry winters. The country can be divided into three different climate zones; north of the mountainous regions, south of them, and along the coast of the Caspian Sea.

Temperatures during the summer months range between 20°C and 30°C. Summers in Azerbaijan are often warm and sunny with dry periods, but sometimes heavy rain and severe thunderstorms can occur.

Is this trip for you?

The trip does not involve any long journeys, other than the overnight sleeper train. The roads we travel on are very good.

The itinerary does not cover a large area but gives a great introduction to Azerbaijan.

Visa required for Azerbaijan - please note that all UK citizens require a visa for Azerbaijan. The easiest way to do this is with Exodus at a cost of £40. See visa section on the trip notes for more information

PLEASE NOTE: No items purchased in Armenia can be taken into Azerbaijan, this includes food, wine and souvenirs. Your bags will be searched at the border and any products confiscated.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels & sleeper train

The sleeper train between Tbilisi and Baku leave at approximately 19:30, arriving in the Azeri capital at approximately 09:15.  The train now has modernised air-conditioned 4 berth sleeping-cars, all non-smoking. There is also a dining car. 

Our hotel in Baku is a 3 star property and centrally located, with large modern room. A simple breakfast can be enjoyed on the top floor of the hotel, overlooking the city and the Caspian Sea beyond. 

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Reviewed October 2018
    Tracy White

    This extension is very expensive considering its short duration

    The extension is really for less that 48 hours, but it's advertised for 3-4 days. Day 1 is entirely still in Georgia. The train ride certainly isn't an efficient way to travel between Tbilisi and Baku and involved a 2 hour stop at the border, an hour on each side, and that included stern passport/immigration people and a search of our luggage. We arrived in Baku at 9:30 am on Day 2. Baku and the surrounding areas are very nice, and we saw many things during Days 2 and 3. Our group included 10 people. Of the 10, 8 of us had flights shortly after 4am on Day 4, and that included the main group flight. Accordingly, it's not really a 4 day extension as we were in Baku for under 48 hours. The extension is very expensive and I'd advise other travelers to avoid it and to travel to Baku with another option.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Baku has a nice mixture of old and new architecture.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was helpful and provided us with much information.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Baku is safe and would be easy for independent travel. I'd suggest doing that as the extension to the Armenia/Georgia trip is grossly overpriced for such a short time period.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The destination itself is wonderful.

Dates & Prices