Azerbaijan

The 'land of fire', Azerbaijan was once home to the ancient Zoroastrian religion.

Azerbaijan

The 'land of fire', Azerbaijan was once home to the ancient Zoroastrian religion.

Intro

The recently-developed Flame Towers of Baku are a testament to Azerbaijan's Zoroastrian past; these impressive modern structures tower over the medieval streets of Baku's Old Town, symbolic of the striking contrast between old and new that makes Azerbaijan so special. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and home to the iconic stone-carved Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the curious Maiden Tower, which features on Azeri bank notes. Visit the ancient Ateshgah fire temple and its eternally burning "holy fire". Head down the shores of the Caspian Sea to Gobustan National Park, home to over 6,000 ancient rock carvings which date back some 40,000 years and depict a wealth of scenes from prehistoric times.

Why travel with us ?

Azerbaijan sits firmly on the Asia side of the Europe/Asia border, unlike its close neighbours Georgia and Armenia. Azerbaijan offers ancient history with a distinctly modern feel in places, and its Islamic heritage is in marked contrast to that of its Christian neighbours. Sharing a religion with Iran (shi'ism) and a language with Turkey (Azeri is a dialect of Turkish), Azerbaijan combines myriad influences with its own distinctive personality. 

We have designed some small group tours to help you navigate these subtleties - either on our Best of the Caucasus tour - including Georgia and Armenia - or on an in-depth private tour to get under the skin of Azerbaijan. Take a cooking class, learn local crafts, or visit one of Azerbaijan's hundreds of mud volcanoes. You can also combine a trip to Azerbaijan with visits to any of its major neighbours in the Caucasus and beyond, including Iran, Turkey and the "Stans" of Central Asia.

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Quick Facts

Capital: Baku
Population: Around 9.7 million
Languages: Azerbaijani

Cruise

Take a cruise along the coastline of the Caspian Sea on a cruise liner (Apr-Oct).

Nature

Discover a range of ecosystems in Azerbaijan. Visit the Yanar Dag at night to witness a natural gas fire that has never been extinguished, burning continuously on the Absheron Peninsula. Nearly a third of the world's mud volcanoes are found in Azerbaijan. The unique sight of several active exploding mud piles littering the arid landscape of Gobustan is an unforgettable one. 

Trekking

Discover remote, ethnically distinct villages in the mountains. 

Culture & Craft Classes

Take a cooking class and learn to make traditional Azeri dishes, enjoy caviar, and sample local wines and champagne. Craft classes available including making carpets and kelagayi (silk headscarves). 

Off-Road Tours

4x4 off-road tours through Azerbaijan’s diverse landscapes. Take a tour of Baku in a unique retro car. 

More

Azerbaijan's landscape is diverse and full of incredible natural phenomena. Visit the Yanar Dag at night to witness a natural gas fire that has never been extinguished, burning continuously on the Absheron Peninsula. Nearly a third of the world's mud volcanoes are found in Azerbaijan. The unique sight of several active exploding mud piles littering the arid landscape of Gobustan is an unforgettable one. To learn more about the rich Azeri culture and heritage, visit the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre in Baku, an impressive example of Azerbaijan's progressive contemporary architecture. 

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