Imagine an enigmatic country squeezed in between the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, scattered with small fishing towns and remote mountain villages far from the tourist trail. This country boasts a brash cosmopolitan metropolis flaunting the latest in futuristic architecture sitting alongside ancient mosques, walled cities, and old-world Russian opulence, and it’s next on our list of halal-friendly getaways.
During our 7 night Azerbaijan Tour, which is fully escorted by a member of Serendipity Tailormade, Muslim travellers will get to enjoy 7 nights accommodation in both Baku and Shaki, daily breakfast, full coverage for an Azerbaijan Visa, and exciting adventures including a Baka City Tour, a tour of Shamakhi City, Oghuz Region, Gabala Tour and the historic Ateskah.
A perfect week away for Muslim couples, families, and groups of friends looking to explore a country that is perfectly hidden, yet has plenty of experiences to offer, we’re sure your 7 nights with us will be an enjoyable and memorable one.
For more information regarding the full details and itinerary, please feel free to get in touch.
Depart London Heathrow at 2.05 pm for our journey to Baku via Istanbul.
Arrival into Baku at 1.15 am and transfer to the 4* Park Inn by Radisson (or similar) and overnight.
At breakfast at 9.30 am we will depart on a full-day tour of Baku city. We will travel by our private coach to visit Upland Park, the best location to enjoy the panoramic views of the Azerbaijani capital. Once there, stroll through the park and take in the peaceful atmosphere, with an expansive bird’s-eye view of the city and the Caspian coastline. Nearby towers dominate the park’s surroundings, making for a memorable photo op.
Later in the day, we will visit the Flame Towers, Shirvasnakhs Palace, the Old City, Maiden Tower and a pass by the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center.
Shirvasnakhs Palace: Shirvanshah Palace was built in Baku in the 15th century for the rulers of Shirvan in connection with transferring the nation’s capital from Shemakha to Baku. The complex includes the two-story building of the palace, the tomb, the mosque, the divanhane, the mausoleum of Sayyid Yahya Bakuvi, the bath, the eastern portal and the gate of Murad (16th cent.). The main building of the complex is the palace, which was started in 1411 by Shirvanshah Sheikh Ibrahim I. After his death the construction was continued by his son – Shirvanshah Khalilullah I. The laconic design, sunny tone of smooth surfaces of the walls, terrazzo lattice – shebeke of the upper windows and window slits of the lower floors of the building give it a unique expressiveness. The two-story building of the palace consists of about fifty different rooms of various sizes and shapes connected by three narrow spiral staircases. Of the 25 rooms on the second floor, only 16 have survived.
After breakfast depart Baku for our journey to Shaki via Shamakhi. The journey to Shaki takes about 4 hours and is 300km.
The ancient town dates back almost two and a half thousand years and became the Shirvan Empire’s capital between the 9th and 16th century. Historical attractions include the 900-year-old Gulistan Fortress, various medieval archaeological sites and mausoleums of former rulers. Shamakhi, the birthplace of many Azeri poets, produce traditional carpets today. Shamakhi is also famous with it’s Astrophysical Observatory. The observatory located on the south-eastern foothills of the Great Caucasus Mountain ridge.
Sheki – one the oldest settlements in the Caucasus and oozes with history and beauty in the form of gorges, waterfalls, and rivers. Caravansarai, once housing Silk Road traders and the Palace of the Sheki Khans are the town’s most important historical attractions. Overnight at the Sheki Park Hotel.
This morning after breakfast we will visit one of the most outstanding and valuable monuments from the 18th century in Azerbaijan – the Sheki Khans’ Palace.
It was built in 1752-1762 as the summer residence of Hussein-khan Mushtad, grandson of the great Gadzhi Chelebi. The uniquely beautiful two-storied palace features a magnificent interior and exterior. The facade of the palace is richly painted with drawings displaying scenes of hunting and war, as well as intricate geometrical and plant patterns. In the centre is a huge stained-glass window made from multi-coloured glass mosaics (up to 5,000 glass pieces were used in each square window). Other smaller windows in the palace are also made of pieces of coloured glass and covered with openwork stone lattices.
In the afternoon we will visit Ogul or the Xal-Xal village, a small region with emerald forests, green slopes, ice springs. Overnight in Shaki.
Gabala is famous for its beautiful landscape areas, mountains, winter and summer resorts, lakes and waterfalls. It was the first capital of ancient Albania, the state existing many years before the establishment of Azerbaijan. Throughout the years, the city changed its look, while preserving its natural beauty and some historical attractions, such as “Govur-Qala” in Chukhur-Gabala region. During the trip you’ll explore this ancient region, get impressed by its natural reliefs and picturesque landscape. The highlights include Yeddi Gozel waterfall, the Nohur lake, Chukhur Gabala and the Tufandag Winter-Summer Resort.
Today after breakfast we will journey back to Baku.
After breakfast, we will depart on a tour to the Absheron Peninsula, with it’s historical and natural surroundings.
You will discover Yanardag Mount often called as “eternal flame mountain” and get acquainted with famous fire temple of Ateshgah. You will also visit Gala Archeological-Ethnographical Museum complex in Gala village and Mardakan Castles. There are two castles in Mardakan and both have played an important role in Azerbaijan’ history dating the 13th and 14th centuries. They are known as Mardakan Towers and they have different tower shapes, one is round and the other one is rectangular.
A stop for Jummah will be in the day tour before heading back to Baku and overnight.
After breakfast, we will leave the hotel for our transfer to Baku airport and our return journey to London Heathrow via Istanbul