Why travel in Azerbaijan?
Neon-pink salt lakes. Bubbling mud volcanoes. Crumbling shrines. Azerbaijan is crying out to intrepid travellers.
From the oil-rich streets of Baku to the rocky climbs of Qobustan, Azerbaijan represents the very best of the Caucasus. It’s also laden with relics of the Silk Road, from precious carpets to delicate kelagayi silk scarves to pedigree Karabakh horses.
But don’t take our word for it: go and explore it for yourself on one of our Azerbaijan tours.
Things to do in Azerbaijan
Baku. With its sail-shaped sky-scrapers, Baku is well and truly riding the winds of change. The capital’s sleek galleries, iconic flame towers and flowering waterfront mall is making Baku a popular haunt for architecture buffs. That being said, the city remains rooted in its archaic citadel.
Wine tasting at a local vineyard. To try and curb alcoholism in Soviet-era Azerbaijan, Gorbachev destroyed the nation’s vineyards. Now that the country’s viticulture is back, it would be criminal to not raise a glass.
Try on a kelagayi. That’s a traditional Azeri silk scarf. Colourful, hand-printed with Zoroastrian symbols and made from locally produced silk: there are no better gifts that Azerbaijan has given to the world.
Ride a Karabakh horse. Famous for its effortless speed, intelligence and endurance, the Karabakh is the national animal of Azerbaijan. They’re one of the oldest breeds in the world and the choice of the country’s chovkhan – Azeri polo – players. Even Queen Elizabeth owns a couple.
Embark on a Silk Road Adventure
The best way to see this country is on one of our specialist Azerbaijan tours. Antonia, one of our directors, was a producer on Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road series, and joined the crew when filming in the country.
Our expertise in delivering small and personal tours in Azerbaijan makes us a safe pair of hands. You can trust us to intimately introduce you to the country’s untold stories, passionate locals and hallowed customs – all without a headset in sight.
We’re always curious to discuss tailor-made Azerbaijan tours. Whether you want to include Baku as a stop-off on a Caucasus expedition or cover all the country’s stops, we’d love to talk to you.
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Discover the Silk Road on this fabulous exploration of Georgia and Azerbaijan. Follow in the footsteps of Joanna Lumley on this trip, designed by our own Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent, a producer of the Silk Road Series.