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Azerbaijan

   Azerbaijan, lying in the southeastern corner of the South Caucasus, is located at a unique point in the world, marking the seam where Asia, the Middle East and Europe all meet. At present Azerbaijan covers 86,600 sq. km. of land. From north to south the country stretches 400 kilometers; while from east to west Azerbaijan stretches 500 km. The country is marked by mountain peaks covered by eternal snows and glaciers, valleys of great heat, plateaus and plains and subtropical landscapes.
   The average altitude of the territory in the republic is 657 meters, even while the lowlands of Azerbaijan lay below sea level at -26 m. The highest mountain of the republic, Bazarduzu, stands at 4,466m. Because of the layout of the country, the territory of Azerbaijan ranges from subtropical to arctic in a country the size of the US state of Maine.
   In this republic by the sea, May-September is the beach season as most people make their way down to the warm waters of the Caspian Sea. Long, heavy snowfalls are not characteristic of local winters. And thanks to the great weather, the republic has a great variety of flora and fauna. Numerous reserves, the largest of which are in Zakatali and Gizilagach, have been created.
   While Azerbaijan has a great variety of wild spaces, it is an urbanized country. The majority of the population lives in cities which have a multinational character. The republic has long had populations of Russians, Jews, Tatar and Lezghin living happily and peacefully within its borders.
   The republic, possesses an ancient history and, therefore, has many historical monuments on its territory. Here architecture and arts and crafts have been developed since ancient times.
   A secular state, Azerbaijan still respects the spirituality and morals of all people, even while it is traditionally a country of Islam. As such, there are many orthodox churches, Jewish synagogue and Catholic churches.

   For the convenience of our clients, Baku Bureau of Travels and Tours can offer advice to make the planning of trips into the regions easier and ensure that the trip is rewarding and according to taste.

    I. THE NORTH

    Guba (168km from Baku) – This picturesque region, with its dense vegetation, is known for its extensive apple orchards. Tourists visiting the region favor visiting the falls of Afrudja, Kunhart and Pirbanovsha and the resorts of Gashresh, Nugedi and Tenge Alti. The Guba region also boasts ancient stone pools filled with warm water bubbling from sulfur springs. The mountain valleys only a half hour drive from the center of Guba boast white eagles cited in the Red Book. Culturally and historically, the region can speak of the unique 9th century fire-worshippers temple in the high mountain village of Hynalik, whose inhabitants speak a language spoken nowhere else in the world. Other places of interest include an ancient mausoleum in the village Agbil, the Djuma Mosque and the Sakina Hanum Mosque as well as ancient baths.

    Reservations can be made at

   "Губа" - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "Джаннат Багы" - 50 AZN 1 комната с завтраком
    - 80 AZN 2 комнаты с завтраком
    - 140 AZN 3 комнаты с завтраком
   "Назлы Булаг" - 50 AZN на 2 человека с завтраком
   "Аhu Klub" - 45 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Hachmaz (157 km from Baku) – The temperate climate in Hachmaz creates perfect conditions for a balmy summer day. The town, situated in the forest closely growing to the coast of the Caspian Sea, is the perfect place to escape the irritations of city life in Baku. The town has many mineral springs, including one of the best-known in Azerbaijan, Isti-su. The Hachmaz region is rich in monuments history, culture and architecture. The region boasts the ancient fortress city of Hudat, the mosque and madrasah of shaik Abbas, the mosque of sheikh Jusif (15th century), ancient settlements and bronze age graves and the famous Iron Gate of the Derbent Fortress.
   The largest resort in the region is Nabran, with its numerous beaches, picturesque coasts and developed tourist infrastructure, this is the place to go. Numerous resort zones of various levels, cafes, restaurants and discos are all available at this popular summer destination.

    Reservations can be made at
"Кардинал" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Турист" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Чырагала" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Хан Чинар" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Палермо" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Гагайы" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Радуга" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Алинджа" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Фламинго" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Элай" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Аквапарк" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питаниеМ "Орман" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Булаг" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Гоша Чинар" 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Пальма" - 45 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Green Villa" 50 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
"Ober Lux" - 50 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием "Салам" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

    Devechi (122 km from Baku) – The area, known for its medicinal spring at Galaalti, located in foothills of the Greater Caucasus, also hosts hunting and fishing, historical monuments (ruins of the ancient Chirag Gala fortress, Shabran and other monuments to ancient architecture) and exclusive panoramas of valleys, mountains and forests.

    В районе расположены санаторий «Гала-алты» - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Gusar (180 km from Baku) – This region is the northeastern-most in Azerbaijan, adjoining the CIS autonomous region of Dagestan. The picturesque mountain district is covered with deciduous forests and boasts numerous springs, waterfalls and ponds. The region is dominated by Mt. Bazarduzu, standing at 4,466m. around which a big national park has been created. While the summer is mild, the winter is all frosty air and steady snow cover. You can walk on the beech wood of Alistan baba and study of samples of national applied arts, among which are carpet weaving, woodcarving and embroidery.
   Of the historical monuments of the area, the ruins of an 8th century fortification near to village of Anig and the mausoleum of sheikh Dzhunejda of the 15th century, should not be missed. In the village of Hazra, a museum has been set up to the great Russian poet Lermontov who visited the place 170 years ago. Those interested in exotic dishes can revel at small local restaurants.

    Arrangements can be made with

  "Гайа Булаг" - 35 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Khizi (104 km from Baku) – This mountainous area located near Baku has a soft, dry climate. With its coast washed by the Caspian Sea, is covered in forest. One of the natural sights of area, Beshbarmak, is so named because of the five finger-like pinnacles projecting from the top of the crag. The region is one of the most beautiful natural places in Azerbaijan with such destinations as Altiagach national park with its rich flora and fauna. Historical monuments are also present, such as the walls the Beshbarmak fortress built in the 8th century, the ruins of an antique city and the ruins of the Khizi fortress, built in the 5th century, among others.

    Accommodation arrangements.    “Дженнет Багы” в Алты-Агадже - 55 AZN на 2 чел/день с завтраком;
                              - 160 AZN на 4 чел/день 3 комнатный люкс с завтраком;
                              - 240 AZN на 6 чел/день с завтраком;
   “Дженнет Багы” в Губе - 50 AZN 1 комната с завтраком
                              - 80 AZN 2 комнаты с завтраком
                              - 140 AZN 3 комнаты с завтраком
    "Губа" - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
    "Назлы Булаг" - 50 AZN 1 комната с завтраком
    "Аhu Klub" - 45 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

    II. THE NORTHWEST

    Shemakha (135 km from Baku) – Shemakha is surrounded by amazing meadows and woods, snow-capped mountains perfect for skiing and mountaineering. The mountains also hold the Pirkuli reserve and an observatory. Shemakha is an ancient city, with a history spanning three millennia. Tourists can visit the ruins of the Gulistan and Kala-Burut fortresses, a tomb of the Shirvan Shahs, medieval mausoleums, the Djuma-mosque and a caravanserai with an ancient underground bath from the 15th century. Shemakha is famous for its sweet wines, abundance of fruit trees and medicinal herbs.

    "Magic Lfe" - 35 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

    Ismayli (185 km from Baku) – The Ismayli region sports three climatic zones in a small area. Here it is possible to see both snow-covered mountains and hot plains. In the Ismayli reserve various flora and fauna are preserved. The ruins of the Gasimhan, Djavanshir and Girhoshag fortresses can all be see, as well as the legendary Fitdag tower, a tower of the Khans, the Maiden’s Tower (9th-12th century) and Hanachli. In the villages of Lahidj and Basgal, historical and cultural reserves have been created. In these villages, men still practice metal working in traditional ways passed down by their fathers.

   Arrangements can be made with

    "Гыз Галасы" - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
    "Гайа" - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

    Gabala (225 km from Baku) – Forest-covered mountains, crystal springs, boundless Alpine meadows, chestnut groves more than 500 years old are all present in the Gabala district.
   The Gabala area has long specialized in servicing visitors, offering picnics and short and long rests, and excursions on the ancient edge. Hundreds of ancient monuments, among which are the ruins of an ancient city, mausoleums and sacred feasts, mosques and towers, temples and ancient defensive works from the 9th century.

    Stays are possible at


   "Дуйма" - 45 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   пансионат "Ченлибель" - 25 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "7 Гёзяль" - 45 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "Семирана" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием ( при 4-хместном размещении)
   "Огуз" - 25 AZN на человека сзавтраком
             - 43 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Sheki-Gah-Zagatali (300-370 km from Baku) – This region which stretches along the western side of the Greater Caucasus is covered in forests of filbert, hornbeam, chestnut, walnut and oak. Many rare species can be found in their natural settings as well as the unique Eldar pine in the Zakatali and Ilisu and Turianchay reserves. The age of some of the plane trees in these parks exceed 500 years. In the Dede Gorgud Park in Zagatali, the age of one of the eight plane trees exceeds 700 years. North of Sheki, in the Gelersen-Gerersen district, virgin forests stretch into the distance making for some of the cleanest air in the Caucasus.
   In Sheki, a town more than 2,600 years old, tourists will find numerous historical monuments. Ancient settlements and fortresses, towers and mosques constructed by great architects, the Palace of the Sheki Khans, a great 18th century caravanserai with huge domes and the tomb the Hadji Murat of Tolstoy fame. In the village of Kish the 2nd century Albanian Elisey church still stands. Sheki is known for its jewelers, metal and wooden souvenirs, silks and carpets. The uniqueness Sheki’s cuisine and sweets are known far outside Azerbaijan.

    Accommodations are available at

    Гах
   Пансионат "Илису" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "Улудаг" - 30 AZN на человека с завтраком
   "Эден Парк" - 35 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "Йашыл Парк" - 55 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Шеки
   "Мархал" - 35 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
   "Нарын Гала" - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
                        - 30 AZN на человека с завтраком

    Загатала
    "Гёйджа" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием
    "Ляззят" - 35 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

    III. THE SOUTH

   Masalli (232 km from Baku) – Between the warm waters of the Caspian Sea and the Talish Mountains lies the land of Masalli. Here, a wonderful climate, small forest-hidden lakes and waterfalls and the hot springs of Istisu can all be found. Mosques from the 16th-19th century are situated in the region as is the mausoleum of Seid Sadig and Erkivan’s Tower. From generation to generation the secrets of traditional handicrafts are transferred. In various villages it is possible to find hand-made carpets, woven mats and wooden implements.

    Arrangements are possible at


   "Шяфа" Истису - 40 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием (лечение)
   "Виляш" - 30 AZN на человека с трехразовым питанием

   Lenkoran-Astara (268-313 km from Baku) – The subtropical climate nice rivers and hot springs make for perfect conditions for growing vegetables in this region all-year-round. The region is also famous for its fruit trees and tea plantations.
   The low Talish Mountains are covered in ancient trees, while the Girkan National Park and the Gizilagach reserve offer sites of many rare animals such as deer, roe, lynces, wolves and even tigers (it is said). Beaches (sandy and pebbly) are especially good in Astara, where the water is crystal-clear. From an architectural standpoint, the region is known for the Ballabur Fortress, a palace of a local khan, a mosque and a minaret from the 19th century in the city of Lankaran, the ruins of a fortress, a caravanserai from the 17th century, and a 12th century mausoleum in Astara. The local cuisine is especially famous for its fish, game and unusual seasonings.

   Places to stay can be organized at

   “Lenkoran Otel Gala ” - 26 AZN dowble room with breakfast;
   “Khazar” pension “Khan Bulan ” - 25 AZN per person daily with three meals a day.

   Recommended trips to the South:
   Baku-Masalli-Baku: 3 days
   Baku-Lankaran-Baku (with excursions to Astara): 3 days

    IV. THE WEST

   Ganjabasar (from 300 km from Baku) – Ganjabasar encompasses the cities of Gandja, Mingechavir, Gazah and Agstafa. Being the most ancient cultural center in the east of Azerbaijan, this region is full of historical, architectural and religious monuments. Among them are the Djuma Mosque from the 19th century, the mausoleums of Sheikhs Ibragim and Nizami, the Imamzadekh complex from the 16th century and the Darus Palace of the local sultan. City baths, a medieval fortress in Gandja, the unique Sinik korpu (12th century) in Gazah, bronze age barrows, ancient towers and fortresses in Khanlar and the beautiful castle in Samkir can all be found.
   This region has a temperate climate. In mountainous meadows and in the forests roe and wild boar can be found as well as the chamois and other kinds of animals. Leaving Gandja for just 25km, the pearl of Azeri nature, Lake Gejgel, can be found, surrounded by the Gejgel reserve, created just 40 years ago.
   Among other natural sights of this region is the Gold Rock, the caves of Mount Avejdag and the magnificent Tugai forest. In this region carpet weaving, knitting, embroidery, silk manufacture and porcelain are all renounced. Gourmands can try the unique cuisine of the region at numerous small restaurants.

    Arrangements can be made at the Adjikend, the Kyapyaz, Gandja and the Lux hotels in Gandja, the Samani, Orhan, Sabuhi and the Kyur hotels in Mingechavir and the Gasansu and Agstafa hotels in Agstafa.

   Recommended trips to the West:
   The Winter trips:
   Baku-Gandja (with excursions in Gaseh, Agstafa, Tauzi, stay in a zone of rest Adjikend in current of 2 days) - 4 days
   The Years trips:
   Baku-Mingechavir (with rest at coast of a Mingechavir water basin) - 3 days
   Baku Gandja (with trips on lake the Gay-gel, Maral Gel, Hanlar, honey apiaries and wine cellars of German colonists in Shamkir) – 3 days

    NAKHCHIVAN

   The Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic is a mountainous region which has an average height of over 1,000m above sea level with an ancient history rich in nature and with a unique cultural heritage. Its capital, Nakhchivan, is the most ancient cultural center in this region. Here, numerous museums, hotels, restaurants and a modern Olympic complex can all be found.
   Cities in this region all have diverse historical monuments, cozy streets and unique hospitality. The flora and rich fauna of the forest are outstanding.
   Numerous monuments of history and architecture can be found, such as the Yusuf Kuseyr and Momina Hatun Mausoleums, the mausoleum of Nasimi, the Alindja Fortress, the ruins of the city of Gilan and ancient bridges over still more ancient rivers. Since ancient times, local handicrafts have been improved upon here over the millennium, such as carpet weaving, embroidery, woodcarving and the manufacture of silk.

   Accommodation can be arranged at the Grand Hotel Nakhchivan, Ukraine, Gartal, Azer, Gandjlik, Khayal in Nakhchivan, Araz in Djulfa, Mugan and "Sharur in Sharur and the Shakhbuz Hotel in Shakhbuz.

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