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3-Day Trip From Baku to Gabala and Sheki

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Tour from Baku to Gabala and Sheki

Discover the hidden gems of Azerbaijan on a three-day private group road trip starting from Baku. Immerse yourself in the warmth of local hospitality through a homestay, delight in traditional Azerbaijani cuisine, uncover the historical essence of Sheki, and experience the breathtaking landscapes of Gabala.

What to expect on the trip from Baku to Gabala and Sheki 

Embark on a wheelchair-accessible tour that travels through Shamakhi, Ismayilli, Gabala, and Sheki, offering an unparalleled experience of local Azerbaijani hospitality. 

Step away from conventional hotel stays and services and immerse yourself in a journey where you disconnect to reconnect. 

Embrace the simplicity of village life, indulge yourself in cooking and savoring authentic local dishes, and let a knowledgeable guide illuminate the rich history of each destination. 

Gabala’s serene landscapes will envelop you in a natural paradise.

A day in Sheki transports you back to the original tapestry of Azerbaijan’s history, with a visit to the Sheki Khans Palace casting you into the 18th century. 

Touching the ancient stones of Kervansaray, you’ll visualize the bustling life of marketplaces from ages past. 

An overnight stay with local families introduces you to their conversations and culinary traditions, making for a memorable segment of your journey. 

The unique experience of a BBQ party, where you’ll cook and dine with the locals, adds a flavorful twist to your adventure. 

Opt for this tour to discover your life’s most authentic and serene moments and uncover a tranquil inner peace.

Highlights of Baku to Gabala and Sheki trip

This exclusive Baku to Gabala and Sheki tour will cover the following must-visit highlights:

Gabala’s scenic landscapes 

Gabala, located in the heart of Azerbaijan, is a picturesque town famed for its beautiful natural landscapes. Surrounded by the lush greenery of the Caucasus Mountains, it offers a tranquil retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. The region is dotted with crystal-clear lakes, dense forests, and flowing rivers, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere. Gabala’s beauty is further enhanced by its seasonal changes, with vibrant autumn colors, snowy winter scenes, blossoming spring flowers, and the lush greenery of summer, making it a year-round destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Sheki Khans Palace

Sheki Khan’s Palace, located in Sheki, is a magnificent example of Islamic architecture and Azerbaijani culture. Built in the 18th century, this historical masterpiece is renowned for its intricate designs, colorful mosaics, and incredible stained glass work known as “shebeke” without using nails or glue. The palace was the summer residence of the Sheki Khans and is set against a backdrop of lush greenery, adding to its enchanting beauty. Its exquisite craftsmanship and unique architectural features make it a prominent cultural and historical landmark, attracting visitors from around the world.

Kervansaray

The Kervansaray in Sheki is an architectural marvel dating back to the 18th century. Originally serving as a caravanserai, it was a crucial stopover for merchants traveling along the Silk Road, offering them a safe haven to rest and replenish. This historical building is characterized by its massive stone walls and intricate brickwork, creating a fortress-like appearance. Its interior courtyard, surrounded by elaborate rooms and archways, showcases the blend of Azerbaijani and Islamic architectural styles, making it a fascinating glimpse into the past and a cultural heritage site.

Shamakhi

The historic city of Shamakhi is famous for its rich culture and past. Known as the ancient capital of the Shirvan Empire, it has been a significant center for science, literature, and astronomy since the Middle Ages. The city is famous for its stunning Shamakhi Astrophysical Observatory and the magnificent Juma Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the Caucasus. Surrounded by scenic landscapes, including lush vineyards and the majestic Caucasus Mountains, Shamakhi offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue.

Ismayilli

Ismayilli exhibits an amazing combination of natural beauty and cultural richness. This region is known for its diverse ecosystems, ranging from dense forests to scenic mountain ranges, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. Ismayilli’s cultural heritage is equally vibrant, with its traditional villages like Lahij and Ivanovka, where ancient crafts and traditions thrive. The area is also celebrated for its wineries, producing some of the finest wines. Ismayilli’s serene beauty and cultural depth make it a must-visit destination.

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Baku to Gabala and Sheki tour ticket inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off service provided.
  • Overnight accommodation in a welcoming local home.
  • Enjoy a BBQ dinner with local residents.
  • Relish a breakfast at the local host’s house.

Things to carry on your trip to Gabala and Sheki

  • Valid identification documents
  • Travel insurance details
  • Local currency (Azerbaijani manat) and credit cards
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for varying weather
  • Hiking boots for outdoor activities
  • Personal medications and first-aid kit
  • Camera and chargers
  • Snacks and water bottle
  • Sunscreen and hat

Know before you go on the Baku to Sheki and Gabala tour 

  • Unsuitable for individuals aged 95 and above.
  • Oversized luggage is not permitted.
  • The tour includes two overnight stays.
  • Expect involvement in various activities, including shopping, teamwork, and preparing meals.
  • Enjoy the company of guides and locals as friends for two days.
  • Tour specifics may adjust according to weather conditions.

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