Between East and West
Perched on the very edge of Europe, Azerbaijan occupies an unusual position both geographically and culturally, intertwining elements of Russia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and Central Asia.
Our short Azerbaijan itinerary takes you on a journey through a land that has remained shrouded in mystery for centuries. We start in Baku, the oil-rich capital, which blends the ultra-modern with the staunchly traditional. We visit its historic quarter and explore its unique architecture. Outside of the city, there are strange geological phenomena. We visit the flaming mountains and bubbling mud volcanoes that have given Azerbaijan the name ‘land of fire’.
We explore unique communities and historic towns packed full of ancient mosques and mausoleums, where the past never seems too far away. Then we head into the mountains where villagers welcome us into their homes with traditional Azeri hospitality.
For the truly adventurous, the enclave of Nakhchivan is a short flight away, nestled against the borders with Iran and Turkey. Few people ever make it this far and you can expect to be almost the only western travellers here.
Azerbaijan deserves more recognition than it currently receives and once you’ve travelled here, we’re sure you’ll agree.