Azerbaijan Extension

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Trip code: 
XXC
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16

An exicting jounrey to one of the worlds least visited destination 

Extend your stay in the Caucus region with a short trip to the Land of Fire - Azerbaijan. After an overnight train journey from Tbilisi, we arrive in the capital Baku, famous for its blend of historic UNESCO buildings and modern skyscrapers. From here we visit the Ateshgyakh Fire worshippers’ Temple, Yanar Dag (burning mountain) and the ancient rock carvings at Gobustan. With free time to explore beautiful Baku on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
Azerbaijan is a wonderful contrast to Armenia and Georgia, where we experience another entirely different culture.

Highlights

  • Explore one of the world's least visited countires
  • UNESCO Baku Old Town
  • The ancient rock drawing at Gobustan
  • Visit Ateshgyakh Fire Worshippers' Temple

Key information

  • 3 nights 4 days
  • 2 nights hotel and one night sleeper train
  • All breakfasts included
  • Price from £629 per person
  • Single supplement from £80

What's included

  • All breakfast
  • All accommodation 
  • Transfers, including overnight sleeper train. 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

Tbilisi
to
Baku
  • Day 1

    Overnight train to Baku

    Say goodbye to the group, before enjoying free time in Tbilisi. In the afternoon we transfer to the railway station for the overnight journey to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Travelling in four berth, second class cabins.
    Sleeper train

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 2

    Arrival; sightseeing in Baku

    Morning arrival into Baku, Azerbaijan's fine capital on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This is a city of huge contrast, undergoing monumental change, as money from oil and natural gas pours into the economy.

    Here we have a guided sightseeing tour, highlights include the Carpet Museum and the UNESCO listed old town dating back as far as the 10th century. We also visit the Palace of Shirvan-Shahs, Maiden Tower and the ancient Lezgi Mosque. The evening is free to enjoy the city’s nightlife; we recommend a stroll along the beautifully restored Baku Boulevard running along the shoreline, where there are dozens of cafes and restaurants to enjoy.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Absheron Peninsula & Gobustan

    Full day excursion. Firstly we visit Gobustan, 30 miles southwest of Baku, famous for its 2000 year old rock drawings, followed by a visit to the mud volcanoes. In times of heavy rain the visit to the volcanoes is not always possible.

    In the afternoon we visit the Ateshgyakh Fire Worshippers Temple (18th century) located within Greater Baku in the village of Surakhany. Here people worshiped fire, seeking protection against adversity and oppression and begging it for happiness and well-being. These fires are believed to be where Azerbaijan got its name - meaning ‘Land of Fire'. We then transfer to Absheron Peninsular, to observe the unique burning mountain of Yanar Dag. Here we learn about the history of oil in Azerbaijan and its use in ancient times, right up to the present.

    Again the evening is free to enjoy the delights of Baku, we recommend one of the rooftop bars with views across the Old Town to the Flame Towers shinning bright over the whole city.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Departure

    Transfer to the airport. There may be time to enjoying some additional sightseeing in Baku, depending on your flight time. However most flights from this region to the UK depart very early.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Azerbaijan

All British citizens require a visa for Azerbaijan. The easiest way to do this is via an e-visa, which is significantly cheaper than through the embassy or visa agency. Please contact our Operations Team to obtain one of these visas, details of who to contact will be on your sales confirmation.

We will require the following to process your application:

1. A good quality colour copy of the photo page of your passport.
2. One good quality scanned passport size photo
3. Completed visa application form - please request the form from our Customer Operations Team
4. Copy of your air ticket, if not booked through Exodus

A payment of £30 per person, at the time of booking the visa, is also required.

Vaccinations

Azerbaijan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements for this trip.

Recommended vaccinations for this trip are: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

Vaccination against Meningitis is also recommended.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included.

Unlike Georgia and Armenia, the cuisine of Azerbaijan is more heavily influenced by the nation’s Muslim neighbours in Turkey and Iran.

Azerbaijan is famous for vegetables and greens used seasonally in their dishes. Fresh herbs, including mint, coriander, dill, basil, parsley, tarragon, and watercress are very popular and often accompany main dishes. The Caspian Sea is home to man species of fish, including the sturgeon. Black caviar from the Caspian Sea is one of Azerbaijan’s best known delicacies well sought after in other parts of the world, including former Soviet countries. Kebabs and shashlik, including lamb, beef, chicken, duck and fish (baliq) are very popular and often served with a tart pomegranate sauce called narsharab. Dried fruits and walnuts are used in many dishes.

Coffee is not always availabler, tea (always black) is very much the national drink.

Alcohol is available throughout Baku, but can be quite pricey.

Weather

The climate of Azerbaijan can be described as continental, with warm summer and very cold, dry winters. The country can be divided in three different climate zones; north of the mountainous regions, south of them, and along the coast of the Caspian sea.

Temperatures during the summer months range between 20°C and 30°C. Summers in Azerbaijan are often warm and sunny with dry periods, but sometimes heavy rain and severe thunderstorms can occur.

Is this trip for you?

The trip does not involve any long journeys, other than the overnight sleeper train. Roads we do travel on are very good.

The itinerary does not cover a large area, but gives a great introductions to Azerbaijan.

Visa required for Azerbaijan - please note that all UK citizens require a visa for Azerbaijan. The easiest way to do this is with Exodus at a cost of £30. See visa section on the trip notes for more information

PLEASE NOTE: No items purchased in Armenia can be taken into Azerbaijan, this includes - food, wine and souvenirs. Your bags will be searched at the border and any product confiscated.

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Accommodation

Hotels & sleeper train

3 nights comfortable 3-star hotels with en suite rooms in central Baku. 1 night sleeper train from Tbilisi.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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