As a self-driver in Azerbaijan in a fast 4×4 SUV along the old caravan routes through the Caucasus – with the support of Kaukasus-Reisen!
Azerbaijan – discover an unforgettable travel country on a self-drive
Tea, carpets, camels, oil, deserts and rushing mountain streams, hot dances, fiery wines and the endearing charm of the people of the “Land of Fire” – all this is Azerbaijan and much more. On the well-developed road network with relatively little traffic, you drive along the old routes of the Silk Road and experience a dazzling country, as good as unknown in Central Europe. You will receive a Hyundai IX35, Kia Sportage or Nissan Qashgai SUV rental car with insurance and stay in beautiful 3, 4 and 5* hotels.
Travel time 12 days.
The travel price is EUR 1650.00 per person for two people, but is variable depending on your specific travel package.
We are also happy to adapt the travel program individually to the duration of your holiday.
To/from Baku, we can send you a suitable flight offer on request.
This self-drive tour begins and ends in the capital, Baku. After a first day in Baku, your journey begins at the Stone Age rock carvings in the semi-desert Gobustan and then heads north into the Greater Caucasus to Quba, Khinaliq and Shahdag. Then you continue northwest along the foothills of the Greater Caucasus to the ancient caravan town of Sheki. From there you will travel to Ganja and Goygol Lake and then to a winery. At the end of the trip you can relax in a resort on the Caspian Sea.
Highlights of this trip
- Baku, the metropolis on the Caspian Sea
- Gobustan and the Drawings of the Stone Age
- Khinaliq, the highest village in Azerbaijan
- Sheki on the historic Silk Road
- Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan
- In a resort on the Caspian Sea
At 10.00 a.m. you will meet your friendly Azerbaijani guide to explore the metropolis on the Caspian Sea. Panoramic view of the city from Martyrs’ Avenue and explore the old town. Visit to the Palace of Shirvanshah and
Walk along the promenade on the Caspian Sea. You can also discuss any remaining questions about your trip with your guide in the coming days. Free time in the afternoon.
At 7:00 p.m. you meet again for a big welcome dinner in a nice restaurant.
9.00 a.m. Collection of the rental car at the hotel
Your first destination will be Gobustan 60km south of Baku. You can also test the rental car on this route and get used to it. You should start straight away so you’ll be there by 10:00 am. Here you will visit the state historical open-air museum of prehistoric rock carvings. In 2007 the sites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The drawings from the Stone Age represent e.g. people, animals and hunting scenes and can be viewed in up to 20 caves.
In the afternoon we drive north via the Baku bypass to the edge of the Greater Caucasus to the town of Quba.
Distance: 270 km / travel time: 3.5 hours
Today you drive to the small mountain village of Khinaliq, at 2350 meters the highest village in the country. Enjoy the beautiful mountain panorama and plan a picnic along the way (you can buy fresh produce in Quba).
Distance: 100 km / travel time: 3 hours
Drive to mountain resort Shahdag. Here you can take the chairlift up the mountain or plan many other activities (cycling, horseback riding, etc.) or if you wish, you can go a little further to the village of Laza.
Distance: 50 km (to Laza) / travel time: 1 hour
Drive back along the Caspian Sea to Shamakhi. Optional: photo stops en route at Beshbarmag and Shurabad.
Continue to Shamakhi, where stands one of the country’s most important mosques, the Juma Mosque, built by the Arabs in the 8th century.
Distance: 290 km / travel time: 4 hours
Drive west along the Greater Caucasus mountain range. You should definitely take a trip to the picturesque ancient village of Lahic and see the traditional crafts of the coppersmiths there. There are also spices, skins and many other locally produced products.
Continue to Sheki – probably one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus and known for the impressive 18th century khan’s palace and the caravanserais, which indicate an important trading center on the Silk Road of the time.
Distance: 230 km / travel time: 4.5 hours
You discover Sheki on your own. Optional we can organize you a local guide. In the afternoon you can drive on your own to the nearby village of Kish. An early Christian Albanian church was extensively restored here by the Norwegian state under the leadership of Thor Heyerdaal. The Kingdom of the Albanians existed here between the 1st and 8th centuries until the Arab invasion. The skeletons in the tombs are unusually large. A 35-year-old woman was 2.20 meters tall. Men were significantly larger. Thor Heyerdaal’s research led to his theory that Norwegians migrated to Scandinavia from the land of Aser. Distance: 25 km / travel time: 0.5 hours
In the morning you can visit the bazaar in Sheki. Then you drive to the industrial city of Mingachevir. Mingachevir Reservoir is the country’s largest reservoir and one of the largest in the Caucasus. In the center of the city on the Kura River, it is worth having a lunchtime snack. Continue to Ganja. Stroll through the second largest city in the country with the Khan’s Park, closed to the public for centuries or try the wonderful cuisine and wines that are made around Ganja. Distance: 150 km / travel time: 2 hours
Walk along the beautiful city center of Ganja. Optional we can provide you a local guide.
In the afternoon we recommend you to visit the outskirts of Ganja. From 1819 to 1941, a large number of German emigrants lived as colonists under the protection of the Russian Tsar on the slopes of the Caucasus and very successfully cultivated wine. Khanlar is the former German village of Helenendorf which has been sympathetically restored. In the former evangelical church there is now a small museum about the life of the Germans in the Caucasus. Tour in the village. Short drive to the “Blue Lake” Goy Göl in the afternoon, here you can walk and enjoy the beautiful nature. Distance: 90 km (to Göy Gol Lake et cetera) / travel time: 2 hours
In the morning you head back to Baku. You stay in a pretty beach hotel on the Caspian Sea. Car drop off at your hotel.
In the evening you can go for a walk on the beach, swim and review your trip. Distance: 270 km / travel time: 3.5 hours
- travel planning
- travel organization
- Rental car booking and insurance
- airport transfers
- hotel bookings
- Booking additional services such as guides
- assistance and support
Not included services
- flight tickets
- Local guides eg in Sheki and Ganja
You are welcome to book your flight through our partner Aeronautics in Frankfurt/Main. After an email request, you will receive your flight offer shortly.
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