Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is still unknown and as such unloved. Undeservedly so. The 'City of the Wind' features a phenomenal architecture and rich history and is embarking on a fast-paced urban development with a twist of 'futuristic West' and its vibes. Baku has been referred to as "the new Dubai by the Caspian Sea", in other words, the perfect spot to enjoy the contrast between East and West. While the centuries-old, walled city-center is UNESCO World Heritage, just round the corner modern glass skycraper will sweep you off your feet. The pervading atmosphere is one of joy and optimism. Exclusive boutiques shoot up like mushrooms and romantic souls dash hand in hand over the Primorski Boulevard. Baku may have a rich history, yet its future looks at least as bright.
Curious to learn more? Travel with us through the day programme and discover the treasures of this dazzling destination on the Caspian Sea. Its historic heart, the enveloping natural setting which depicts the origins of the name Azerbaijan and its gastronomy are all contained in these four days of urban and nature exploration. After this city break, the name Baku will never sound the same. A truly amazing destination.
Day 1 - Baku
Your guide welcomes you to town at Baku International Airport or at the station and accompanies you during your transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Tonight he will pick you up for an exploration of the beautifully lit monuments and squares. In the old city centre the Maiden Tower is the symbol of love. Then you explore the night scene of Little Venice and its bright entertainment area. On your way back to the hotel you stroll along Baku Boulevard which offers views of the Caspian Sea.
Day 2 - Baku
After a hearty breakfast, it's time to explore the suburbs of Baku. Your first stop is Yanar Dağ (or fire mountain), where you can witness the spontaneous flames which are ignited by the gas which rises up naturally out of the hill side. This hot spot on Absheron Peninsula has been a beacon of fire for centuries. An exceptional natural phenomenon!
About 40 km outside the city lies Gala Village, an open-air museum which focusses on the history of the Absheron Peninsula. Here you will find out how the Azeri lived in the past centuries. The Holy Lighthouse of Baku, Ateshgah, is also worth a visit. You round off your discovery with a moment of silence near the memorial monument on Martyrs'Lane and its stunning view over the city. Up to you to decide if the night is still young…
Day 3 - Baku
Today, you scan the city at your own pace. Tonight, a gala dinner has been scheduled in a nice restaurant in order for you to acquaint yourself with the local gastronomy. But for now your motto is: go explore!
Need a few ideas? The 3 glass skyscrapers known as the Flame Towers are true eye-catchers. Want to sniff up culture? A visit to the Yarat Contemporary Art Centre and the Historical Museum may be right up your alley. Do you want to experience the city vibes down to your fingertips? Why not start at Fountain Square and wander through the city while you munch at a local Gutab, a wrap with spinach and green herbs. Before you know, the sun will set on another stunning city discovery.
Day 4 - Baku
- For Belgian citizens* (babies and children as well) a valid passport plus visa is required. Since january 10, 2017 all Eu-citizens (including belgian citizens) can apply via an app in order to obtain a visum for short visits (max. 30 days, single entry). The direct link to this application is: https://evisa.gov.az/en/. Please note any application must be done in time ( min. 5 working days before departure) and a print-out version of the e-visa must be presented to the local authorities at arrival in Azerbeidzjan tohether with the valid passport. De e-visum online shall be paid by credit card and costs 23USD (October 2017). For recent travel advice please refer to the updated webpage of diplomatie.be.
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No compulsory vaccinations. Please consult the websites of the Institute for Tropical Medicine ( www.itg.be.) and the World Health Organization at least 6 weeks before your departure for updated information on recommended vaccinations or recent developments.
Beware of street dogs. They are often carriers of rabies. The tap water in Azerbaijan is not potable. Always use bottled water.
Timezone:GMT +2 (Summer) & +3 (Winter)
Azerbaijan manat (AZN) : 1 EUR = 1,99 AZN & 100 AZN = 50,13 EUR (25/11/2017)
- In hotels, restaurants and shops credit cards are accepted. For small expenses the local currency is your best bet. Bring euro's and dollars.
Azerbaijan distinguishes itself by its climate diversity. With over 2200 hours of sunshine and less than 50 days of precipitation, you can speak of a dry and sunny destination. Along the Caspian Sea, the climate is Mediterranean. Baku has a warm steppe climate (dry with little rain) with warm to hot summers and medium mild winters. Moderate to severe frost may appear when cold fronts descend from Siberia unto the region. With an average precipitation of 210 millimeters a year, Baku ranks as ‘a dry city’. The months of October, November and December are the wettest, if average rainfall between 25 and 31 millimetres per m² could label the phenomenon as wet. In the warm or hot summer months precipitation is rare. It is not uncommon to see only one day with as little as 2 millimeters of rain in July.
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- 3 nights accommodation incl. breakfast
- 1 traditional dinner
- The listed transfers and entrance fees to visits
- The services of a professional English speaking guide
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