What to See in Azerbaijan for First Time Travelers?
Azerbaijan is famous for both historical attractions and natural scenery. For the first time travelers, one week will be enough to take Azerbaijan tours. You could visit Baku to see the old town area and the modern city. Then appreciate the 4,000-year-old petroglyph in Gobustan and the Fire Temple in Atashgah. Besides, for nature lovers, hiking and skiing in Gabala are also great choices. Finally you could spend one night at Sheki to see the beautiful Palace of Sheki Khan.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center
Khan's Palace, Seki
When is the Best Time to Take Azerbaijan Tours?
The climate varies in different areas. The plain and lowland are dominated by subtropical climate. The average temperature in July is 27°C (80°F) - 29°C (84°F) and 1°C (33°F) - 3°C (37°F) in January. In the mountain area, the average temperature in summer and winter is 12°C (53.6°F) and - 9°C (15.8°F).
Generally speaking, spring (April - June) and autumn (August - October) are the best time to travel in Azerbaijan. In these two seasons, the weather is more pleasant and the scenery is lovely. But it doesn't mean that there is nothing to do in summer and winter. Although summer in Azerbaijan is hot and humid, it is the best time to hike in the Mountain area. The cool air and verdant trees will surely refresh you. Winter is the skiing season. In this period, ski resorts are crowded with travelers from all over the world. No matter in which season you visit Azerbaijan, you could have a happy and unforgettable experience.
How to Get to and Travel Around Azerbaijan?
The Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku (the capital) is the main international airport. There are regular flights from London, Paris, Rome, Dubai and Moscow. You could fly to Baku first and start your journey there. Besides, travelers leaving from Georgia, Russia or Ukraine could also take trains. If you plan to have a multi-country tour and will enter Azerbaijan from its surrounding countries like Georgia, Turkey, Iran and Russia, there are buses available too.
The domestic flights are not very popular in Azerbaijan. The only available flights are from Baku to Naxçıvan and Gəncə. The buses connect major towns. You could also take trains to cities that cannot be reached by bus.
Bibi-Heybat Mosque, Gobustan
Are There Any Special Customs I should Observe?
Although most of the citizens are Muslims in Azerbaijan, there are no strict rules about clothes when taking Azerbaijan tour packages. You could see people wearing fashionable clothes everywhere in big cities like Baku. However, in some villages or towns, it is not common to wear tanks and shorts, so it will be more appropriate to put on clothes covering your elbows and pants beneath your knees.
Do I Need a Visa for My Azerbaijan Tour Packages?
All travelers need a visa to visit Azerbaijan. Citizens of the following countries could apply for the E-visa online, which is a single-entry visa allowing at most a 30-day stay.
Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican), Honduras, Hungary, Indonesia，Iceland, Ireland, India, Italy, Iran, Israel, (Islamic Republic of) Malta, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Nepal, Oman, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Paraguay, (Plurinational State of) Ecuador, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Romania, Seychelles, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, San Marino, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, UK, United States of America, Vietnam.
Citizens of the following countries could visit Azerbaijan visa-free up to 90 days:
Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.