Enclosed by the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains, luxury Azerbaijan holidays take you to the intersection of Europe and Asia. City breaks in Baku allow you to appreciate the Old City which boasts a breathtaking combination of medieval architecture, while outlandish and futuristic structures emerging from a blend of Soviet and grandiose European styles are scattered throughout the cosmopolitan city. Head to the mountainous west to the winemaking town of Shemakha and the Silk Road trade hub of Sheki.
At OROKO, we love Azerbaijan’s lavish cities and varied history. It is a place that is extremely rewarding, but also a destination where specialist knowledge is vital. That is why all of our luxury Azerbaijan holidays include luxury partner accommodation, expert English-speaking private guides and private drivers. Each one of our holidays are bespoke and tailored to you, so think of this as just a sneak-peak of just how brilliant an OROKO luxury holiday to Azerbaijan can be.
POCKET GUIDE TO AZERBAIJAN
As Azerbaijan’s capital and second largest city, Baku’s turbulent past, from its beginnings as a Silk Road port city, through its oil boom and Soviet period, is characterised through its varied architecture. At its centre lies the UNESCO-listed walled old city, a maze of cobbled alleyways, mosques, and historic buildings such as the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower. Not just an historic site, Baku also hosts dynamic arts and cultural events, perfectly suited to city break experiences.
One of Azerbaijan’s oldest cities, Sheki is renowned for its exquisite architecture, silk-farming and traditional crafts. Located in the northwest of the country, it was one of the bastions of the Azerbaijani segment of the ancient Silk Roads. Top attractions not to be missed during your luxury holiday to Azerbaijan include the Summer and Winter Palaces of Sheki Khan which are situated within the Sheki Fortress (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Sheki Museum of Folk and Applied Arts and the Juma Mosque.
At OROKO, we love multi-destination holidays and one of our favourite ways to experience Azerbaijan is to combine it with Armenia and Georgia. Commencing the trip in Azerbaijan, spend four days exploring Baku and Sheki with private guides. Crossing the border into Georgia, discover the marvels of Tbilisi and the extraordinary sites along the Georgian Military Highway. Enroute to Armenia, you will visit one of the world’s largest alpine lakes, Lake Sevan, before arriving in the capital, Yerevan.
OROKO Top Tip
During your luxury Azerbaijan holidays, we highly recommended you embark on a city break in Baku and privately guided tours in Sheki. Discover the historic wonders of Baku, wandering the medieval walls of the Old City, exploring the splendid Shirvanshah Palace complex and majestic Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre. In Sheki, visit the market and the Khan’s summer and winter palaces. Then explore the remnants of the original town at Kish Village, including the caravanserai where Silk Road merchants would stop for rest.