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Baku travel packages
A city of many layers
Located below sea level on an arid peninsula, Azerbaijan's capital is an oasis of greenery along the Caspian Sea. The center's Soviet-era apartments have been replaced with flashy skyscrapers, monuments, and cultural venues, competing for attention. Within it all are the crenelated stone walls of the UNESCO-listed old city, with its bazaars, quiet alleyways, and mosques. Meanwhile, couples canoodle their way around wooded parks and hold hands on the promenade that follows the Caspian. Here, greens and opal blues make a mockery of the nearby desert. Although many of the spas that drew Soviet crowds have closed, the city’s new attractions draw new visitors from throughout Asia.

Baku's old town is a great place to wander around and perhaps get lost, but let yourself get drawn to the Zoroastrian Maiden Tower, and take in its views of the city's modern and ancient sides. Nearby is another national symbol, the Palace of the Shirvanshahs. Once the city's innermost fortifications, this palace is now known for its tombs, mosques, and elaborate carvings. Explore the country's cuisine by visiting the traditional Yashil Market with a guide, or take in the city's newfound glamor, exploring its landmarks at night, when the city truly shines. With day trips, you can head up or down the coast, visiting unique geological sites, such as jets of gas aflame for centuries, in the wild or in a Zoroastrian temple. Ride in (or even drive) a Soviet Lada to visit mud volcanoes and impressive views of the coast. Head south to see prehistoric petroglyphs, or north to take in isolated mountain villages, one of which has been entirely Jewish for centuries.

Azerbaijan may be Islamic, but you wouldn’t know it from Baku’s nightlife and bars. High-profile events, from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to sports events (Baku will host the next European soccer championship, in 2021) have improved Baku’s profile, and while it remains off the beaten path, it should be visited soon before it’s discovered by group tours.

What I love about Baku

Gio

Tbilisi City Host & Caucasus Destination Expert

Baku has many faces. You can dive deep into history in the Old Town, and see its newfound wealth reflected in its modern architecture. Its distinct atmosphere forces you to explore every corner. Charming, warm breezes from the Caspian Sea will call you to spend your evenings walking the romantic seaside boulevard.

Where to stay in Baku

With Baku accommodation options ranging from quaint boutiques tucked away in the old town, to grand five-star hotels, whatever kind of accommodation you need, we've got it covered. Get in touch with us for a free travel consultation. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Modern Hotel
A modern hotel in historic surroundings, this is a great choice.
Design Boutique Hotel
A truly unique boutique hotel with traditional design and decoration.
Luxury Hotel
Luxury hotel in the center of Baku in front of the Russian Drama Theater, surrounded by diverse cafes, restaurants, and parks.

Things to do in Baku

We've got a broad range of city tours, day trips and excursions to keep you busy in Baku. Get to know the city fast with a private walking tour or explore it further with a private walking and driving combination tour. Baku is also an excellent base for day tripping to many other highlights of the country, to see mud volcanoes, petroglyphs, fires that have burned for centuries, or isolated villages tucked away in the mountains. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
Baku Private Food Tour including tasting at Yashil Market
Baku by Night Private Tour
Khinalig Private Day Trip

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Baku

Spend some time in Baku on a tour that takes in other cities in Azerbaijan and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Baku and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

5.0 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Baku vacation packages
Based on 2 reviews
Review by Nancy & Hughbert

Nancy & Hughbert

Florida

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

JayWay Travel makes it so easy and convenient. The best customer service ever. I have had three tours with JayWay Travel and will never use another tour service. If JayWay Travel doesn't serve that part of the world, I won't go there.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Italy
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Rome
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Michael & Margaret

Michael & Margaret

Alaska

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

JayWay is a unique, full service boutique travel company, and provides a very high level of customer service.  They have the information and resources an independent traveler to a new country would need for a memorable adventure.

Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia
Itinerary : Baku, Sheki, Sighnaghi, Tbilisi, Yerevan, Kutaisi, Batumi
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Baku

How can I take out local currency?

Don't change money at Baku's airport, if possible. We recommend asking your hotel's receptionist for a good exchange place to visit, or taking out money at a bank ATM.

How expensive is Baku?

Baku is more expensive compared to its neighbors. A quick lunch can be $9-13, and a dinner $19-25. Most museums cost $1.20-3, but some places, like the Palace of Shirvanshahs, can cost more like $9. Public transportation costs $0.20 each way.

How can I get around Baku?

Baku has a cheap, comprehensive public transportation network that includes buses, streetcars, trolleybuses, and a subway, although the comfort, quality, and reliability of these services vary. The subway is generally clean and safe, and trains arrive every 2-3 minutes, from 6 AM to 1 PM. Even for a single trip, you should buy a magnetic card, and charge it with as many trips as you wish.

Most taxi trips within Baku cost $3-6. Always agree on a price before you set off.  Expect to be asked more if you don't speak Azeri or Russian. Taxis do not generally accept foreign currencies.  Make sure you have change before traveling, as some drivers may not. If you need to take a taxi, we suggest an app like Yandex Taxi or Bolt, where you can request a "Comfort" car. The vehicle is usually the same, but the driver is almost always better.

What are typical opening hours?

Shops are generally open from 10 AM to 7-10 PM, museums from 10 AM to 5 PM, restaurants from 11 AM to 11 PM, and bazaars from 8 AM to 2 PM. Museums are generally closed on Mondays.

Are there places for people with dietary intolerances?

As in Yerevan and Tbilisi, you can find good vegetarian options anywhere in Baku.

How long should I stay in Baku?

We recommend spending three nights in Baku, which gives you the opportunity to spend a full day in the city, and use it as a base for two day trips.
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