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A Taste of Azerbaijan (Fall 2020)

$4,200

A Culinary and Cultural Experience

Tour leader: Feride Buyuran
Dates: September 22–October 3, 2020
Length: 12 days, 11 nights or BY PRIVATE TOUR REQUEST (in which case, price assumes minimum 8 travelers)
Arrival in Baku: September 22
Departure from Baku: October 3
Group size: Limited to 12 participants

A Taste of Azerbaijan

Fall Culinary and Cultural Tour

Explore Azerbaijan in the fall with Feride Buyuran, a noted cookbook author and an expert in the country. She has designed a custom itinerary that goes well off the beaten path, where you will absorb the sights, tastes, and rich history of this fascinating geography.


Welcome to Azerbaijan!

 

It is a fascinating country at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, boasting rich history, vibrant culture, and delectable cuisine, but, above all, abounding hospitality embedded in the hearts of Azerbaijanis.

Our goal for you is to have a fun and culturally broadening journey to the largely undiscovered, off-the-beaten-path destinations that allow for full immersion in the local culture in a most authentic way.

Fall colors in Azerbaijan are exceptionally beautiful! Picture yourself enjoying breathtaking landscapes that reveal the nature’s autumnal hues and touring captivating historic sites along the Silk Road.

Meet with local community members exceptional in their efforts whether it’s organic farming and revival of forgotten centuries-old winemaking techniques, or keeping traditional recipes from perishing and preserving the otherwise disappearing arts and crafts.

Mingle with artisans, artists, bakers, cooks, and just people from all walks of life!  Enjoy lively market visits in the countryside – discover stalls brimming with the seasonal produce, including pomegranates, quince, feijoa, medlars, apples, and more!

Indulge in authentic regional specialties served in traditional restaurants and experience firsthand how Azerbaijanis cook and eat at home in the most remote places. Sip on piping-hot Azerbaijani tea in curvaceous glasses, while enjoying enchanting folk music and dazzling dance performances.

We are glad you have decided to get a taste of the country where food is exquisite, guests are treated like royalty, and the culture is a bright mosaic of ethnicities, languages, and traditions!

Below, please find preliminary details on this small-group tour designed to allow you the chance to immerse in the local culture of each destination to the fullest. Feel at home in Azerbaijan.

 

Culinary and Cultural Tour to Azerbaijan - Feride Buyuran ToursTour Highlights

UNESCO-heritage sites in Baku and environs
National Carpet Museum
Ethnic villages ( Russian, Tat, Talysh, Avar)
Medieval caravanserai in Baku and Sheki
Historic churches and temples
Carpet factory
Silk factory and silk scarf making demo
Trip to a farmer’s market
Spice and dried herbs shops
Cooking classes at home with the locals
Meet artists, artisans and craftsmen
Baklava and bread baking demos
Goychay, pomegranate capital of Azerbaijan
Harvest chestnuts
Trip to Hazelnut Processing Factory
Winery tour and wine tasting
Live ethnic folklore performances (dances, songs)
– and many more!

 

 


Price
Culinary and Cultural Tour to Azerbaijan - Feride Buyuran Tours

$4,200 per person based on double occupancy
(plus $500 single supplement*)
Registration and Deposit deadline: April 30, 2020 **

* Double occupancy prices per person apply when there are two people sharing a room. The single supplement applies to travelers who require their own room. Solo travelers who wish to avoid the single supplement and share a room with another solo traveler should notify us and we will do our best to accommodate the request.

**If you missed the deadline, please contact us at tours@feridebuyuran.com to check for availability and we will accommodate you if there is space.


Included in the Price

  • Tour leadership by Feride Buyuran 
  • Arrival and departure transfers (only on scheduled arrival and departure dates)
  • 11 nights’ accommodation in 3- and 4-star hotels and guesthouses
  • All daily meals with group: breakfast, lunch, dinner, except arrival day meals, which are independent. Lunch and dinner on the departure day are also independent.
  • Complimentary bottles of water, daily
  • All ground transportation, including private air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter van or similar
  • Official guided tours, including site admissions
  • Private cooking classes/demos, market trips
  • Wine tastings as noted in the itinerary
  • Folklore performances and entertainment


Not Included in the Price

  • Airfare to and from Baku
  • Travel insurance, overseas medical insurance, or trip cancellation insurance
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Transfers to and from airports for travelers who arrive and depart independently, not on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Extra meals, snacks, and beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages (other than in wine tastings and with some (!) of the meals included in the itinerary)
  • Souvenirs or any personal purchases
  • Excursions, services, and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Personal hotel expenses, such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, or e-mail service
  • Tips to hotel staff for luggage assistance or other personal services
  • Tips to local guides, performers, driver

 

To Register

 

To register for the tour and secure your spot, a deposit of $1,000 per person must be submitted using the button below BY APRIL 30, 2020. If you don’t have a PayPal® account, please click on the ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ button on the following screen. The deposit can also be paid by check (details on the registration form). The sooner you save your spot, the more chances you have to join the tour as space is limited.




The balance $3,200 (plus single supplement) is due by June 22, 2020. Please pay by check or by direct bank transfer (request  details). Alternatively, pay via Paypal by credit card, but add 3% Paypal charge. Download and print the tour reservation form, sign and mail it to us with your balance payment (can also email signed form).


Why Us?

 

  • We offer 100% authentic, immersive experiences and make you feel at home in the Caucasus!
  • We have a deep passion for and understanding of our culture
  • We care for our communities and support family-run businesses and artisans
  • We support farm-to-table concept when drafting our menus
  • We promote sustainable tourism to make a positive impact on the local society, economy, and environment
  • We strive for our travelers to have a once-in-a-lifetime, eye-opening journey


Important Notes

 

Number of Participants

This intimate, friendly tour will have a maximum of 12 PARTICIPANTS to ensure the best possible experience.


Tour Length

The tour is 12 days and 11 nights. including the arrival and departure days from Baku. The tour dates are September 22–October 3, 2020.


Accommodations

You will stay in 3- and 4-star hotels and guesthouses, selected for their location, service, and atmosphere, and level of comfort. Your accommodation will reflects the culture and personality of your destination – such as, a historic building now hotel in Baku’s Old Town and a rustic family-owned guesthouse, designed in the local style, in the remote village of Lahij. Note that the tour price is based on double occupancy. If you are are a single traveler, we highly recommend that you register early as the number of single rooms available on the tour may be limited.


Activity Level – Moderate

General fitness level is required for the tour, which involves a good amount of walking on uneven surfaces and over difficult terrain such as cobblestones and steep city hills, as well as hiking hills and climbing stairs at locations not always accessible by car. Be ready for early morning wake-ups (particularly to travel to far destinations) and other typical travel-related scenarios. This tour is suitable for travelers who are in good health, are physically fit, and comfortable with long days of touring.

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Food on the Tour

Food is one of the highlights of the tour. Although the itinerary does not provide detailed menus, rest assured that you will find yourself in a foodie paradise! On the registration form, please list your tastes and preferences and dietary restrictions, if any, so that our menus reflect your choices.


Information Package and Reading List

In advance of your trip, you will receive an information package to help you better prepare for the tour, including details about obtaining a visa, local currencies, clothing and packing tips, airport guidelines, and other know-hows. You will also receive the final tour itinerary and a list of suggested reading.


References

We encourage you to check out testimonials from our past travelers HERE and on TripAdvisor.

 

Email Us to request the full tour brochure with itinerary. Note that we can also customize this experience for a private tour.

 

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