A Culinary and Cultural Experience
Tour leader: Feride Buyuran
Tour dates: September 22-October 3 (12 days, 11 nights) or BY PRIVATE TOUR REQUEST (in which case, price assumes a minimum of 8 travelers)
Arrival in Baku: September 22
Departure from Baku: October 3
Group size: Max 12 participants
Fall colors in Azerbaijan are exceptionally beautiful! Picture yourself enjoying breathtaking landscapes that reveal nature’s many shades and hues, touring mesmerizing historic sites along the Caucasus Mountains and on the Silk Road, tasting mouthwatering dishes in friendly homes, strolling through vineyards and sampling wine! But wait, there is more to experience on this unique culinary and cultural tour!
Meet with local 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! Feel at home in Azerbaijan.
UNESCO-heritage sites in Baku and environs
National Carpet Museum
Ethnic villages (Molokan Russian village, Mountain Jewish village, etc)
Medieval caravanserai in Baku and Sheki
Historic churches, temples, and synagogues
Ancient Caucasian Albanian villages
Carpet factory in Guba: meet and see carpet weavers in action
Ancient ruins and archeological sites
Silk factory and silk scarf making demo
Trip to a farmer’s market
Cooking classes at home with the locals
Meet artisans and craftsmen
Baklava and bread baking demos in Sheki, Guba, Gusar
Visit to Goychay, pomegranate capital of Azerbaijan
Winery tour and wine tasting
Live ethnic folklore performances (dances, songs)
– and many more!
$4,200 per person based on double occupancy (plus $500 single supplement*)
* 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.
To register for the tour and secure your spot, a deposit of $1,000 per person must be submitted using the button below (final registration day mentioned below is not to be confused with initial registration, which is done much in advance). If you don’t have a PayPal® account, please click on the ‘Pay with Debit or Credit Card’ button on the following screen. The sooner you save your spot, the more chances you have to join the tour as space is limited.
The balance of $3,200 is due by June 22, 2020. Please pay by check or by direct bank transfer (request details). Please email email@example.com for alternative payment options.
Download and print the tour reservation form, sign and mail it to us with your balance payment (can also email signed form).
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
This intimate, friendly tour will have a maximum of 12 PARTICIPANTS to ensure the best possible experience.
The tour is 12 days and 11 nights (including the arrival and departure days from Baku).
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.
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! Before the tour, you will fill out a questionnaire listing your tastes and preferences and dietary restrictions, if any, so that our menus reflect your choices.
INFORMATION PACKAGE / 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.