Azerbaijan is a tangle of contradictions and contrasts. Neither Europe nor Asia, it’s a nexus of ancient historical empires, but also a ‘n.ew’ nation rapidly transforming itself. The cosmopolitan capital, Baku, has a UNESCO-worthy (and listed!) ancient core with stunning 21st-century architecture, picturesquely situated on the Caspian Sea. In the surrounding semi-desert, you’ll find mud volcanoes and curious fire phenomena and timeless rural villages lush with green, all surrounded by the great Caucus mountains. Foreigners are still few and far between and are rewarded with warm hospitality. Xinaluq – Europe’s Highest Village
A visit to the remote village of Xinaliq is often the highlight of a trip to Azerbaijan. This remote village, 20kms from the border with Dagestan, is an amazing example of the tenacity of rural mountain folk.
Being in such an Isolated location has meant that the people of Xinaliq have not only developed their own language but have become totally self-sufficient and for many years have lived a subsistence lifestyle, completely independent from the outside world.
We will spend a night in a homestay in this village and spend a few hours exploring the village and mountains that surround it!
The BBC wrote an interesting article about this place. Click here and have a read and get excited to journey there!
Weekend Only – Thursday evening to Saturday night. Weekend + A Day – Thursday evening to Sunday night (recommended, Baku needs an extra day!) General Itinerary
Day 1 – Thursday: Arrival to Baku
Day 2 – Friday: Discovering the Countryside
Day 3 – Saturday: Europe’s Highest Village & Baku (night departure for the weekend only travelers)
Day 4 – Sunday: Exploring Baku (extended trip) Accommodation Information
On our first and third nights in Baku (3rd night for the extended trip only) we will be staying in at the Shah Palace Hotel. This stunning property is located in the center of Baku’s old city.
On our second night in the countryside, we will be staying in a local homestay in the isolated village of Xinaluq – this will be a basic yet rewarding experience, best entered with an open mind and guaranteed to be enjoyed by all travelers. We’ve done this before and nothing compares to waking up in Europe’s highest and most isolated village in the mountains, an experience to remember for life!
Weekend&Holiday Only Trip – Twin / Double Room – $470 Single Room Supplement – $480 Weekend + A Day Trip – Twin / Double Room – $600 per person
Single Room Supplement – $550
The Cost Includes
Accommodation All meals Chauffeured, air-conditioned deluxe coach for all transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours English-speaking guide
The Cost Excludes International Flights (see Flights & Visas) Visa Cost & Travel Insurance Alcoholic beverages with meals Tips and gratuities for our local team (guide and driver) Minimum 7 pax in one group. Maximum 15 pax in one group.
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