Tour type: Adventure,
MountainsPrice: $550.00Duration: 1from May to September
The day will start early in the morning as it takes around 4 hours to drive from Baku to Quba and then further 2 hours from there to Xinalyg. Be ready to have a lot of driving within a day
Not far from Guba you'll also find the village of Khynalygh, with an ethnic group of 2000 khynalyghs who have preserved the original language, customs and traditions. The small yet miraculous Khynalygh is located at the peak of the Caucasus Mountains, 2,350 meters above the sea in Guba region.
Khynalygh ethnic group has been living in the Caucasus for thousands of years. They have managed to retain their language, customs and traditions for thousands of years.
Until 2006, the village was inaccessible for nine months of the year, due to poor road conditions. However, the situation has changed and now more and more local and foreign tourists visit the isolated village. The village is inhabited with over 2,000 light-skinned and blue-eyed people who consider themselves as ancestors of the prophet Noah.
People of Khynalygh are supposed to be one of the 26 Albanian tribes described in the "Geography" of Strabon. The feature is reflected in the numerous Albanian cemeteries in the village and the language that stands out from other Albanian tribes' languages. Today, the inhabitants are engaged in sheep breeding and creating traditional household facilities.
Laza village is located 30 km away from the rural village of Khinalig and belonging to Lezgin ethnic group. Rural residents living there keep their traditions as long years ago. They were one of the oldest ethnic Lezghins tribes the great state of Caucasian Albania, which became the leading tribes. 26 out of the houses of the village consists of a total of 130 people. The last representatives of the most ancient population of the Caucasus live here. In addition, in the village, travelers are impressed with the look of hand-carpets of Laza village residents. Dinner in the village consisting of traditional food of the place (for additional price)
- Guide - Local driver with vehicle, exclusively for your tour
Individual tour / English speaking guide
1 DAY Georgian-Azerbaijan border. Overnight in Sheki.2 DAY Sheki-Ganja-Sheki 3 DAY Sheki-Qabala-Shamakhi-Lahij-Baku.4 DAY Baku/Apsheron Peninsula excursion5 DAY Baku City tour6 DAY Baku/Gobustan7 DAY Baku-Quba-Xinaliq-Qusar8 DAY Qusar-Laza-Shahdag-Qusar9 DAY Qusar-Baku-Novxani-Baku10 DAY End of tour...
Meeting at Azeri-Georgian border point near Lagodekhi (Georgian side) / Balakan (Azeri side) at around 13:00 and transfer to Sheki. Accommodation in Issam Hotel (accommodation at Caravan Saray Hotel can be arranged at special request if needed)...
Arrival to Baku. Meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. After short rest an excursion within central Baku will be organised. You will be taken to historical centre of Baku city, to its Old Town - 'Icheri Sheher'...
Arrival to Baku. Meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time
The first half of the day will be spent primarily exploring the historical centre of Baku city, its Old Town - 'Icheri Sheher'...
Day 1 BAKU-SHAMAKHI-LAHIC
Meeting with the guide in the afternoon and departure by the route Baku-Shemakha. Excursions within trip. The ancient town of Shemakha is located at the foothills of the Big Caucasus Mountains Chain...
Gobustan reserve is an open-air museum littered with Neolithic rock drawings. Just 65km south of Baku, Gobustan has some 4000 inscriptions that go back 12,000 years (with some 2000 year old Latin graffiti to boot)...
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Meeting at the airport and transfer to hotel. Short rest and beginning of excursion in Old Town - 'Icheri Sheher'...