DAYS 16 – 21: AZERBAIJAN & THE CASPIAN SEA
Crossing the border from Georgia into Azerbaijan, your overland tour continues to the old town of Sheki where you can explore the exquisite Khan’s Palace, and stay the night in an atmospheric converted 17th Century caravanserai (Silk Road hotel).
Your next stop in Azerbaijan will be Gobustan, near the coast of the Caspian Sea. Whilst here you will visit the ancient petroglyphs and the mud volcanoes that the area is famous for, and will wild camp near the mud volcanoes.
A short drive will take you to Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. During your time in Baku you will have free time to explore all the sights of the city and the surroundings.
From Baku you will take the ferry across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan. The ferry is a fantastic local experience, but please do not expect any luxury whatsoever! These ferries are budget vessels for the locals and cargo hauliers, and are not designed with tourists in mind. You must be prepared for very basic conditions and limited provisions on board.
The itinerary in Baku and over the Caspian Sea must remain very flexible and is very much determined by sailing times of the local ferries. Please note that there is no regular schedule for the ferries, they are notoriously unpredictable, and information from the ferry operators regarding the sailing times constantly changes (or is non-existent) up until the point of departure. Maximum flexibility, open-mindedness and co-operation with your tour leaders is absolutely essential here!