Mini Machu Picchu | Long weekend in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan

Fri Sep 29 2023 at 06:00 am to Sun Oct 01 2023 at 05:45 pm

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Mini Machu Picchu | Long weekend in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
In one of the most remote corners of Central Asia lies the Autonomous Republic of Nakhchivan. Known as the land of Noah and holding one of the most picturesque secrets of Azerbaijan and resembling the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, the Alinja Fortress towers over Nakhchivan below.
While considered autonomous, with its own legislature and ruler, the region is presided over by Azerbaijan despite sharing no land border whatsoever and wedged between Turkey, Armenia and Iran.
In one short weekend we will climb the 3000 stairs to the fortress, visit Noah’s Tomb, and wander through the monuments, minarets, and palaces of this ancient and fascinating land before returning to Dubai with memories of a lifetime!
Let’s go!
Day 1 // Friday
Meeting at 6am at T2 for a direct flight at 8am to Baku. Arrival, immigration procedure, short sightseeing of Baku Old City, followed by lunch. In the afternoon connecting flight to Nakhchivan, check on the nightlife, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2 // Saturday
We will start with exploration of Noah’s Tomb and the Momina Khatun Monument, which the locals call the “Taj Mahal of Nakhchivan”. With stops to see few other sites before lunch and chance to catch our breath, we will begin the climb of 3000 stairs up to Alinja Fortress and see for ourselves why it is the Machu Picchu of Central Asia. Continue to the mausoleum complex. Once the site of thousands of houses, dozens of mosques, mausoleums, and minarets, all that remains is the mosaic columns and minarets of Garabaghlar. Our last visit will be at the most curious hospital inside a salt mine for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis! Afterwards we will descend the caves of Ashabu before making a quick visit to carpet museum for souvenirs.
Day 3 // Sunday
In the morning flight to Baku, last souvenir shopping on short layover and further flight home. Back to DXB on Sunday 5.45pm with pockets full of memories!
Level: Easy
Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, getting amazed.
Duration: Long weekend
Accommodation & meals: 5 star hotel in Nakhchivan - double sharing. Meals included. Bring your fav snacks for the road.
Cost: 3700 AED all incl. 4 flights, until SEP 20th.
Specifically excluded:
Most of passports are entitled for evisa, UAE residence visa holders - visa on arrival. More info here.
See yah in Mini Machu x
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