Azerbaijan: Practical Travel Guide with Excursions to Georgia

Azerbaijan: Practical Travel Guide with Excursions to Georgia

Paperback Azerbaijan (with Excursions to Georgia)

By (author) Mark Elliott

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  • Publisher: Trailblazer Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 176mm x 32mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Hindhead, Surrey
  • ISBN 10: 190586423X
  • ISBN 13: 9781905864232
  • Edition: 4
  • Edition statement: 4th edition
  • Illustrations note: 30 colour photos and 190 maps
  • Sales rank: 245,375

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Fully updated fourth edition of the definitive and only dedicated guide to Azerbaijan. Includes historical background, cultural tips, visas, where to stay, where to eat, plus a section on neighbouring Georgia. Features 190 maps with 160 explanatory visuals, vital in a country where there are few reliable maps; plus comprehensive information for tourists: landmarks at key turnings, fuel stations, 4WD routes. The guide is ideal for visitors and residents alike. The author, Mark Elliott, has visited Azerbaijan regularly for the last 15 years and has driven, hiked, ridden and hitched back into virtually every corner of the country to research this new edition.

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Mark Elliott has been visiting Azerbaijan regularly for the last 15 years and has driven, hiked, ridden and hitched back into virtually every corner of the country to research the fourth edition of this guide.

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"Azerbaijan by Mark Elliott (Trailblazer) is an excellent guidebook with useful maps that make exploring in and around Baku possible. It is much more detailed than the new but disappointing Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan (Lonely Planet)". The Guardian (UK) "Invaluable" The Financial Times (UK) "Recommended' The Independent on Sunday (UK) 'Very comprehensive coverage' Caspian Business News

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Perched beside the oil-rich Caspian Sea, compact, hospitable Azerbaijan is astounding in its scenic variety. Painted moonscape deserts, snow-capped Caucasian peaks, subtropical forests and flower-filled grasslands all lie within a few hours drive of Baku, the artistically-vibrant, cosmopolitan capital with its UNESCO-recognized walled Old City. Since the first edition in 1999 this map-packed book has become the definitive guide for visitors and residents alike. Now in its expanded and fully-updated 4th edition it s more practical than ever. Practical information Visas, getting to Azerbaijan, where to stay, where to eatSights and excursions Discover bubbling mud volcanoes, linguistically-unique stepped villages, ruined castles, a flaming hillside and fire-temple, iron-wood forests, water that catches fire, magical rocks kissed smooth by superstitious wish-seekers. On foot, by car, 4WD, bus, train or horse be among the first tourists to explore delightful Azerbaijan since Noah sailed across the country 5000 years ago, his Ark carving a great gash through Nakhchivan s Snake Mountain.190 maps Includes even more maps, illustrated with over 160 sketches and diagrams. As well as showing hotels, restaurants, bus stops etc, these maps also include landmarks at key unsigned junctions to help motorists and hikers.History, language, cultural tipsExcursions to neighbouring Georgia"

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION PART 1: AZERBAIJAN OVERVIEW Practical Information Visas 9 - Getting there 12 - Getting around 16 Money 19 - Accommodation 20 - Food 21 - Drink 25 - Health 29 - Annoyances and safety 29 - Climate 30 - What to wear, things to take 30 - Sources of information 30 - Post and telecommunications 32 Facts about the country History 34 - Economics 46 - Religion 47 - Culture and attitudes 48 - Festivals and holidays 51 - Language 53 - Entertainment and the arts 53 - Carpets 60 - Sports and games 61 What to see, where to go Geographical overview 62 - Land of fire 62 Beaches 62 - Mud volcanoes 63 - Post-Soviet curiosities 65 - Architecture 65 Museums 68 - Into the mountains 68 - Flora and fauna 71 PART 2: BAKU Introduction Orientation 73 - Naming confusions 73 - History 74 What to see and do Exploring the Old City 80 - Around the Old City (suggested walk) 85 - Central Baku 91 - Station area 98 - Western Baku 100 Bayil 104 - Bibi Heybat 104 - The Hyatt area 104 - North-central Baku 105 Ganclik and Millionaires' Mile 107 Practical information Accommodation 108 - Budget accommodation 113 Restaurants 114 - Cafes, pubs and bars 120 - Nightclubs 121 - Entertainment 122 Baku for children 124 - Getting around 124 - Getting to/leaving Baku 127 - Listings 131 PART 3: AROUND BAKU Baku to Alat Baku to Sahil 138 - Sahil to Qobustan 140 - Qobustan 140 Clangerland mud volcanoes 142 - Alat 143 Absheron peninsula History 143 - Beaches 144 - Getting around 145 - Places to visit 146 - North-west Absheron 156 PART 4: THE NORTH Introduction 160 - Regional history 160 - Baku to Gilazi 161 - Gilazi to Alti A?ach 161 Alti Aǧach to Shamakha 163 - Gilazi to Qandov 163 - Qandov to Nabran 166 Nabran 169 - Qandov to Quba 172 - Quba 172 - Excursions from Quba 175 Qachrash to Xinaliq 179 - Xinaliq 181 - Hiking excursions from Xinaliq 183 - Quba to Samur 186 - Qriz 186 - Quba to Qusar 186 - Qusar 187 - Qusar to (north) Laza 189 - Laza 189 - Qusar to Hil, Piral and Hazra 191 Part 5: SHAMAKHA - SHAKI ROUTE Introduction 192 - Baku to Maraza 193 - Maraza to Shamakha 194 - Shamakha 196 Around Shamakha (north) 199 - Around Shamakha (south) 202 - Shamakha to Ismayilli 204 - Ismayilli 209 - Around Ismayilli 209 - Ismayilli to Qabala 210 Qabala 212 - North of Qabala 214 - North-west of Qabala 215 - South of Qabala 216 Qabala to Shaki 217 - Shaki 222 - Around Shaki 227 - Shaki to Qax 228 - Qax 229 Around Qax 229 - Ilisu 231 - Qax to Zaqatala 232 - Zaqatala 234 - North of Zaqatala 236 - Zaqatala to Balakan 238 - Balakan 238 Part 6: CENTRAL AZERBAIJAN Introduction 240 - Practical information 240 - Alat to Kurdamir 241 Sabirabad 243 - Kurdamir 243 - Ucar 244 - Goychay 244 - Xosrov 245 Mingachevir 246 - Yevlax 248 - Barda 248 - Barda to Tartar and Naftalan 250 Naftalan 251 - Goranboy 252 - The Todan Loop 252 - Ganja 253 - Around Ganja 259 Ganja to Shamkir 265 - Shamkir 265 - Shamkir - Gadabay - Tovuz loop 266 - Tovuz to Qazax 269 - Qazax 272 - Qazax to the Georgian border 274 Towards Karabagh Background 275 - Shusha 276 - Lesser-known sites in the occupied area 276 - Getting to Karabagh 277 - Towards the occupied area 277 PART 7: THE SOUTH Introduction 279 - Practical information 280 - Alat to Salyan 281 - Salyan to Neftchala 284 - Salyan to Masalli 285 - Masalli 287 - Masalli to Yardimli 288 Yardimli 290 - Around Yardimli 290 - Masalli to Lankaran 292 - Lankaran 293 Around Lankaran 295 - Lankaran to Lerik 298 - Lerik 299 - Towards Kalaxan 300 Astara region 301 - Astara town 302 PART 8: NAKHCHIVAN Introduction 304 - History 304 - Possible hassles 307 - Nakhchivan City 307 Southern Nakhchivan 311 - North-central Nakhchivan 314 - North-western Nakhchivan 315 PART 9: EXCURSIONS TO GEORGIA (SAKARTVELO) Facts about the country Introduction 317 - History 317 - Religion 319 Practical information Getting there 320 - Getting around 320 - Money 321 Accommodation 321 - Food 321 - Health 322 - Climate 322 - Sources of information 322 - Travel services and tours 322 - Visas for Azerbaijan 323 Kaheti and routes from Azerbaijan Lagodekhi 324 - Lagodekhi to Telavi 326 Telavi 326 - Around Telavi 329 - Sighnaghi 329 - David Gareja cave monasteries 331 Tbilisi Introduction 332 - Exploring the centre 332 - Greater Tbilisi 336 Accommodation, food and drink 336 Beyond Tbilisi Mtskheta and Jvari 344 - Gori 344 Mountain areas Swaneti and Khevsureti 346 Routes to Turkey Route 1: Tbilisi - Akhaltsikhe - Posof - Ardahan 346 Route 2: Tbilisi to Trabzon via Batumi 347 APPENDICES Bibliography 348 - Menu decoder 351 - Glossary 357 - Who's who 362 - Useful words and phrases 372 - Names 376 INDEX 378 MAP KEY 383