Looking for an escape from big city noise? Switch to a farm style of life for a while and experience the village way of living: picking fruits and vegetables, milking the cows, walking through the fields and vineyards and tasting 100% natural products. You will spend most of the time in the families of different Azerbaijani provinces. The farmers will share their knowledge about plant growing, animal breeding, beekeeping as and so on.
PLACES TO VISIT:
1st Day: Arrival to Baku, meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel, check in (14:00). Free time.
Free time suggestions if your flight is not in the evening:
2nd Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up at 08:00. One day tour to Lankaran province (3 hour drive):
11:00 Brunch made of natural products in “Citrus Valley” plantation located in Istisu district of Lankaran province.
12:00 Excursion to “Citrus Valley”: the owner of the farm will lecture on citrus gardening while showing around; you can take an active part in fruit picking (Oct.-Dec.) or just try (and buy) local oranges, lemons, mandarins, kiwis or feijoa as well as the jams made from these fruits.
14:30 Lunch will include dishes typical of Lankaran cuisine followed by samovar tea with jams made of citrus fruits.
16:00 Tour around “Yashil Chay” (Green Tea), one of the first tea plantations in Azerbaijan, where you can participate in the process of tea picking (May-Oct.) followed by the lecture on different varieties of tea and culture of tea drinking of Azerbaijan.
17:00 Excursion to Gilan Tea Processing Factory in Sutamurdov village of Lankaran province and specializing in the production, processing and sale of tea products.
18:00 Driving back to Baku. Overnight in the hotel.
3rd Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Pick-up at 09:00. Tour to Ismayilli province, Ivanovka village (3 hour drive):
12:00 Tour around one of the local farms: main farming industries in Ivanovka are beekeeping, dairy food`s production, fruit and vegetable growing, viticulture and winemaking.
14:00 Lunch in the farmer’s family followed by cooking master-class of a Russian meal (as Ivanovka is a pure Russian community).
16:00 You will see probably the last kolkhoz (form of farm management coming from Russian “collective farming”) on the territory of the former Soviet Union. It`s a self-sufficient community engaged in agriculture, sunflower oil production, animal husbandry and poultry farming.
17:30 Free time to rest and explore the area.
19:00 Dinner and one night homestay in Ivanovka village.
4th Day: Breakfast in the family. Pick-up at 10:00. Tour to Tezekend & Basqal villages in Ismayilli province:
11:00 Brunch made of natural products in the village house of Tezekend.
12:00 There is a range of different activities in the area such as horse riding, hiking in the forest, trip to Velbine lake and fishing, planting the trees or picking the fruits (depending on the season).
14:00 Master-class in cooking qutabs at the village house. Qutab is a sort of creep with different types of stuffing, mostly it`s meat, herb or pumpkin.
15:00 Lunch with local national dishes.
16:30 Excursion to the Кelagayi Сenter (national silk scarf) in Basqal village of Ismayilli province: info-tour about the history of sericulture in the region as well as production and ornamentation of kelagayı.
20:00 Dinner and one night homestay in Gabala province.
5th Day: Breakfast in the family. Pick-up at 09:00. Tour to Bio Garden in Sheki province and Hope Lake in Zaqatala province:
11:00 Excursion to Bio Garden farm located in Oryet village of Sheki province: info-tour showing fruits, vegetables, birds, fish and rabbits brought to Bio Garden from various regions of Azerbaijan, as well as different countries of the world; participation in fruit and vegetable picking; opportunity to buy different local agricultural products.
14:00 Lunch in Bio Garden.
16:30 Excursion to the Hope Lake farm: its territory is covered by fruits and vegetables, vineyards, livestock, poultry and beekeeping; and provides different activities such as feeding Aleppo goats, visiting poultry farm, fishing by the lake and so on.
19:00 Dinner and one night homestay in Hope Lake or one of the houses in Zaqatala (depends on availability).
6th Day: Breakfast in the family. Pick-up at 08:00. Tour to Shamakhi province:
11:00 Brunch made of natural products in the house of Galaderesi village.
12:00 Excursion to one of the farms engaged in gardening, poultry and animal husbandry, beekeeping.
12:30 Tour to the picturesque Khalit waterfall falling from the rock with a height of 30 meters in Shahdag National Park.
16:00 Lunch in the village house followed by samovar tea.
18:00 Departure to Baku.
7th Day: Breakfast at the hotel. Check out, transfer to the airport.
Hotel accommodation in Baku at 3* hotel on BB basis — 3 nights
Homestay with breakfast in: Ivanovka village – 1 night, Gabala province – 1 night, Zaqatala province – 1 night
Meals: 3 brunches, 5 lunches and 3 dinners
All transportation according to the program, including airport-hotel-airport transfers
English speaking guide
1 bottle of water per person per excursion day
Flight tickets & visa (if required)
Extras at the hotel, tips at the sites and restaurants
Lunches and dinners except the ones included in the program
The organizer reserves the right to change the hotel to the different one of the same category.
The organizer reserves the right to change the order of excursions in case of necessity.
Check-in to the hotels: 14:00 (can be 15:00 in some cases).
Early check-in before 06:00 in the morning is subject to 100% of the room rate, early check-in between 06:00 and 14:00 is subject to 50% of the room rate (please confirm with our reservation managers before booking).
You can extend your stay, add more excursions and/or change the hotel category for additional payment (please confirm with our reservation managers before booking).