Azerbaijan and Daghestan

Our new exploratory tour on June 21 2008 exploring a little of the Caucasus and the Caspian Sea fringes. We are flying into Baku, a city famous for its Russian revolution history and now on the new oil frontier of the Caspian. We explore some of the country and delve into markets and bazaars looking for arts and crafts and most particularly the carpets before travelling by train into the rather remote Russian Republic of Daghestan. Bordering that turbulent place, Chechniya, it has some fabulous mountain scenery, interesting villages, carpets and jewellery. Our intended Schedule.

HINTERLAND TRAVEL 21 June - exploratory first schedule
Day 1, June 21 Sat Depart Heathrow.
Day 2, June 22 Sun Arrive Baku 04.45 am. free day-overnight BAKU.
Day 3, June 23 Mon Baku city tour - overnight BAKU.
Day 4, June 24 Tue Baku environs - overnight BAKU.
Day 5, June 25 Wed Drive to Shemakha tour town including Mosque and cemetery. Drive to Sheki, Kish Albanian church, bazaar. overnight SHEKI.
Day 6, June 26 Thu Handicrafts visit, drive to Gabala - overnight GABALA.
Day 7, June 27 Fri Drive to Lahic - museum and handicrafts, Drive to Gabala and Baku-overnight BAKU.
Day 8, June 28 Sat Drive to Guba. tour Mosques, bath houses, woods - overnight GUBA.
Day 9, June 29 Sun Drive to Khinalig - tour - return to Guba and Baku - overnight BAKU.
Day 10, June 30 Mon Transfer to Railway station- travel to DAGHESTAN. cross border and stop in Derbent. approx 16:00. Overnight DERBENT.
Day 11, July 1 Tue Derbent - Much history here - ancient wall, fortress and general explore of the city.
Day 12, July 2 Wed Drive to Kubachi - famous for its jewellery.
Day 13, July 3 Thu Drive to Gunb/Balkhar/Gotsatl - carpets, ceramics, village life.
Day 14, July 4 Fri Drive to the capital Makhachkala. Hopefully we can arrange a very special excursion out of the country.
Day 15, July 5 SAt Makhachkala explore the city.
Day 16, July 6 Sun Train to Baku/flight to London p.m.
Day 17, July 7 Mon Arrive London or leave Baku we may extend by another day.
Tour cost - 1,590.

Included. all ground transport, group airport transfers , border entry taxes, accommodation and breakfast listed excursions, guides and interpreters. Not covered. insurance, visa, main meals, International flights