Travelling in Azerbaijan?
July 5, 2011 2:50 PM Subscribe
Travelfilter: Azerbaijan for Eurovision. Recommendations and where to travel afterwards.
posted by lesbiassparrow to travel & transportation (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I and a friend are planning to go to Eurovision in Baku (woohoo!). We'll be mainly in Baku, but would also like to do some travelling around and would love suggestions about where else we could travel to via transit (preferably train); we could rent a car, I guess, but neither of us is that keen on this. We also want to go to another country in the region and so far we've come up with these options:
1. Georgia. Train from Baku to Tiblisi (we both love train travel).
2. Kazakhstan via ferry (despite our love of trains this was our first choice, but it looks as if the ferries are very few and far between and it might not work very well)
3. Turkmenistan via ferry (the ferries seem more reliable for this)
Has anyone ever done this? What would you recommend? Are there any hidden snags in any of these options that we should know about?
For information: we are two Irish women travelling on Irish passports, both in our 30s. We love trains. We are pretty easy going, don't mind if things are chaotic or don't run on time, and while we like comfort if it is to be had, we can do without it if necessary. We're not into massive hiking or outdoor adventure. Neither of us is looking for a wild time during the nights: we want to see Eurovision, eat local food, see nice scenery, go to some museums, and enjoy whatever the country can offer. Neither of speaks Russian, unfortunately, and I don't think the range of languages we do speak (Italian, French, Spanish, a little German) will be much help there, so we'll be stuck with making our way in English. Our time is fairly flexible in that we were thinking of travelling for about 2-3 weeks, but could adjust that if we have enough notice about how long it would take to travel elsewhere.
Oh, and neither of us wants to go to Iran, even if we could get the visas. We had thought about Armenia, but that seems near impossible, so we reluctantly abandoned the idea. And have I mentioned how much we like trains yet? :)
Thanks for any help you can offer.