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Azerbaijan, Absheron Region

Getting There
Before Leaving (good to know)
Getting Around
Cost of Living
Do's and Don'ts
Capital: Baku
TOP 10 attractions
Why Travel to Azerbajan?
Currency: Manat (AZN)
Time zone: AZT (UTC+04)
Drive on the right side of the road
Electricity: 220V/ 50Hz
Measuring system: Metric
Visa: Yes (except Russia and CIS countries )
Travel insurance is strongly recommended
Meet and Greet
Men- handshake, a kiss on the cheek and "salaam"
Women- hug and kiss each other once on the left cheek

Take a moment to ask about family, health and business
First names are generally used when similar ages
If unfamiliar person, use their first name with title ( "hanum" (woman), "bey" (men)

Younger people always initiate greetings with older people

Punctuality: Arriving 30 minutes late is socially acceptable
Dress: dress casually but smartly. Never wear tight or revealing clothing.
Shake hands with everyone.
Table manners: Remain standing until invited to sit down. You may be shown to a particular seat.
The hostess generally serves the food.
The elderly are served first, then the guests, and finally the children.
Use your right hand only to eat and to pass things.
Dinner Etiquette
What to Wear
Azerbaijan is a modern and liberal country.
Clothing should be light and casual.
Jeans and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable
Female visitors do not need to dress conservatively unless visiting a place of active worship.
Anything from traditional dress to high fashion is quite commonly seen and acceptable.
Be vigilant, avoid showing large sums of money in public and walking alone at night
Have an arranged pick up or dropped off as close to a hotel or apartment
Be careful when driving at night. Many roads are badly lit and are of poor quality. Driving conditions are stressful, and often confusing
Most older taxis do not have seat belts
Absheron :The political, economic, and cultural center of Azerbaijan.
It is one of the largest industrial, scientific and cultural centres in entire region.
It is a major port on the west coast of the Caspian Sea.
It is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Caucasus, with hotels in the city earning 7 million Euros in 2009.
It is also among the world's top ten destinations for urban nightlife and also was chosen as a destination for mass tourism.
It is a cosmopolitan city, which is open for cooperation between different cultures. Here live: Lezgins, Talysh, Jews, Russian, Ukrainians, Tatars, Kurds, Avars and many others.
Traditional Cuisine
Area: 1360 km²
Population: 195,1 thsd person
Density of population: 143 person /km²
Number of inhabited settlements: 8 villages, 7 settlements

Things one must keep in mind:
From Lithuania fly through Kiev or Moscow
Price: 1325-1750 Lt
Flight duration: over 10 hours
Hotel reservations: made prior to the trip
Hotel Cost:
3-4 Stars- starting cost 90 euros
5 Star- starting cost 180 euros
(tourist visa at any tourism agency or Azerbaijan Embassy in Vilnius)
Visa lasts 21 days
Cost 530 Lt
The Abershon region has many activities to offer and varies pubs, restaurants, clubs, shopping malls, water parks, religious centers, museums, galleries, the Old City, famous streets and squares!

It is the perfect place for Lithuanians to retreat from their hectic and fast pace lifestyles and economic struggles, to feel the contrast of lifestyles, culture, cuisine, history, natural elements and people!
located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea.
borders with Russia, Georgia, Iran, Armenia.
mountainous country, with only 7% of it being arable land.
Popular seaside resorts located in Absheron: Mardakan, Buzovna, Zagulba, Bilgah, Pirshagi, Shikho, Novkhani.
Absheron is an important industrial and agricultural region of Azerbaijan
In the south of Absheron region the capital of Azerbaijan - Baku located.
The national airline “Azerbaijan Airlines” - AZAL, which operates flights through Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport and other airports in the country. AZAL has direct flights to the cities of the CIS countries: Aktau, Kiev, Mineral Waters, Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tbilisi, as well as Turkey, Dubai, Kabul, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Urumqi.
“Azerbaijan Airlines” - AZAL
Many of the European airlines fly to Baku. So, for Europeans, one of these options is Baltic airline AirBaltic. Really cheap flight could be made from Kiev which makes favorable offer for 320USD. AZAL offers regular price for flights Kiev-Baku-Kiev on average 450USD
For Europeans
The the airline Qatar Airways makes flights from Baku to more than 100 destinations all around the world.
Trains connect Azerbaijan with Georgia and Russia. The weekly trains to Moscow via Mahachkala are not a viable option for most. However, there is also an overnight train connecting Tbilisi, Georgia, and Baku.
Buses run daily from Georgia, Turkey, Iran and Russia. Driving in Azerbaijan is an actually scary experience. Almost all drivers pay no regard for the rules of the road and the standard of roads.
Baku is the main port of Caspian sea. There is currently no ferry or cruise service with any other country on the Caspian sea. "Ferries" on the Caspian sea are simply cargo ships with some extra space to take on passengers. The sea crossing will only take 1 day to Turkmenistan or 2-3 days to Kazakhstan.
Carpets- the main symbol of Azerbaijan which are known all over the world, but it might be difficult to take with on the plane.
Souvenirs with national ornament of Azerbaijan-Buta which has meaning of fire and is a talisman protecting from evil.
An ordinary souvenirs with Azerbaijan flag, jewelry, decorative plates, black tea, mineral samples, cosmetic, figures reflecting local fables
Swot Analysis
•Capital located(tourism point);
•Transport infrastructure(airlines, railways, buses, ferries);
•The main port on Caspian sea located;
•Developed oil industry.
•Visa required;
•High cost of living;
•Ecological problems(pollution);
•Driving hazards.

•Improving roads safety;
•Improving medical services;
•Developing tourism industry.

•Proximity to conflict zones and terrorist threats.
subtropical semi-arid climate
Underground services
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 24.08 Lt
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant 116.15 Lt
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 20.64 Lt
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 7.31 Lt
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.72 Lt
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.72 Lt
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.69 Lt
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.60 Lt
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.41 Lt
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.97 Lt


•Good relations with the European Union and could potentially one day be part of it
•Active member of NATO's Partnership for Peace program
•Foreign policy priorities of Azerbaijan include: integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structure; contribution to international security; cooperation with international organizations; regional cooperation and bilateral relations; promotion of security by domestic policy means; strengthening of democracy; preservation of the ethnic and religious tolerance; scientific, educational and cultural policy and preservation of moral values; economic and social development; enhancing internal and border security; migration, energy and transportation security policy


Oil sector’s share in GDP (52.8%) (2007)
Oil sector’s share in Budget revenues (64%)
Oil sector’s share in Investment (51%)
Oil sector’s share in Export (97%)


•Today, Western influences, including globalized consumer culture, are strong
•Azeri natives are very welcoming of foreigners in their home land


•Absheron is able to make substantial investments in their infrastructure
•There is a company located in Absheron which makes necessary arrangements for the extraction of water from sources followed by treatment, transportation and sales.
•A new oil and gas boom helped to improve the situation in the Azerbaijan's science and technology sectors, and the government launched a campaign aimed at modernization and innovation
•Azerbaijan has a large and steadily growing Internet secto
•The country has been making progress in developing its telecoms sector

PEST Analysis
Activities, Amenities, and Attractions
Grete Volungeviciute, Kotryna Tamasauskaite, Austeja Matuzaite.
Absheron as a tourism destination
Travel agencies in Absheron
Baku Travel Services
Qara Qarayev 81
BCD Azerbaijan Global Travel
Granit AS Travel
Example of a suggested tour
Baku Travel Services
First Day
Meeting and transfer from BAKU airport to your hotel. Check-in. Free time.
Second Day
After the breakfast AROUND 09:00 am leaving for a TOUR in Absheron peninsula. . .
Price: € 318
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