Explore Azerbaijan with this budget friendly Azerbaijan group tour to have unforgettable lifetime memories.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER
Welcome to the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. Your exciting holiday kicks off as you arrive at the airport. Get acquainted with our professional guide and driver who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Baku.
DAY 2: BAKU CITY TOUR (10:00 am-18:00 pm.)
- Pick up from hotel (10:00 am)
- Highland Park
- Icherishekher- Shirvanshahs’ Palace (entrance), Maiden tower, Caravansari, Old city walls, hamams
- Nizami street
- Fountain Square
- Carpet Museum (entrance)
- Baku Boulevard
- Heydar Aliyev Center (entrance)
- Overnight at the Hotel
Our tour starts from the highest pick of the city named Highland Park for amazing city panorama and photo stop. The park is located in the center of Baku. It is one of the most popular places of the local residents and tourists. In Soviet period (1920-1991), this park was named after Sergei Kirov. The most unique side of the park and the reason why it is actually, called the “Highland Park” is its impressive panorama looking over Baku city, Baku bay and Baku Boulevard stretching along the Caspian sea. Azerbaijan Independence Museum, Martyrs’ Lane where lie the victims of Black January of 1990 and those who were killed in Nagorno Karabakh war are also buried in the Highland Park. Continue out tour to the old city of Baku- Icherisheher. It covers twenty-two hectares of territory and includes hundreds of monuments; this urban complex is an outstanding testament to architecture. In Icherisheher, there are four monuments of world-class value: Icherisheher, the complex of Shirvanshah’s Palace, Maiden Tower, and Muhammed Mosque. Due to the cultural significance and uniqueness, the entire Icherisheher including Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower are all inscribed on the World Heritage List, which is composed from twenty-six architectural and three monuments of national value and more than six hundred at regional level.
Continue to Nizami Street, which was the main trade street of Baku for decades, now one of the favourite places of tourists and local people for shopping and entertainment activities. The sound of the water is taking you away- now you are at the Fountains’ Square of Baku. Tens of fountains all around are creating breath-taking ambiance. Next pass by the Carpet Museum, a structure built in the shape of a carpet. And now, you are walking along one of the longest boulevards in the world, which runs parallel to Baku’s seafront more than 3,5 kilometers. The boulevard is established on 1909 and now one of the favourite places of people. It traditionally started at Freedom Square continuing west to the Old City and beyond. Since 2012, the Yeni Bulvar (new boulevard) has virtually doubled its length exquisite carpet and rug collection of Azerbaijan demonstrating several weaving skills of the nation.
Our last stop is “Heydar Aliyev Center”- a building complex designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The building is very distinctive for its unique architectural design and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. In 2014, the Center won the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award. This made Zaha Hadid the first woman to win the top prize in that competition.
DAY 3: BAKU- SHAMAKHI- LAHIJ- GABALA TOUR (08:30 AM. – 20:00 PM)
- Shamakhi Juma Mosque
- Lahij village
- Nohur Lake
- Tufandag Mountain Resort
- Qabaland Amusement Center
Rise and shine to a beautiful morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet. At 09. am. our driver and guide will be waiting you in hotel lobby. Check out and we will leave the hotel for Gabala. It is approximately 3.5 hours drive to Gabala from Baku, but our journey will take longer as we will stop in many sights on the way.
Our first stop is Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza city. The building of the mausoleum is a wonderful example of Shirvan architectural school. On the building itself the construction date is mentioned as 1402 and architect’s name as “…the son of ustad Haji”. There are still many legends connected to this place. For a long time, local people believed that a sacred person- called Diribaba was buried here and remained imperishable across the centuries. Nowadays, it is still considered as one of the holy places for local residents. The monument is under protection and open to tourists.
Continue to Shamakhi- one of the oldest cities of Caucasus to have a sightseeing tour around city. Ptolemaues first mentioned the city in the 1st century AD. Shamakhy was the most important city of the region during the Middle Ages as a capital city of Shirvanshakh state of Azerbaijan from 8th to 15th century, after leaving the Shamakhy, we continue to Gabala. However, there is one more place on the way you must see- this is Lahij…
Located in Ismayilly disctict of Azerbaijan, on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range at a height of 1211 meters above sea level, it is one of the oldest continuously habited places in the world. The village and the heritage is under protection, but open to tourists. After Lahij, we will continue to Gabala.
Upon arrival in Gabala, we will have a 30 minuted break in Nohur lake, a beautiful lake located in the entrance of Gabala. Then, will climb Tufandag- the highest elevated mountain resort in Azerbaijan to take a freshness of Caucasian Mountains. Tufandag is located 4 km away from the city of Gabala – the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania. From here, you can watch the incredible panorama of Caucasian mountains.
After the tour, we will continue to hotel in Shaki to check in and have rest.
DAY 4: GABALA-SHAKI-BAKU TOUR (10:00 AM. – 18:00 PM)
- Nij church and village
- Shaki Khan’s Palace
- Kish village
- Old Shaki
- Shaki Karvansari
You will start a day with wonderful breakfast. At 09. am our driver and guide will be waiting you in hotel lobby. Briefly check out from hotel and start our tour.
We will start our tour by visiting Nij village. Nij – is the home of a special ethnic group among the Azerbaijani nationalities Udin, who are considered to be the descendants of the Caucasian Albanians. At present, their number is no more than 10,000 people, but they have managed to preserve their traditions, language and spiritual culture. Currently, the Alban Temple in the village of Nijh is also open, which is open to parishioners and tourists. This is one of the most ancient monuments of Christianity in Azerbaijan. The temple was rebuilt in the XVII-XVIII centuries on the site of an ancient Albanian church of the 4th century, founded by St. Elisey (Christian ecclesiastic in Caucasian Albania).
We will continue our tour to Shaki city– one of the loveliest towns of Azerbaijan, dappled with tiled-roof old houses and topped off with a glittering little khan’s palace. Historic Sheki was originally higher up the valley around the site now occupied by Kish. That town was ruined by floods in 1716 but rebuilt by rebellious Khan Haci Çhalabi, who set up a defiantly independent khanate there in the 1740s. by a second, even more catastrophic flood in 1772, Nukha became the new royal capital. After 1805, when the khanate was merged to Russia, Nukha continued to flourish as a silk-weaving town and was a trading junction between caravan routes to Baku, Tbilisi and Derbent (Dagestan), with five working caravanserais at its peak. Nukha was re-named Şhaki in the 1960s. He built a second fortress at Nukha (today’s Shaki). When the original Shaki was obliterated. In Shaki we will visit Shaki Khans Palace, Shaki Old town and Karvansarai. Around 3 pm, we will leave the Sheki for Baku. On the way to Baku, in Gabala we will have a wine-tasting tour in Savalan vinery- modern winery located in Gabala city of Azerbaijan producing the high quality wines under the guidance of highly qualified Italian engineers – Mr. Daniel D’Andrea and Ms. Eliza Vagnoni. In the winery you will:
- have a tour through the vineyards
- walk through the vinery
- explore the advanced wine- making technologies applied in the facility
- discover the history and traditions of wine- making in Azerbaijan in the museum
- will visit the cellars
- taste four types of wines with snacks
- will get discounts for wines
We will leave Gabala for Baku around 18:00 pm and will reach Baku at 21:30 pm.
DAY 5: ABSHERON PENINSULA TOUR (10:00 AM. – 16:00 PM.)
- Yanardag (Burning Mountain)
- Ateshgakh Zoroastrian Temple
- Gala Ethnographical Museum
After delicious breakfast we will start our tour by visiting Yanar Dag- one of the most famous and popular tourist places of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan is the mountain of Yanar Dag. It is located 25 km to the north from Baku, in Mehemmedi village. A 10m long wall of fire, that never extinguishes, is burning continuously alongside the edge of the hill, which naturally is at its most spectacular at night when tourists and locals alike view the fire from a nearby teahouse. The famous French writer Alexandre Dumas also witnessed these flames. He expressed his feelings: “This is absolutely the most interesting and fascinating thing, which can be seen nowhere else,” he wrote. Even today, the flames never fail to amaze tourists and locals alike. Yanar Dag is now a protected site, with extensive archeological studies being conducted in the area.
Now, we continue to other Zoroastrian site of Absheron called Ateshgakh. This fire temple, with a mixture of Indian and Azerbaijani architectural styles, is a surviving proof of age-old relationship between the two countries. There are still some wall inscriptions in Sanskrit and Gurumukhi, including poems. Cells for pilgrims line the wall inside and surround the main altar in the centre of the temple – a quadrangular pavilion with the fire on the altar inside. Historians, archaeologists, and theologians have argued over the construction date of the temple. Some defend that there was a Zoroastrian temple in Surakhany since the 6th century; others delay that event for another seven centuries.
After the Ateshgakh, we will continue our tour to forty kilo-meters from Baku, to Gala- a well-known open-air historical and ethnographic museum. The museum, founded in 2008 at an archaeological site located in the same-name village, is dedicated to the history of the Absheron Peninsula. There, you can see how the Azerbaijani lived, what they ate and drank and how they managed a household over the period from the XVI to XIX centuries. Many monuments and exhibits were brought to the Gala Museum from different corners of the Absheron Peninsula; they were renovated or fully reconstructed. All together, they help to get an idea of the life of the medieval people in Azerbaijan.
DAY 6: GOBUSTAN PETROGLYPHS& MUD VOLCANOES (10:00 AM. – 15:00 PM)
- Trip to Gobustan National Reserve;
- Gobustan Museum;
- Bibiheybat Mosque
Gobustan National Park is one of the most attractive and historically important tourism sights of Azerbaijan. Our excursion to will last about 04-05 hours and we will cover Gobustan museum and petroglyphs. Our guide and professional driver will assist you during the whole excursion. Gobustan is located on the south-east of the Great Caucasian Mountains about 60 km far south of Baku. It is a semi-desert region with numerous gullies and ravines. The meaning of Gobustan in local language means “ravine land”. Caves and rock outcroppings surround the region. Settled since the Stone Age, the area is one of the main and most ancient museums of rock engravings (petroglyphs) in the world. Gobustan petroglyphs contain very important elements of ancient lifestyle of stone age human beings.. Gobustan is declared as a national historical landmark since 1966 to achieve better preservation of the rock paintings. Today, the site is open to visitors and tourists have opportunity to see the paintings by themselves. The local museum is newly renovated as has all features that tourists may ask. The museum staff is doing amazing job in preservation of the site while keeping it open to visitors. Gobustan is included to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Important.
After Gobustan, we will visit Mud volcanoes-very unique site where almost 300 mud volcanoes are located. This number means, about 45% of the planet’s mud volcanoes are located in this small area. In 2001, one of the mud volcanoes erupted flames 15 meters high from the ground. Fortunately, for now there are no much activity going on there and it is safe to visit Mud volcanoes.
DAY 7: DEPARTURE
Wake up and start the day with a hearty breakfast buffet. Check out from the hotel soon after. Unfortunately, it is time for airport transfer now. Treasure the lovely memories gathered here with your fellow travellers as you depart to the airport for your return flight.
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