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10:00-12:00 Departure from the Hotel and the starting of the sightseeing tour in Baku
Highland Park, National Flag Square, Seaside Park (Baku Boulevard), Mugam center, Little Venice on Baku Boulevard, Shirvanshahs` Palace, Maiden Tower, Juma Mosque, Double Gates, Bazar Square, Caravan Saray and etc.
The Baku city tour is an ideal introduction into Azerbaijan culture and includes a combination with Old Town walking tour. You will see famous squares and monuments from the comfort of your air conditioned vehicle with commentary of a professional local guide. At Highland Park your sightseeing tour across the Baku will start. Take a fresh breeze of the Caspian Sea and take incredible panoramic views of Baku and admire the miraculous architectural mix of east and west contrasts. After Highland Park you will proceed to the National Flag Square, where you will able to enjoy fluttering one of the highest flags of the world which is Azerbaijani flag. The height of the constructed pillar is 162 meters. After visiting Flag square you will pass along the Baku Boulevard you will face Morgan Center, Little Venice, Carpet Museum and other miracles which are located on Neftchiler prospect. The Boulevard is a promenade that runs parallel to Baku’s seafront. This area is popular for strolling and taking in views of the Caspian. Baku highlights includes one of the most modern architecture miracles is the center of Heydar Aliyev. Heydar Aliyev center was constructed in 2012– and it’s worth every effort. Here you will chance for short photo stop, but visiting inside the building is not free so we highly recommend that you take some time after your visit to do so.
12:00-14:00 Old Town Walking Tour
Near Gosha Gala your walking tour will start. Stroll the medieval heart of Baku the Icheri sheher castle, discovering the mysteries and legends of Icheri Sheher (Old Town). Learn about the ruling dynasty of Azerbaijan lived in 11-14 centuries by visiting the Shirvanshah’s Palace, which is the biggest monument of Shirvan-Apsheron Azerbaijan architecture school. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the burial-vaults, the shah mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi’s mausoleum, a portal in the east – Murad’s gate, a reservoir and the remnants of the bathhouse. You will leap back in time by taking little walk before visiting the Maiden Tower. The Maiden Tower also known locally as Giz Galasi, located in the Old City, Baku, in Azerbaijan, was built in the 12th century. Together with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, it forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property. Juma Mosque Located in the historic Icheri Sheher, the mosque has been rebuilt several times. The present Friday Mosque was built in 1899 under the financing of Baku merchant Haji Shikhlali Dadashov. A minaret, constructed in 1437, adjoins Friday Mosque.
After climbing the Maiden’s Tower for some orientating views, wander randomly in the alleyways of İçəri Şəhər, making an active attempt to get lost. You’re never more than a few minutes’ walk from the fortified perimeter wall, and this way you get to absorb some of the atmosphere of the real Old City, small corners of which remain delightfully ‘lived-in’ despite the encroachment of neo historical office buildings and multiplying carpet sellers
14:00 Transfer to Hotel or Restaurant
10:00-12:00 Departure from the Hotel and the starting of the Apsheron peninsula tour
Ateshgah Fire Temple, Yanar Dag, Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum.
Apsheron Peninsula tour includes a combination of the three most interesting places not far from Baku such as Atashgah Fire Temple, Gala ethnographic museum and Yanardag. Our guide, will help you not to get lost in the maze of the history of the Apsheron Peninsula.
Your tour starts at Atashgah (Fire Temple) which located in the village Suraxani 30 km away from Baku. It is situated on a rock where natural emergences of gas on the surface have been burning for thousands of years. Here you will learn more about one of the most remarkable Zoroastrian temples which was actually built by 18th-century Indian Shiva devotees.
Your excursion continues on the other most famous and popular tourist places of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan is the mountain of Yanar Dag, which is located near Mammadli village 25 km to the north from Baku. In the 13th century, Marco Polo mentioned many natural gas flames burning spontaneously from the territory of Abşeron Peninsula. One of such places Yanardag (burning mountain from azerb) still exists. Natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. Meter long tongues of fire are licking the stratified earth approximately for 10 m in width, searing those who approached too close. People occupy the benches to watch the blazing hill in the evening, when its sight is most effective. Here you will chance to discover why Azerbaijan nickname is “Land of Flames”.
Our Apsheron peninsula tour will finish at the Qala State ethnographic Museum, which is an ideal place to get acquainted with traditions and way of life of…. This open-air park features several furnished traditional-style Apsheron buildings (house, smithy, potters workshop) set amid a wide range of archaeological finds and petroglyphs, both originals and reconstructions. All together, they help to get an idea of the life of the medieval people in Azerbaijan.Petroglyphs covering the period from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. to the Middle Ages, gavaldash (tambourine stone), ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex etc. found in the Absheron peninsula were placed at the Complex.
As long as the museum is interactive, you have a chance to see, touch, and take pictures. During the excursion, you can even try to bake Azerbaijan traditional bread in a common oven, weave a carpet, muddy in pottery or iron forge from professional masters for extra payment.
14:00 Transfer to Hotel or Restaurant
10:00 Departure from the hotel and the starting of the excursion to Qobustan and Mud Volcano
Bibi Heybət Mosque, Şixov Beach, Old oil pumps, Qobustan Museum, Mud Volcano
One of the most popular half day trips from Baku takes visitors to the mud volcanoes and petroglyphs around Qobustan, 60km south of the capital. Qobustan tour is an ideal place to discover that Azerbaijan is one of the ancient human settlements then you will chance to enjoy Mud Volcanos near Qobustan.
On the way to Gobustan you will see the Bibi Heybət Mosque, a fascinating view of Şixov Beach, old oil pumps, dazzling seascapes, and intriguing semi-deserts.
The Gobustan State Reserve is full of archaeological monuments and has over 600,000 cave painting. Here you will see ancient human bones, work tools used in back to thousand years ago during the Mesolithic period. Then, you will advance to the mountain in order to see real rock paintings in the open air museum. Distinctive, highly stylized thousand images showing of early man, animals, battles, ritual dances, bulls, warriors with spears in hand, camel caravan, and depictions of the sun and heavens, called petroglyphs, distinguishes Gobustan art. Most of these images were made by pecking, grinding, or scratching and carved a design into a rock’s surface and dating back between 5-20,000 years left by the hunter-gatherer people who populated this region in times past.
This is one of the largest known concentrations of petroglyphs and is located on the Gobustan State Preserve. Rock art provides a window into the past rituals, beliefs, and artistic abilities of its creators. Because of its scientific, aesthetic, and religious significance, Gobustan become most popular state park and a valuable mine of Azerbaijan. People interested in visiting the petroglyphs can take our half day tours to Gobustan all year long.
Later on the tour will continue to the Mud Volcano which is not far from the Gobustan National Museum. Azerbaijan keeps the first place in the world for the number of mud volcanoes. About 300 mud volcanoes are to be found in Azerbaijan – at the shore, in the sea and on islands. During this trip you will get a great chance to see these amazing active volcanoes from very close distance. Your tour will end in the same location where it has started. You need to have a love of volcanoes to fully understand the magic that this place gives off and the sensation you get when you’re here.
14:00 Transfer to Hotel or Restaurant
09:00 Departure from the hotel and the starting of the full day tour to Quba and Khinaliq
Beshbarmaq Dag, Quba city, Krasnaya Sloboda, Geshresh forest, Canyon of Tenggealti, Khinaliq village.
Xinaliq tour includes combination with Quba City tour, subusrbs of Tengealti canyon and Geshresh village and excursion to Khinaliq village.
On the way to Quba you will have short stop near Beshbarmaq Dag. Looming silhouette of Beshbarmaq Mountain which has 520 m height looks like five hand fingers. This mystical peak brandishes a rocky fistful of phallic crags a top a super-steep grassy ridge top. Crowds of locals come here seeking good fortune, a child, or the answer to their problems using a mixture of prayer, sacrifice.
During your Quba excursion you will see main attractions of the city and wander its orderly grid of quiet leafy streets and admiring the 19th-century houses and distinctive mosques, notably the colorful Hacı Cəfər Mosque and the unique, octagonal Cümə Mosque with its distinctively pointy metallic dome. Notice also the decrepit century-old Gümbəzli hamam with its big beehive dome. Nizami Park is a pleasant tree-shaded retreat overlooking the broad gravel bed of the Qudiyalçay River. After tour will have chance to visit town of Krasnaya Sloboda , home to a unique Jewish community with two active synagogues. You can watch Quba’s famous carpets being made at Qadim Quba, which also has a delightful boutique selling them along with handicrafts and paxlava (alternating layers of chopped nuts and white, stringy, fried pastry, all saturated in a sickly sweet syrup). Also there is a little History Museum.
Another popular and frequently visited places in the vicinity of Guba are such charming nature spots as Geshresh, Balbulag, and the canyon of Tenggealti, 400 m. to 600 m. deep. The famous Afurdzhi waterfall on Velvelichai River is included in the list of “Monuments of Azerbaijani Nature” and is protected by the state. There are other waterfalls too, attracting tourists and travelers with their uniqueness and originality.
After Quba tour climb to Xinaliq and take incredible view for highest village of Azerbaijan. Stunning bird flight view and admire miraculous uniqueness of the Khinaliq village. The village located at an altitude 2200 meters above sea level, Xinaliq people have their own unique language which is not spoking anywhere else. Language was preserved by time because before village was reachable just 5 months per year. Village has 2000 years history. Here you learn about customs and traditions and see lifestyle of the people at the height of 2500 meters above sea level.
Overnight in Baku
09:00 Departure from Baku to Qabala throw Shamakhi and Lahich village
This tour is a combination with Shamakhi city main attractions, Diri baba mauseleum in Maraza and excursion to Lahich village.
On the way to Shamakhi you will have short stop near Diri baba Mouseleum. It is a unique monument of the 15th century, a two-storey mausoleum-mosque called Diri Baba (1402). The Mausoleum amazes one with the austerity of its architecture, carved out from the surrounding rocks. Here you will have chance to enjoy panoramic view of surroundings from the top. Crowds of locals come here seeking good fortune, a child, or the answer to their problems using a mixture of prayer, sacrifice.
After visiting Diri Baba Mouselum you will proceed to Shamakhi. Take sightseeing tour across the city, enjoy natural beauty of Shamakhi suburbs its mountains, forests and rivers.During tour you will see famous sites of Shamakhi and then go to Lahich. One of the most significant sites of Shamkhi is restored Juma mosque building was erected in the 19th century, damaged during the civil unrest of 1918 and not restored until recent years. Nonetheless, the powerful, bare stone interior columns exude a feeling of great antiquity.
After Shamakhi tour climb to Lahich village and take incredible view of unique village, which is historical-architectural preserve. The village was built in the 5th century B.C. on the canyon of the river Girdimanchai (Upper Caucasus). Due to frequent earthquakes the village developed its own building techniques, a traditional stone-and-wood cross-tie technique known as divarchu (“wood wall”). This technique has proven results – the damage provoked by quakes in places like Shemakha remains unseen in Lahich. You will spend a few interesting hours in Lahich and have chance to learn about customs and traditions and see lifestyle of the Azerbaijan main copper hub in ancient times.Walk along the cobblestone streets, visit the History Museum, browse the shops, have a look the the copper workshop or visit the carpets cooperative.
Overnight in Qabala
10:00-15:00 Departure from hotel and starting of the sightseeing tour around Qabala
Early In the morning, depart from your hotel in Baku to Qabala. On the way to Qabala, visit Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakhi have a sightseeing tour around city and visit historical Juma Mosque. Continue driving to Qabala. After lunch starts sightseeing tour around Qabala. You will see famous monuments during your sightseeing tour with commentary of your private guide along with panoramic view of Qabala. Take a walking tour across the city, climb to summer-winter tourist complex Tufandag take freshness breeze of Caucasus Mountains and take incredible view for city and admire incredible mountains of Greater Caucasus. After studying Qabala and enjoying its unique sights, you can continue your tour to 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 ecclesiast in Caucasian Albania).
İn Qabala you will have chance to choose among other main attractions and interesting sites in the surrounding area (for a choice based on time):
Excursion to the Gabala Historical and Local History Museum
Excursion to the ancient city of Kabalaka (Chuhur Gabala)
Excursion to the Gabaland amusement park
Excursion to the summer-winter tourist complex Tufandag
Excursion to the village of Nidzh. Ancient Albanian Church
Excursion to the Gabala center of the shooting
Walking on the outskirts of Lake Nokhur
Walk in the chestnut forest
Acquaintance with historical and cultural monuments in the village of Hazra
A boat trip in the vicinity of Lake Nokhur
Trip to the bee apiary. Tea with honey
A trip to the winery. Tasting different types of wines.
After sightseeing tour free time in Qabala
Transfer from Qabala to Sheki
Overnight in Sheki
10:00-15:00 Departure from hotel and starting of the sightseeing tour around Sheki
Sheki Khan Sarai
Early In the morning, depart from your hotel in Baku to Sheki. On the way to Sheki, visit Diri Baba mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakhi and have a sightseeing of historical Juma Mosque. Continue driving to Sheki. After lunch starts sightseeing tour around Sheki.
You will see famous monuments during your walking tour with commentary of your private guide along with panoramic view of Sheki from the terrace Enjoy panoramic view of the town. Take a walking tour across the city, climb to terrace take freshness breeze of Caucasus Mountains and take incredible view for ancient city and admire miraculous architecture. İn Sheki you will have chance to learn about the ruling dynasty of Sheki on 17-18 centuries period when Sheki was independent khanate by visiting Sheki Khan Sarai Palace the biggest monument of the Azerbaijan architecture . Visit inside the building and learn about miracles of Azerbaijan architecture shebeke and it was built without single nail.
You will have possibility to stroll the medieval heart of Sheki the Karvan Saray .
Visit stunning Sheki Khans’ Palace, a medieval fortress, and local History Museum. Continue to local mosque, handicrafts workshop, madrasah, and bazaar. Sheki tours will introduce you a city located in the picturesque mountains and considered one of the most ancient in the entire Caucasus. It is a hub of ancient crafts where you will visit local studios, watch the masters’ work and get souvenirs to remember the outstanding trip.
After studying Sheki and enjoying its unique sights, you can also breath the clean air, enjoy sunny day and friendly atmosphere and taste delightful Azerbaijani cuisine while watching the peaceful life of the most authentic Azerbaijan city. visit Sheki’s Lower and Upper Caravansaries, both belonging to the 18th century. The teahouse in the Upper Caravansary is a perfect place to try local sweet Sheki halva and enjoy tea and piti. Explore the new Bazaar, located on the western section of the city. The new bazaar is an interesting spot, where you can find all sorts of handicrafts, food, and spices.
Sheki city tour includes combination with Old Town of Sheki you will see famous monuments during your walking tour with commentary of your private guide along with panoramic view of Sheki from the terrace of Sheki Khan Saray.
More interesting is a Şəbəkə Workshop, where local craftsmen (no English) assemble traditional stained glass windows, slotting together hundreds of hand-carved wooden pieces to create intricate wooden frames without metal fastenings. Small examples are sold as souvenirs. Here you can also buy souvenirs, and try national costumes.
After sightseeing tour free time in Sheki
Transfer from Sheki to Baku
Overnight in Baku
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