1 DAY: Baku – arrival
Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Free time.
DAY 2: Baku
Breakfast in hotel. Our Baku sight seeing tour starts with visiting Baku Old City. In old city you can visit 1) Palace of Shirvanshahs
It is the historical monument of of the Azerbaijan architecture, situated in the Inner City of Baku, named “Icheri sheher”. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the mosque with a minaret and the remnants of the bath-house
2) Maiden Tower
The Maiden Tower also known locally as Qiz Qalasi, located in the Icheri Sheher, was built in the 12th century as part of the Icheri Sheher. It forms an ensemble of historical monuments inscribed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage.
3) Juma Mosque
Located in the historic “Old City”, the mosque has been rebuilt several times. The present Friday Mosque was built in 1899.
After lunch we start our tour from Modern Baku.
1) Highland Park (Dag Ustu Park)
Panoramic view of Baku Bay from the highest point of the city.
2) Flame Towers
3) National Flag Square
One of the highest flag of the world is Azerbaijani flag.The height of the constructed pillar is 162, the diameter of the foundations is 3,2, the diameter of the top of the foundation is 1,09 meters. Total weight of the device is 220 tons. The width of the flag is 35 meter, the length is 70 meters, the total area is 2450 sq. meters, and the mass is approximately is 350 kg.
4) Baku Boulevard
“The Boulevard” was recently named as a national park. Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a time when oil barons built their mansions along the Caspian shore and when the seafront was artificially built up inch by inch.
Visiting Heydar Aliyev Center
The cultural center of Heydar Aliyev which is considered as one of the symbols of modern Baku is a cultural center built on Heydar Aliyev Avenue in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It includes an auditorium (congress center), a museum, exhibition halls and administrative offices. The project of the center was developed in 2007 by the architect Zaha Hadid.
In 2014 it was recognized as the best building in the world – the 2014 Design of the Year award.
DAY 3: Gabala
Breakfast in hotel, Departure from Baku, Baku-Shamakhi-Lahij-Gabala trip.
Shemakhi or Shamakha is an ancient capital of Azerbaijan. It was founded in 5th century B.C. it was the capital of Shirvan khanate, residence of Shirvanshah’s and one of the most beautiful cities of the East.
Gulistan fortress is the main sightseeing of the city. The fortress was constructed with a defensive purpose. Another popular places of interests in Shamakhi (Şamaxi) are – Seven Domes (Yeddi Gumbez) Mausoleum, with numerous burials of Shemakha rulers, Juma Mosque (5th century), the oldest mosque in the Caucasus.
Nowadays, Shemakha is also considered as a winemaking & carpet weaving center. In addition to all the above, Shemakha is a literary city, which is the hometown of many Azerbaijani poets.
High-altitude village Lahij (Lahic), situated in Ismayilli Region, is an original monument of the ancient architecture. Here you can find not only articles made of copper, leather and wood, used in household, but also peculiar samples of cold steel. Here you can find a lot of workshops, where hereditary blacksmiths are still creating household items. In addition to observing of the process, you can acquire just made good.
In this village the Interesting fact is that, water and sewage system was constructed more than 1500 years ago, and no one of local citizens knows where it starts, where it ends & how it works. Nowadays town Lahij is an historical-architectural heritage, preserved by the government in its original form.
Qabala (Gabala) is a unique and beautiful region, located on the bank of Demiraparanchay River & overlooking the highest peak of Azerbaijan – Bazarduzu mountain (altitude 4466 m).
Modern infrastructure of hotels & resorts provides high level of services that will satisfy needs of worldly-wise tourists. Every summer Gabala hosts international festivals, which attract famous musicians, artists & art collectives from all over the world.
Optional places to visit:
Gabala Historical Museum- Ancient town Kabalaka- Gabala Land Entertainment center-
Summer-Winter Touristic Complex Tufandag- Ropeway- Nij village, Albanian temple
Gabala Shooting Center- Nokhur Lake- House-Museum of Ismail Kutkashenli
“Seven Beauties” Waterfall- Trip to the winery with degustation of local wines
Overnight in Qabala
DAY 4: Gabala – Nij – Sheki
Breakfast in hotel, Qabala-Nij-Sheki tour
Optional places to visit in Qabala:
Gabala Shooting Center, Nokhur Lake, House-Museum of Ismail Kutkashenli
Nij (Nic) is a homeland to a specific ethnic group – Azerbaijani-Udi, who are considered as descendants of the Caucasian Albanians.
Overnight in Sheki (Şəki or Şeki)
DAY 5: Sheki – Kish – Baku
Breakfast in hotel, Sheki-Kish-Baku tour
Sheki: Sheki is an ancient historical city, located in the southern foothills of the Greater Caucasus, in 300 kilometers north-west from Baku.
Archaeological evidences suggest that Sheki could be considered as one of the oldest settlements in the Caucasus, many findings on its territory are dating back more than 2500 years old.
There are a lot of historical monuments, preserved in its original form. The main sightseeing of the city is majestic Sheki Khan’s Palace, with its magnificent wall paintings. Another popular places of interest are: Ancient Albanian temple situated in Kish settlement, not far from Sheki, Gelersen Gorersen fortress, numerous of caravanserais, house of Sheki Khans, Juma Mosque, medieval baths, theater, historical museum. Overnight in Baku
DAY 6: Qobustan-Baku
Absheron peninsula tour (Ateshgah, Qala, Yanardag)
The temple of fire worshippers Ateshgah is located at the Absheron peninsula at the outskirts of Surakhani village in 30 km from the centre of Baku and was revered in different times by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up). The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries. Pentagonal complex has an open courtyard with templealtar in the center which was the place of pilgrimage for worshippers. By the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ateshgah was declared a State historical-architectural reserve. This museum under the open sky was recently restored. Different workshops and souvenir galleries are located here now.
Qala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex
The Gala state archaeological and ethnographic museum complex is considered one of the most interesting tourist sites in Baku. One can see the burial mounds, tombs, houses, constructions, water storages, the ruins of an ancient castle, five mosques, three baths and others in the territory of this complex. All this was discovered on the Absheron Peninsula and related to the period from the third millennium BC to the twentieth century. The first archaeological and ethnographic complex in the open air was established in 2008 to preserve these monuments, as well as to replenish them as a result of the archaeological excavations in Absheron.
Yanardag (Burning Mountain)
One of the most famous and popular tourist places of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan is the mountain of Yanar Dag. Actually, it is rather a hill than a mountain, with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. Meterlong 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. Yanar Dag is located 25 km to the north from Baku. From the year 2007 Yanar Dag is declared a state-protected conservation area.
DAY 7: Departure
Check-out from the hotel transfer to Baku International Airport. Departure.
You can contact the specified phone numbers, in case you have question or request.