Day 1: Baku
*Baku Old City tour*
Palace of the Shirvanshahs is the biggest monument of the Shirvan-Absheron branch of the Azerbaijan architecture, situated in the Inner City of Baku. The complex contains the main building of the palace, Divanhane, the mosque with a minaret and the remnants of the bath-house
The Maiden Tower also known locally as Qiz Qalasi, located in the Old City, was built in the 12th century as part of the walled city. It forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property.
Located in the historic Icheri Sheher, the mosque has been rebuilt several times. The present Friday Mosque was built in 1899. There are traces of a Zoroastrian temple at the site. Overnight Baku.
Day 2: Shahdag
Drive to Shahdag
Shahdag’s Mountain resort is in the most beautiful regions of Azerbaijan. Visitors can choose from a variety of accommodation distributed throughout the complex ranging from luxury hotels, individual chalets and cottages through to camping (in the summer).
During the winter season there will be 19 ski slopes available for skiers of all levels.
A brand new ski station equipped with the very latest snow machine technology will ensure that perfect snow conditions will be provided throughout the season.
Other winter activities available will include, snow mobiling, horse riding, snow sliding, tubing and a snow park for children.
In the warmer summer months the mountain will come alive with activities such as Mountain Biking, Trontinettes, Zip lining, Horse riding, Quad biking, Paintballing and Bob Karts to name but a few. Younger children will also be catered for with a children’s club and bouncy castle as well as other activities. Overnight Shahdagh.
Day 3: Quba- Khinaliq
Visit one of most ancient settlements in the country – Khinalug or Xinaliq (210 km, 3-4 hours). The road to Khinalug is a picturesque mountain pass at an altitude of 2,000 m. Enjoy breathtaking views of the landscape. People have been continuously living in Khinalug for more than 5,000 years. Return to Baku. On the way back, stop in Quba and visit Sakina Khanim Mosque, medieval bath hammam, and carpet workshop. Overnight at the hotel in Quba.
Day 4: Quba- Qusar-Lazza- Quba
Today we can visit both Qusar and Laza. In the morning drive from hotel to Qusar.
Gusar city is the last major settlement in the north part of Azerbaijan. It is called “The North Gates” due to its geographical location as it borders with the Republic of Dagestan of the Russian Federation. Population of the region consists of Lezgins – an original nationality, with a rich culture, characterized by hospitality.
Gusar is famous for Summer-Winter touristic complex – Shahdag, operating all year round. In winter it is a popular ski resort, and in summer – a camp site in the slope of the Greater Caucasus Mountains.
Part of the Gusar territory is included to the Shahdag National Park – the largest in Azerbaijan.
Cultural life of this region is very rich. There are a lot of musical collectives, the most popular is the folklore ensemble called “Lezginka”. “Lezginka” is a popular national dance in the entire Caucasus, performed accompanied by accordion and national percussion instrument – “nagara”.
Laza village is located on the north-east of the Main Caucasian Ridge, at the foot of the high plateau “Shah Yaylag” and one of the highest peak of “Shahdag”.
Population of Laza mostly consists of ethnic Lezgins, whose history is closely connected with the Caucasian Albania, one of the most ancient states in the territory of Azerbaijan. Overnight Quba.
Day 5: Quba- Baku
Absheron peninsula tour (Ateshgah, Gala, 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.
Gala 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. Overnight Baku.
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