- Country: Azerbaijan
- Season: April - October
- Tour duration: 8 days/7 nights
- Category: individual tour.
Azerbaijan is a very remarkable country, boasting unique history and traditions. The numerous trade routes of the Great Silk Road used to intersect the country in the old times. Azerbaijan is often called ‘the country of fires’, as rich oil and gas deposits lying close to the surface throughout the country, when kindled, used to form gigantic burning columns growing right from the ground and to impress greatly the ancient fire-worshipping tribes inhabiting the territory. Those times were commemorated in numerous temples and rock paintings.
A holiday in Azerbaijan will turn out an incredibly peasant and diverse time span, during which you will see a number of impressive historical monuments, travel to majestic mountains, walk on the quay of Baku, visit Shamakhi and Sheki, bathe in the mild sun on the shore of the Caspian Sea, contemplate the capital’s modern architecture and partake of the sweetest fruit and traditional food.
Day 1: Arrival in Baku. Nighttime excursion.
Day 2: Baku. Sightseeing excursion.
Day 3: Baku - the Absheron Peninsula - Baku.
Day 4: Baku - Shamakhi - Gabala - Sheki.
Day 5: Sheki - Kish - Sheki.
Day 6: Sheki - Baku.
Day 7: Baku - Gobustan National Park - Baku.
Day 8: Baku. Departure.
Detailed tour description:
Day 1: Arrival in Baku. Nighttime excursion. Arrival in Baku. Meeting at airport. Transfer to and accommodation in hotel. Free time. Nighttime excursion at 8.00 p.m., including the Mountain Park, Baku Boulevard, Nizami Street and the Fountains Square. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Baku. Sightseeing excursion. Breakfast at the hotel. The excursion to Baku starts from the central part of the city: the National Flag Square, new building of the Azerbaijan National Carpet and Arts Museum, Baku Boulevard, the building of the House of Government (former House of Council), Magomayev Philharmonic Hall, Mayoralty of Baku, the Governor’s Garden; it will continue in the Old City: the Palace of the Shirvanshahs (15th century), Maiden Tower (9th century), caravanserais, mosques and others; it will end at the Heydar Aliyev Centre, after which the tourists will return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Baku - the Absheron Peninsula - Baku. Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the villages of Surakhany and Mehemmedli and Yanar Dag Hill. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Baku - Shamakhi - Gabala - Sheki. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from hotel. Early departure from Baku. Excursion to the town of Shamakhi: the Juma Mosque (19th century) and Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum. Trip to Lake Nohur. Excursion to the town of Chukhur Gabala. Familiarisation with the village of Nij. Transfer to Sheki and accommodation in hotel. Lunch and free time for rest. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Sheki - Kish - Sheki. Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Sheki: the Khan’s Summer Palace, shebeke production shop, Sheki pakhlava (oriental cakes with the walnut filling) production shop, the Albanian church in the village of Kish. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Sheki - Baku. Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from hotel. Departure from Sheki. Arrival in Baku. Accommodation in hotel. Overnight at the hotel. Transfer from Sheki to Baku. Night at hotel in Baku.
Day 7: Baku - Gobustan National Park - Baku. Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Gobustan National Park. Return to hotel. Overnight at the hotel. The Gobustan National Park lies 30 km south of Baku, connected with the latter via a high-quality road, which makes the park quite easy to reach. The monuments of Gobustan include rock paintings and archaeological sites among other interesting objects.
Day 8: Baku. Departure. Breakfast at hotel. Departure from hotel (before 12.00 a.m.). Departure from Baku. Cost of the tour per person depends on the category of hotels and number of people in a group. The price various from 410$ to 2200$.
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