Az-5: Ancient Azerbaijan: fortresses, mausoleums, traditions and crafts8 Days | Baku, Absheron Peninsula, Shamakhi, Lahij, Sheki, Kish, Ganja, Naftalan, Gobustan

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An unforgettable tour to the most popular touristy cities of Azerbaijan reveals long history of the Land of Fire from primitive times to the present day. Explore ancient fortresses and palaces, mosques and mausoleums erected in honour of saints, as well as modern landmarks, culture, folk traditions and crafts of the Azerbaijani people.

 

 

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Baku – arrival
Arrival in Baku. You will be met by our driver and transferred to the hotel. Check-in at noon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Baku
Today you will visit the Old Town of Baku “Icheri Sheher” and Absheron peninsula. Start sightseeing tour in Icheri Sheher. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenirs stalls. An excellent round-up to the city tour will be visit to the richest bank of Azeri carpets – National Carpets Museum. Later drive to Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Surakhany village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Continue to Yanar Dag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala
In the morning, departure from your hotel to Sheki. On the way, visit Diri-Baba Mausoleum in Maraza village. Continue to Shamakhi and have a sightseeing of historical Dzhuma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family grave yard. Drive through Girdimanchay River’s canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century place rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid by stones. It is famous for medieval water supply and sewage systems as well as traditional workshops making jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools. In the afternoon, continue driving to our final destination for the evening the city of Gabala. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Gabala – Kish – Sheki
In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive to Sheki. On the way, visit the first Albanian church in Caucasus dating back to the 1st century AD. Have sightseeing tour around Sheki. Visit stunning Sheki Khans’ Palace, a medieval fortress, and local History Museum. Continue to local mosque, handicrafts workshop, madrasah, and bazaar. Enjoy panoramic view of the town. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Sheki – Ganja – Naftalan
In the morning, depart Sheki and drive to Ganja, the second biggest city in Azerbaijan. Visit Ancient Fortress Wall, statue of Nizami Ganjavi, Shah Abbas mosque, and a unique house decorated with thousands of bottles. Continue driving to Naftalan, the center of medical tourism in Azerbaijan. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Naftalan – Gobustan – Baku
This morning we explore Naftalan, the city famous for naphthalane oil and its medical effect. You can take a 15 minute oil bath before we continue to Gobustan. Arrive at UNESCO site Gobustan National Park. Pay a visit to the Petroglyphs Museum and explore petroglyphs dating back to 10,000 BC. Continue to mud volcanoes in Gobustan Reserve. Gobustan is home to almost half of world’s mud volcanoes. Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Baku
Continue exploring the city with visit to Memory Alley – “Shehidler Khiyabany”, from where you can have a great panoramic view of Baku city. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of XIX- XX centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum. Free time in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Baku – departure
Check-out from the hotel till noon. Transfer to Baku International Airport. End of the tour.

Accommodation:

Comfort Option

Economy Option

Baku - 4 nights

Atropat

Central Park, Diplomat

Qabala - 1 night

Qafkaz Caravan Serai

Gabala City, Gabala Yeddi Gozel

Sheki - 1 night

Sheki Palace

Issam

Naftalan - 1 night

Chinar Hotel

Chinar Hotel

 

Price includes:

  1. All transfers;
  2. Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  3. Sightseeing tour program with local guide;
  4. Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary.

Price does not include:

  1. Full board (lunches and dinners);
  2. Hotel charges for additional services;
  3. Personal travel insurance;
  4. Azerbaijan tourist e-visa.