Ancient Azerbaijan Tour8 Days | Baku, Absheron Peninsula, Gobustan, Shamakhi, Lahij, Gabala, Kish, Sheki, Ganja, Naftalan

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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.
Start sightseeing tour in Baku. Visit Memory Alley – “Shehidler Khiyabany”, from where you will have a great panoramic city view. Continue touring new Baku and exploring architecture of 19-20th centuries: Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Nizami Ganjavi monument, Rasul-Zade Street. Pay a visit to Azerbaijan History National Museum and move to the old part of the city – 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 a visit to the richest bank of Azeri carpets – National Carpets Museum.
In the evening enjoy traditional dinner at Azeri restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Gobustan – Baku
 
Today you will visit the area of the Greater Baku and Absheron peninsula. Start with 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. 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, you will take a road to Sheki. On the way, visit Diri-Baba Mausoleum 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 the Girdimanchay River’s canyon to visit Lahij, the 5th century place outstanding due to its historical interest and architectural merit. Lahij is mostly famous for magnificent ancient mosques and bath-houses. But it is also a place to learn more about medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as a chance to purchase artifacts such as jewelry, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers and iron tools in a number of traditional workshops.
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
 
This morning we explore Naftalan, the city famous for naphthalane oil spas that stand out with medicinal properties. You can take an oil bath and relax. Free day in Naftalan. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Naftalan – Baku
 
Drive back to Baku. Check-in on arrival. 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 - 3 nights

Intourist, Park Inn

Central Park, Azcot, New Baku, Amber

Qabala - 1 night

Qafkaz Caravan Serai

Qafqaz City, Qafqaz Yeddi Gozel

Sheki - 1 night

Sheki Palace, Sheki Saray

Issam

Naftalan - 2 nights

Garabag

Qashalti

 

  • All transfers;
  • Accommodation based on double/twin room sharing, breakfasts included;
  • Sightseeing tour program with local guide;
  • Entrance fees to sights as per itinerary;
  • Welcome dinner.
  • Full board (lunches and dinners);
  • Hotel charges for additional services;
  • Personal travel insurance.

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