Start and end in Baku! With the historical tour Discover Azerbaijan (4 nights/5 days), you have a 5 day tour package taking you through Baku, Azerbaijan and 2 other destinations in Azerbaijan. Discover Azerbaijan (4 nights/5 days) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide and more. Discover all that Baku and its surroundings have to offer on this full-day tour. See the prehistoric petroglyphs at Gobustan National Park, learn about the mud volcanoes and their healing properties, visit the Zoroastrian fire temple of Ateshgah, explore the fire mountain of Yanardag, and admire the architecture of Baku's modern city center.
Day 1 : Transfer from airport to the hotel
Our English speaking guide/driver will be waiting for you at the airport when you arrive there and then you will be dropped at your hotel. On the way to the hotel he will provide you with brief information about your tour itinerary and change contact number.
Day 2 : Baku city & Old town full day tour
After having breakfast, at 10:00, our driver/guide will pick you up from the hotel and start the excursion. The places you will see during the tour: Highland Park - Panoramic view of Baku Bay from the highest point of the city. National Flag Square - One of the highest flag of the world is Azerbaijani flag fluttering in the square of the National Flag in Baku. 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. Seaside Park (Baku Boulevard) - “The Boulevard” is a promenade that runs parallel to Baku’s seafront. This area - popular for strolling and taking in views of the Caspian – was recently named a national park. Shirvanshahs` Palace – 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 burial-vaults, the shah’s mosque with a minaret, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi’s mausoleum, a portal in the east – Murad’s gate, a reservoir and the remnants of the bath-house. Maiden Tower -The Maiden Tower also known locally as Giz Galasi, located in the Old City, Baku, in Azerbaijan, was built in the 12th century as part of the walled city. Together with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, dated to the 15th century, it forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property, Category III. Juma Mosque, Double Gates, Bazar Square, Caravan Saray, Government House, Heydar Aliyev Center, State Philharmonic Hall, Mugam Center, Carpet Museum and etc.
Day 3 : Qabala
As Gabala is located in 220 km in distance from Baku you will be picked up by driver/guide from the hotel at 09:00 and you will arrive to Gabala approximately at 12:00-13:00. After having lunch in a national restaurant you will start your journey. The tour will end at 18:00 and you will lead back to Baku and dropped off at your hotel. These places will be visited during the tour: - Visit to Shamakhi: Maraza village, visit to Sufi Dervish Mousaleum “Diri Baba” - “Nohurgol” Lake - The lake is surrounded by a forest, you can walk around the lake. Here you can relax, even sail boat on the lake - Tour to Tufandag: Longest teleferic of the world - Whether for skiing, or just for memorable summer views of the Alpine scenery behind Qabala, jump aboard the Tufandag network of four cable cars. - Qabala Shooting Club - Shooting experience OR -“Yeddi Gozal” waterfall (Seven Beauties) - Qabaland - It’s not quite Disneyland, but Azerbaijan’s first theme park is a godsend for local families and has something for all ages. All rides are paid through a precharged cash card. It’s a Youth Entertainment center (karting, Ice rink and so on. interesting attractions)
Day 4 : Absheron-Gobustan full day tour
The tour starts at 10:00 and the drive/guide pick you up from the hotel. Tour will be held on in Baku-Absheron area. The Absheron-Gobustan tour is a one day trip and covers Gobustan national museum, Mud volcanoes, Fire temple and Burning mountain.The places you will see during the tour: Gobustan State Reserve located west of the settlement of Gobustan, about 70 km southwest of the center of Baku was established in 1966 when the region was declared as a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan in an attempt to preserve the ancient carvings, mud volcanoes and gas-stones in the region.Gobustan State Reserve is very rich in archeological monuments, the reserve has more than 600,000 rock paintings, which depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years.Today Gobustan is the most popular state reserve and is an invaluable treasure-house of Azerbaijan. For other state reserves see State Reserves of Azerbaijan. Over a thousand mud volcanoes are known to exist in the world, and some 400 of those are in the coastal area of Azerbaijan.While mud volcanoes (also known as “sedimentary volcanoes”) never grow to the size of a normal volcano, topping out at around 10 km in diameter and 700 meters in height, (among the largest mud volcanoes in the world are Boyuk Khanizadagh and Turaghai, both in Azerbaijan) they do occasionally get the chance to show off, as happened in 2001.Every 20 years or so, one of these mud/gas volcanoes will ignite deep below the surface and create a massive explosion. While generally not dangerous to people, as they are far outside of most city centers, it is believed that six shepherds and over 2,000 sheep were killed by a mud volcano in Bozdagh, Azerbaijan.There is a silver lining to having a country covered in mud volcanoes. Mud volcanoes are closely associated with hydrocarbon and petrochemical stores underground, hence the gas trying to escape to the surface. A few of these gas leaks are constantly on fire, shooting small perpetual flames into the air and some believe that these perpetual flames are strongly connected to the appearance of the Zoroastrian religion in Azerbaijan some 2,000 years ago. The Temple of Eternal Fire - Ateshgah - is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. It is well-known practically all over the world. It is located 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb of Surakhany. 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. It was built by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. Yanar Dag (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning "burning mountain") is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan (a country which itself is known as "the Land of Fire"). Flames jet into the air 3 meters from a thin, porous sandstone layer.Administratively, Yanar Dag belongs to Absheron District of Azerbaijan.Yanar Dag or the Fire Mountain is one of the magically attractive sites, which surprises and enchants visitors. It seems like a brilliant sparkling on the mountain surface.People have always regarded the magnificent view of Yanar Dag as something "sacred".The history of Yanar Dag is shrouded in mystery, but a local legend goes that a shepherd once accidentally lit a fire there and the hill has been burning ever since. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque (Azerbaijani: Bibiheybət məscidi) is a historical mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan. The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum (a descendant of Muhammad), and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan.
Day 5 : Transfer to the Airport
After checking out from the hotel, your driver will transfer you to the Airport 3 hours before from your actual Departure.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation : Accommodation at 4* hotel.
Guide : English speaking guide during the whole tour.
Additional Services : Entrance fees: Gobustan museum, Fire Temple & Burning Hill, Private Car in your service during the tour.
Followings are not included in tour:
Flights : Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
Insurance : Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company.