With this Discovery tour, you will be able to visit all the major sites of Azerbaijan in a week. Starting and ending at Baku you will get the best out of the country visiting both Historical and Natural Touristic detinations of the county. Start and end in Baku! With the discovery tour Discovery of Azerbaijan in a Week (7 Nights 8 Days), you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Baku, Azerbaijan and 6 other destinations in Azerbaijan. Discovery of Azerbaijan in a Week (7 Nights 8 Days) is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as transport and more.
Day 1 : Arrival at the Airport
At the airport you will be greeted by our English Speaking Representative Holding the Card "Evergreen Travel" written on it. You will be transfered to your hotel. On the way to the hotel our representative will give you the verbal short breefing about the tours you will have in Baku. He also will answer to all of your questions and will share his/her contact with you for 7/24 assistance.
Day 2 : Baku City Tour
After having a good breakfast in the hotel, car will pick you up from your hotel for starting Baku City Tour. The first destination of the tour will be the Highland Park which is the highest spot of the Baku. From the park, you will see the panorama of the city which you will be able to see major buildings like, Flame Towers, Parliament Building, State Tv Channel Building and Broadcast Tower, Martyrs’ Lane, Chrystal Hall, National Flag Square and many more. You will be walking through the Martyrs’ Lane to the 40 Stairs where your driver will pick you up. Then the driver will drive the car alongside the Baku Boulevard which you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view of it. You will have a 30 Min stop in the Baku Boulevard for short walking. On the way you will also be able to see the Carpet Museum and the Mini Venice. Guide will explain the mysterious history behind the Baku Boulevard and its connection to the Oil Barons. Then the car will pick you up from the Azneft Square. From there you will continue to the Double Gates to start Old City Walking Tour. From Double Gates, starting the tour you will be able to see the Chain, Sailor and Cat Houses, Bukhara and Multani Caravanserais, Juma Mosque, Maiden Tower. Guide will explain to you the history of the Old City, and its buildings mentioned above. After taking pictures in front of the Maiden Tower you will proceed to Visit the Miniature Book Museum, the biggest miniature book collection on earth that has a book which thickness of 0.75mm and consist of 22 Pages. Next Destination in the Old City will be the Shirvanshahs’ Palace. Inside of the Palace the guide will explain the history of the Shirvanshah Dynasty and will show you the magnificent palace that belonged to the ancient Kings of Shirvan. From the Palace you will be ending up in the Double Gates again. The last destination in the Baku city tour will be the Nizami Street. You will have 20 minutes walk to see the beauty of the most central street of the Baku with full of shops and nice restaurants. You will also be able to see the Fountain Square a place full of magical fountains. Car again will pick you up from the Double gates and drop you to the hotel.
Day 3 : Full Day Tour
Today you are going to discover amazing areas surrounding Baku City. Your tour will start with the car picking you up from the hotel. Your first destination will be the Gobustan- The Archeological monument is located in 56 km from the capital city, Baku. The artifacts and rock carvings were discovered in 1939 – 1940 years. As a result of the researchers, more than 3,500 human and animal paintings and various markings – petroglyphs were recorded and 20 suburban shelters have been identified in this place. Mesolithic monuments (medieval stone) are mostly exhibited in the reserve. There are many caves, springs, carved by primitive men on walls of caves, rocks, and stony lumps. First you will visit the Gobustan Museum to get the better insights to the history of the area then you will go by car to the Rock Mountain to see the real carvings. After the Rock Mountain, you will visit the Mud Volcanos. That is why the Transportation will be changed to the Soviet Lada Cars. Whoever wants can bring some strong plastic bags with them to collect some of the mud from there which has been said is good for the skin. Spending 20 minutes around Volcanos you will be transferred back to your bus. The next major destination after the mud Volcanos will be the Fire Temple. On the way to the Temple you will also visit the Bibiheybet Mosque, with magnificent green internal decorative beauty and the First Industrial Oil Well on the Earth that was opened for use in 1846. The temple is located in the south-eastern part of the Surakhani settlement of the Absheron peninsula, 30 km away from Baku. Ateshgah is a fire temple built in the 17th-18th centuries in the place of the eternal flames of natural gas. The earliest building of the temple belongs to the 1713 year, and the central temple was built in 1810 by merchant Kanchanagara funds.It was sanctified by Zoroastrians, Hindus, and Sikhs at different times. After The Fire temple, your last destination will be the Fire Mountain. This natural burning flame became as a result of the emergence of natural gas at the foot of the hill. A hill that burning approximately 4 millenniums nonstop even in times of raining and snowing. After the Fire Mountain you will be dropped to your hotel.
Day 4 : Shamakhi-Lahij-Qabala
After the early breakfast, your tour to the Natural sites of Azerbaijan will start. Car will pick you up from the hotel. The first site you will visit on the way to Shamakhi City will be the Diri Baba Mausoleum that built in th 15th Century. After the Mausoleum you will reach to the Shamakhi City-one of the most ancient cities in Azerbaijan dated back to 5th century BC. In the Middle Ages, Shamakhi was the capital of the Shirvanshahs government. In the Middle Ages Shamakhi was one of the fascinating cities in the east. City also has the biggest astrophysical observatory in the Caucasus. The city itself is not only rich with its nature and beauty but very rich with monuments that have historical significance. Inside of the Shamakhi City you will visit the Shamakhi Juma Mosque, a first mosque ever built in the territory of Azerbaijan in year 743. After the mosque you will proceed to the 7 Gumbez Mausoleum. A medieval graveyard of the Kings Family. After the Shamakhi we will drive further to the North West to the Lahij Village in Ismayilli region. Lahij – village is one of the most ancient inhabited cities in Azerbaijan that located in Ismailli region. Lahij is the best example of original architecture that preserved by villagers more than centuries. Lahij Village entered to List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO because the village was one of the best handcraft and trading centers in the Caucasus. The main fame of the village comes from handmade copper products with a magnificent design that all made in the village with traditional way. Now the village is one of the most famous touristic destinations in Azerbaijan because even today the village has dozens of workshops that are making very beautiful handmade copper products. People started to live there from III-IV centuries and even village has water and sewage systems that operate 1000 years. After visiting and doing some shopping in the village, we will continue our journey further to Qabala. On the way we will stop in the very beautiful forest of Qabala and big and blue Nohur Lake. After reaching to the Qabala city car will transfer you to the hotel.
Day 5 : Qabala and Sheki Tour
After having the breakfast in the Hotel, you will check out for continuing your journey further. Driver will drive you the Tufandagh Mountain Resort. Which you will be able to experience a cable car that climbs 1609 Meter high up to the mountain. From There you will clearly be able to see the Qabala. In Tufandagh mountain resort it is also possible to use paragliding services instead of Cable car which will be completely voluntarily with some extra payment. From Qabala you will move to Sheki- one of the most ancient cities that habituated by people more than 2700 years in the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasian Mountains. Majority of architectural buildings that built between 16th -19th centuries were well preserved. For centuries Sheki was the center of silkworm breeding and silk production center and located on the silk road. Due to its very soft climate, the soil of Sheki is very good for different kinds of fruits and vegetables. Sheki city is also very famous for its very rich cuisine and sweets not only among the locals but tourists also. You can try a special Soup called “Piti” that cooked 8-9 hours, from night till morning with the significantly small amount of fire. First destination to visit in Sheki will be the Sheki Khans’ Palace. The Palace itself built in 1762 as a summer residence for the Khan(King) of Sheki. During the construction of the building, no single nails and glues were used. From inside, all the walls of the Palace are full of paintings which each painting has its own philosophical meaning. In the garden outside of the palace, you will discover 2 plane trees that both are 500 years old. You will also to have a chance to visit 200 year old ancient Russian prison which is used as a workshop of several local craftsmen of Sheki including the workshop of the only in the world Shabaka style window making. Then you will proceed to the old 18th century Upper Caravanserai that is used as a operating hotel even now. Due to city’s location on the main trade road from the East to the West, Caravansarais were main resting and trading places of merchants who are passing from the city. After visiting the authentic Caravanserai hotel our last destination in Sheki will be the Sheki Albanian Church. In the Kish Village of Sheki, you will visit an Albanian Church that dates back to the 1st century AD. People of the North part of Azerbaijan were mainly Christians before Islam. After visiting the ancient church, driver will drop you to the hotel in Sheki.
Day 6 : Ganja Tour
After the breakfast and check out from the hotel, car will drive to the east west of Azerbaijan, to the second biggest city of the country, Ganja. In Ganja you will visit the Mausoleum of the Famous Azerbaijani Poet - Nizami Ganjavi. Then you will have a way to the very famous and beautiful lake Called Goygol (Blue Lake). On the way you will see the local house made out of bottles and also 19th century German settlement. Goygol is the Lake that is located 1500m Above the sea level. With its magnificent beauty and view of the Goygol attracts many locals and tourists. After the Goygol, you will be transferred back to Baku.
Day 7 : Guba - Khinalig Tour
After the breakfast, as always driver will pick up you from your hotel for starting the Guba-Khinalig Tour. Guba is located 168 km away from Baku on the attitude of 600m above the sea level in the hills of Greater Caucasian Mountains. Guba due to its rich flora and fauna and soft climate is very popular among the tourists. First stop in Guba will be the Handmade Carpet Factory Called “Qadim Quba” which you will see the process of vowing carpets by the women of the city. After the factory you will take your way further to the north, Khinalig village. A village that located in the Greater Caucasian Mountains on 2350 meters above the sea level with fascinating natural beauty and beautiful mountain slopes. The village is one of the most ancient continuously inhabited human settlements in the world that dates back to 3rd millennium BC. Many invaders who came to Azerbaijan couldn’t reach to the village because of its high attitude and strong climate. That is why Khinalig kept its architectural and cultural uniqueness. Generally, inhabitants of Khinalig have 380 houses that each of them are approximately 200 to 300 years old. In the Khinalig you will be invited to the one local house to drink tea and eat the local pastries. On the way back from Khinalig you will also be able to see the Qachrash forest. After the Khinalig you will visit the 100% Jewish Settlement Called Red Village. In the village close to 1000 Mountain Jews are living in Peace since 18th century without any conflict. In the village you will see the Synagogue, Jewish Religious School and Religious Rainwater Bathhouse. After finishing tour you will be transferred to the Baku and dropped to the Hotel.
Day 8 : Departure Time
After checking out from the hotel, your driver will transfer you to the Airport 2.5 hours before from your actual Departure.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation : Accomodation in the Hotel.
Transport : Comfortable Air Conditioned Vheicle.
Additional Services : 1 Bottle of Water Per Person Per Day, Entrance Tickets to Shirvanshah Palace, Fire Temple, Fire Mountain, Gabala Cable Car, Sheki Khans Palace, Sheki Albanian Church, GoyGol, Nizami Museum.
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.
Meals : Only Breakfast is Included.
Additional Services : Lunch & Dinner, Personal Expenses.