The Azerbaijan TOP Tour starts and ends in Baku. The tour is just for a week and makes a great chance to see all beatiful and most visitable places in Azerbaijan. This 8 day long small group tour is an excellent offer to explore Land Of Fire with echo of ages, genuine mix of the Old and New, East and West as well as natural and mystical wonders are waiting for you. Azerbaijan is an amazing country with the nature and culture, history and customs and traditions, architecture, cuisine and much more. Azerbaijan, filled with magnificent stories, ancient mosques and madrasas, noble palaces and fortresses. Allow yourself to be carried away by this country’s amazing culture, arts and traditions. Add the fact that all of these are in the wonderful settings of grand mountains, river canyons, sea shores and green valleys - and you will have an ideal option for travel to discover yet another part of the World.
Day 1: Baku
At the airport you will be met with our English Speaking Representative. You will be transfered to your hotel. On the way our Representative will give you tour memory book which is full of all needed information. Representative also will give you a contact number for 7/24 assistance.
Day 2: Baku Sightseeing and Old City Tour
09:00 Breakfast Tour of the capital of Azerbaijan, Baku. It is the largest city on the Caspian Sea, where a quarter of the population of Azerbaijan lives. Baku owes its development to oil deposits, its wealth manifests itself in modern buildings surrounding the historic center. We will start the sightseeing tour with exemplified restored Icheri Sheher - the Baku Old Town, where we will take a closer look at its symbols: the Virgin's Tower from the 12th century, the Palace of Shirvanshah’s. We will see from the hill the panorama of the city amphitheater located in the Boulevard with the Prospekt Neftchilar, a promenade stretching along the coast. In the afternoon, a half-hour cruise on the Boulevard of Baku We will visit the Heydar Aliyev cultural center, one of the most beautiful, modern buildings in the world from recent years. It was built according to the design of the famous architect Zaha Hadid. Unusual lines of the interior of this facility and beautiful light play encourage visitors to visit temporary, often historical, exhibitions presenting the culture of Azerbaijan. Certainly, lovers of modern architecture will remember for a long time in this unique place. Around the center, there is a panorama of the city with the beautifully maintained greenery of the Aliyev center, which is one of the few characteristic and favorite public spaces in Baku. At the end of the day we will go through the dazzling street of Nizami, we will also see the Fountain Square. Return to the hotel free time Overnight.
Day 3 : Baku environs
09:00 Breakfast Today we will see the greatest attractions surrounding the Azerbaijani capital. We will stop in Gobustan with prehistoric rock carvings documenting the life of the former inhabitants of this area. We will also have the opportunity to approach the unique mud volcanoes. We will take a route through the oil fields to the Absheron Peninsula and visit the fire temple of Ateshgah, the sacred place of Zoroastrians. We will ride to a stop at the unusual "burning" mountain of YanarDag from which natural gas has been evaporated for thousands of years. Return to the hotel free time Overnight.
Day 4 : Baku - Shamakhi - Lahic - Gabala - Sheki
After breakfast and checking out, we will set off deeper into the country. Our first stop will be harmoniously integrated into the vertical wall of the rock mausoleum of sheikh Diri Baba in the village of Maraza. The architecture of the object uses the symbolism of geometric figures in an interesting way, and the place itself emanating spirituality has become a legend. Then we get to Shamakhy - a city with a rich heritage, which over two thousand years of its existence has often become an arena for major events. We will see there a magnificent, historic Friday Mosque, a nostalgic cemetery of Yeddi Gumbez, as well as the family tombs of Shirvanshah’s. Next, we pass the canyon of the Girdimanchay River to the ancient village of Lahij located far from the main routes. The place is known for its characteristic, perfectly preserved buildings and handicraft workshops specializing in copper products and carpet weaving. In Lahij we have a chance to see how the traditional technique is made of copper trays, plates, jugs and spells. After free time shopping for crafts and souvenirs, drive to Sheki for an overnight stay.
Day 5 : Sheki - Goygol - Helenendorf - Ganja
After breakfast and checking out, we will visit Sheki. It is one of the most charming cities of Azerbaijan; located 700 m above sea level, surrounded by mountains and oak forest, reminiscent of an ancient amphitheater. It was known as an important point of the Silk Road. Former rulers, the Khan, placed here in the 18th century their summer palace in oriental style, one of the most valuable and the most magnificent in this part of the world with unique frescoes and stained glass windows. We will also see a caravanserai - a former inn for caravan merchants. Transfer to the pretty Caucasian village of Kish, the original capital of the local Khanate with stone buildings and cobbled streets. We will see here a well-preserved Albanian church from the twelfth century. The next route will lead us to the Göygöl National Park, where we will see one of the most beautiful and cleanest lakes in Azerbaijan. In the park, outside the lake, protected are dense forests and mountain meadows of the northern slopes of the Little Caucasus. Thanks to its beauty, Lake Göygöl has repeatedly become an inspiration for poets and painters. After a walk by the lake, drive through the settlement settled by the German settlers Helenendorf to the hotel in Ganja for the night.
Day 6 : Ganja - Baku
After breakfast and checking out, visit Ganja, the second largest city in the country, which is often a place of important historical events. We visit the remembering times of domination of the Iranian Shah Abbas mosque, as well as the medieval complex of caravanserai and the Cokek baths, where we will find out what other functions - apart from hygienic - have been in this type of places in the East. We will also stop at the photos at the famous house built of bottles and at the mausoleum of Nizami, a poet respected throughout the Middle East. Then return to Baku Overnight.
Day 7 : Baku - Quba - Baku
After breakfast, an all-day trip to the Azerbaijani Caucasus. We will pass through Red Settlement (Qirmizi Q?s?b?) - a small town, considered to be the only settlement outside of Israel, inhabited only by Jews. Then, more and more picturesque route, we will go to the village of Khinalig (Xinaliq) at over 2,000 m above sea level. There are wonderful views of the mountain ranges, which are covered with snow caps for most months of the year. The village inhabited for at least 5,000 years, thanks to its location far from important routes, has preserved its unique architecture and character. Even the local population exhibits physical characteristics and traditions that are not seen in the majority of Azerbaijani residents. Khinalig is known for its typical stones built from local mountain homes, several historic mosques and numerous caves in the area. After the local refreshments, we will set off on our way back to Baku. Return to the hotel and accommodation.
Day 8 : Return to Homeland
After breakfast (or depending on the flight hours, breakfast packages possible), check out from the hotel (until 12.00). Then transfer to the airport in Baku and return to Homeland.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Accommodation : Accommodation at the Diplomat hotel or similar in Baku on Bed and Breakfast Basis, Accommodation at the Sheki Saray Hotel or similar in Sheki on Bed and Breakfast Basis, Accommodation at the Deluxe Hotel or similar in Ganja on Bed and Breakfast Basis.
Guide : Professional English Speaking Guide.
Meals : Breakfasts (at the hotel).
Additional Services : Accommodation in 3 Star Hotel located in city centre in DBL/TWIN on BB Basis, Entry Tickets to all museums according the program, Excursions according the program, Professional English Speaking Guide, Comfortable Transportation service according the program, 0,5 L Bottle of water per person during the excursions, Transfer Airport - Hotel - Airport, Pick Up from Hotel to excursions.
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.
Additional Services : Lunches, Dinners, Personal extenses, Air Tickets, Single Accommodation, Travel Insurance.