1. "Historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan" 6 days / 5 nights
Ancient history, rich culture and full of picturesque scenery of nature of our homeland will welcome you with outstretched arms! The symbiosis of modernity and antiquity of Baku, natural beauty of Ismayilli and Gabala will not leave you indifferent. Colorful cuisine, fiery dance and oriental music will not let miss your soul! Touch by yourself the rich history of Azerbaijan and enjoy the inner and outer beauty of the country.

"Historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan" 6 days / 5 nights


Program of the Tour: 

 

Day 1 - Baku

 

07:05 –
• Arrival in Baku
• Transfer to the hotel
• Hotel accommodation
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Short rest

13:00 – Sightseeing tour of Baku with a visit and a review of the monumental, historical and architectural monuments of the city: you will see the panorama of the city and the Baku Bay from the Upland Park, visit the medieval part of the city "Icheri Shahar" ("Inner City"), the fortress walls, the main gate of the city "Gosha Gala gapi", "Shirvanshahs Palace", tower temple ”Maiden tower”, medieval baths, caravanserais, handicraft workshops, carpet and antique shops and other places.

16:00-17:00 – Thematic excursion called "Azerbaijan Carpet": a visit to the carpet manufacturing enterprise "Azer-Ilmya " with an exhibition salon of silk carpets.

17:00 - 18:00 – You will enjoy the sea walk (1 hour) on a boat on the Baku bay (in favorable windless weather), as well as a walk through a Seaside Boulevard and the city center.

18:00-21:00 – 
• Free time
• Shopping.
• Return to the hotel

 

Day 2 - Baku

 

09:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 - 14:00 – Excursion to the National historical and artistic reserve "Gobustan", located in the south-eastern foothill areas of the Greater Caucasus (60 km from Baku.): You will see the manifestation of mud volcanic activity on the mountain Dashgil, old oil fields in the area of "Bibi-Kheybat", admire the panorama of the floating offshore oil rigs and platforms, check the rock paintings of the Paleolithic-Neolithic period (about 6000 drawings, signs and inscriptions).
• Free time walking around the city
• Shopping

 

Day 3 – Ismayilli - Gabala

 

08:00 –
• Breakfast at the hotel
• Check out
09:00 - 12:00 – Moving along the route "Baku - Shamakhi - Muganli pass - Ismayilli - Gabala - Sheki” (about 305 km) to the mountain settlement-reserve "Lahij"

12:00-13:30 – Lunch at a local restaurant

13:30-15:30 – Introduction to architectural monuments of historical and ethnographic reserve "Lahij" (IV-XII centuries):
• workshop of the production of handmade carpets, workshops and shops of "bronze matters" craftsmen, "blacksmiths", "chasers", "engravers on metal",
• ancient mosques, baths,
• original architecture of streets and houses of the old mountain village

15:30 - 17:00 – Travelling (10 km one way) to the Russian village of Ivanovka - a place of compact residence of Russian sectarians "molokans" and getting to know their way of life.

18:00 –

• arrival in Gabala and accommodation at Qafqaz Qabala Karvansaray hotel 4*,
• dinner in one of the national restaurants

 


Day 4 - Gabala


09:00 - 10:00 – Breakfast at the hotel
10:00 - 14:00 – Excursion in Gabala:
• Bunyod (5 km one way) to a complex of mausoleums of  XV-XVI centuries, near the village of Hezre,
• Vandam settlement
• Small cascading waterfall "Yeddi Gozel"
• Seeing a panorama of mountain lake Nohur – Gabala  Mosque (XIX century) and the local historical museum
• travelling to the archaeological excavations on the site "Kabalaka" near the village Chukhur
• Visiting the village of Nij (Christian Monophysite temple "Dzhotari kilsyasi" in place of compact settling of an ancient Caucasian peoples, "Udin").

14:00 - 15:00 – Lunch at a local restaurant
15:00 - 16:00 –
• Return to the hotel
• Leisure
• Free time.

Day 5 – Gabala - Baku



09:00 - 10:00 –

• Breakfast at the hotel
• Departure on the route "Ismayilli - Gabala - Baku"
• Lunch in a local restaurant (A la carte) on the way
 
16:00 - 19:00 –
• Returning to Baku
• Dinner at a restaurant (A la carte)

20:00 - 21:00 – Sightseeing auto-excursion "Fires of Baku".

Route:
• "Azadlig" square
• Academy of Music
• Palace named after Heydar Aliyev
• Rashid Behbudov Street
• Bakihanov Street
• Inshaatchilar and Huseyin Javid avenues
• Square near the monument to Nariman Narimanov with a stop to review the evening Panorama
• Istiglaliyyat street 
• Niyazi Street
• Prospect of Petroleum with a stop at the Carpet Museum, and stroll through the the area of Seaside Park.

• Hotel accommodation


Day 6 – Baku - Home

 

09:00 – Breakfast at the hotel

12:00 – Сheck out, free time, shopping

14:00 - 15:00 – Lunch at one of the restaurants (A la carte)

15:00 - 19:00 – In the afternoon is an excursion to the natural, historical and architectural sites of the Absheron Peninsula (30 km from Baku)
During which you will see a place that releases natural combustible gases on the mountain of Yanardag ("Burning mountain"), old oil fields and their ecological condition, and famous all over the world temple of fire-worshipers "Ateshgah" in Surakhani settlement

19:00 - 20:30 – Dinner in one of the national restaurants (near the airport)

20:30 – Transfer to the Airport

23:00 – Flight Home  

 

 

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Tour information
  • Country: Azerbaijan
  • Category: Historical Tours
  • Price from: 318 USD
  • Duration: 6 days/5 nights
  • Route: Baku - Ismayilli - Gabala - Nij - Baku

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