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HELLO AZERBAIJAN


From USD 525 * | from £ 383.25*

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Spend 7 days touring around beautiful Azerbaijan. You’ll start in the capital of Baku, visiting Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Palance of Shirvanshahs, the Museum of Miniature Books and more. Stroll around the Baku Promenade and Culture Centre, and enjoy shopping at Ganjlik Mall. See the Absheron Peninsula, visiting beautiful cultural and historic sites. You’ll also tour Gabala, the ancient crafts hub of the country, and home of the Palace of Sheki Khans. All this and more awaits on your magical Azerbaijan Adventure!

DAY 01:
Arrival in Baku
Landing at the Baku International Airport
Clearing immigration and customs, collecting the baggage
Meeting with the company representative at the arrivals hall
Transfer to the hotel (duration: 30-35 minutes)
Arrival at the hotel, assistance with check-in process (registration time: 14:00-15:00)
Spare time to freshen up
Overnight in Baku

DAY 02:
Excursion through Baku and Old Town (UNESCO’s World Heritage)
Shopping experience at Ganjlik Mall

09:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Start of excursion

Excursion covers the entire central part of the city with a display of the major historical and architectural sites.

Our first stop is Old Town that is a heart of Baku. Here, on the hill and in front of Caspian Sea, the ancient city was born. Several dozens of historically architectural monuments are located in the territory of Old Town (UNESCO’s World Heritage): Palace of Shirvanshahs, Maiden Tower, Museum of Miniature Books, caravansaries, mosques, baths, etc.

Road delivers us to the Baku Boulevard through Building of Baku City Executive Power, Governor's Garden, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall (designed according to the drawings of the Monte Carlo casino (Beaux-Arts, Napoleon III), Building of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Stroll along the promenade that celebrates its 110th anniversary this year – Little Venice, International Mugam Center, Carpet Museum in the form of folded carpet, Baku Eye – Ferris Wheel, Crystal Hall (in which was held “Eurovision” song contest), Government House.

Cultural Center named after Haydar Aliyev – one more epic showplace, modern complex construction. The center project and design belongs to the famous architect Zaha Hadid. The construction of the building was covered on the channels of Discovery and Science Channel, dedicated to the most courageous engineering projects of modernity and architectural masterpieces of the world.

Photoshooting on the background of Cultural Center and in the field of “I love Baku” sign.

The excursion involves also the symbols of modern Baku – truly iconic Flame Towers with interactive panels, Congress Hall, Socar Tower, Azersu Building in the form of water droplet, Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Olympic Stadium.

Today's excursion ends at the upland park – the spectacular place where you can enjoy an unsurpassed view of the city.

16:00 Shopping experience at Ganjlik Mall – a center of trends, fashion, beauty and with its grand central atrium and equally impressive external facades. As one of the largest shopping malls in Azerbaijan, it contains famous clothing brands (Zara, Bershka, United Colors of Benetton, Lacoste, Pull & Bear, Aldo, Massimo, DeFacto, Next, Waikiki, Stradivarius, Go Sport etc) alongside with a range of cafes and restaurants.

18:00 Road back to the hotel or drop in the city center

DAY 03:
Excursion through Absheron Peninsula 

09:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00 Today we explore all the outskirts and sights of Absheron peninsula. Transfer to the temple of fire worshipers – Atashgah (30 km far from Baku).

Azerbaijan is one of the few places on the earth where even today one can observe elements of preserved fire cult and the ancient Zoroastrianism religion. For example, Atashgah that is known for such unique 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 by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. Pentagonal complex has an open courtyard with temple-altar in the center which was the place of pilgrimage for worshippers.

Our next point is Gala Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex. This open-air museum was created on the site of archaeological excavations where there are still survived ruins of five thousand years old history. During the excursions you will be acquainted with ancient dwellings, burial mounds, tombs, water storages, the ruins of an ancient castle etc.

The road leads to the 22m square-plan Mardakan quadrangular tower that was built in the 14th century. It was mainly used for defending Mardakan on a temporary basis.

The final destination of today’s excursion is Azerbaijani exotic Yanardag (“burning hill”). And this is real a burning hill – not metaphorically, but literally. Meter-long tongues of fire cover the stratified earth approximately for 10 metres in width.

16:00 Drive to the hotel or drop in the city center

Overnight in Baku

DAY 04:
Baku – Gabala | Excursion in Gabala    

09:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out formalities

10:00 Today we leave for the mountain regions of Azerbaijan where you can witness the most picturesque and spectacular corners of Azerbaijan.

If you would like to witness one of the most picturesque and spectacular corner of Azerbaijan, you certainly have to visit Gabala. Soul-stirring mountains, mist-shrouded forests, chestnut and walnut groves, rugged mountain rivers, tooth-and-claw wildlife – this is Gabala’s grand outdoor wonderland.

Our first stop is Nokhur lake – popular recreation spot that is surrounded by mountains and thickets of reeds. Quite nature, clean water surface, incredible scenery – all this brings a sense of tranquility.

The road leads to Gabaland Adventure / Theme Park with different attractions (karting, sky dive, horse & pony riding, climbing wall, boats etc).

Next point of visit is Gabala Shooting Club – a favorite place for active leisure fans. Here you can train your shooting skills.

New Mosque in the city center – one more epic sight of Gabala. The walls and pillars of the mosque are painted with suras from the Holy Koran and decorated with religious symbols using unique samples of the Azerbaijani calligraphic school and oriental ornaments.

The final destination of our today’s excursion is Tufandag Mountain Resort – unsurpassed tourism recreation centre where you can enjoy breathing the fresh air and wondering at the dazzling views of the mountains. Tufandag offers cable car (teleferique) rides at any time of the year, cafe and restaurants, entertainment centers for kids and other services.

Transfer to the hotel, assistance with check-in

Overnight in Gabala

DAY 05:
One-day trip to Sheki and Nij

09:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00-12:00 Drive to Sheki

Excursion through Sheki dappled with tiled-roof old houses will introduce you a city located in the picturesque mountains and considered one of the most ancient, authentic in the entire Caucasus.

It is a hub of ancient crafts where you will visit one of the most valuable monument of Azerbaijan – Palace of Sheki Khans with magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work, Lower and Upper Caravansaries, fortress walls, local studios, traditional workshops etc. It is a great opportunity to watch the masters’ work and get souvenirs to remember the outstanding trip.

The teahouse in the Upper Caravansary is a perfect place to try local sweet Sheki halva and enjoy tea.

Visit the hidden Azerbaijani treasure – Nij village, home to the ancient Udi people (direct descendants of the ancient Caucasian Albanians). Amazingly, they still have their own Udi language (using 49 characters), and indeed they retain their own ancient form of Christianity. Visiting the Chotari church, medieval Christian temple.

18:00-20:00 Return to Gabala

Overnight in Gabala


DAY 06:
Gabala – Shamakhi – Baku | Excursion in Shamakhi

09:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel

10:00-12:00 Time to enjoy the hotel facilities

Road back to Baku through Shamakhi town with a rich heritage. It provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. Being a capital of the Shirvanshahs state from the 9th century, it was one of the main towns along “The Great Silk Way”.
During the excursion you visit architectural monuments such as Juma Mosque, Diri-Baba Mausoleum.

Arrival in Baku, check-in process. Overnight in Baku .


DAY 07:
Departure
Breakfast at the hote
Time to enjoy the hotel facilities
Check-out formalities (standard time: 12:00)
Transfer to Baku International Airport (in case of late departure, suitcases can be left in the hotel)
Departure
 

Includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotel on BB basis (4 nights in Baku, 2 nights in Gabala)
  • English speaking guide services during the specified excursions
  • Entrance fees – The Palace of Shirvanshahs, Atashgah Fire Temple, Gala Museum Complex, Yanardag Burning Hill, cable car in Tufandag Mountain Resort, Gabaland Adventure / Theme Park, The Palace of Sheki Khans
  • Private transportation support as per the program by comfortable vehicle
  • Bottled water per person per day
  • All taxes

Excludes:

  • Visa support (30 USD per person) | Travel insurance (3 USD per person)
  • Early check-in | Late check-out | Lunch | Dinner
  • Air ticket
  • Personal expenses at the hotel
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