Baku 7 nights / 8 day

(Baku- Gandja- Shaki- Gabala- Ismayilly- Baku)

 Group sightseeing tour of Historical- Ethnographic route in main cities of Azerbaijan

Day 1

  •  Arrival with evening flight of Azerbaijan Airlines
  •  Meeting with the tour guide at the airport, transfer to Baku
  •  Short night auto-excursion-“Fire of Baku” to the main streets and avenues of the city
  •  “Welcome dinner” at local restaurant with national cuisine and folklore performance
  •  Transfer to Hotel, accommodation in hotel, overnight

 

Day 2

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Leaving hotel for Old City (Altstadt of Baku)
  •  Walking excursion in Old city: visiting Maiden tower (IX century), Shirvanshakhs Palace (XV century), Karvansarai Multani and Bukhara (XV century), places where Soviet movie “Brilliant hand” was filmed, Amphibian Man, Tehran 43 and so on.
  •  Visiting Martyrs Avenue and watching panorama of the city
  •  Coming to Baku Boulevard by using funicular
  •  Walking excursion in Boulevard (optionally, tourists can rent a bicycle)

 

Day 3

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Check out, leaving the hotel
  •  Visiting Bibi-Heybat mosque where Imam Huseyn’s sister was buried (one of the main figures in Islam)
  •  Watching the first oil fields
  •  Visiting Gobustan National Park (Site is under UNESCO World Tangible Heritage List) and watching the petroglyphs dating back to Stone Age
  •  Departure towards the western region of the country
  •  Visiting the German colonies: “Annenfeld” (Shamkir) and “Yelenedorf” (Khanlar)
  •  Built by German colonists from Baden-Wuerttemberg settled in these regions during the Ekaterina II period of Russian Empire
  •  Leaving for Gandja
  •  Lunch on the way
  •  Sightseeing tour in Gandja: visiting Mausoleum of Medieval Age Azerbaijan poet Nizami Gandjavi, walking excursion to Alexander Nevsky church, Agyan church, Shakh Abbas Mosque, Mausoleum of khan of Gandja- Javad Khan
  •  Dinner at local restaurant
  •  Overnight in Gandja

 

Day 4

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Leaving the hotel for Shaki
  •  Visiting the mountainous village Kish where ancient Alban Churches remains
  •  Visiting “Galasan-Gorasan” fortress (the name of fortress means “ if you will come, you will see )
  •  Lunch at local restaurant and tasting the main dish of Shaki “the Piti”Walking excursion in the oldest sites of Shaki city (Yuxari Bash)
  •  Visiting the Shaki Khan’s Palace (excellent example of Palace architecting during the late Safavids’ period)
  •  Visiting Folk Art museum of Shaki located in ancient Albanian temple.
  •  Visiting the Shaki Silk factory. Learning the old methods of silk production
  •  Visiting the Shaki Karavansarai
  •  Dinner at Karavansarai
  •  Overnight in Shaki

 

Day 5

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Leaving the hotel for Gabala
  •  Visiting Oguz city on the way to Gabala
  •  Familiarization with the local synagogues of Oguz
  •  Visiting the ancient Nij village and Udin’s church. (Udins are the descendants of the ancient Albanians and they kept their language and religions)
  •  Lunch
  •  Arriving in Gabala
  •  Visiting local Piano factory where “Beltman” pianos are produced
  •  Accommodation at hotel in Gabala
  •  Free time (depending on the wish tourists can visit skiing resort Tufandag which is located 1660 meters above the sea level)
  •  Dinner. Overnight in Gabala

 

Day 6

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Leaving the hotel for Ismayilly
  •  Visiting the Ivanovka village (people of the Ivanovki are Molokans, Russian colonists who were moved here during Ekaterina II period of Russian Empire.
  •  Learning about the welfare of Molokans
  •  Lunch in Ismayilly
  •  Moving to Baku through Muganly Pereval (photo capture in the most beautiful place of Caucasian Ridges)
  •  On the way, visiting Yeddi Gozal (7 beauties) Mausoleum in Shamakha
  •  Arrival in Baku
  •  Visiting the “Burning mountains” (Yanardag) where natural gas output in suburban area of Baku
  •  Dinner. Overnight

 

Day 7

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Leaving for Absheron Peninsula
  •  Visiting the temple of fire worshippers- Ateshgah
  •  Visiting Gala village, visiting Gala Ethnographic Museum, culinary and handcraft master class from the local people
  •  Lunch at local restaurant
  •  Visiting the Mardakan Castle
  •  Transfer to Baku
  •  Visiting the local Hamam (Bath)
  •  Dinner

 

Day 8

  •  Breakfast at hotel
  •  Visiting the local market (Bazar)
  •  Free time in Bazar for shopping and tasting local caviar
  •  More free time, if requested we can organize wine tour
  •  Transfer to Airport
  •  Departure with the night flight of Azerbaijan Airlines

 

* Price of the tour- 985 USD per person in DBL occupancy

 

Included in the tour price

  • Accommodation in double room
  • Breakfast
  • Guide services (English, German, French, Russian, Hebrew and Turkish speaking guides)
  • Transportation in a comfortable bus
  • Entrance to museums and other excursion sites
  • Carrying the luggage, porter services at the airport and hotels
  • Drinking water in bottles (0,3 ml.) for each guest (every day) during the excursion

 

Accomodation: 

 

- Baku-Sapphire hotel 4*

- Ganja – Vego Hotel 4*

Sheki – Ýssam Hotel 4*

Gabala – Qafqaz Karvansaray Hotel 4*