7 days 8 nights
05.05.2019-12.05.2019, 09.06.2019-16.06.2019, 23.06.2019-30.06.2019
07.07.2019-14.07.2019, 28.07.2019-04.08.2019, 11.08.2019-18.08.2019
Tour duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Route: Baku – Shamakhi – Lagich – Gabala – Sheki – Goygol – Helenendorf – Ganja – Baku – Quba – Baku
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
At the airport, you will be met with our English Speaking Representative. You will be transferred 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.
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 centre. 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 amphitheatre 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 centre, 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 centre, there is a panorama of the city with the beautifully maintained greenery of the Aliyev centre, which is one of the few characteristic and favourite 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
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
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
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 amphitheatre. 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
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
After breakfast, an all-day trip to the Azerbaijani Caucasus. We will pass through Red Settlement (Qırmızı Qəsəbə) – 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 (Xınalıq) 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
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
The rules of arrival at the hotel and the release of hotel rooms:
* For the convenience of tourists, please notify in advance about the early arrivals or late departures of your guests.
* Depending on the hotel, guests may be charged for early check-in or late check-out. Check-in until 06:00 am: a surcharge of 100% of the cost of daily living.
Check in after 06:00 am, but before 14:00: a surcharge of 50% of the cost of daily living.
Rules for booking and payment:
* All reservations must be made in writing, with an exact name of the guests and their dates of birth.
* Payment of all confirmed applications must be made at least 10 days before the planned arrival of tourists to the hotel.
* Children under 2 years old are free.
* Children from 2 years to 6 years free of charge if the hotels do not require an extra bed.
* Children from 6 to 12 years old discount of 30%.
Cancellation and penalties:
* All changes and cancellations of already confirmed applications must be made in writing.
* Cancellation of a confirmed application more than 7 days prior to arrival is not subject to penalties.
* If you cancel a confirmed application less than 7 days or more than 3 days before the planned arrival: a penalty of 50% of the full cost of the tour.
* If you cancel a confirmed application less than 3 days or after the date of the planned arrival: a penalty of 100% of the full cost of the tour.
Attention: The cost of the tour is not valid for arrivals during exhibitions, congresses and public holidays.
Travel Company reserves the right to make changes on days of the excursion program and change the order of display of excursion objects.
Contact us for a detailed program of the tour of interest and its cost.
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