AZERBAIJAN EXPERIENCE

 

DISCOVER SOME OF THE DELIGHTS IN 14 DAYS

 Day 1. Arrival to Baku –

After the checking at the passport control and customs, your guide will meet you and transfer you to Baku city.

Check-in at the hotel.

Overnight in Baku

Day 2. Baku city tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

 Full sightseeing tour in Baku:

Panoramic view of the city and Baku bay from Mountain Park

Visit the medieval part of the Old City (XI-XIX cc)

Fortifications (information about Old Baku); Baku Khans’ House; Museum of Archaeology and Etnography (entrance); Caravanserai complex – Bukhara and Multani (XIV-XV cc); old bath; “Gyz Galasi” (Maiden Tower) – the oldest construction of Baku under UNESCO protection (entrance); art shops and bench of handicraft; old mosques (XI-XIX cc); narrow small streets; Baku Museum of Miniature Books; Shirvanshakhs’ Palace (XIV-XV cc., entrance);

 

Lunch in a local restaurant

Get acquainted with the architecture of the city (XIX – XX century): Walking along Fountain Square, Monument of Nizami Ganjavi, Nizami Street, Seaside Boulevard.

Boat tour on a windless weather in Baku Bay (Caspian Sea)

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Returning to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku

Day 3. Absheron peninsula tour –

 Breakfast at the hotel.

Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula:

Absheron Peninsula, extension of the Caucasus Mountains, juts 35 miles into the Caspian Sea, the largest inland sea in the world, covering 386,400 sq. km. (149,200 sq. miles). Wide plain contains ravines and salt lakes, and its some parts are frequently flooded with tides. Vineyard plantations are located here, but the region is particularly marked for its oil deposits.

 “Gala” State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve.

Gala village is the ancient settlement, has the history of five thousand years old. Barrows, fire traces and tombs found here during archeological excavations prove this fact once again. There are 215 architectural and archeological monuments, 5 mosques, 3 bathhouses, 4 water houses, houses, agricultural buildings, sepulchers, tombs, barrows, remnants of castle, etc.

Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple (XVII c.)

The temple is located within Baku in Surakhany village (9 miles from Baku). The historical roots of the monument go back to the days when Azerbaijan state was only taking shape and establishing itself, and Zoroastrianism, in which the main role in rituals belonged to fire, was a dominant religion in the country.

Lunch in a local restaurant

 Visiting Ramana Castle (XV century)

You will told the story of oil development in Azerbaijan. The guide will tell you about different methods of oil extraction, both ancient and modern. You will be introduced to the “James Bond Oil Field”.

 “Yanardaq” State Natural Preserve

Flames shoot into the air 3 metres from sandstone layer at the base of 9.1 metre wide scarp below the hillside of Yanar Dag (Burning Mountain). Natural flames have burnt since ancient times and have been recorded by historical writers such as Marco Polo.

 Visiting Haydar Aliyev Center.

The Haydar Aliyev Center is a complex in Baku designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and noted for distinctive architecture and flowing, curved style that eschews sharp angles. The project is intended to play an integral role in the intellectual life of the city. An internationally recognized architectural work, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Returning to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku

 Day 4. Gobustan tour

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visiting Mud volcanos

Visiting to Gobustan National Historical – Artist Preserve (65 kilometres from Baku).

Gobustan (Land of Gobu) is famous for its archaeological monuments. Travel 30 miles southwest of Baku along the Caspian shore to the volcanic desert where rocks are covered with carvings, standing amidst the scattered stones and mountains. There are more than 6,000 rock carvings left by the artists of the Paleolithic period. Acquaintance with archaeological exposition of the museum, lifestyle of ancient people of “Stone Age” epoch (XVIII-VIII mln. B.C). Survey of Gobustan petro glyphs. Under UNESCO Protection

Visiting Bibi Heybat Mosque.

The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936 and was restored later in the end of the 20th century. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the shrine of Ukeyma Khanum (a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad), and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan.

Lunch in the national restaurant

Visiting Historical Museum (Oil Barron’s Palace)

 Dinner in a local restaurant.

Returning to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku

Day 5. Baku – Guba – Gusar – Khinalug

 Breakfast at the hotel, check – out.

 Passage to the route Baku – Guba – Gusar – Khinalug.

This tour is quite intensive due to large distances covered. You will visit some of the most interesting regions of Azerbaijan. After early breakfast at around 08:00, you will be taken from Baku to Xinalyg settlement with the intermediate stop in Quba. Arrival to Quba around 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Change of transport and further 1-hour transfer to Xinalig settlement along the marvelous mountainous road. Arrival at 12:30.

Lunch and tea in one of private houses there.

After the lunch, spend time exploring this highest settlement in Azerbaijan surrounded by breathtaking views of Caucasus Mountains. The villagers – Khangali – themselves are historical and ethnic phenomenon. The thing is that they are descendants of ancient Albanian nations. Only about 1,000 in number they have managed to preserve their original language, clothes, household, traditions and ceremonials. This small state within Khinalug state even has its own laws and regulations. For example, it has its own original customs office. Khinalug is a unique ethnic group similar to no other living in the world.

 Dinner in the private houses.

 Overnight in Khinalug in local house

 Day 6. Khinalug – Guba – Laza – Baku

 Breakfast in the private houses.

 On the way visiting the Tanga Alti waterfall.

The program in Guba includes visiting places of interest such as Juma Mosque (19th century), Sakina Khanum Mosque (19thcentury), local bazaar and of course a carpet-weaving workshop. You will have the opportunity to see how carpets are woven, examples of which are seen in the best world museums.

You will also check Krasnaya Sloboda settlement there. Krasnaya Sloboda is Azerbaijan’s mountain Jews settlement. Over the years, they have clung to the broad outlines of their religion. Perhaps 40,000 of them remain. Over the years, they borrowed customs from their amiable Muslim neighbors, but never assimilated. Even as their knowledge of the rituals seeped away, they adhered to the broad outlines of Judaism, faithfully attending Sabbath prayers, scrubbing their homes on Fridays, baking their own matzo on Passover and eschewing pork.

Lunch in local restaurant.

Transfer to Laza village.

Return to Baku.

Overnight in Baku

Day 7. Baku – Shamakhi – Lahij – Gabala

Breakfast at the hotel. Check – out.

Passage to the rout Maraza – Shamakhi – Lahij (195kilometres).

On the way visiting “Diri Baba” mausoleum in Maraza settlement. Photo stops on in the most picturesque places in the mountains.

Arrival at Lahij mountain settlement of national handicraft.

 

Lunch in local restaurant

Panoramic tour to “Lahij” Historical- Ethnographic reserve (IV-XIX c.).

Architectural monuments, handicrafts and manufacture of carpets, workshops and benches of handicraftsmen: braziers, smiths, metal engravers, ancient mosques, baths and original architecture of streets and apartment houses of the ancient mountain settlement.

Visit to some carpet workshops and find out more about Azerbaijani and Lahij carpets plus visit the Lahij historical museum.

Continue trip to Gabala city and on the way to Gabala visit panoramic view of Nohur Mountain Lake in Nohurgishlag Gabala.

Arrival to Gabala city.

 Check in at the hotel.

 Dinner in a local restaurant

 Overnight in Gabala.

Day 8. Gabala – Sheki

 Breakfast at the hotel. Check – out.

Panoramic view of Gabala city from Tufandag Mountain. Climbing up to the top of Tufandag Mountain by cable car. On the way visiting Chukhur Gabala cite (Caucasus Albanian capital – Lost City). See the archeological excavations of the “Lost city”.

 Lunch in local restaurant

Visiting Medieval Christian temple of Caucausian Albania – Chotari church (after reconstruction VII-XIV c.c.) in Nij settlement

Continue our journey to Sheki.

Visiting Khalkhal waterfall in Oguz

Arrival to Sheki city.

Check in at the hotel.

Overnight in Sheki.

 Day 9. Sheki

Breakfast at the hotel.

 Sightseeing program in Sheki (excursion and museums):

See the fortifications, caravanserai in the Old city (XVII-XIX c.c.)

Visiting History Museum (entrance)

Visiting “Sheki Khan’s palace”-XVIII c. under UNESCO protection (entrance)

See the exhibition at the National Applied Arts museum in the old round Christian temple (IX-XVI c.) and acquaint yourselves with works of craftsmen manufacturing stained-glass windows – “shebaka” (network) in their workshops.

Lunch in local restaurant

Visiting Shekikhanos’ house

Visiting Halva workshop
Visiting Silk Shop

Visiting Albanian Church in Kish village, visiting and tea break at local family.

Visiting Galarsan Gorarsan Fortress Walls

 Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Sheki.

 Day 10. Sheki – Gakh

 Breakfast at the hotel.

 Passage to Gakh region. Trip to the Gakh Region. On the way visiting (hiking) Albanian Church in Kurmuk village.

Visiting Icheri Bazar (In the Bazar)

 Lunch in local restaurant

Trip to Ilisu village. On the way visiting “Great Brigde” (Ulu Korpu).

Visiting Sumug Gala

Hiking to Ilisu waterfall.

Hiking to Ilisu bath – situated on Hamamchai River between mountains with a very beautiful panoramic view.

 Visiting Seven Churches (IV-V centuries)

Touring back to Sheki.

Overnight in Sheki.

Day 11.  Sheki – Mingachevir – Ganja

 Breakfast at the hotel. Check – out.

Visiting local Eastern bazar

Moving from Sheki to Khaldan – Mingachevir (about 90 kilometre.)

City excursion including the riverside and central parts of the city, see the reservoir of Mingachevir, visit Mingachevir Power Station and take a boat tour on river from the hotel quay.

 Lunch in local restaurant

Arrival in Ganja city. Excursion program in Ganja city.

Walking on the central square with fountains; Historic-architectural complex in city centre Ganja (“Shakh Abbas mosque” with two minarets (XVI-XVIII c.); Madrasah (Muslim educational institution); old caravansary (XIX c.); the mausoleum of the last Ganja Khan (Javad Khan); “Sardar Baghi” (Khan’s Garden); medieval bath – “Chokek Hamam”.

Visiting “Alexander Nevski” Christian Orthodox Church (XIX c.) and “Agvan Kilsasi” Christian Temple (XVIII c.)

Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Ganja.

Day 12.  Ganja

Breakfast at the hotel.

Moving to Goy-gol city (vicinities of Ganja; 12 kilometres from the city center)

Excursion program in the former German colony of Helenendorf:

Acquaintance with architecture of ancient apartment houses and public buildings of the former colonists-settlers from a province Baden-Württemberg (XIX-XX c.); Victor Klein house (informal museum).

See the Lutheran Kirhi (XIX c. (now a local historical museum) and visit Goygol Wineyard (former German colonists wine factory) – wine tasting;

Lunch in local restaurant

Visiting Goygol Lake

Goygol Lake created after a big earthquake in 1139. The collapse of Kapaz Mountain damned the Kurekchay River. After the earthquake seven beautiful mountain lakes appeared. We’ll hike to Maralgol Lake.

Returning to Ganja city.

The Bottle House in Ganja

Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Ganja.

 Day 13.  Ganja – Baku –

 Breakfast at the hotel. Check – out.

Moving from Ganja to Baku (about 350 kilometres).

Continue the excursion program in Ganja city. See a copy of the medieval / XI century / serf gate of a city; a Muslim memorial-cult complex – “Imam-Zada” (XVI-XVIII c.) and the mausoleum of the known medieval poet and philosopher Nizami Gandjavi;

Lunch in local restaurant

Arrival to Baku.

Dinner in a local restaurant

Overnight in Baku

Day 14.  Baku 

Breakfast at the hotel, check – out.

 Transfer to the airport. Departure.

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