In those tour program you can visit not only capital — Baku city, also the regions of Azerbaijan like Shemakha, Ismayilli, Gabala, Sheki, Ganja, Sumgayit and Quba. Baku is the capital, largest city, and largest port of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus region. It is located on the southern shore of the Absheron Peninsula, that project into the Caspian Sea. Modern historians believe that the name Ganja derives from the New Persian “treasure” and suggests that the city existed in pre-Islamic times and was likely founded in the 5th century A.D.Sheki is situated in northern Azerbaijan on the southern part of the Greater Caucasus mountain range, 325 km (200 miles) from Baku.
Arrival to the capital of Azerbaijan Baku city. Our guide will meet you in the international airport name of Haydar Aliyev. During the transfer to hotel guide will give you some information about Azerbaijan. Upon arrival to Baku check in to the hotel (13:00 check in time). Start exploring Azerbaijan with a city tour of Baku, which is one of the oldest and biggest cities in the East for antiquity, territory and population. We’ll visit the Walled City of Baku «İcheri Sheher» with the Shirvanshah Palace and Maiden Tower, UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Inner City (Icheri Sheher) has preserved much of its 12th century defensive walls. The 12th century Maiden Tower , built over earlier structures dating from the 7th to 6th centuries BC, and the 15th century Shirvanshah’ Palace, one of the pearls of Azerbaijan’s architecture. Juma Mosque and the Carpet Museum. We will have a walk in Seaside Park and along Baku Boulevard, the second largest one in Europe. Overnight in Baku Hotel
Depart for the Caucasus Mountains in the northwest of Azerbaijan. The dry landscape around Baku gives way to a densely forested mountain area. Visit the town of Shamakhy with biggest mosque of Caucasus – “Juma Mosque” and Shirvanshah Tombs – “Yeddi Gumbez”.
Drive to Lahij. Lahij represents an original monument of the Persian town-planning and architectural art of an antiquity. It is a medieval city with paved streets and areas, developed system of water drain and water supply. Lahij— is one of known on Caucasus and behind its limits of handicraft-shopping centers. In a XVIII century, being as a part of Persia, the city has especially become famous for manufacturing of cold steel and copper utensils decorated with the engraved ornament. Lahij is historical-architectural monument protected by the state. The city is included in the international tourist route on the Great Silk Way. Take road to Sheki. Arrival to Sheki. Accommodation in Hotel. Overnight in Hotel
Sheki — Kish — Ganja
Start exploring Sheki. Sheki is one of majestic in the past cities of the East and one of the most ancient cities of Transcaucasia. There are many historical and architectural monuments here. Ancient roots have here forge, weapon, jeweler and copper business, potters, tanning, craft, silky — and rug-weaving, joiner’s business and ornament manufacture. Many masterpieces of Sheki masters were known not only in Azerbaijan, but also arrived on the world market. You are waited by visiting of a magnificent Palace of Sheki Khans, rich on exhibits of the main museum of a city, silk shop, industrial complex, shop on manufacturing the tastiest “Sheki pakhlava” workshop on manufacturing of magnificent frescos and exquisite stained glass work and a night in ancient hotel “Caravanserai” where dealers leading caravans on a great silk way since ancient times liked to stop. Visiting of Sheki Bazaar. Then visiting of Albanian Church in Kish Village. It is located approximately 5 km north of Sheki. According to historians, in the 1st century A.D. St. Elishe, a disciple of Thaddeus of Edessa, arrived to a place called Gis, where he built a church and recited a liturgy. The church became the «spiritual center and the place of enlightenment of people of the East. Drive to Ganja. Departure to Ganja – the second city in Azerbaijan. Accommodation in Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel in Ganja
Ganja — Baku
Breakfast. Ganja city sightseeing tour. Visit to the mosque of Shah Abbas, medieval caravanserai, museum of miniature, “Bottle house”, mausoleum of the Great Azerbaijani poetry Nizami Ganjavi. Visit to the local bazaar. Departure to Baku. Arrival to Baku and accommodation in hotel in Baku. Overnight in Baku
Baku — Gobustan — Absheron peninsula — Sumgayit
Breakfast. Excursion on historical-art reserve “Gobustan”, where rock paintings have perfectly remained, barrows and housing objects dated from X-XIII millennial BC to the middle ages. There are certificates of inhabitants of region of an epoch of the stone age and the subsequent periods in “Gobustan” — Rock drawings, person parking, gravestone monuments, are concentrated there. Nearby is “Gaval Chalan” — original stone- tambourine, representing flat wise established huge plate. It is possible to hear rhythmic accurate motives by knocking on it. It is considered that these sounds accompanied ritual dances and ceremonies. Visiting of “Gobustan” will transfer you to other world, the world of last mankind and will allow you to feel the atmosphere of thousand – year history of this place. Visit to Mud volcano in Gobustan (optional depending on condition of road). Leaving for a tour in Absheron Peninsula. Ateshgah, the Fire Worshippers’ Temple is located in the village of Surakhany. It was built on the land where natural gas burned eternally and worshipped by Zoroastrian believers who travelled from the province of Multan in India to visit this sacred place. These ancient fires are believed to have given Azerbaijan its name, which is thought by some researchers to mean the “Land of Fires”. Drive to Sumgayit city. Sumgayit (Azerbaijani: Sumqayıt; Russian: Сумгаит; also, Sumgait and Sumqayyt) is one of the largest cities in Azerbaijan, located near the Caspian Sea, about 31 kilometres away from the capital, Baku. The city has a population of 308,700 (2009 census), making it the third-largest city in Azerbaijan after the capital Baku and Ganja. The city has a territory of 83 km². It was founded on November 22, 1949. Two settlements are within the city administration: Jorat and Haji Zeynalabdin, a settlement named after oil businessman and philanthropist Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev. It is home to Sumqayit State University. Overnight in Baku
Baku — Quba
Drive to the North of Azerbaijan, Guba city. Stop for tea pause near “Beshbarmaq” mountain which is very popular between locals as a holy place. Visiting of Guba Baths, Juma Mosque of Guba and Sakina Khanum Mosque. Juma mosque was erected in the 19th century and constructed in typical Guba province style mosques. Inside of the mosque there is a big hall crowned with a huge 16 m diameter dome. Sakina-Khanum Mosque was built in 1854 by the widow of Abbasgulu Bakikhanov. The mosque was built from red bricks and is similar to faceted cylinder. Each facet has a window in the form of a semicircular arch. The top of the facade is surrounded by an original eaves made from small bricks. From top this stately building is crowned with a big white metal dome in the shape of a multi-faceted helmet. The top of the dome is decorated by a graceful thin spike. Tour to Khinalig Village. There are different views on the history of Khinalig village. On the basis of the investigation of Khinalig ethnos, language and legends, the history is said to date back to nearly 5000 years ago. The people of Khinalig villages consider themselves as ancestors of the prophet Noah. They believe that Noah’s sons – Sim and Kham – migrated to various places in the aftermath of a storm and only Yafet stayed here together with his sons from whom Caucasus nations generated. Cockleshells and stoned fish bones found in the village territory located at an altitude of 2000 meters, the village are shown as proofs of this legend. Drive to Nabran. Overnight in Nabran
Quba — Baku
Breakfast. Swimming at the Caspian Sea. Departure to Baku. Arrival to Baku and departure to airport. End of the tour