Day 1: Baku
The guide will greet you at Baku's airport, a magnificent cultural metropolis on the Caspian Sea. You will be able to rest after you get at the hotel. Following lunch, you will go on an excursion to the highlights of ancient and modern Baku, which will include a walking tour of the city's core area highlighting the city's most notable historical and architectural sites. Our next trip will be the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, one of the world's most stunning and contemporary monuments in recent years. Zaha Hadid, a well-known architect, designed it. Because of the building's unusual lines and spectacular light play, visitors are urged to attend temporary, often historical shows highlighting Azerbaijani culture. Those who like modern architecture will remember this one-of-a-kind spot for a long time. Around the center, the well-kept vegetation of Aliyev's center, one of Baku's few distinctive and well-loved public places, provides a view of the metropolis. This night will be spent at a hotel.
Day 2: Baku
After breakfast at a hotel, you will be offered a guided tour of the "Old Town." Icheri Sheher is a medieval residential neighborhood in Baku's centre surrounded by castle walls. Among the historical attractions on the old city's site are the Market Square, Juma Mosque, Synyk Gala Castle, Caravanserais, baths, Maiden Tower of the XII century, residential buildings, and the Palace of Shirvan Shakhov of the XV century. You will also go to Ali Shamsi's workshop. These, along with hundreds of other historical structures in the Old Town, have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are maintained by the organization. After lunch, you will have some free time before embarking on a night walk around Baku. You'll walk through the city's ancient streets while admiring the starry sky and tens of thousands of lights. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 3: Baku – Gobustan – Baku
In the morning, we'll visit the Bibi-Heybat complex, which houses the tombs and grave of Ukeima khanum, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as the graves of other revered individuals. Then we'll take a journey to the "Gobustan Rock Carving Reserve." More than 6,000 rocks dating back more than 30,000 years may be found here. We'll go off-road for 10 kilometers after Gobustan to reach the surface of Absheron's active volcanoes. After lunch, we return to Baku and visit the world-famous Carpet Museum. More than 10,000 pieces are in the museum's collection, which includes pottery, metal and bronze jewelry, 14th-century metal products, 17th-century carpets and rugs, gold and silver jewelry, national clothing and embroidery, and modern-era applied art artifacts. Night at a hotel.
Day 4: Baku – Lankaran (Girkansky reserve) – Baku
In the morning, go for a visit to the Hirkan Nature Reserve, which is included on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. It's a magnificent natural complex of relict subtropical forests in a unique transition zone between wet and dry subtropics. Boxwood, ironwood, velvet maple, massive figs, silk acacia, and a diverse range of vines may all be found here. On the reserve's grounds, 1900 different types of plants have been collected, including 160 species that can only be found in the Talysh mountains. In addition, many other types of fauna may be seen here. Among them are the magnificent leopard, the Caucasian lynx, the stone marten, the porcupine, the Talysh spotted woodpecker, the Iranian robin, the Persian snake, and others. After lunch at a picturesque restaurant with the folklore and dance ensemble Nyanyalar (Grandmothers), we will return to Baku (for an additional fee). The night will be spent at a hotel.
Day 5: Baku – Shemakha – Gabala – Sheki
We depart from Baku for Shamakha after breakfast. Our first destination in Maraza will be artfully merged into the vertical wall of Sheikh Diri Baba's rock-cut tomb. The design of the site combines a fascinating symbolism of geometric patterns, and the area itself has become a mythology based on spirituality. Then we'll go to Shamakhi, a city with a rich history that has repeatedly hosted major events during its two-thousand-year history. We'll see the magnificent and historically significant Juma Mosque there. Then it's on to Gabala, where you'll see the Albanian church in Nij, home of the Udins. The Udins are the ancestors of modern Azerbaijanis and one of the 26 Albanian tribes who created the Albanian monarchy (III century BC - VII century AD). After getting to know Udinami, we head to the Aspi Winery for a wine tasting and lunch. Transfer to Sheki and overnight stay at a hotel. Dinner at a restaurant with Mugam music from the region. Mugam is a genre of traditional Azerbaijani music that is quite popular.
Day 6: Sheki – Baku
We start our tour to Sheki early in the morning. It is one of Azerbaijan's most beautiful cities, perched 700 meters above sea level and surrounded by mountains and oak trees like an ancient amphitheater. We'll visit the Shebeke workshop and learn how to create Sheki Halva. Then we'll go to Kish, a picturesque Caucasian village with stone buildings and cobblestone streets that was formerly the capital of the local khanate. After lunch, you'll go on a tour of the Sheki Ipek Silk Mill. The kelagai (traditional silk women's headscarf), which is on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, is not just Sheki's, but Azerbaijan's, pride. Then you will back to Baku. You will spend the night at a hotel.
Day 7: Baku – Absheron Peninsula – Baku
The first exciting destination on our itinerary is Gala's Historical and Archaeological Museum. The Bronze Age's first human settlement. An open-air museum has been created on the site of an archaeological dig near a 5th century stronghold. After walking around the village, we'll travel to the antiques museum. Then you'll proceed to the well-known Ateshgah Temple of Fire Worshipers. Crude oil fuels this never-ending fire. After lunch, you will go on an unforgettable excursion to Yanardag, popularly known as Burning Mountain. The mountainside has been burning for thousands of years. When you arrive in Baku, you'll visit the local green market. The night will be spent at a hotel.
Day 8: Baku – Airport
Breakfast. Transfer to airport.
Price per person:
02 pax – 1 215 $
04 pax – 885 $
06 pax – 755 $
08 pax – 725 $
10 pax – 680 $
Single – 140 $
- Full board
Baku – “Atropat”/ “Modern Hotel”/ “Parkway Inn” Hotel 4*
Sheki – “Issam Hotel & Spa” Hotel 4*
- Entrance fees to museums
- Drinking water (0.5 liters) per day per person
- Single room
- Medical insurance
- Photo and video charges in museums and monuments