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From Baku: Full-Day Gobustan and Absheron All-Inclusive Tour

1. From Baku: Full-Day Gobustan and Absheron All-Inclusive Tour

Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Baku, head in direction of Gobustan. Make a stop to visit an industrialized oil well close to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. The journey continues to the Gobustan Museum of Petroglyphs, an indoor and outdoor museum located approximately 70 kilometers from Baku. Marvel at prehistoric rock drawings and petroglyphs which were carved by primitive men on walls of caves and on rocks, reflecting the culture, economy, and world outlook of the ancient Azeri people. Then, head to the coastal area of Azerbaijan, home to 400 mud volcanoes. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant savoring delicious Azerbaijani dishes. After lunch, visit the ancient Zoroastrian Ateshgah Temple, a former holy place for fire-worshippers. Round off the day with a visit to Yanardag, a natural gas fire that blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula.

Baku: Historic and Modern Baku Tour

2. Baku: Historic and Modern Baku Tour

This spectacular tour is made up of three parts and will first show you examples of medieval architecture in Baku from the 12th century, followed by more recent architectural developments. The excursion will begin by the entrance gates to Gosha Gala Gapisi in the Old City. The Old City is a UNESCO world-heritage listed site and is almost an open-air museum with many sights to see. After that, you will get to see some of the 19th and 20th-Century buildings in the city, which are mainly linked to the oil boom and the history of the Russian Empire. The final part of the tour discusses the Soviet occupation of Azerbaijan and life in Baku today. All the key parts in the old city are covered during the Baku tour, such as the Maiden Tower, Juma Mosque, and Shirvansah's Palace, along with a Funicular ticket.

From Baku: Gabala and Shamakhi Nature and Food Tour

3. From Baku: Gabala and Shamakhi Nature and Food Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Baku, head off into the Azerbaijani mountains for a full-day adventure. You’ll start in the Shamakhi region, visiting the the Juma mosque, dating back to the 12th century. Driving through the picturesque north-eastern caucasian mountains, you’ll arrive in Gabala. After sitting down for a lunch of traditional Azerbaijani delicacies, you’ll head off into the verdant mountains that Gabala is renowned for. At the foot of Mount Tufandagh, you’ll board a cable card to head up to the top of the mountain to gaze upon the lush valleys beneath you.  Afterwards, head off to Nohur Lake, known for its emerald-green waters surrounded by stately mountains. Hopping in to a Soviet-era Lada car, you’ll mount the hill up to the 7 Beauties Waterfall, named for the 7 stages of the falls. After taking in innumerable natural beauty, you’ll head back to your accommodation in Baku.

Baku: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Baku Airport

4. Baku: Private 1-Way Transfer to/from Baku Airport

The private transfer service is a pre-booked service that you can arrange online in advance of your trip. Your driver will be waiting to greet you at your specific arrivals gate on the day of your arrival. The driver will wait for you even if you flight is delayed. Your driver will identify himself at the gates with a card with your name on it. You will then be escorted to your private waiting car and he will assist you with your luggage. You will then be chauffeured in an air-conditioned, comfortable car (or minivan depending on the size of your group) to your destination. Your driver will also help you with your bags. The advantage of a private transfer is that everything can be arranged in advance of your trip so you have peace of mind. Even if there is a public transport strike or a taxi strike your private transfer will still operate as normal giving you peace of mind that you can start your holiday off on a good note. With a private transfer, you will experience a more personalized service making the entire transfer from start to finish an enjoyable experience. There is no need to work out your route, handle foreign currency or feel anxious about not being able to speak the language - everything is arranged for you in advance. Please find below reasons why a private transfer would be beneficial over a normal public transport ride: - You want the most comfortable, convenient and secure way to transfer from Baku Airport - You appreciate personalized attention with someone who will be waiting to assist you from your arrivals gate - You have not visited Baku before and do not speak the language - You are traveling on a long-haul flight and are likely to have jet-lag. Sorting out your onward journey can be stressful under these conditions - You have a special occasion in which you want everything to go smoothly - You are OK with paying a little more for comfort - You don't want to deal with the inconvenience of possible strike action by public transport workers or taxi drivers - You want to arrange and book your transfer in advance of your trip

From Baku: Quba and Khinaliq Village Tour

5. From Baku: Quba and Khinaliq Village Tour

Depart from Baku and enjoy a scenic journey through the mountainous Khizi district of north-eastern Azerbaijan. Arrive in the city of Quba, which is located in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. Explore the city with your guide, where you will see a variety of local monuments and places of historic significance. After exploring the highlights of Quba, enjoy a break for lunch in a secluded forest. Then, travel to the remote mountain village of Khinalig, which is thought to be the highest inhabited village in the Caucasus Mountains. During the winter season, the visit to Khinaliq is replaced by the Shahdag Mountain Resort in the Gusar region. After a day of exploration, be returned to the center of Baku.

Baku: 3-Hour Private Night Tour (Yanardag & More)

6. Baku: 3-Hour Private Night Tour (Yanardag & More)

Be met at either your apartment in Baku, the airport or your hotel lobby. Then, you will proceed with your tour in a 2016 model Mazda SUV, a luxurious vehicle tailor-made to comfortably transport 4 persons. For a group of 5 to 8, you will use the Mercedes Vito minivan. The cars are spacious, impeccably clean and powered by a strong air-conditioner.  Once the sun goes down, that when the city of Baku truly dazzles. Baku is in the midst of a rather extensive and expensive beautification process. While a current visitor to town is likely to see fenced off parks and caravansaries and such as part of the project, the night lighting will help one forget it. The majority of historical buildings in the city center are targeted with upward flood lights. Normally, one might think something like that is a little tacky, if not completely tasteless but for Baku, it works. Everything from Maiden's Tower to the old city walls to museums to government buildings all have the electric lightning. Stop at Highland Park, Flame Towers. Walk around the park and take superb night photos of Baku. Then, drive through the city and stop over at Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Your last stop will be Yanardag (burning mountain). The city is just an amazing thing to explore when it's dark.  

From Baku: Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes & Mosque Private Tour

7. From Baku: Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes & Mosque Private Tour

Visit the Gobustan Museum of Petroglyphs, about 70 kilometers from Baku, to see prehistoric rock drawings, or petroglyphs. On this 5-hour tour you’ll see one of the largest collections in Gobustan, at the Baku State Reserve of History, Ethnography, and Arts. The most significant are the petroglyphs carved by primitive men on walls of caves and on rocks, reflecting the culture, economy, and world outlook of the ancient Azeri people. Continue to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. The existing structure is a modern recreation of the mosque built in the 13th century and destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The mosque is today the spiritual center for the region’s Muslims.

Baku: Private Transfer to/from Heydar Aliyev Airport

8. Baku: Private Transfer to/from Heydar Aliyev Airport

Enjoy a safe and assuring direct private airport transfer from Heydar Aliyev International Airport right to your accommodation in Baku. Choose from a roundtrip or a 1-way service. Be greeted by your driver waiting at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Rest assured knowing that your pickup is secure, even if there is a delay with your flight. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system. Relax knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to the highest of standards.

From Baku: Gabala Day Trip

9. From Baku: Gabala Day Trip

Get picked up from your Baku hotel and drive towards Gabala. On the way, stop in Shemakha for a break and grab a bite to eat or a tea. Arrive in Gabala and head to Lake Nohur, a pristine lake surrounded by high mountains. Take in views of the tranquil setting and let the noise of the city melt away. Although swimming in the lake is prohibited (the lake is also used as a reservoir and provides drinking water for Gabala and surrounding regions), it is a perfect place for fishing. You can also hop on a boat and explore the lake at your leisure.  Then head to a nearby waterfall called Seven Beauties. A seven-tiered waterfall with multiple cascades, Seven Beauties is a must-see destination in the area. Because the trek up the steep slope alongside the waterfall is quite dangerous, it will be possible to see only two of the cascades. Sit and rest in a seasonal restaurant and teahouse where little sunlight penetrates and enjoy the cool shade as you listen to the rushing water of the falls.   Continue on to visit the Tufandag Winter Resort and ride the longest cable car in the world. Go skiing or take in unforgettable summer views of the Alpine landscapes beyond Gabala. Then visit the Gabala Sport Club, a world-class facility that trains professional athletes in shooting, boxing, karate, taekwondo, soccer, and judo. Try your hand at shooting onsite in the place where the national Olympic team trains.  Head back to Baku after an active day in and around Gabala.

Full-Day City Tour of Baku with Azerbaijani Lunch

10. Full-Day City Tour of Baku with Azerbaijani Lunch

Get ready for an exciting full day Baku city tour with lunch at a great restaurant. You will be picked up by your guide and driver from your hotel and drive to Ateshgah Temple of fire worshippers. The complex is located at the Absheron peninsula on the outskirts of Surakhani village 18 miles (30 km) from the center of Baku and was revered in different times by Zoroastrians, Hindus, and Sikhs. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up), where you will go right after the tour is over at Ateshgah. You will visit worldwide famous Yanardag meaning “burning mountain” which is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula. Only a handful of fire mountains exist today in the world, and most are located in Azerbaijan. Next, it is time for lunch and you will drive to an authentic Azerbaijani kebab house, where you will enjoy famous Azeri Kebabs with salads and soft drinks. Right after lunch, you will walk along Yashil Bazar (Green Market). This is the traditional bazaar full of fresh vegetables, fruits and the green just from the regions. The prices for all of these are quite affordable. That's why locals also prefer to do shopping in this bazaar. Lastly, you will continue your tour exploring the Old City. During this medieval period of Baku monuments such as the Synyg Gala Minaret, the fortress walls, the Maiden Tower, the Multani Caravanserai and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs were built. These historic monuments were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property in 2001. You will take a short tour along Baku Boulevard and move to Fountain Square. The name of Fountain Square derives from the presence of dozens of fountains throughout the square first constructed during the Soviet rule of Azerbaijan and is a public gathering place, especially after business hours and during the weekend and an attractive tourist destination with many boutiques, restaurants, shops, and hotels.

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What people are saying about Absheron

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 167 reviews

Our driver and guide was Habil/ Habeel. The entire trip was long, but he made our journey fun. we went to Sheki Khan Palace which was our favourite spot, beautiful place and story behind it. We skipped the waterfall as it is 200 steps to reach the spot, but Habil was able to show us an alternative place that was breath taking. last note, stop at Nohur Gol restaurant, food, view and place are just fabulous! Thank you Habil/ Habeel!

Our tour guide Habil or Habeel was very kind and accomodating. He is also well versed of the historical places and stories of AZ. we appreciate his service as we were able to learn alot about baku

Really nice trip relatively short but you can see a lot of things and the guide shbil is really nice and explains things well, recommends an amazing experience

Thanks to the amazing staff for the driver and guide Sha who made the day an amazing experience and explained everything in the best way Really recommend

knowledgeable and friendly guide. Good trip, covered lots of things to see.