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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.

From Baku: Quba and Khinaliq Village Tour

4. 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 Panoramic Night Tour

5. Baku Panoramic Night Tour

Enjoy a night tour of Baku with a private driver. Your personal guide will help you design the perfect itinerary of Baku's attractions and offer you insider tips on where to go and what to see in the capital. Visit the main attractions, and request stops to snap photos, grab a souvenir, or take a stroll around your favorite spots. You can go to Highland Park for panoramic views of Baku Bay from the highest point of the city. Drive to Flame Towers, a trio of skyscrapers - the Towers represent flames and construction of this impressive building complex was completed in 2012. During your night tour of Baki, you can also choose to visit Government House, the State Philharmonic Hall, the Mugam Center, or the Carpet Museum. You can admire the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Take a night stroll along Baku Boulevard, which runs parallel to Baku’s seafront, before you return to your hotel.

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: Gabala Day Trip

7. 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.

From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

8. From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Baku and head out for a day of exploration at Gobustan, an open-air museum featuring more than 6,000 rock paintings and petroglyphs. Visit an archaeological site first discovered in the 1930s that is still being excavated today.  When you arrive at Gobustan National Park you will understand why the place is named for the Azerbaijani word for narrows and ravines. Admire the craggy rock faces that recede into dramatic fissures. Learn how a prehistoric civilization thrived here, producing the thousands of rock paintings the area is known for as well as a number of ancient dwellings and more than 100,000 artifacts. See the difference between the oldest drawings dating back 20,000 years and the newest ones from the first century AD. Earlier imagines depict the hunt for mountain goats and ritual dancing with spears while images from the later period show battle scenes, collective labor, harvesting, and women by the hearth. Check out other significant images showing boats with oarsmen, which prove that the early occupants of the area were sailors. Locate the Latin inscription discovered at the foot of Mount Boyuk-dash, which testifies to the presence of Roman legions near Baku. Visit the park's 3D Bio Museum to immerse yourself in the history of this incredible site. Learn about other similar archaeological sites around the world and visit the 3D cinema for an immersive educational experience. Take your time wandering through the museum’s permanent exhibition, which includes 12 rooms displaying and highlighting the significance of the Gobustan petroglyphs. After you've steeped yourself in culture and traditions of prehistoric Gobustan, check out the numerous mud volcanoes in the park. With approximately 350 of the 800 existing mud volcanoes in the world, Azerbaijan takes first place as the site to see these unique geological formations. See the high concentration of active mud volcanoes in the Dashgil Group situated to the east of the Gobustan museum. Head back to Baku after a day of mind-blowing discovery.

Full-Day City Tour of Baku with Azerbaijani Lunch

9. 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.

From Baku: Gobustan, Mud Volcanoes & Mosque Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Baku

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.