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From Baku: Full-Day Guided Tour of Gobustan and Absheron

1. From Baku: Full-Day Guided Tour of Gobustan and Absheron

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.

From Baku: Quba and Khinaliq Village Tour

2. From Baku: Quba and Khinaliq Village Tour

Enjoy a scenic journey through the mountainous Khizi District of northeastern Azerbaijan on a guided day trip from Baku. Experience local village life during visits to Quba and Khinaliq, and enjoy lunch while surrounded by the lush forest. Arrive in the city of Quba, located in the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains. Stop at the Qecresh Forest to enjoy nature. After exploring the highlights of Quba, take a break for lunch in the peace of a secluded forest. Then, travel to the remote mountain village of Khinalig, 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, return to Baku to conclude your tour.

Baku Panoramic Night Tour

3. 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: Burning Mountain & Zorastrian Temple Private Tour

4. Baku: Burning Mountain & Zorastrian Temple Private Tour

You will picked up and then head towards the Ateshgah Temple of fire-worshippers. The complex is located in the Apsheron Peninsula on the outskirts of Surakhani village 30 kilometers 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 the surface and lighting up in contact with oxygen). Alexandre Dumas, during one of his visits to the area, described a similar fire he saw in the region inside one of the Zoroastrian fire temples built around it. Only a handful of fire mountains exist today in the world, and most are located in Azerbaijan. The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th to 18th centuries. It was built by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. Your second stop will be Yanardag (burning mountain). It is one of the most famous and popular tourist locations of the 'eternal flame' in Azerbaijan, the mountain of Yanar Dag. Actually, it is rather more a hill than a mountain with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. Meter long tongues of fire lick the stratified earth approximately for 10 meters in width, searing those who approached too close. People occupy the benches to watch the blazing hill in the evening, when its sight is most effective. Yanar Dag is located 25 kilometers to the north from Baku. Your last stop will be Yashil Bazaar (or Green Market). This is the traditional bazaar full of fresh vegetables, fruits and greens just from the regions. The prices for all of these products are quite affordable. That's why locals also prefer to do shopping in this bazaar. And of course, don't forget to bargain - you can save a little money.

Baku: Historic and Modern Baku Tour

5. 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.

Baku: Organic Winery Tour in Shamakhi with Local Lunch

6. Baku: Organic Winery Tour in Shamakhi with Local Lunch

The trip starts with pickup from your accommodation in Baku and heads towards the Shamakhi region. Admire the stunning scenic views of the countryside along the drive and immerse yourself in the natural landscapes as you travel to one of Azerbijan’s newest wineries. Wine growing in the Shamakhi region has been undergoing a new era of development in recent years and the particular winery on this tour was set up to produce organic wines. A wine factory with a vast area covering of 4398 square meters was built on the vineyard within the wine complex and was put into operation in 2018. The winery aims to produce 1.4 million liters of wine per year and harvests an array of native and foreign grape varieties, all chemical free. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard and learn about the grapes that are grown here to produce the wines. Then wander around the winery and watch the process of wine production as well as storage in the cellar. Finally, enjoy a tasting session of Shirvan wines and learn about to distinguish the flavors between grapes. After your finish the visit to the winery, you’ll next go to Madrasa village, birthplace of the Madrasa grape, to have lunch with a local family and taste their homemade wine.

From Bakü: Sightseeing - Ateshgah - Yanardag - Gobustan

7. From Bakü: Sightseeing - Ateshgah - Yanardag - Gobustan

Journey to the Ateshgah Temple from your hotel in Bakü on this tour to the temple of the fire worshipers. Visit the site that was revered by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. Admire the pentagonal complex with an altar in the center which was the place of pilgrimage for worshippers. Travel to one of the most famous and popular tourist places in Azerbaijan, Yanardag. Marvel at the meter-long tongues of fire licking at the stratified earth in a ten meter long space. Discover the natural wonder of the state-protected conservation area of the mountain Yanar Dag. Due to excursion program we highly recommend you visiting Modern Mars at Baku - Gobustan Mud Volcanos . Lets see that incridable view with your own eyes . Your professional tour guide will give you fully information all about from culture to modern part of this country . After you can see originally rock hand drawings at Open Air Museum .

Baku: Memorable Old City Walking Tour

8. Baku: Memorable Old City Walking Tour

Discover the charms of Baku, Azerbaijan, as you walk among its most important historical landmarks. Wend your way through the lively streets and be impressed by the shops, monuments, restaurants, and boutiques of the capital city. Your walking tour will begin near Fountain Square, or Torgovaya Street, where the locals gather. Indulge your lust for people-watching as you observe locals strolling about. Many festivals and celebrations are held here. See the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a 15th-century gem described by UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture", along with Maiden Tower. Admire locally produced carpets, handicrafts, and antiques. Advance towards Iceri Seher, the Old City, and historical core of Baku. Bask in the atmosphere of this most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls and well-protected, before concluding your tour.

From Baku: Private City Highlights Tour by Car with Lunch

9. From Baku: Private City Highlights Tour by Car with Lunch

Discover Baku's charm, history, and culture on a private tour by car. Visit its main sights, such as Bibiheybay Mosque and the Haydar Aliyev Center, among other spots. Enjoy a local lunch if you choose the option. Start your tour in the heart of the Old City – Icherisheher. Walk through its historical streets surrounded by fortified walls. See the 12th-century Maiden Tower that now houses a museum that presents the story of the historic evolution of Baku city. Continue to the Old Bazaar and the Palace of The Shirvanshahs. This 15th-century palace was built by the Shirvanshahs and described by UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture." Carry on to see Juma Mosque built in 1899, before jumping in the car and moving on to see the modern Baku Boulevard and Nizami Street. Next, explore Bibiheybat Mosque and the Haydar Aliyev Center. As this is your private tour, stop anywhere for a tea or coffee as you wish. Taste local flavors if you choose the option with lunch.

Private Tour to Shemakhi & Lahij From Baku

10. Private Tour to Shemakhi & Lahij From Baku

You will depart from your hotel in Baku in the early morning. On the way, you will visit the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza. Continue on to Shamakha and see the historical Juma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family graveyard. Afterwards, drive through the Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahij, a 5th Century village rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid with stones. It is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as traditional jewellery, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops.

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Overall rating

3.3 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour and learning about the Land of Fire. Habil was a great tour guide and explained everything well. The tour was going to last longer than advertised so be aware of that if you have any other activities booked in the evening. We had another tour booked for 7pm so Habil was very accommodating and made sure we were home in time for this. Would definitely recommend.

Fantastic trip that made it possible to see the entire landscape of Azerbaijan and have a view of the interior and mountains of the Caucasus. Our guide Habil was fantastic. Very attentive and polite. No defects. Note 20

it was a very fun and varied tour of Azerbaijani curiosities. The guide, Habil Gudratli, told the history and modernity of the country with great calm and a smile. A fun time and a memory of the colors of Azerbaijan.

This was an interesting tour around Old City Baku and Highland Park. Would definitely recommend. If you choose the evening tour (ours started at 7pm), the museums will be closed so just be aware of that.

We liked this trip very much. We had a great guide Tural. He told us a lot of interesting infomation.