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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.

Full-Day City Tour of Baku with Azerbaijani Lunch

2. 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

3. 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: Old City Walking Tour

4. Baku: Old City Walking Tour

Your walking tour will begin around Fountain Square, which is a public gathering place, especially after business hours and during the weekend. It is an attractive tourist destination with many boutiques, restaurants, shops, hotels, and passages. This is one of the most crowded and lively places in the city, and is great for people watching. In the evening you will find many locals strolling about. The square is also referred to in popular culture as Torgovaya Street, running parallel to Baku Boulevard. This square is also the location where the city authorities hold many public festivals, shows, and celebrations. From here you will move on to explore the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a 15th-century palace built by the Shirvanshahs and described by UNESCO as "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture". It is located in the inner city of Baku, and together with the Maiden Tower, forms an ensemble of historic monuments inscribed under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments. Whilst here you will visit souvenir stores, carpet stores, antique shops, and local handicraft markets. Your tour will then advance towards Iceri Seher, the Old City or Inner City, and the historical core of Baku. The Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, which is surrounded by walls and well protected. In 2007, the Old City had a population of about 3,000 people. In December 2000, the Old City of Baku, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and Maiden Tower, became the first location in Azerbaijan to be classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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.

From Bakü: Sightseeing - Ateshgah - Yanardag - Gobustan

6. 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

7. 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.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 26 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.

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.

Highly recommend. Awesome company and this tour is breathtaking.