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Azerbaijan Tour

Azerbaijan   6 Days/5 Nights

Places of Visit: Baku, Icheri Sheher, Caspian Sea, Absheron peninsula, Surakhany, Gobustan reserve, Guba, Ismayilli, Lagich village.

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Tour Program:

Day 1 Baku
Arrival to Baku, transfer from the Airport to your Hotel. Check-in. Breakfast. Baku city tour. Lunch. City tour continued. Returning to the hotel. Dinner. Overnight

Old Town - Icheri Sheher. Icheri Sheher sightseeings including the Palace of the Shirvans (the most striking example of the medieval palace structures in Azerbaijan, dating to the middle of 15th century); Maiden's Tower (the ancient, eight storey fortress originally built as a fire beacon); Dzhuma Mosque, antiques and carpet shops. Sightseeing tour in the city: Martyr's Cemetery, located on the higher slopes of the city's west-end, this is the best place for panorama viewing of the city and the Bay of Baku. You will have a walk along Baku Boulevard, the second largest one in the Europe. You can get a boat and make 30 minutes trip along Baku Bay. You will be introduced with the interesting facts and legends of the largest lake in the world better known as Caspian Sea.

Day 2 Absheron peninsula
Breakfast. Leaving for a tour in Absheron peninsula. The second day will be spent primarily within the Greater Baku, where you will be taken to main sites on the Absheron Peninsula. Lunch. Back to the hotel, free time. Overnight in a hotel.

Ateshgah - the Fire Worshippers' Temple is located in the village of Surakhany. It was built on land where natural gas burned eternally by Zoroastrian believers who travelled from the province of Multan in India to worship. These ancient fires are believed to have given Azerbaijan its name, which is thought by some researchers to mean the 'Land of Fires'. Also this day you will visit well preserved ancient castles of Absheron Peninsula dated XII-XIII AD and located farther out on the Absheron Peninsula. There are several fine medieval castles - one each at Amirajan and Nardaran and two at Mardakyany - apparently built for defense by the Shirvan shahs in the 14th century.

Day 3 Gobustan Reserve
Breakfast. This day you will visit the Gobustan reserve. Return to hote. Dinner. Overnight in a hotel.

Gobustan is an open-air museum littered with Neolithic rock drawings. Just 65km south of Baku, Gobustan has some 4000 inscriptions that go back 12,000 years (with some 2000 year old Latin graffiti to boot). Stone Age folks sporting loin cloths pose hunt and boogie down. Their dances are thought to have been accompanied by the melodious strains of the Gaval-Dashy (Tambourine Stone) - a rock that has a deep, resonating tone when struck. The well-preserved sketches display ancient populations travelling on reed boats; men hunt antelope and wild bulls, women dance. The famed Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl returned many times to Azerbaijan between 1961 and his death in 2002 to study the site, which he argued to be evidence that modern-day Scandinavians migrated north through the Caucasus in prehistoric times. He found similarities in the drawings to those found in Scandinavia, particularly some in Alta, Norway. According to Icelandic Sagas, written in the 13 th century, the Norse God Odin (Wotan) migrated from the Caucasus in the first century AD. You will also have a chance to visit quite a unique site where 300 of the planet's estimated 700 mud volcanoes sit Gobustan, Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea. Many geologists as well as locals and international mud tourists trek to such places as the Firuz Crater, Gobustan, Salyan and end up happily covered in mud which is thought to have medicinal qualities. In 2001 one mud volcano 15 kilometers from Baku made world headlines when it suddenly started spewing flames 15 meters high.

Day 4 Guba Carpet-weaving workshop
Breakfast. Departure to Guba in the morning. The trip takes 2,5 - 3 hours. Return to Baku. Dinner. Overnight in a hotel.

Juma Mosque (19th century), Sakina khanum Mosque (19thcentury) and Carpet-weaving workshop. You will have the opportunity to see how carpets, the copies of which are kept in the best world museums, are woven. In Gachresh village which is frequented by visitors from different parts of Azerbaijan desiring to enjoy incomparably beautiful nature, you can taste shashlik or order some other dish of traditional cuisine.

Day 5 Ismayilli
Breakfast. Departure to Ismayilli. Lunch. Visit to Lagich village. Return to Baku. Dinner. Overnight in a hotel.

Ismayilli is one of the most beautiful corners of Azerbaijan lying at the foot of the Great Caucasian Mountains - the land of rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Three climatic zones are represented at the same time in this region, ranging from snowy mountains to hot planes. You will visit Lagich village famous for its skilful craftsmen. This village is inhabited by hereditary braziers, tanners, engravers, potters, and blacksmiths, metal and wood carvers. During the excursion you will see the bridge connecting two villages, the stone water-pipe of the 16th century, and specimens of dwellings of the 19th century with wall paintings, Museum of regional studies where ancient carpets and brass articles are kept.

Day 6 Departure
Breakfast. Departure.

Standard Tour price
1. Twin accommodatiom;
2. All transfers;
3. Food and accommodation for driver;
4. English speaking guide;
5. Sightseeing tour programs, including entrance fees to museums;

Does not include:
1. Single supplement;
2. Visa support;
3. Consular fees for Azerbaijani visa;
4. Full board meals;
5. International airfares;
6. Camera/video fees;
7. Personal insurance and items not mentioned above;

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