Baku Old Town – Absheron Peninsula
You will be met by your guide and driver at your hotel in Baku to begin city tour in Icheri Sheher – the old part of the Azerbaijan capital. Visit Maiden Tower, Shirvan Shahs’ Palace, Caravanserai, and market square with numerous art studios and souvenir stalls. Continue to the Memory Alley Shehidler Khiyabany that opens up a great panoramic view of Baku city.
Drive out of the city to Absheron peninsula. First stop is Ateshgah – temple of fire worshippers located in Suraxani village. Zoroastrians from India travelled thousands of kilometers to Ateshgah to worship fire coming out of the earth. Continue to Gala Museum Complex where you can discover archaeological artifacts and explore elements of traditional living style. An excellent round-up of the city tour will be a visit to Yanar Dag Mountain with natural gas burning for several thousands of years. Return to Baku. The excursion to Absheron Peninsula and Old Baku will be rounded up with a drop-off at the hotel/your place.
Tour to Khinalug, a small mountain village, one of the oldest in the world. Its age is more than 5,000 years. This is the highest and most isolated settlement in the Greater Caucasus mountain range, located on the border with Dagestan, 63 km from Quba. Its residents numbering about 2,000 still retain unique cultural traditions, speak their own language and wear their own traditional clothes.
Azerbaijan is a country with a rich history, beautiful nature and wonderful people. It surely needs more time to see all its sides and parts, but in a two-day tour to Sheki and Lahic, you will see thousand-year-old traditions, visit ancient sights, Christian churches, mosques, luxurious palaces and streets of old villages. You will feel this Caucasian country even in this relatively short time.
Kish , one of the oldest of Azerbaijani villages, is well known for the unique ancient Albanian temple. This antique temple – mother of Alban churches. It has a special status among Christian Albanian monuments. It is valuable not only as an architectural monument but also because of its outstanding historical significance. The official date of its birth is the 1st century AD when the territory of Azerbaijan was included into Caucasian part of Albania . Historians assume that the temple was founded by apostle Elise i who brought Christianity to Albania : “Elise having received the Orient as his lot went from Jerusalem to Persia and started to preach with his three pupils; there he was prosecuted so he arrived in Kish where he founded a church and made a bloodless sacrifice
Ganja tours will take you to the city that has preserved the genuine Azerbaijan colour with its ancient houses. There has still a Juma Mosque, amazing complex of Goy-Imam been preserved. And the trip will be incomplete without a visit to Nizami Ganjavi mausoleum; it was here that the great Azerbaijan poet was born and lived.
3* Hotel - $ 900 per person
4* Hotel - $ 1200 per person
5* Hotel - $ 1500 per person