Welcome to Azerbaijan
On arrival at Baku International Airport you will be met by our local representative and you will be transferred to the hotel.
Day is free, for you to explore the city at your own pace.
Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is a low-lying city with coastline along the Caspian Sea. It's famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. Contemporary landmarks include the Zaha Hadid–designed Heydar Aliyev Center, and the Flame Towers, 3 pointed skyscrapers covered with LED screens.
Excursion to the Old City tour begins with a visit to the Upland Park.
Upland Park is located on a hill in the western part of the city. This is the best place to see the city and the Baku Bay.
The tour proceeds with the visit to the Old City - with its fortress walls, historical buildings and narrow paved streets. The tourists will see and appreciate the main attractions of the Old City, including the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the famous Maiden Tower. Just imagine that the bricks under your shoes for centuries keep memory of city’s history, its fame and glory, its grieves and sufferings. During the walk you will definitely feel that the air smells like a magic – salty and oily odor of the Caspian Sea mixes up with the flavors of Oriental spices and kabab from the numerous restaurants. Baku is a young girl – it is full of energy, beautiful, bright and vivid. It is ready to change but nevertheless follows the traditions of ancestors. Behind the walls the city life sparkles like a melting pot, while in the Old City everything is calm and dutiful as it was for centuries. Baku people do not like to live in hurry.
We continue with Cultural Centre named after Heydar Aliyev. Heydar Aliyev Center is a cultural center, projected as a complex structure that includes the Auditorium (convention center), a museum, exhibition halls, administrative offices. The project center has been designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre is considered to be one of the symbols of modern Baku.
On the first floor of the Centre the exhibition "Masterpieces of Azerbaijan" is presented. It demonstrates unique exhibits reflecting the inexhaustible natural wealth, long history of the country and its cultural heritage. This exhibition draws attention as a modern interactive means to study the history and culture of Azerbaijan. One of the main features of the exhibition is that it presents all periods of the history of Azerbaijan, demonstrates exhibits relating to different areas of Azerbaijani culture. Thus, the exhibition includes unique examples of ancient crafts; in particular, the Azerbaijani carpet weaving school, a special interest is the demonstration of copper products. Ancient Azerbaijani musical instruments are presented in the original - the sound form. The exhibition presents traditional clothes and old coins. The attention of visitors attracted to the holy books of different religions, representatives of which live in Azerbaijan, the exhibit is known as the space tolerance. (you can visit any of this exhibitions for additional payment).
Overnight in Baku.
Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for checkout and driver will bring you to Ganja.
Ganja is the second largest city in Azerbaijan, a monument of the ancient culture, industrial center of Western Azerbaijan. This city played an important role in the history of Azerbaijan, being located at the crossroads of caravan routes, where the travelers and world-name scholars stopped. The history of the country is riddled with significance of this city, which for centuries was the capital of the country and a trading hub, attracted merchants from different countries, who traded silk, fur, spices, Damascus steel and other treasures of the Middle Ages. No wonder that the name of the city means "treasure". At the entrance to the city you are welcomed by poet Nizami’s Mausoleum. Ganja is inseparably linked with the name of the poet, so there are a lot of images of tis famous man in the city. The mausoleum is a place of pilgrimage for poets from around the world till nowadays.
The visit of Sheikh Bahauddin architectural ensemble will be truly unforgettable. This monument of architecture of the XVII century includes a caravanserai, Shah Abbas Mosque (Friday Mosque), medieval bath (Chekyak-Hamam).
Juma Mosque was built in the time of Shah Abbas, its architect Sheikh Bahauddin was an astronomer, so the mosque has an interesting feature. At noon the shadow falling on the western wall of the building disappears. This means that it is time to midday prayer. Cheyak-Hamam (bath) consists of two interconnected rooms. This room is particularly popular among residents and worked until 1963. Today Cheyak Hamam is primarily a cultural monument, since 2002 is under the protection of UNESCO.
Bottle House - one of the strangest sights of Ganja. This two-storey house is decorated with approximately 50,000 glass bottles and stones brought from different parts of the former Soviet Union.
In the evening, guests can take a stroll in the park in the center of the city - the residents cherish these ancient trees from the 16th century.
Overnight in Ganja.
Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion.
On the way to the national park, we will visit the city of the same name Goy Gel a former German settlement of the 19th century on the territory of Azerbaijan - during the times of the Russian Empire it was called Elenendorf. It is a small island in the East German architecture - houses from the early 20th century built by German architects are still preserved here, as well as the Lutheran Church. Next we will go to Goygol Lake Nature Reserve. This lake is relatively young - it was formed in the 12th century as a result of the fall of the mount Kapaz summit during the earthquake. However, the lake is most beautiful in whole Azerbaijan. Situated around the woods, the lake was not available to visit for several years – there were arrangement works in the park. Now, this oriental beauty re-appeared in full glory In front of the tourists.
Breakfast at the hotel. Prepare for check out and the driver will drop you back to Baku.
On the way to Baku, we will make a stop at Mud Volcanoes. Only few people know that Azerbaijan ranks the first place in the number of active mud volcanoes. Traces of their work can be found in Gobustan as well. These volcanoes are formations of a cone-shaped hill with a crater in the ground.
Visit historical and archaeological museum in Gobustan. The reserve is well known with its perfectly preserved rock paintings - petroglyphs - a kind of artistic "archive" of human evolution on the Earth. "Documents" of such archives is the first human’s presentation of his/her "I" to the outside world. Gobustan Rocks are not just the brightest witnesses of the prehistoric period of human existence. They reflect the history of this region for nearly 15,000 years - since the end of the era of the Upper Paleolithic till the Middle Ages. Of particular interest are the images multi-oar boats, with a light source at the stern. They were drown above the level at which people had been portrayed, and this phenomenon set up a lot different interpretations. Today Azerbaijani scientists found, described and studied more than 4,000 petroglyphs (rock painting in the stone carving art) and this important work continues.
Overnight in Baku.
After breakfast. The day is free until checkout time. The driver will pick you up and drop you to the airport for your onward flight.
AED 3250/- Per person, Prices are based on twin sharing.
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights.
Destinations: Baku-Ganja- Khanlar-Gobustan.
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Economy class airfare from Dubai / Baku / Dubai...
Transportation as per the itinerary on private car.
All activities as per program with entrance fees.
Complimentary travel insurance.
All airline and hotel taxes.