Tour duration: 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS Destination countries: Azerbaijan Arrival: Baku International Airport
Departure: Baku International Airport
DAY 1 | Arrival to Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Meeting at the airport by “Global Caucasia” representative.
Transfer to Gabala. Accommodation in Gabala hotel.
Overnight in Gabala.
DAY 2 | Sightseeing tour around Gabala
Breakfast at the hotel. The city of Gabala is one of the most ancient in Azerbaijan and a frequently visited tourist destination. During the tour you will visit picturesque and spectacular corners of the Gabala region. You can see beautiful forests, rugged mountain rivers, and delightful lakes. You will admire a beautiful panorama of the mountains of the Greater Caucasus rolling up the ski lift of Tufandag cable car. You can reach the highest point of Gabala by cable car ride and enjoy the spectacular view from the mountain. Tufandag complex provides skiing in winter, going up to the mountains by cable cars in summer, mountain climbing by ATV quad bikes and other types of entertainment. (You can enjoy Gabala entertainment center and Shooting center).
Visit to Nohur Lake. Eye-catching Lake Nohur with the magnificent view to Caucasus Mountains, fresh air and water is one of the most picturesque places of Gabala. The quiet atmosphere and bird sounds create an ideal relaxation environment to escape from the noise of the city. Although swimming in the lake is prohibited (the lake is also used as a reservoir and provides drinking water for Gabala and surrounding regions), it is a perfect place for fishing. You can also take a boat and catamaran ride and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
Back to hotel. Overnight in Gabala.
DAY 3 | Baku night lights
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Baku (transfer).
Evening panoramic tour around Azerbaijani capital – Baku city. Evening pick-up at the hotel and head to Highlands Park, from where you will enjoy panorama of the city. Baku is marvelous and fabulous at night. You will see noble Flame Towers – the land mark of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has a long history of worshipping fire, and Baku is otherwise known as the ‘region of eternal fires’. The architects were asked to design the Flame Towers to reflect this history. The complex includes three towers, which form a triangular shape representing a flame. Amazing stylish buildings in daytime, but come to life in darkness with a striking and spectacular light show- flames, flags, people. Visible from miles away.
After you will have a nice walking tour around Baku Boulevard - is a promenade established in 1909 which runs parallel to Baku's seafront. Its history goes back more than 100 years, to a time when Baku oil barons built their mansions along the Caspian shore and when the seafront was artificially built up inch by inch. While walking you will see Little Venice - a small town built in 1960, it has two large and several small islands, there are small channels and the construction of additional bridges and two restaurants, one offering Western cuisine and the other Eastern. Boats are provided for 4 people. In case of good weather and the availability of working hours – the guests can enjoy a ride on the boats through the water park.
Back to the hotel. Overnight in Baku.
DAY 4 | Sightseeing tour around Baku
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour around Baku includes the visits to the following historical sites: Icheri Sherer, Virgin Tower, Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Caravanserai, Nizami Street, Fountains Square, Heydar Aliyev Center
We will start the tour with exemplified restored Icheri Sheher - the Baku Old Town, where we will take a close look at its symbols: the Virgin's Tower from the 12th century, the Shirvanshah Palace and the Caravanserai. We will see from the hill the panorama of the city amphitheater located in the bay with the Prospekt Neftchiler, a promenade stretching along the coast. We will go through the dazzling street of Nizami, and enjoy the Fountain Square. We will also visit Heydar Aliyev Center designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
Back to the hotel and overnight.
Overnight in Baku.
DAY 5 | Absheron Peninsula Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. The first station will be Yanar Dag – 116-meter hill located on top of a pocket of natural gas that constantly erupts into flames. These flames jet out at least three meters into the air, through a porous layer of sandstone. Unlike the other mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan, Yanar Dag has no seepage of mud or liquid, so the fire always burns. Then we will visit the Temple of Eternal Fire - Ateshgah - is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. It is well-known practically all over the world. It is located 30 km from the center of Baku in the suburb of Surakhany. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto surface contacts oxygen and lights up). The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries. It was built by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs.However, the history of the Temple is even longer. From times immemorial this was the holy place of Zoroastrians- fire worshippers (approximately beginning of our era). They attributed mystical significance to the inextinguishable fire and came there to worship the relic. The final station is Gala – Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum Complex in the open air to preserve the monuments in the territory of the Gala State History and Ethnography Museum and enrich the Preserve by bringing in archaeological finds discovered in Absheron. Petroglyphs covering the period from the 3rd and 2nd millennia B.C. to the Middle Ages, gavaldash (tambourine stone), ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex etc. found in the Absheron peninsula were placed at the Complex.
Back to Hotel. Overnight in Baku.
DAY 6 | Departure
Breakfast at the hotel.
Check out from the hotel. Transfer to Baku International Airport.