5 Nights Azerbaijan with Guba
Day 1: TRANSFER Arrival to Baku, meeting at the airport and transfer to the Hotel. Check-in. Overnight in Baku.
Day 2: BAKU CITY TOUR Breakfast at the hotel.
Want to have a close look at the Baku`s most popular landmark? Baku business and hotel complex Flame Towers Baku is composed of 3 buildings. The surface of the Towers is fully covered with LED screens reflecting different visual characters in motion, easily visible from the far corners of the city in the evening. Walk along the Alley of Martyrs which is usually being included in the protocol visits of the foreign officials. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city and its bay from Baku’s Highland Park (also called Upland Park), the highest point in the Azerbaijani capital.
Walk down to Baku Boulevard to view the International Mugham Center (without entering) created in order to widely promote Azerbaijani ‘mugham’ (folk musical composition) in the world and shaped as the national musical instrument – ‘tar’. Here you will also see Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, designed by Austrian architect Franz Janz and looking like a rolled carpet.
Wander between the decorative stone bridges of so-called Little Venice, a small town on the water and one of the jewels of Baku. It has two large and several small islands and its gondolas are travelling in the channels full of still and clean water.
Cross the street and enter Icherisheher (Inner City), known as a “Fortress” or “Old City”, a unique historical and architectural conservation area in the center of Baku. This is one of the most ancient places of the country where archaeological excavations revealed burial vaults of the Bronze Age. Maiden Tower (12th century) and The Palace of Shirvanshahs (13th-16th centuries) are the best known historical monuments located in the Old City. Besides them there are a lot of other unique monuments such as mosques, minarets, the remnants of caravanserais “Multani” and “Bukhara”, ancient baths, etc. Stroll down the paved streets of this ancient city and drop to some of the numerous souvenir shops where you can buy national clothes, kerchiefs, scarves and caps, dishes and handmade carpets.
After leaving Old City move to the modern downtown, straight to the Fountain Square, the most popular public place with many restaurants and shops, main location for public festivals, shows and celebrations and pedestrian Nizami street, old trading zone with lots of shops and boutiques.
Overnight in Baku.
Day 3: GABALA TOUR Breakfast at the hotel.
Gabala (4 hour drive from Baku) is one of the most beautiful provinces of Azerbaijan with rich and ancient history. For 600 years the city named Kabala used to be the capital of Caucasian Albania, an ancient state that used to exist on the territory of modern Azerbaijan back in the days. The ruins of the ancient city and the main gate of Caucasian Albania had survived until today.
We will start our tour with Tufandag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex. It provides skiing in winter, going up to the mountains by cable cars in summer, as well as many other types of entertainment like mountain climbing by ATV quad bikes, zip-line, mountain biking, horse riding, etc.
Later we will spend some time in Nohur Lake which has a fabulous location with a spectacular view to the Caucasus Mountains.
Seven Beauties (or Yeddi Gozel) Waterfall is situated in Vandam village. The name of the waterfall comes from the name of seven roads that should lead to the waterfall. During the spring and summer there are operating tea houses which operate on every mountain road, where guests can enjoy a tea set with traditional varieties of local jams in Gabala (for example, walnut and white cherry jam).
At Gabala Shooting Club in the village of Bum you can improve your aim and enjoy its beautiful natural surroundings (optional). It is a multi-purpose and world-class shooting facility that can serve both as a recreational and entertainment center.
Return to Baku. Overnight in Baku
Day 4: GUBA TOUR Breakfast at the hotel.
Guba is one of the favorite tourist destinations because of its shady woods and gorgeous Caucasus Mountains. Famous for carpets and apples, the town of Guba sits on a cliff top overlooking the Qudiyalchay River.
In and around Guba city there are still several significant historical places. Juma (Friday) Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Guba, built from the red bricks in 1802. It has a cylinder-shaped structure and the form of regular octagon, typical for Guba mosques. In fact, inside the mosque is larger than it seems from the outside. Another mosque that is worth seeing is Sakina-Khanum Mosque, built in 1850 by the wife of Abbasgulu Agha Bakikhanov, in the name of her husband, famous historian and writer, one of the founders of Azerbaijani literature. In Guba’s Agbil settlement you can observe three medieval mausoleums, all belonging to the 16th century. Two of them have traditional rectangular structures, but the third one has the octagonal shape.
And, of course, excursion to Guba is not possible without visiting a Carpet Weaving Factory! Guba carpets feature intricate designs that take inspiration from nature and geometric patterns, plus a variety of vivid colors. Here people aim to bringing back the art of carpet weaving and reviving the skills and knowledge needed to keep this ancient art alive. After visiting the factory, you can drop to a carpet-shop to buy some souvenirs and authentic carpets.
In the wonderful shady Gachresh forest you can have lunch in the national authentic restaurant with large terrace and astonishing view to the mountains and forest enjoying delicious eco-food: fresh farm vegetables, lamb & chicken kebabs, tea set & selection of local home-made jams which you probably never tried before!
Then the road will take us further to the mountains above Qudiyalchay River to the Mestdergah Waterfall, where you can enjoy the clean mountain air and beautiful landscapes.
Return to Baku.
Overnight in Baku.
Day 5: ABSHERON & SHOPPING TOUR. Breakfast at the Hotel.
Your excursion will start with visiting Heydar Aliyev Centre designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid. It is vast and jaw-droppingly majestic statement of fluid 21st-century architecture forming abstract waves and peaks that seem to melt together. The real delight is simply pondering and photographing the extraordinary exterior from ever-changing angles. Make a stop next to the popular “I love Baku” sign to take some photos.
Let`s continue our interesting tour around “Land of Fire”! Our excursion will start with visiting Gala village (40 min drive from Baku), which today is the State Historical Ethnographic Reserve and Open Air Museum offering the opportunity to see the original lifestyle of Azerbaijani people dated back to 10th-19th centuries. It is a unique place where you can not only make a tour into the past, but also try to bake bread in ancient oven “tandir”, weave a carpet, smear with clay in a pottery workshop or feed camels and horses.
Our next stop is Ateshgah Fire Temple in the village of Surakhani that for centuries has been attracting crowds of thrill seekers. Built in the 17th–18th centuries around naturally burning flames which were previously worshipped by Zoroastrians, the site then had become an important place of pilgrimage for fire-worshipping Hindus until the 1880s. Today it houses a well-designed open air museum.
And the final stop of our “fiery tour” is State Historical, Cultural and Natural Reserve Yanardag (literary “Burning Mountain”), a complex built around the hill located on the top of the natural gas pocket causing continuous flame eruption. Most probably the fire has been burning in Yanardag for over 20,000 years. These natural flames were described by Marco Polo in the 13th century and continue to mesmerize those who visit the site.
Spending time in local bazaar “Sharg Bazaar”: here guests will have opportunity to attend master classes or to buy local
products which are typical for our country like
- Narsharab which is good to eat with fish and meat
- Pomegranates which is one of the symbol of prosperity and richness in Azerbaijan
- Local jams from white cherry, walnut and many other versions
- Caviar and so on
Visiting shopping malls. Overnight in Baku
DEPARTURE Breakfast at the Hotel. Check out and Transfer to the Airport
- 5 nights Hotel accommodation in Baku
- Breakfast at the hotels
- Excursions & transportation according to the program with Arabic or English-speaking driver (Sedan for 2-3 pax, Minivan for 4-6 pax)
- Entrance fees
- Early check-in/Late check-out
- Flight tickets
- Lunches & Dinners
- Any additional expenses
Terms & Conditions
- Rates valid till 30 Nov 2023
- All packages are dynamic, and rate are subject to availability. Flights from Oman are excluded.
- We can customize the packages based on your requirements and offer you final quotations.