Tour type: General,
HistoricalPrice: $150.00Duration: 1from January to December
Gobustan reserve 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). 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.
After that 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 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.
Unfortunately, the mud volcanoes area has been recently declared a National Park with restricted access, though sporadic visits seems feasible as there is no security. Besides, hardly anyone would have a patience to literally guard tons of mud. But visit there definitely worth a visit as it's one of the rarest things one can find on Earth.
On the way back to Baku a short stop over at Bibi Heybat Mosque. The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936.
The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum (a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad), and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan.
- Private vehicle accompanied by an experienced English speaking local guide who will look after you exclusively - Local driver for your vehicle, exclusively for your tour - Sightseeing program including all entrance fees - Guide's and driver's expenses
Not included into the package:
- Fees for taking photos in historical sites - Any personal expenses
Excursion to the nature reserve "Gobustan" (duration 3.5 hours)
The reserve is well known with its perfectly preserved rock paintings - petroglyphs - a kind of artistic "archive" of human evolution on the Earth...
Excursion to the Temple of Fire Worshippers - "Ateshgah" and the fiery mountain "Yanardagh" in the village Mehemmedli (duration 3.5 - 4 hours)
Azerbaijan is one of the few places on earth, where even today one can observe elements of preserved fire cult and the ancient Zoroastrianism religion...
Arrival to Baku. Meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time
The first half of the day will be spent primarily exploring the historical centre of Baku city, its Old Town - 'Icheri Sheher'...
Old City excursion (duration: 4 hours)
The history of the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku - goes back to ancient times, although the exact date of its establishment is still unknown. The territory of the Absheron Peninsula, where the city is located, has a favorable geographical position, a convenient bay, a warm, dry climate, fertile soil, natural resources, so the emergence of the ancient settlements here was quite natural...
Looking for something a little different? Let us take you underground to see a view of Baku that few tourists have seen and few locals ever bother to appreciate: the Metro. Take this 2 hours guided tour through Baku's metro network, explore very deep central stations and exquisite decorations that blend traditional Azerbaijani national motifs with Soviet ideology...
You will start your trekking tour to Kish village early in the morning.
The slopes here are perfect for the trekking due to several advantages – they are close to the populated villages and highway, though the latter is not seen and does not spoil your views of surrounding nature, amazing panoramas, ethnical villages to visit and finish at the top of old Albanian church...
Excursion to Gala Reserve (duration: 3.5 hours)
Ethnographic Open-Air Museum "Gala" is about a 40-minute drive from Baku. The museum is created on an archaeological site.
The village is five thousand years, nevertheless there are still some neighborhoods that have survived to the present day...
This is an excursion not for all, but only for those who is interested in Baku’s not so distant history under the Soviets. 3 hours guided walk will take you through the central part of Baku with emphasis on its Soviet architectural heritage...
The day will start early in the morning as it takes around 4 hours to drive from Baku to Quba and then further 2 hours from there to Xinalyg. Be ready to have a lot of driving within a day
Not far from Guba you'll also find the village of Khynalygh, with an ethnic group of 2000 khynalyghs who have preserved the original language, customs and traditions...