Tour type: Baku & Absheron ExcursionsPrice: $35.00Duration: 1from January to December
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. You’ll learn the stories behind these buildings, who built them and what for. You’ll learn how Soviet people lived in those times and what they had been dreaming of and fighting for. You’ll discover new layer of cultural, socio-political and architectural information about Baku that otherwise would undoubtedly be missed.
The experience might be nostalgic for some, a cold war fascination for others, but either way, you can count on a very entertaining tour led by a guide whose performance is full of questions, provocations, and surprises. We walk a special route discovering some of Baku’s Soviet features both archetypal and hidden, starting from what was built as the “Central Committee of Communist Party of Azerbaijan”. There are lots to learn as you pass such brilliantly named buildings as the “Monolith” and end up where the USSR’s Baku rulers were toppled in 1991 – the appropriately dubbed “House of Soviets”.
Expect facts and rumors, legends and fun, with an extraordinary atmosphere guaranteed.
Tour price includes:
Professional Guide Services
Genuine Soviet-era Souvenir pin
Small quiz prizes
Walk along the major highlights of Soviet architecture
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 architecture of the capital is very eclectic; it is a combination of different styles and influences such as Baroque, classicism and modern architecture, both Eastern and Western...
Arrival to Baku. Meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time
The first half of the day will be spent primarily by main sites on the Absheron Peninsula. You will be taken to Ateshgah - the Fire Worshippers' Temple located in the village of Surakhany...
3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS TOUR ACROSS NAKHICHEVAN
PS: You can arrive in Nakhchivan directly from Istanbul with Turkish Airlines as well
1 Day, Baku - Nakhchivan
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Individual tour / English speaking guide
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