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
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...