The Village of Xinaliq and Great Caucasus mountains
Tour type: Adventure,
MountainsPrice: $450.00Duration: 2from April to October
This tour is quite intensive due to large distances covered. You will visit some of the most interesting regions of Azerbaijan. After early breakfast at around 08:00 you will be taken from Baku to Xinalyg settlement with the intermediate stop in Quba. Arrival to Quba around 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Change of transport and further 1 hour transfer to Xinalig settlement along the marvelous mountainous road. Arrival at 12:30. Lunch and tea in one of private houses there. After the lunch spend time exploring this highest settlement in Azerbaijan surrounded by breathtaking views of Caucasus mountains. The villagers - khangali - themselves are historical and ethnic phenomenon. The thing is that they are descendants of ancient Albanian nations. Only about 1,000 in number they have managed to preserve their original language, clothes, household, traditions and ceremonials. This small state within Xinalig state even has its own laws and regulations. For example it has its own original customs office. Xinalig is a unique ethnic group similar to no other living in the world.
Breafast and transfer back to Quba where you should arrive around 10:00 am.
The program in Quba includes visiting places of interest such as Juma Mosque (19th century), Sakina Khanum Mosque (19thcentury), local bazzar and of course a carpet-weaving workshop. You will have the opportunity to see how carpets, the copies of which are kept in the best world museums, are weaven.
You will also check Krasnaya Sloboda settlement there. Krasnaya Sloboda is Azerbaijan's mountain Jews settlement. Over the years, they've clung to the broad outlines of their religion. Perhaps 40,000 of them remain. Over the years, they borrowed customs from their amiable Muslim neighbors, but never assimilated. Even as their knowledge of the rituals seeped away, they adhered to the broad outlines of Judaism, faithfully attending Sabbath prayers, scrubbing their homes on Fridays, baking their own matzo on Passover and eschewing pork.
Have lunch in one of the local restaurants and taste a traditional Azeri cuisine.
Return to Baku at around 18:00 - 19:00.
- 1 night stay in private house in Xynalyg (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) - 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 - Visa support
Not included into the package:
- Fees for taking photos in historical sites - Any meals apart from mentioned in Xynalyg - Other personal expenses
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