Touring the tea houses
Tour type: Baku & Absheron ExcursionsPrice: $35.00Duration: 1from January to January

Everyone who visits Azerbaijan should definitely take time to have tea at a traditional tea ceremony. Tea is the most popular drink in Azerbaijan. It’s part of the social and cultural fabric for every Azerbaijani.

While visiting any home in Azerbaijan, you will be welcomed firstly by tea. For the Azerbaijanis, serving tea at the beginning of a meal is a symbol of hospitality. Tea is often accompanied by different kind of jams, such as fig, blackberry, walnut, strawberry, apricot and other jams. For adding extra flavor tea is also spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and other spices.

Tea serving is an important part of Azerbaijani culture. The Armudu is a traditional drinking glass made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, stained glass and silver.  They get their name from their pear-shape, narrower in the middle and wider at the top and bottom. The shape allows the tea at the top of the glass to cool ready for drinking, while the bottom half stays hot.

The jam is served in a large bowl along with the pot of tea. If sharing with others, you spoon out a little bit of jam for yourself into a smaller glass container.

Then you simply put a small spoonful of jam in your mouth, and sip the tea through the jam. The tea itself is a simple but strong black tea, served in an armudu, a pear-shaped glass. You have your choice of a variety of jams, all made of fruit and quite thick — like preserves.

Azerbaijanis have tea any time of the day. Tea is served everywhere, and it is a part of the social lifestyle in Azerbaijan. For Azerbaijanis tea is associated with family, warmth, hospitality and friendliness therefore forget about counting the cups and enjoy the unique experience of tea ceremony in the Azerbaijan.

So, if you’re ever in Azerbaijan, do yourself a favor and order some tea .... with a jam. 

In this imaginative tour, we invite you to discover Baku from a tea perspective. Passing through the crooked streets of the timeless Old City, learn how this most celebrated of drinks came from China via the Silk Routes to become Azerbaijan’s main national beverage. En route we pop into caravanserais, hamams and hidden residential yards as you get an even better sense of Azerbaijan’s distinctive tea-based traditions. A key element of the tour is visiting three contrasting Baku “chaykhanas” (teahouses), each with their own distinctive atmosphere – medieval-oriental, modern-fusion and simple Soviet-style. Taste various types of tea (perhaps thyme, rose, clove-infused or others) served with traditional Azerbaijani sweets and a wide range of jams. 

Tour price includes:

  • Professional Guide Services
  • Walk along the streets of Icheri Sheher
  • Tea tour and tasting at Traditional Chaykhana
  • Tea tour and tasting at Modern Chaykhana
  • Tea tour and tasting at Soviet style Chaykhana
Number of persons Price for a group
1 USD 80
2 USD 87
3 USD 95
4 USD 108
5 USD 155
6 USD 190

 

More tours
Northern route tour
Northern route tour
Days: 6Cost: $800.00
Day 1 Arrival to Baku. Meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Free time Day 2 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...
Baku - Beshbarmag - Chirag Gala
Baku - Beshbarmag - Chirag Gala
Days: 1Cost: $350.00
Leaving Baku in the morningExploring the land of Caspians on the way northwards along Caspian Sea shoreVisiting the Beshbarmag mountain Arrival to Devechi town. Devechi district is located to the north of Baku and its eastern border extends along the Caspian coast...
Soviet Baku walk
Soviet Baku walk
Days: 1Cost: $35.00
Greetings, Comrades! 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...
Old City excursion
Old City excursion
Days: 1Cost: $55.00
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...
Visit to the winery in Novkhani village
Visit to the winery in Novkhani village
Days: 1Cost: $90.00
In recent years so-called gastronomic and wine tourism has become increasingly popular. This tour is an ideal alternative for lovers of traditional culinary art, connoisseurs of wine and cuisine, as well as for everyone who wants to try something new...
Excursion to Gala Reserve
Excursion to Gala Reserve
Days: 1Cost: $45.00
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...
Excursion to Gobustan
Excursion to Gobustan
Days: 1Cost: $65.00
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...
Touring the tea houses
Touring the tea houses
Days: 1Cost: $35.00
Everyone who visits Azerbaijan should definitely take time to have tea at a traditional tea ceremony. Tea is the most popular drink in Azerbaijan. It’s part of the social and cultural fabric for every Azerbaijani...
Ateshgah & Yanardag
Ateshgah & Yanardag
Days: 1Cost: $65.00
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...
Nakhichevan tour
Nakhichevan tour
Days: 2Cost: $435.00
Day 1 Arrive in Nakhchivan at 10 amMeet at the airport and transfer to hotelStart Nakhchivan city tour- Visit Momina Khatun Monument- Yusif Ibn Kuseyir Tomb- Prophet Noah's grave complex- Khan's House...
...×