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Welcome to Azerbaijan, Land of Fire, Warm hospitality, Deep contrasts, Delicious cuisine, beautiful Historical, Cultural and Natural attractions and traditions. Azerbaijan is recently becoming a favorite tourist destination for those who want something new and different. Baku, the capital and commercial hub of Azerbaijan, is a low-lying city with coastline along the Caspian Sea. It’s famed for its medieval walled old city, which contains the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a vast royal complex, and the iconic stone Maiden Tower. Contemporary landmarks include the Zaha Hadid–designed Heydar Aliyev Center, and the Flame Towers, 3 pointed skyscrapers covered with LED screens. Azerbaijan, the nation and former Soviet republic, is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Its capital, Baku, is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. Within the Inner City lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline. Mud Volcanoes, Fire Temple, Yanar Dag, Palace of the Shirvanshahs, Maiden’s Tower, Qobustan Petroglyph Reserve, World’s Second-Tallest Flagmast, Heydar Aliyev Center, Flame Towers, Carpet Museum and other attractions in Azerbaijan waiting for you.
Welcome to Baku Azerbaijan” Our representative will welcome you at Arrival area of Baku Airport. He will ride you to the Hotel you booked for stay. Detail briefing will be given about your complete tour upon arrival at the Hotel from the Hotel staff as well as our representative.
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Baku City Tour starts from Baku National Boulevard which is the favorite resting place of the Baku residents and capital guests, stretching for a long way along the seashore. The Baku Boulevard is picturesquely planted with chestnut, plane trees, and palms. The boulevard abounds with modern cafés and restaurants, cinema theatres and fountains. From there, you will be taken by funicular railway to Highland Park (Dagustu Park), which commands a breathtaking panorama of Baku. From the boulevard You can also make a real sea-voyage by pleasure-boat along the Baku Bay. During such boat tour a guide will put up the tourists with interesting facts and legends from the Caspian Sea history.
ICHERI SHEHER (BAKU’S OLD TOWN)
Baku’s UNESCO-listed fortified old town was once the medieval capital of the Shirvan Shahs. Today, it’s the capital’s heart with Maiden Tower, traditional carpet weavers, bars and restaurants. Visiting traders in a bygone era often referred to Icheri Sheher as the Acropolis of Baku.
The cylindrical tower has a mysterious story. Dating back to more than 1000 years, experts believe the UNESCO-listed Maiden Tower served as a Zoroastrian temple before becoming a watchtower in the 18th century. Follow the spiral staircase to the top of the 29 meter-structure (95.1 feet) for the best views of Ischeri Sheher.
Endlessly pop¬ular with strollers, this leafy piazza forms Central Baku’s natural focus. The fountains for which it is named include one topped by shiny silvered spheres giving fish-eye reflec¬tions of the trees and stone facades. And the beautiful statue-inlayed facade of the Nizami Literature Museum.
Named after former Azerbaijani poet, Nizami Ganjavi, the 3.5 kilometer-street (2 miles) forms the main shopping district. As you stroll through, pay close attention as the architecture changes from the baroque, neo-gothic, and neo-renaissance façades and to more mundane Stalinesque styles.
NATIONAL FLAG SQUARE
National Flag Square marks the western end of Baku Boulevard. Officially opening in 2007, the square is a symbol of national pride. The giant flag measuring 70 by 35 metres (229.7 by 114.9 feet) on a flagpole standing 162 meters (531.5 feet) was once in the Guinness Book of Records. Tajikistan now holds the record.
Completed in 2012, this trio of sinuous blue-glass skyscrapers forms contemporary Baku’s architectural sig¬nature. The design was conceived as a set of flames, driven from the ground up one of the main hills of Baku. Fire symbolizes energy and eternity, and also goes back to the ancient worship of this element. The tallest of the three Flame Towers reaches 182 metres (597 feet) and is perched majestically above Baku Bay. From a distance, the trio resembles flames. And at night, the exterior lights up in the colors of fire.
Baku Boulevard, a 3.5 kilometer-promenade (2.2 miles), hugs the Caspian Sea with an amusement park, bars and cafés along with a cacti garden, Mini-Venice, and the Baku Eye. Beginning at National Flag Square and ending at Freedom Square, this is the best spot for views of the Flame Towers and a relaxing stroll along the coast.
If you haven’t visited The City of Canals, Baku’s mini-Venice will give you a taste. The small area on Baku Boulevard has two large islands and smaller ones interconnected with bridges. Locals and tourists pay a few Manat to ride the Azerbaijani version of gondolas through the artificial canal system first opened in the 1960s. A top Baku attraction for a romantic evening.
TEZE PIR MOSQUE
Three years after the completion of Central Baku’s sandstone Teze Pir, the mosque with gold plated minarets fell victim to the 1917 October Revolution. Bolshevik-ruled Baku turned the mosque into a cinema and later a barn. It reopened as a mosque again in 1943.
The funicular takes passengers from Neftchilar Avenue to Martyrs Alley. Views from the top start with Icheri Sheher and the Old City in the near distance and the new skyscrapers towards the horizon.
The extravagant Venetian gothic palace has a sad story. Early 20th century oil baron Agha Musa Naghiyev lost his son, Ismayil, to tuberculosis. He hired world-class Polish architect Jozef Plosko to design the building in memory of his son, which opened in 1913. The baron paid for the project and then donated it to the Islamic Charity. It became a meeting and assembly hall, and is now the Presidium of the Academy of Sciences.
Another first for Azerbaijan: The Carpet Museum, established in 1967, became the world’s first. Enter the building that resembles a rolled carpet decorated with motifs and learn about traditional carpet-weaving and its importance in Azerbaijani culture.
THE PALACE OF THE SHIRVAN SHAHS
The Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, the ruling dynasty for 800 years, The 15th century UNESCO-listed complex has a palace, mosque, burial vaults and a mausoleum making it one of the top Baku attractions in Icheri Sheher.
MUSEUM OF HISTORY OF AZERBAIJAN
Travel gives you the opportunity to learn about the world and see exhibits and artifacts you otherwise would miss. The Museum of History, inside an Italian Renaissance-style mansion, has more than 300,000 artefacts. Exhibits cover everything from ancient to modern history and ethnography making it the largest museum in Azerbaijan and a top Baku attraction.
HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT
The opulent baroque House of Government on Neftchiler Avenue was built in 1952 by the Soviets. Ministry offices occupy the space inside. The main attraction is the architectural beauty, especially when it lights up at night.
PALACE OF HAPPINESS
The Palace of Happiness, also known as the Palace of Marriage Registration today, combines elegance with romance and heartbreak. Oil baron Murtuza Mukhtarov replicated a building his wife admired in France. In 1912, Murtuza surprised his sweetheart with the large neo-gothic palace, another Jozef Plosko masterpiece. They lived happily for eight years until the Bolsheviks arrived in 1920. He shot the Bolshevik officers before killing himself; they imprisoned her.
THE CASPIAN SEA CRUISE
What can be a better way to see the evening skyline than taking a Caspian Sea cruise? The terminal lies in the Centre of Baku Boulevard. Cruises go into the bay for approximately one hour Highlights are the glowing Flame Towers and the sparkling city of Baku.
AZERBAIJAN STATE ACADEMIC OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE
Pre-Soviet Baku was rich from their first oil boom, attracting the best European architects of the day. The Theatre, designed by Nikolai Bayev, opened in 1911. Today, you can catch a performance or visit to marvel at the magnificent art nouveau architecture.
NIZAMI MUSEUM OF LITERATURE
Towards the end of pedestrianized Nizami Street near Icheri Sheher stands the Museum of Literature. Named after 12th century Persian poet, the building has an attractive façade with six statues of famous poets and writers.
(Dagustu Park), which commands a breathtaking panorama of Baku.
The most notable feature of the park that stretches south from the Flame Towers is a sombre row of grave-memorials –
BAKU NATIONAL BOULEVARD
The 2nd longest boulevard in the world, which is the favorite resting place of the Baku residents and capital guests, stretching for a long way along the seashore.
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Azerbaijan’s top provincial holiday Centre, Qabala is a string of flashy new hotels and a burgeoning ski resort spread up into the foothills of some glorious forested moun-tains. Qabala or Gabala is the most ancient city of Azerbaijan. Before 1991 the city was known as Kutkashen, but after Azerbaijan’s independence the town was renamed in honour of the much older city of Gabala.
Gabala was the ancient capital of Caucasian Albania. Archeological evidence indicates that the city functioned as the capital of Caucasian Albania as early as 4th century BC. The Ruins of the ancient town are situated 15 km from the regional center, allocated on the territory between Garachay and Jourluchay rivers. Gabala was located in the middle of the 2,500-year-old Silk Road, and was mentioned by Pliny the Younger as “Kabalaka”, Greek geographer Ptolemy as “Khabala”, Arabic historian Ahmad ibn Yahya al-Baladhuri as “Khazar”. In the 19th century, the Azerbaijani historian Abbasgulu Bakikhanov mentioned in his book Gulistani Irem that Kbala or Khabala were in fact Gabala.
Early morning we start tour to Gabala we visit Gabala, Nohurgol Lake, Tufandan.
Shamakhi: Maraza village, visit to Sufi Dervish Mousaleum “Diri Baba” “Nohurgol” Lake -The Lake is surrounded by a forest, you can walk around the lake. Here you can relax, even sail boat on the lake. Nohurgol” Lake – Nohur Lake which existed as a natural lake, you can even have a small voyage on a boat. One of the scenic highlight of Gabala is Yeddi Gozel Waterfall. The name means ‘seven beauties’ due to the seven stages of the falls. The waterfall, situated in woodlands west of Van dam, is climbed by thousands of people each year – the lower levels being accessible by stairways.
Gabala: Qabala or Gabala is the most ancient city of Azerbaijan. The top provincial holiday Centre of Azerbaijan, Gabala is considered a popular tourist destination due to the combination of a very good spring climate, mountainous landscape, and diverse fauna.
Tour to Tufandag: The area of the recreational-tourism is located about 4 km from Gabala region. Tufandag is now an excellent destination for active holidaymakers and those seeking peace and quiet in winter as well as summer. Tufandag offers you the longest cable way trip of the world – skiing in winter, training of skiing, different kind of entertainments. Memorable summer views of the Alpine scenery behind Qabala jump aboard the Tu-fandag network of four cable cars.
Back to Baku drop at hotel for night stay,
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Azerbaijan’s nickname, ‘Land of Fire’ is far more than a marketing slogan as you’ll see at these two fascinating sites. Azerbaijan was one of the original homelands of the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism in which flames were seen as a symbol of the divine. And, as though heaven sent, it was a country where fires leapt spontaneously from the ground. And they still do as you’ll see at Yanar Dag (‘Burning Mountain’). While hardly a ‘mountain’, this windswept hillside 25 kilometres northeast of Baku has been burning for as long as anyone can remember, and the fire isn’t showing signs of going out any time soon. It’s an unusual curiosity, but by no means the only fire phenomenon in Azerbaijan.
At a whim of nature, the land of this Caucasian country located on the picturesque coast of the Caspian Sea,is replete with underground sources of oil and gas that long for blowing out. Natural gas in the Azerbaijan bowels is so much that it comes to the surface over and over again. In some places, a match dropped accidentally or deliberately, a torch, or any spark can ignite the gas, which will keep on burning until it fully exhausts. In times of old, Azerbaijan was a country of fire-worshipers, followers of the Zoroastrian cult. People believed that fire sources were the manifestation of divine power, they worshiped them, building altars and temples. One of the most famous and popular tourist places of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan is the mountain of
Yanar Dag. Actually, it is rather a hill than a mountain, with natural gas burning on its slope from ancient times. Meter-long tongues of fire are licking the stratified earth approximately for 10 m in width, searing those who approached too close. People occupy the benches to watch the blazing hill in the evening, when the sight is most effective.
Mud Volcano: Here are 850 mud volcanoes in the world, and over 300 of them are in Azerbaijan. Most are located on Absheron, around Baku. Mud volcanoes in Baku come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but those most common in Azerbaijan have several small cones, or vents. These small cones are an amazing and even beautiful sight. Mud volcanoes are particularly diverse in Azerbaijan. There are giant volcanoes, such as Toragay and Great Kanizdag in Gobustan, Otmanbozdag and Bozdag- Guzdek on
Absheron, with a total elevation of 400 mtrs. Volcanoes are also registered on islands in the Baku archipelago. Eight of these islands, including Khara-Zira, Zenbil and Garasu, are volcanic. There is a volcano called Goturdag, which is the world’s only continuously rupting volcano; mud squeezing as the specialists put it, has been observed there for many years. There are volcanoes on the coast of the Caspian: Bandovan, Hamamdag and Bahar.
Since the last decade Baku has started flourishing not only with skyscrapers, but at the same time with huge and luxurious shopping malls across the city. There are numerous brands functioning in Baku and most of them are populated in the city center and inside the shopping malls. It’s a time wise choice to visit a shopping mall if you need to do several things at the same time like buying new clothes, watching the latest movies in a cinema, eating or spending some entertaining time with your kids.
Park Bulvar is favorably located in the city Centre – on the Boulevard, a national park that holds special place in the hearts of Bakuvians. The Centre will be the main attraction of the Baku shopping experience offering 17,000 square meters of retail and leisure space, 6 screen cinema theatre, planetarium, food court and a supermarket. 550 parking spaces will be provided in the basement.
Park Bulvar will offer more than just shopping experience. It will be a place of leisure, where food, drinks, music and movies are as big as fashion.
Mall 28, the ultimate leisure, entertainment and shopping destination opened on 15th September 2012. Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 25000 retail square meter Mall offers a full range of shopping, leisure, and entertainment for all its customers. Mall 28 features around 70 international and local brands including department, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics and home furnishing and has an electric retail mix. Also it is equipped with a large family entertainment area, a 6 screen multiplex cinema, and over 16 coffee shops and restaurants.
Port Baku Mall is the largest shopping center in the city opened. A lot of new brands are introduced on the three-store complex with the total area of 32.000 sq.m. The mall became a center of trends, fashion, beauty and style; it takes attention of those who want to be at the edge of the progress. In Port Baku Mall you can find most popular and coveted brands and enjoy the gastronomic delights of tenant cafeteria and restaurants. It is the new level of service exclusive not only for Baku, but also within entire Caucasus.
With its grand central atrium and equally impressive external facades, Azerbaijan’s largest shopping mall seamlessly blends form with function to deliver a premier shopping experience in a building that can be described as nothing less than a trophy property. Gross Internal Area 120,000 SM
Metro Park offers around 60 clothing, accessories, cosmetics, perfume and electronics brands, 15 cafes and restaurants and children entertainment areas. It is located opposite Narimanov metro station and offers 350 parking spaces. It also features Park Cinema on the 6th floor.
Opened in 2014, Port Baku is considered the largest and the newest shopping mall of Baku. It features more than 300 glorious brands of outfit, accessories, cosmetics and perfume and a lot more. Port Baku Mall is a part of the Port Baku complex that also includes Port Baku Residence and Port Baku Towers business area.
Sadrak is a huge wholesale and retail market and a tourist attraction for travellers visiting Baku. In Sadarak you can get almost everything you can use in your daily life – clothes, toys, carpets, souvenirs, dishes, tools, household items, electronics, bicycles for at a relatively low price. When you get in you will feel like you are in a big maze of shopping blocks. You can spend hours in this vast marketplace.
Sadarak is also is a popular tourist attraction of Baku. There are many travellers and shopping lovers from neighboring Russia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, and other countries travelling to Baku which visit Sadarak Bazaar all year round. Other facilities include cafes, restaurants, and fast-foot shops around to have a rest, drink tea or have lunch. They serve turkish and azerbaijani cuisine – kebabs, shaurma, doners and much more. This tour may become an amazing experience for you even if you don’t want to shop, but if you just want to visit the place and get acquainted with a part of local lifestyle.
This mall is very big and have everything that you can think but if you want good quality stuff you need to explore and 90 percent you can find everything. also is a popular tourist attraction of Baku. There are many travellers and shopping lovers from neighboring Russia, Georgia, Iran, Turkey, and other countries traveling to Baku which visit Bina all year round.
DROP BACK HOTEL FOR NIGHT STAY.
Check-out from the Hotel till noon. Drop back at Tbilisi Airport. Small Survey about our Tour, Management, Hospitality and Reviews all over the trip. End of the Tour. Have a Healthy & Safe Journey.