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Arrive at Baku International Airport. After clearing Immigration and Customs, meet our local representative at the arrival hall and transfer to the hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Baku.
After Breakfast, your excursion will start at the Upland Park – the spectacular place where you can enjoy an unsurpassed view of the city. Our next stop is Old Town. Several dozens of historically architectural monuments are located in the territory of Old Town (UNESCO’s World Heritage): Palace of Shirvanshahs, Maiden Tower, Museum of Miniature Books, Caravansaries, Mosques, Baths etc. Drive from Baku Seaside Boulevard through Building of Baku City Executive Power, Governor's Garden, Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall designed according to the drawings of the Monte Carlo casino (Beaux-Arts, Napoleon III), Building of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. Stroll along the promenade that celebrates its 110th anniversary this year – Little Venice, International Mugam Center, Carpet Museum in the form of folded carpet, Baku Eye – Ferris Wheel, Crystal Hall (in which was held “Eurovision” song contest), Government House. Cultural Center named after Haydar Aliyev – one more epic showplace, modern complex construction. The center project and design belongs to the famous architect Zaha Hadid. The construction of the building was covered on the channels of Discovery and Science Channel, dedicated to the most courageous engineering projects of modernity and architectural masterpieces of the world. Photo shooting on the background of Cultural Center and in the field of “I love Baku” sign.The excursion involves also the symbols of modern Baku – truly iconic Flame Towers with interactive panels, Congress Hall, Socar Tower, Azersu Building in the form of water droplet, Olympic Gymnastics Arena, Olympic Stadium. Overnight at Baku.
After Breakfast, we leave for the mountain regions of Azerbaijan. Arrival in a rich heritage town of Shamakhi. It provided the backdrop to major political events throughout much of its two millennia of existence. Being a capital of the Shirvanshahs state from the 9th century, it was one of the main towns along “The Great Silk Way”. During the excursion you visit architectural monuments such as Juma Mosque, Diri-Baba Mausoleum. Shamakhi delivers us to the greater Caucasus marvel Gabala through Ismayilli. If you would like to witness one of the most picturesque and spectacular corner of Azerbaijan, you certainly have to visit Gabala. Soul-stirring mountains, mist-shrouded forests, chestnut and walnut groves, rugged mountain rivers, tooth-and-claw wildlife – this is Gabala’s grand outdoor wonderland. Our first stop is Nokhur lake – popular recreation spot that is surrounded by mountains and thickets of reeds. Quite nature, clean water surface, incredible scenery – all this brings a sense of tranquility. The road leads to Gabaland Adventure Theme Park with different attractions (karting, sky dive, horse & pony riding, climbing wall, boats etc). Next point of visit is Gabala Shooting Club – a favorite place for active leisure fans. Here you can train your shooting skills. New Mosque in the city center – one more sight of Gabala. The walls and pillars of the mosque are painted with suras from the Holy Koran and decorated with religious symbols using unique samples of the Azerbaijani calligraphic school and oriental ornaments. The final destination of our today’s excursion is Tufandag Mountain Resort – unsurpassed tourism recreation centre where you can enjoy breathing the fresh air and wondering at the dazzling views of the mountains. Tufandag offers cable car rides at any time of the year, cafe and restaurants, entertainment centers for kids and other services. Return to Baku in the evening. Overnight at Baku.
After Breakfast, we will explore all the outskirts and sights of Absheron Peninsula. Transfer to the temple of fire worshipers – Atashgah. Azerbaijan is one of the few places on the earth where even today one can observe elements of preserved fire cult and the ancient Zoroastrianism religion. For example, Atashgah that is known for such unique phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets. The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. Our next point is Azerbaijani exotic Yanardag (“burning hill”). And this is real a burning hill – not metaphorically, but literally. Meter-long tongues of fire cover the stratified earth approximately for 10 metres in width. Return to the city center and enroute enjoy Shopping experience at Sea Mall – a center of trends, fashion, beauty and style with its grand central atrium and equally impressive external facades. As one of the largest shopping malls in Azerbaijan, it contains famous clothing brands alongside with a range of cafes and restaurants. Overnight at Baku.
After Breakfast, you have a free day in Baku which is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with the country and its way of life, purchase memorable gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones. Overnight at Baku.
After Breakfast, free time till you checkout in noon and get transferred to Baku International Airport.