8 Nights 9 Days Private Tour in Azerbaijan – beautifully designed tour package for the people who have time for vacation and want to get most out of Baku and Gabala. With this program, you will discover all the important spots inside of the Baku City and will be able to see the green and mountainous areas of Gabala City. You will also be able to see the Sheki City and magnificent Khan’s Palace which is made without any use of glue and nail. You will visit the lake called Goy Gol located 1550 meters above the sea level and created naturally by an earthquake happened in the year 1139. At day 8 you visit the Guba City and Khinalig village that located 2350 meters above the sea level.
Day 01: Arrival at the Airport and Transfer to the Hotel
Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Bakı şəhərindən 20 km, Şimal, Azerbaijan
Our driver will greet you at the airport. He will be holding the card with your name written on it. After meeting with him you will be transferred to the Hotel. Overnight in Baku.
DAY 02: Private Baku City Tour
Upland Park (Martyrs’ Lane) – The Highland Park is the park located on the hill that has the best panoramic view of the Baku City. From the top of the hill, you will be able to see the major buildings of the city and also you will be able to shot one of the best photos of the Flame Towers. You will also see the Turkis Mosque and Martyrs’ Lane.
Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum – It is a museum which unique handmade carpets of Azerbaijan from different ages are exhibited. The external design of the museum building itself reminds rolled carpet. You will be able to see the examples of Azerbaijani carpet making culture. The oldest handmade carpet in the museum is dating back to 17th century.
Baku Old City – It is the most ancient part of Baku which is classified as UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2000. The Old City of Baku is covered by city walls that date back as far as 12th century. Your tour inside of the old city will start from the main entrance of ancient walled city called Double Gates. Inside of the Old City you will be able to see the Chain and Sailor Houses, Cat House, Multani and Bukhara Caravanserais, Maiden Tower-a 12th century monument with several interesting legends behind it, Several Mosques, Miniature Book Museum- which exhibits the biggest miniature book collection on Earth including microscopic book with 0.72mm in size, Palace of Shirvanshahs- 15th century Palace complex including ancient court called Divan, Residential Palace Building where Kings of Shirvanshahs Country lived, Shah Mosque, Shrine of king’s family, Mausoleum of Seyid Yahya Bakuvi.
Fountain Square is one of the most central places in Azerbaijan. As it is seen from its name, you will see some fountains in the square. Fountain Square is also a favorite place of both local people and foreign visitors of the city. Square is full of restaurants, cafes, and brand shops. You can find also the shop of the Rolls Royce cars.
Heyder Aliyev Cultural Center-57,500 m² building designed by one of the best architects on Earth in the year 2012. With its curved style and sharp angles is considered one of the best-designed buildings on Earth. The designer of this magnificent white building is Zaha Hadid, a famous Iraqi Architect. The building has a lot of exhibitions such as classic cars, building replicas, dolls, the fashion of the 1960s and many more.
DAY 03: Private Full Day Trip of Absheron Peninsula
Gobustan Rock Art, Gobustan Settlement – Garadagh District 60 km South of Baku, Qobustan 1080 Azerbaijan
The first destination in your trip will be the Gobustan Reserve. First, you will visit the Museum Building of Gobustan and learn about the early human life in the area with various pictures, archeological finding, and illustrations. In the museum, you will travel through history and have a better understanding of the early humans who lived in the Gobustan Territory. After the Museum you will proceed to car and driver will drive to the Rocky Mountain to see the original rock carvings on the stones of Gobustan. On the rocks, you will be able to see many carvings such as hunters, shamans, dancing scenes, animals, reed boats, women and many more.
After the Gobustan your next destination will be the Mud Volcanoes. The distance between Gobustan and Mud Volcanoes is around 8 km off-road path. That is why we will change the vehicles to the SOVIET Lada cars. After the volcanoes, Lada Cars will drop you again near your main vehicle.
Duration: 50 minutes
On the way, you will stop in the Bibiheybat Mosque, a 13th-century mosque with magnificent Persian decorations in it. And also you will be able to stop and take pictures with the first industrially drilled oil well in the world that dates back to the year 1846.
Duration: 20 minutes
Ateshgah – Fire Temple – your guide will give you the information about the history of the temple and also will explain the trade relationships of Azerbaijan and India in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the temple, there are many rooms which represent the daily life of the people in the temple with its internal decoration. And also in the center of the temple walls, there is the Central Altar which the eternal fire burnt continuously since the 19th century. Outside of the temple walls, there is various souvenir shops which you can buy handmade souvenirs.
Duration: 1 hour
Yanar Dag – The last destination in your trip will be the Fire Mountain. Near the mountain, you feel the smell of natural gas and heat of the fire. Roots of the gas go until the Caspian Sea and burning almost 4 millenniums. After the Fire Mountain driver will drop you in your hotel or any desired place in the city.
DAY 04: Baku to Gabala
On the way to the Gabala city, you will stop in several places. First stop will be The Juma Mosque in Shamakhi City. The mosque is one of the earliest mosques built in Azerbaijan that survived until our times. It was built in year 743, destroyed 2 times by the earthquakes, also burnt by Armenians in the year 1918. It was restored in 2013 by the order of the President.
Duration: 30 minutes
After the mosque, you will stop in the very dense forest that covers the asphalt road. Your driver will stop in the forest which you can take photos and breathe the fresh air of the forest. After the forest, you will reach the Vendam Village and change the vehicle to the SOVIET Lada car to go to 7 Beauties Waterfall. It is 4km off-road path to the waterfall from the main road. You will be able to move very close to the waterfall and even touch to the water.
After the waterfall, you will visit the very beautiful lake called Nohur Lake. Nohur lake with its beautiful landscape, surrounded by mountains and green trees and decorated by bird sounds will amaze you. Swimming in the lake is prohibited, but you can have boat rides on the lake. After the lake, you will be transferred to your hotel in Gabala.
DAY 05: Gabala to Sheki
After breakfast in the hotel, you will visit the Tufandagh Mountain Resort. You will enjoy the cabin cable car experience that takes people as high as 1920 meters. In the resort also you can try paragliding experience which will be the completely voluntarily. In the winter you can also use the skiing facilities of the resort. Gabala Shooting Club – after the cable car, if you wish your driver will take you to the Gabala Shooting Center to try your shooting skills from the shotgun and arrow. You will also be able to visit the Gabala Handmade Carpet factory to see how the famous wool carpets of Azerbaijan is made by the hardworking woman. It takes 3-4 month to make a carpet like that. After the tour, you will be transferred to Sheki and dropped to your hotel.
DAY 06: Sheki to Ganja
After reaching the Sheki city, you will visit the Sheki Khans Palace. Palace was built in the year 1762, and in the construction of the building, no nails and glue were used. Inside of the Palace is decorated with beautiful paintings with the special philosophical meanings. Windows of the palace were made with Shebeke style. Each window is consisting of 5000 pieces of wood and glasses.
After the Palace, you will visit the Craftsmen House. It is the building which was used by the Russian Empire as a prison. Now in the building, craftsmen of Sheki are selling handmade souvenirs. Also, you will also see the workshop of Shebeke and meet with the craftsman who is doing it in Sheki. Inside of the Palace fortress walls, you will visit the Museum of the History.
Next destination will be the Upper Caravanserai, built in the 18th century and used as a hotel. Ancient hotel is also being used as a 3-star hotel now. If you wish you will visit the Sweet Shops of Sheki to buy some traditional halva or bamiye.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Church of Kish – As the last destination, you will visit the Kish Albanian Temple. Temple was built between 1-5th centuries and used as the moon temple first and then as a church after the people of Albania accepted Christianity. After the tour, you will be transferred to the Hotel in Ganja.
DAY 07: Ganja-Baku
After breakfast, your tour in Ganja will start. First, you will visit the Nizami Mausoleum which was built on the grave of famous Azerbaijani poet who lived in the 12th century. Mausoleum was built in the year 1947 and restored in 1991. You will also visit Nizami Museum that is dedicated to the poet and his work. Bottle House – after the Museum you will visit the Bottle House. Some part of the house made out of bottles. It is the private house that is why you will see the house from outside.
Then you will drive about 41 km mountain road to the Goy Gol River located on the footsteps of Murovdag Mount. Goygol in Azerbaijani means Blue Lake. It took its name from the cleanliness of the water. In the year 1139, there was a massive earthquake in Ganja which resulted with the collapse of Kapaz mountain on the Kurekcay River. Altitude of the river is 1556 meters above sea level and protected by the government. Transfer back to Baku.
Duration: 3 hours
DAY 08: Guba & Khinalig Tour
MestDergah – after reaching to the Guba city the first destination will be the Khinalig Village. If the weather will be rainy or snowy you will change your vehicle to the 4×4 Lada Niva Cars. On the way to the village, you will stop at the Qacrash Forest for taking photos and visit the Mastargah Waterfall which is a natural and beautiful waterfall.
Duration: 40 minutes
State Historical, Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve Khinalig – The road from Khinalig is mountainous and the view is very beautiful. That is why you will stop also in several places to enjoy the view and take photos. After reaching the village you will have a short walking tour in the village. You will also visit the castle-like museum that some antiques from the ancient times.
Khinalig Village that belongs Guba region of Azerbaijan is also a famous destination for the tourist who is visiting Guba. Khinalig village is the highest and remotest village of Azerbaijan located in the Caucasian Mountains with the attitude of 2350 m above the sea level. The population of the village is around 2000 people and they are speaking the language that is unique to them. Temperature varies from -20 to +18 from winter to summer.
After reaching to the Guba City you will change the Lada car to your main vehicle. You will visit the handmade carpet factory of Guba to see how the women of the City making carpets on the steady devices using only their hands and eyes. To make 1 wool carpet it takes 4-5 month approximately.
After the Carpet Factory, you will also visit the Red Village. It is the suburb settlement of Guba city and home for around 1000 Mountain Jews. During the Soviet time, the number of people in the village was around 16,000. After the independence of Azerbaijan, most of the population moved Russia and Israel.
Red Village is full of Villas and expensive buildings as well as Synagogues and a Jewish school.
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, your driver will take you from the hotel and transfer back to the airport.
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Address: Baku, Azerbaijan