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Gobustan and Mud Volcano Tour

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OVERVIEW

Our first stop is Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Reserve to see museum of prehistoric rock carvings. The museum locates on Boyukdash (Böyükdaş – trans. Greater Mountain) Mountain with areal view towards the Caspian Sea. It significantly allows you to get acquainted with life-style and activities of people from late Ice Age. The next stop is mud volcanoes which locate in close vicinity of Gobustan. Mud Volcanoes is one of the strangest experiences that you can have. This natural phenomenon called mud eruptions continuously causes mesmerizing explosions and underground rumbling over a long period of time. Our third stop is newly built Bibi Heybat Mosque which is an historic mosque constructed in XIII century but demolished in 1936 by Soviet regime.

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Gobustan Museum of PetroglyphsisGobustan Mud volcanoes in Dashgil and Bibi Heybat Mosque are the attractions to visit.

DURATION

Overall duration of the tour is about 5 and half hours. It starts at 9 AM.

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Hotel Pick up and drop off
  • Transport service (7-seater Van or 4-seater Sedan)
  • Private sightseeing program with a local guide
  • Local guide fee
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary

 

PRICE

  • 1 person: 160 azn
  • 2 people: 85 azn/per person
  • 3 people: 75 azn/per person
  • 4 people: 65 azn/per person
  • 5-6 people: 60 azn/per person

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Gobustan Mud Volcanoes are inaccessible in a rainy day.
  • At least two people required to run the tour
  • Subject to availability

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Ateshgah and Yanardag Tour

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OVERVIEW

Ateshgah Temple (trans. Fire Temple) is 17th-19th century temple was built by Hindu and Zoroastrian worshipers and traveller, and was regularly visited place for fire-worshipers in Surakhany. People of hinduism and zoroastrianism would go on a pilgrimage to this place. However, it operates as only museum currently. During late 19th and warly 20th centuries, Surakhany, Sabunchu, Ramana villages were producing industrially huge volume of oil, though it is dormant today. Along the road trip you will observe oil rigs and derricks which are still functional. Yanardag (trans. Fire Mountain) in Mammadali village is the place, where you observe flaming gas that comes from the hill that resembles Ateshgah in 18th century. Natural gas flares continuously from ancient times and is one of best illustration why local people call Azerbaijan as “Land of Fire”. 

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Ateshgah Temple, Oil fields of Ramana village, Yanardag and 15 minutes photoshooting of Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre are the attractions to visit.

 

DURATION

Overall duration of the tour is about 4 hours. It starts at 9 AM.

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Pick up and drop off in the city centre/hotel
  • Transport service
  • Private sightseeing program with a local guide
  • Local guide fee
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary

 

PRICE

  • 1 person: 160 azn
  • 2 people: 85 azn/per person
  • 3 people: 75 azn/per person
  • 4 people: 65 azn/per person
  • 5-6 people: 55 azn/per person

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • We run the tour in all weather conditions.
  • At least two people required to run the tour
  • Subject to availability

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Group Tour to Gobustan and Absheron

OVERVIEW

Visit UNESCO World Heritage site at Gobustan National  Park to eyewitness culture of prehistoric humans depicted on Rock as rock-art representation, and Gobustan Mud volcanoes in Dashgil to explore surface similar to one on the Moon as anomalic geological processes in exuding mud volcanoes and Bibi Heybat Mosque, a historic mosque with cultural and social value.

Afterwards we visit a castle-like hindu-zoroastrian pilgrimage site of Ateshgah (Fire) Temple from XVIII-XIX century, Oil fields and ‘nodding donkey’ (oil pump) of Ramana village and Ramana castle from XII-XIV century, ever-lasting fire at Yanardag and later 15 minutes photo-shooting of Heydar Aliyev Centre.

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Gobustan Museum of PetroglyphsisGobustan Mud volcanoes in Dashgil and Bibi Heybat Mosque, Ateshgah and Yanardag are the attractions to visit.

DURATION

Overall duration of the tour is about 8-9 hours. It strats at 9 AM.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Pick up and drop off in the city centre/hotel
  • Transport service with AC
  • Private sightseeing program with a local guide
  • Local guide fee
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary
  • Lunch
  • 0.5L bottled water
  • NOTE:  Mud Volcanoes are inaccessible in a rainy day.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Entry to Heydar Aliyev Center
  • Alcoholic Beverages

PRICE FOR PER PERSON IN GROUPS

  • 1 person: 250 azn
  • 2 people: 150 azn/per person
  • 3 people: 120 azn/per person
  • 4 people: 110 azn/per person
  • 5-9 people: 80 azn/per person
  • 10 and more: 70 azn/per person

Day Trip to Khinalug, Guba

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Overview:
In this day trip to Khinalug, Guba, one of the Azerbaijan’s highest mountain villages, you will explore life style of remote villagers in country side in 2350m altitude. Khinalug is also considered one of most ancient and continuously inhabited places in Azerbaijan. You will have a chance visit Red Town (Qırmızı Qəsəbə or Krasnaya Sloboda) in Guba city which is one of the last strongholds of Mountain Jews in Caucasus as well as visit mosques of Shiite and Sunni communities of Guba.

Highlights:

  • Explore one of endangered people’s life style
  • Enjoy mountain scenery on drive (several stops are expected)
  • Soak up atmosphere in a remote desolate village
  • Short hiking to hills around Khinalug
  • Led by local guide
  • Taste pakhlava distinct to Guba
  • Tour includes lunch with local family in Khinalug

What You Can Expect:
Discover Azerbaijan’s country side on a day trip to Khinalug that travels through changing landscape from below sea level up to 2360m altitude. You will also experience coexistence of communities, though in a separate settlements, Shiites, Sunnis and Jews in Guba on a walking tour and distinct life style of Khinalug people. Meanwhile you will taste local cuisine (lunch in Khinalug) and Guba pakhlava. In Khinalug, you will also have chance to do a short hiking to hills in close vicinity of Khinalug to have bird-eye view of the village.

Price:
1 person: 260 AZN
2 people: 150 AZN / per person
3 people: 130 AZN / per person
4 people: 115 AZN / per person
5 people: 95 AZN / per person
6 people: 80 AZN / per person

Price Includes:

  • Hotel pick-up / Hotel drop off
  • 4/7-seater transport service with AC
  • English speaking local guide
  • Private sightseeing program
  • Guide’s and driver’s expenses
  • Tea & Lunch with local family in Khinalug
  • Entrance tickets to sights as per itinerary
  • 1l bottled water

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3-Day All-Inclusive Remote Villages Tour of Guba

Overview:

Day 1:

Early morning drive to the north of Azerbaijan, in Guba sightseeing in Jewish Town/Red Town and bird-eye view of Jewish Town, and mosques of Shiite (Sakina Khanum Mosque, XIX cent) and Sunni (Juma mosque, XIX cent) communities of the town, then visit Guba Genocide Memorial Complex. After the lunch break, drive to Khinalug (stop at several spots on the way to Khinalug in 2350m altitude). Dinner in Khinalug with a local family. Overnight stay in Khinalug.

Day 2:

Breakfast. Hiking to Galaykhudat Village. Lunch break in the village. Afterwards continue hiking to Giriz Village, on the way stop at Gurgur waterfall. Then hiking to Giriz. In the village visit our host family for dinner. Overnight stay in the Village.

Day 3:

Breakfast. Hiking to Girizdahne village. Get taxis to drive back to Guba and drive back to Baku.

Highlights:

  • Explore endangered peoples’ life style
  • Enjoy mountain scenery on 2-day 25km trekking
  • Soak up atmosphere in remote desolate villages
  • Trekking 4 ancient villages: Khinalug-Galaykhudat-Giriz-Girizdahene
  • 2-night home-stay with local host families
  • Learn about languages and cultures of mountainous people
  • Local breakfast, lunch and dinner with host families

What You Can Expect:
Discover Azerbaijan’s countryside on a 3-day 2-night tour to remotes villages meanwhile trekking through changing landscape, nature and wildlife above the sea level up to 2360m altitude. You experience the coexistence of communities, though in separate settlements, Shiites, Sunnis and Jews in Guba, and ancient peoples of Khinaligis, Girizis in remote villages. You also do home-stay with host families in the villages we travel to. Meanwhile, you will taste the local cuisine of people.

Please inquire us about the itinerary and quote at enquiry@azerbaijantraveller.com.

See some images from our trip to the Mountains

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Siemens Built Railway Hiking Trip

OVERVIEW
Gedabey has been a centre of gold/copper mining since early ages. Mining operations were poorly-organized lacking technology and financial resources prior to the Siemens Brothers took control of the mine in 1865. The Siemens Bothers, Werner, Carl, Otto and Walter have involved in complex industrial operations in Gedabey during 1865-1920. Their activities also included turning Gedabey in European-looking small town that you may still explore the German heritage of that period in today’s Gedabey, too. The Siemens Brothers’ expertise and know-how has made Gedabey to be coined with the first railway and hydroelectric power plant of its kind in Caucasus at that time. This hiking reflects history, nature and local food in Gedabey.

HIGHLIGHTS
– Explore one of the remote regions of Azerbaijan
– Hear about forgotten German heritage in Gedebey
– Trace forgotten story of railway built by Siemens for mining
– Hike through villages with background of potato fields and beautiful mountain scenery in Lesser Caucasus Mountain Range
– Led by a local guide
– Taste Gedabey’s famous potatoes and kebabs

COURSE OF HIKING TOUR
A hiking tour travels through Qalakent, Miskinli, Sabatkechmaz, Chalburun, Duzyurd and Gedabey city. It is about 20 km. The tour will first start exploring Koroghlu Castle at the edge of Miskinli village. Then the tour continues through the exact route of the narrow-gauge line (railway route) that the Siemens Brothers built during 1879-1883. On the route you will eyewitness more than twenty five (25) arch-bridges (viaducts) of different scale, the largest bridges having 9 arches. The tour will end with visiting the Siemens Exhibition at Gedabey Culture House and then walking through streets where Siemens’ copper smeltery and various administrative and cultural buildings located.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

Minimum number of people is 5.

PRICE for GROUP of 5 ppl is 925 AZN

For detailed itinerary, email us at enquiry@azerbaijantraveller.com

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