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Baku Downtown Walking Free Tour

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Overview

In Baku Downtown Walking Free Tour you explore social-cultural-leasure heart of the city centre of Baku that labelled as “Tarqovı” (Nizami street) and learn about exquisite stories of love and hatred, rise and fall, happiness and tragedy, turmoil and tranquillity, contrast and harmony from confluent lifes of oil barons and everyday people.

You will be guided to social and cultural formation of Fountains Square (then Parapet), Nizami (then Torgovaya) and Khagani (Xəqani; then Molokanskaya) streets in Baku based on real life stories, urban legends and myths that have been developed through imperial Russian, socialist Soviet and capitalist modern times. The tour ends with a free cup of black Azerbaijani tea at Coffee Moffie, a local coffee shop.

Highlights
– Explore city centre on 2.5 hours walking tour
– Understand achitectural development of city centre
– Hear about Urban legends and myths
– Soak up atmosphere of popular culture
– Empathize with love stories of Baku
– Spot central pubs and cafes
– Led by a local guide
– Tour ends with a free cup of tea

Meeting Point: In front of Pizza Hut/KFC at Fountains Square

The tour takes place every day except for SUNDAYS. However, booking is required.

Start Point: in front of Pizza Hut/KFC at Fountain Square (Please, refer to google map above)

Start Time: 16:00 PM

Tipping: This tour is entirely based on tips. How much you tip is completely up to you. You decide at the end of tour how much you think it is worth, or  what the amount is that guide deserves as an appreciation of services provided at the end.

Additional Info

– At least two people required to run tour.
– Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani.
– Operates in all weather conditions, except for harsh weather conditions.

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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.

 ATTRACTIONS ARE COVERED

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”. 

ATTRACTIONS ARE COVERED

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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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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