Georgia - Azerbaijan

Baku City Break

Our program covers as much as possible important and valuable cultural sights of Baku and Absheron Peninsula

Skiing in GudauriBaku is the capital of Azerbaijan and is most cosmopolitan and popular city. The name Baku is although to be derived from Bad Kube or pounding wind, which is indeed accurate with the strong winds that sweep into the city from the Caspian Sea. Baku is believed to have been a settlement for at least 2000 years.

The Absheron Peninsula, part of Baku city, is saturated with oil, Here natural gas escaped into the atmosphere and burns to create the flaming hillsides that have been awe-inspiring to prophets and visitors alike. It is here that Zoroastrianism, considered the first of the modern religious, had its origins sometime in the seventh century BC. It is said that Prophet Zoroaster spent 20 year living in a cave lit by supernatural flame. The temple where the first pilgrim came to worship can still be paid homage to today.

Baku was also home to the worlds first oil well, which was drilled in 1846. The first refinery, established by the Nobel brothers started production here in 1871. At this time, Baku was the worlds largest oil producer barons.

Modern Baku economy is still largely based on oil. With the opening of Azerbaijan to Western investment, many Western – standard restaurants hotels have been established through out Baku to cater to the business traveler or tourist.

Bakus Maidan Tower of 12th century is a wonder of ancient architecture and has rendered itself the subject of numerous myths and tales of maidens in distress.
So, take a break and get away!

We will begin the tour with a walk through Baku `s Old City called Ichari Shakhar (Inner city). Then continue the tour by visiting one of the 3 museums of Baku - History Museum , Art Museum or Carpet museum. The guide will give you a brief description of each museum and you are free to decide which one to visit.

During the city tour we will take 30 minute boat cruise on Caspian sea to relax and to enjoy the best view of Baku bay. *Optional visit Aquapark in the city centre (with pool, slides for adults and children).
Day trip to Absheron Peninsula begins with a visit of open-air museum Gobustan, 40 minutes drive to the south from Baku . The land of Gobustan presents more than 600 000 rock paintings, the age of the oldest goes back to 10 000 years. Another stop on a tour is temple of fire-worshippers "Atashgash". This monument is a symbol of eternal fire, cult of Zoroastrianism, this predominant religion in the powerful state of Sasanids. Then we will visit to Mardakan fortress and tower of 14 th century and Yanardag - burning hillside, the mystery of Absheron Peninsula . Neither snow, nor rain stops the fire going from the earth in this place .

Day 1/Friday - Arrive in Baku at 18:00 hrs. Evening sightseeing tour including dinner with folk music and dance.
Day 2/Saturday - Full day tour of Absheron Peninsula. Lunch & dinner at local restaurants in Baku .
Day 3/Sunday - Full day sightseeing of Baku including. Optional visit to Aquapark in the city centre
Day 4/Monday - Morning transfer to the airport

The tour provides package service /FB/
Accommodation & Meals
Hotel/guesthouse in Baku /3nights/
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners;
Mode of travel: coach/on foot
Tour Support: English speaking professional tour guide and driver; Entrance fees and simple invitation letter.
Rates exclude: Alcoholic drinks during meals (except those provided by guide on spot), Visa cost, air fair.

Explore Georgia Ltd is pleased to reserve RT tickets at TBS - Baku - TBS lights provided by Azali Airlines .
Extra price for tickets is $ 160.

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