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The Land of Fire – Baku, Azerbaijan

  • View of Baku by the Caspian Sea - Azerbaijan

We are proud to announce our new destination package to Azerbaijan!

Azerbaijan is bounded by the Caspian Sea and Caucasus Mountains, which span Asia and Europe. Its capital, Baku, is famed for its medieval walled Inner City. Within the Inner City lies the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, a royal retreat dating to the 15th century, and the centuries-old stone Maiden Tower, which dominates the city skyline.

We have gathered all the highlights of Baku that will amaze you since the day one.

Itinerary

Day 1/ Departure from US
Departure from Boston on Lufthansa flight, connecting into Frankfurt to Baku.
Day 2/ Baku
After meeting your driver and the tour representative at the airport transfer to the 5* JW Marriott Absheron Hotel. After resting at the hotel, you will have a stroll at “Night Baku”:Nizami Street, Fountain Square, Baku Boulevard.

Overnight in Baku.
Day 3/ Baku - Old City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, you will have the Old City Tour of Baku.

Old City (Icheri Sheher) is the historical core of Baku. This open-air museum is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The architectural appearance of a fortress differs by its unique originality. It contains 44 monuments of medieval architecture, including the unique Palace of the Shirvanshahs, former residence of the rulers of Shirvan, the legendary Maiden Tower, mosques, minarets, the remnants of caravanserais "Multani" and "Bukhara", ancient baths. This is a real ethnographic treasure for lovers of the antique. There are a lot of souvenir shops where you can purchase national clothes, kerchiefs, scarves and caps, dishes and handmade carpets.

Overnight in Baku.
Day 4/ Baku – Gobustan
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on your excursion to “Bibi Eybat Mosque – Gobustan – Mud Volcanos”

Bibi-Heybat Mosque
The Bibi-Heybat Mosque is a historical mosque in Baku. The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II, which was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936. The Bibi-Heybat Mosque includes the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum (a descendant of Muhammad), and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan. It is locally known as "the mosque of Fatima", which is what Alexandre Dumas called it when he described the mosque during his visit in the 1840s.

Gobustan
Gobustan is the national museum in the open air, the rarest monument of the world culture included into the UNESCO heritage list. The reserve is well known with its perfectly preserved rock paintings - petroglyphs - a kind of artistic "archive" of human evolution on the Earth. Gobustan Rocks are not just the brightest witnesses of the prehistoric period of human existence. They reflect the history of this region for nearly 15,000 years - since the end of the era of the Upper Paleolithic till the Middle Ages. Of particular interest are the images multi-oar boats, with a light source at the stern. They were drown above the level at which people had been portrayed, and this phenomenon set up a lot different interpretations Today Azerbaijani scientists found, described and studied more than 4,000 petroglyphs (rock painting in the stone carving art) and this important work continues. Before the start of the tour around Gobustan guests will visit the interactive museum with the same name, where with the help of special programs and multimedia touch screens you will get information about the nature, the flora of Gobustan.

Mud Volcanoes
Azerbaijan is the first in the world by the number of mud volcanoes. 350 out of 800 mud volcanoes in the world are located here. These volcanoes are formations of a cone-shaped hill with a crater in the ground. The mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan occupied the 5th place in the international contest of “Seven natural Wonders”, and on September 15, 2004 the largest mud volcano of the world located in Azerbaijan was registered in the Guinness Book of Records.

Overnight in Baku
Day 5/ Baku – Ateshgah - Yanardag
After breakfast at the hotel, you will embark on your excursion to “Ateshgah - Yanardag”

Temple of Fire Worshippers - Ateshgah
Azerbaijan is one of the few places on earth, where even today one can observe elements of preserved fire cult and the ancient Zoroastrianism religion. These places where oil oozes from the earth, and natural gas breaks out like flaming torches have always attracted fire worshipers from around the world. Baku, its oil, its "burning earth" have been known far beyond its borders since ancient times. The official religion of the ancient states that emerged in the VII century BC, such as Mann and Midia was Zoroastrianism. The spread of Zoroastrianism in the territory of the modern Azerbaijan was due to spontaneously flammable sources of oil and gas. Therefore, in this area such a monument as the temple Ateshgah has survived. The temple ages back to the 17-18th centuries and was built by Indian fire-worshipers’ community in Baku.

Yanardag The word "Yanar" in Azeri language means "burning", and "Dagh" - "mountain". And this is real a burning mountain - not metaphorically, but literally. Once in Absheron it had been a lot of places where natural gas coming out from the earth to the surface ignited spontaneously, but with the start of mass extraction of oil and gas in Absheron these places started to disappear. At present, it is the only place of this unique natural phenomenon - the output of natural gas to the surface.

Overnight in Baku
Day 6/ Baku
After breakfast excursion to “Carpet Museum – Cultural Center named after Haydar Aliyev”

Carpet Museum
The design of the new building of the Carpet Museum is distinguished by its originality and constructed as a folded copy of the carpet. Carpet weaving is one of the traditional, old kinds of arts and crafts of Azerbaijan. For the Azerbaijani people the art of carpet weaving is a part of culture, which reflects its rich spiritual world, individual, unique to his character traits philosophy, aesthetics and philosophy of life. This museum contains valuable historical exhibits from all regions of Azerbaijan. In addition to new exhibits, the museum's collection also includes a group of rugs from the former museum of carpets in Shusha. One of the oldest pieces of art in the museum is a fragment of Tabriz carpet "Ovchulug" and the carpet "Hila Avshan" woven in the village of Hila. The museum's collection of carpets was presented more than 50 times around the world.

Cultural Center named after Haydar Aliyev
Haydar Aliyev Center is a cultural center, projected as a complex structure that includes the auditorium (convention center), a museum, exhibition halls, administrative offices. The project center has been designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid. This center is considered to be one of the symbols of modern Baku. Many of those who first saw the design project of the Center could not believe that such a project could ever come true. In fact, even in theory, the construction of a building complex with extraordinary design looks far from being realistic.

Overnight in Baku
Day 7/ Baku
Free day
Day 8/ Departure to US
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to US

Dates and Price details

Dates Price details Participants
Boston March 20 – 28, 2017 SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Included

  • Round trip flight from Boston
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 7 night accommodation in Baku at 5* JW Marriott Hotel
  • Excursion to 'Old City'
  • Excursion to “Bibi Eybat Mosque – Gobustan – Mud Volcanos”
  • Excursion to “Ateshgah – Yanardag”
  • Excursion to “Gala – Mardakan”
  • Excursion to “Carpet Museum – Cultural Center named after Haydar Aliyev”
  • Breakfast daily

Not Included

  • Tips to guides, transfer personnel or anything of a personal nature
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