The most outstanding place of the city is Baku boulevard. Sometimes we could hear another mane of it – a local national park. This place is more than 100 years. During many years local government planted here many trees and flowers. Walking further the tourists could find themselves in Old City with many historical monuments. During the strife for independence many innocent people were killed. Now the memory about them is kept in the alley of martyrs. Here we could read the names not only local heroes, but also the names of soldiers from Turkey and Britain. Many of them were only 20 and even less.
You’ll also find much joy visiting fountain square. Near this place many shops and cafes can be found. This square attracted many city residents through years ago. The square was also used for parades and was regarded to be a real social center of Baku. Try to discover these outstanding places with our tours.
To touch the history of the country people must investigate its oldest places. Start the excursion through Baku from Icheri sheher - the inner city. There is an opinion that Old City with Maiden Tower was built in 12th century. Other scientists say that this monumental complex was created not earlier as 7th century. Nobody know exactly how old these pieces of architecture are, but they remain the main part of modern Baku. This place has two gates. Having a walk about this territory you can notice Shirvanshah's Palace – a rather clear evidence of the past time in Baku city. It takes us back in time when Shirvanshahs dynasty ruled here. A magnificent look of this Palace impresses modern tourists. Karavansaray will help you to know Eastern architecture as it is an important example of it.
In ancient times all eastern cities had several caravanserais. They were traditionally built on trade routes between two different parts of Eurasian continent – Europe and Asia. It was a place where merchants and travelers could stay for rest. In Inner City tourists could also observe pagan temples that render the atmosphere of far gone days. A museum in Maiden Tower helps to learn some facts from historical evolution of Baku. This Tower looks like a cylindrical structure with eight stores. Overnight at the hotel.
In Shamakhi you can also find an interesting architecture Diri Baba. This is a famous tomb place. Its architectural complex bears a clear evidence of the middle ages. Diri Baba was built on the rock and look like a big eagle nest. To investigate it you must be strong as you should climb a straight wall. But after you do it, you’ll see a sacred place from inside. Before we come up closer to it we see only one facade but the other sides are hidden in cliffs. The monument has two stores. Scientists say that the first one could be used by servants. The salon is in the second floor. You could get there using stairs. The tourists have different opinions about this monument. One thinks it to be a real sacred place while another see it as a simple burial place. Arrival to Sheki and accommodation in hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Ateshgah - is a very special place full of mystery. It bears the evidences of worship to Zoroaster. Here in these walls ancient monotheistic religion started to develop. This great temple is located on unique territory. Hindu community who inhabited Baku created a great monument devoted to their God. Time changed many things but nowadays tourists still could see real phenomenon embodied in natural gas burning. Because of this wonder, sometimes this temple is called burning mountain.
There is a place where nature gas always burns. Visit Apsheron Peninsula and you’ll see there a beautiful burning rock that make people come here and look at this mysterious phenomenon. This place is located near Baku so having your excursion there use an opportunity to visit Yanar Dag. Long ago this peninsula was a center of Zoroastrianism religion. The flames of this rock could rise above on 10 feet. People call this peninsula “land of fire”. This fire rock impresses more when sun goes down. Its fire blazes light the darkness and we you could feel a real magic atmosphere as gods descend to earth from heavens. Even when it rains or snows the fire continues to burn. Tourists who came here call this phenomenon like “torches from nowhere”. This place attracted many famous travelers. Marco Polo and even A. Dyuma came here to have a look at this burning rock. Overnight at the hotel.
Arrival in Tashkent. You will be met by representative of “Azerbaijan Adventures” partner Travel Agency and transferred to the hotel. Leisure time. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
* Flights from Baku to Tashkent on Mondays and Thursdays.
Lunch at local restaurant. Then visit old part of the city: the architectural complex Khazret-Imam, including necropolis of imam Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Kaffal Shashi who was one of the first Muslim imams and a famous divine and poet (16th c), Barak-khan Madrassah - built by Suyunidj-khan - the first ruler of the Uzbek dynasty of the Sheibanid's (16th c), Tellya Sheikh Madrassah also called Khast Imom Mosque where Osman Quran - the world's oldest is kept (19th c), Mui-Mubarak Madrassah (19th c), Juma Mosque (15-19th cc), Imam Ismail al Bukhari Islamic Institute - a two year post-madrassah academy, Hadra square, Kukeldash Madrassah (Foster brother) - was built by Kukeldash - the vizier of Tashkent khans (16th c), Jami Mosque- the third biggest mosque in Uzbekistan, Chorsu - oriental bazaar, National park, Abdulkasim Madrassah which now is the centre for traditional arts with attractive souvenirs by local artisans (19th c). Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Lunch at local restaurant. At 14:00 depart Samarkand and drive to Bukhara (280 km, 4 h.*). Arrive in Bukhara, check in to the hotel. Free time. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Free time. Lunch and dinner at local restaurants. Overnight at the hotel.