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Azerbaijan is the Land of Fire and the Pearl of the Caucasus, a land where eastern colours combine magnificently with western progress. Azerbaijan is a country of unique nature, unmatched culture, centuries of history with its customs and traditions and fine cuisine; a place which will satisfy the expectations of the most sophisticated gastronomists, and finally, it is the country of Caucasian hospitality and friendliness.
Upon arrival to International airport of Baku the tourist will be met by our representative.
After meeting we will take road to the hotel. Upon arrival to the hotel we will have check in to the hotel and have a free time.
Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting on reception in hotel. Then we will start to discover Baku city. Sightseeing tour of Baku with a visit and tour of the monumental, historical and architectural monuments of the city: you will see a panorama of the city of Baku Bay and the Upland Park.
Then follows the visiting of the old city *Icheri sheher-the inner city*. Icheri sheher means the inner city. It was called the inner after the oil boom of the middle of the XIX century when the city stopped to hold in defense walls and left its limit. Several tens of the historical- architectural monuments at the same time the Shirvanshakhs Palace, the symbol of Baku city The Maiden Tower, the place of merchants rest Karavansaray are concentrated in the Icheri sheher, with the square of 22 hectares. Icheri sheher is the live organism which has its own infrastructure and inhabited files. The place where 1300 families are living. In a word it is an ancient city in the modern city. Evening walk along the central streets of the city and updated fountain square, shopping.
Overnight in Baku.
Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting on reception in hotel. We will start our tour with excursion to Ateshgah. The temple of fire worshippers Ateshgah is located at the Apsheron peninsula at the outskirts of Surakhani village in30 km from the centre of Baku and was revered in different times by Zoroastrians, Hindus and Sikhs. Current constructions of the temple are dated by XVII century. As a result of excavations far more ancient artifacts were discovered here. Pentagonal complex has an open courtyard with temple-altar in the center which was the place of pilgrimage for worshippers. By the decree of the President of Azerbaijan Ateshgah was declared a State historical-architectural reserve. This museum under the open sky was recently restored. Different workshops and souvenir galleries are located here now.
Then we will take road to Ethnographic Reserve GALA. Gala village is located about 40 minutes from Baku. Before him , few people knew and thought , but in recent years the popularity of this small village has become huge. And the reason is simple - someone came up with a great idea to do an archaeological site museum under the open sky. Coming to the museum , you feel caught in the olden days. Historical significance landmarks confirm that these places were ancient human settlements. " Bairamali hamam " was known in ancient times as " Hamam Bay ." Attributable to XII-XIV centuries this hamam in 1881 was also reconstructed person named Bayram . " Gum hamam " ( "Sand Bath" ) , located on a high hill , a long attention was not given proper attention . Attributable to XII-XIV centuries " Gum hamam " was discovered during archaeological excavations . " Gum hamam " ( "Sand Bath" ) was so named because of what was under the ground. Of particular interest is the " Shore hamam " ( "Salt Bath" )
Excursion to Gobustan. Gobustan geographical region is situated in East Azerbaijan and borders on the southern slope of Big Caucasus ridge in the north, Pirsaat River in the west, Harami and Mishov mountains in the south, the Caspian Sea and Absheron peninsula in the east. Gobustan - is an archaeological reserve in Azerbaijan, south of Baku, in Garadagh and Absheron regions, representing a plain located between the south- eastern slope of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range and the Caspian Sea , and part of which is a cultural landscape of rock carvings , located in the 537 hectares. Gobustan monuments are divided into two groups: 1) petroglyphs and 2 ) ancient sites and other facilities. Gobustan mountains under the names Boyukdash , Kichikdash Djingirdag , Shongardag Shyhgaya and focused evidence about the inhabitants of the region of the Stone Age and subsequent periods - carvings , parking rights, tombstones and other drawings were found at three locations on a rocky plateau, and found here once inhabited caves traces of settlements and tombs indicate that the densely populated area between the Upper Palaeolithic and the Middle Ages.
Excursion to Yanar Dag. You can see here nature phenomenon, incessant burning nature gas on the rock which named to the Yanar Dag reserve the burning rock. As the historians say, maybe this place gave the name *the fire country* to Azerbaijan.
Today after breakfast will be free time. Depend on departure time our bus will take you to International airport of Heydar Aliyev. Departure home.
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