Gobustan-Absheron-Baku Night Tour
From 130 ₼
The Gobustan-Absheron tour is one of the most popular sightseeing routes in Baku. Entirely historical, it nevertheless introduces the guests of the country to our culture, the peculiarities of the nature in the Absheron peninsula, as well as the adjacent Gobustan desert. The roads of the Gobustan and Absheron tour will lead you to the active craters of mud volcanoes, salt lakes of the semi-desert, the most extreme mountain of the Greater Caucasus, from the depths of which flames escape to the meditativeness of a truly unearthly landscape of rocky hills and the expanses of oil rig fields.
The staff of the Azerbaijan Travel International tour operator, with its inherent professionalism, provides tourists with generous information in stories about various historical epochs of Azerbaijan. From the Stone Age to modern history and the realities of the present, from Roman legionnaires to Hindu ascetics – events and personalities will become an unforgettable part of your new knowledge about the country called Azerbaijan.
On the way to Gobustan, you will see whole jungle of oil rigs, which provided the USSR with black gold for more than 70 years. This is the district of Baku where the scene of the nineteenth film of the bondiana was shot "And the whole world is not enough" This is the very scene where Bond first appears in Azerbaijan and drives his BMW Z8 near the oil rigs in the village of Bibi-Heybat. The large oil pipeline being built in the film, which is being laid to deliver Caspian oil to the West - through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, actually exists.
One of the features of the geology of the region is that there are many mud volcanoes on these lands. A dirt road, not devoid of romanticism, will lead to the accumulation of their active craters.
According to legend, djinn live in these places. Volcanic mud, which is based on blue clay, creates a landscape like the moon. And the only thing that calms a tourist who does not want to say goodbye to this phantasmagoric spectacle is the anticipation of contemplating even more interesting landscapes.
The next stop on a trip to Gobustan is, in fact, what it is known for all over the world. The largest parking lot of primitive man on the planet is located here – the village of the first Cro-Magnons has been preserved intact since ancient times. At the beginning, the guests are preparing to meet the Paleolithic in the modern museum, which presents to visitors the history of these places and talks about the life of our prehistoric ancestors.
After the historical introduction received at the museum, the guests of Azerbaijan Travel International get acquainted with the heritage of the primitives themselves. The main trace they left behind is rock paintings. Following the excursion trail among the majestic rocks on the background of the Caspian Sea coast, watching all kinds of petroglyphs and listening to the guide's story, the tourist seems to be witnessing the mental development of a divine creature named Homo Sapiens. The harsh conditions of existence of prehistoric people, their will to live, the peculiarities of the hierarchy of their community, everyday life, and aspirations - everything becomes clear, and our contemporary understands that we and our ancestors differ from each other only in decorations. And the essence, which was, remained so.
The first part of the tour ends with an excursion to the places of life of the first Cro-Magnons and the guests return to Baku.
On the way back, you can also see the Bibi-Heybat mosque, built by Shirvanshah Abu-l-Fath Farrukhzad in the 13th century. The interior amazing with its colorfulness and the majestically stretching up the facade is not all!
In one of the central parks of the capital, guests are greeted by the set tables of one of the most delicious restaurants in the city – the Baku restaurant.
After a three-course lunch of national cuisine and a traditional cup of tea, guests embark on the second part of the tour – a trip to the Absheron Peninsula.
In the first century BC, Hindu Brahmanites and Persian Zoroastrians heard that there was an interesting feature in the land called Absheron – naked flames burst out of the ground. Ateshgah Temple was founded where there was the largest concentration of these natural fires.
At that time, the road of the Great Silk Road passed through this land, therefore, in addition to the temple, there was also a caravanserai, an inn for traveling merchants. The guests will learn the peculiarities of the life of the fire-worshipping hermits and their neighbors - merchants staying in the caravanserai from the fascinating story of their guide. This story is illustrated with numerous installations that adorn the narrative about the beliefs and everyday life of representatives of ancient fire cults.
Of the several dozen burning places that burned on the lands of Absheron, only one has survived till nowadays. Near the top of the most extreme mountain of the Great Caucasian Ridge, an unquenchable fire has been beating from the ground for many centuries. The mountain is named Burning in his honor, which translates into Azerbaijani as Yanardag.
In this, the final part of the tour "Gobustan-Absheron", guests will see the ancient flame, and, in addition, from the observation deck at the top of Yanardag they can see a third of the Absheron peninsula.
The Gobustan-Absheron tour, which is conducted by Azerbaijan Travel International, lasts from morning to evening and after about 8-9 hours after its start, the bus with tourists returns to Baku.
Before you start your evening tour of Baku, you will have dinner at the picturesque Old Garden restaurant in the Old City, which includes the national dish "Saj", Old Garden salad, soft drinks and tea.
An evening tour of Baku begins with the Uphill Park, which is the highest point in the capital of Azerbaijan, from where a panoramic view opens up to the entire central part of the city and Baku Bay. This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in Baku, which makes it suitable for quiet walks.
Your professional guide will take you to a specific place in the park, where you will have the opportunity to see a unique view of the city with its beautiful luminous buildings and landmarks, as well as the Ferris Wheel, Crystal Hall and Baku Boulevard. In addition, you will have a view of buildings such as the Parliament of Azerbaijan and the Flaming Towers, which are three skyscrapers that include a hotel, apartments and offices. The panels between the windows of the towers are horizontally covered with LED screens that display the movement of fire visible from the farthest points of the city. The lights create the visual effects of the torches, which emphasizes the main idea behind their name, Flaming Towers.
The next stop will be the Baku Boulevard, the waterfront park, which is considered one of the main attractions and pride of Baku. This is a magnificent 25-kilometer park with exotic trees, shopping and entertainment centers, bicycle paths, views of the European architecture of Baku in the 19th century. In addition, the park is famous for a small version of Venice. It fascinates visitors of the city and residents of Baku with its canals, bridges and gondolas.
Walking through this amazing park, you will immediately recognize one of the architectural masterpieces of the Stalin era - the Government House of Soviet Azerbaijan. It took almost 16 years to build this gigantic structure when Azerbaijan was under Soviet rule. Moreover, historical evidence shows that German prisoners of war were used to build this huge structure.
Baku city tour will end with visiting the park in front of the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is considered to be a masterpiece of modern architecture in the style of deconstruction from the “queen of curved lines” Zahi Hadid. On its territory there is a magnificent park with green lawns and snow-white footpaths, which pass alongside original sculptures and compositions, the most famous of which is a favorite of the guests of the city I LOVE BAKU.
- Tour Category: Day Trips
- Minimum number of people: 2
- Start Time: 09:00 AM
- Duration: 8 hours
- Included: Professional English speaking guide, transfer from the hotel and back, entrance tickets to museums (Gobustan National Museum, Open-air Museum, Fire Temple, Yanardag), comfortable car with seat belts and air conditioning, lunch during the tour, additional transfer to mud volcanoes, diner during the tour.
- Excluded: Personal expenses, return transfer to the hotel.
- Note: For guests staying in the Old Town, the collection point is in front of the Double Gates of the Old City. You can also replace meals during the tour with a vegetarain menu by prior warning. Meals or drinks not included in the menu can be ordered for an additional fee.