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The Gobustan-Absheron tour is considered one of the most interesting and popular routes around the city of Baku. You will experience firsthand the quirks of nature on the Absheron peninsula, the beautiful landscapes of the Gobustan desert, and all aspects of Azerbaijan's versatile culture. The journey will let you take a peek at the magnificent active mud volcanoes as well as the salt lakes of the semi-desert. As our guest in this country, we will show you around one of the mountains of the Greater Caucasus with the burning flames coming out of its depths, making the whole scene a truly mesmerizing sight to behold.

The tour operators of Azerbaijan Travel International can guarantee you the professionalism of our company's staff and a pleasant journey. You will receive a generous amount of information, including various historical insights on different epochs of Azerbaijan. The tour will take you along the way from the first days of human settlements on the territory of Azerbaijan to our modern life. You will be enlightened on the subject of historical events such as Roman legionaries or Hindu ascetics. This day you spend with us has all the potential to become one of the most fascinating and mind-blowing experiences you might get to live through. This tour is capable of leaving unforgettable memories and lots of new information about our beautiful country Azerbaijan.

Our country is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also famous for its oil and gas deposits. We have been providing "black gold" to countries all over the world for more than 70 years now. Now, moving towards mud volcanoes, we have the opportunity to engage in sightseeing Gobustan from this enchanting perspective. Here, you have a rare chance to see the jungle of oil rigs up-close, a scene seemingly coming straight out of the movie. And this statement is no way false: this very area is also well-known for its role in the James Bond movie "And the Whole World Is Not Enough." Some scenes, such as a shot where Bond drives around in his BMW Z8 near the oil rigs, were filmed in Azerbaijan, to be more specific in the village of Bibi-Heybat. In the movie, you can see the building process of a large oil pipeline that is used to deliver Caspian oil to the West. This pipeline actually exists in real life.

Azerbaijan’s geology has the variety of peculiarities that differs the Land of Fire from other countries and one of those traits are definitely the large number of mud volcanoes scattered all around the region A path leading tourist to the view of these active volcano craters has something touching and romantic about it. Mud Volcanoes in Azerbaijan seemingly played some type of important role for folklore: according to our legends, this place was home to a lot of demons (the Azerbaijani name for them is djinn), and more than that, the whole atmosphere there gives off a magical and moon-like aura. It really is hard to move forward from these landscapes, but don't worry, on the way of the Gobustan-Absheron tour, there's so much more to see.

There, in Gobustan, one of the most interesting spots awaits! This place plays a crucial role for the world’s historical and cultural heritage, just as much as for Azerbaijan’s. The biggest parking lot of primitive man is situated here completely untouched. It is a village of the first Cro-Magnons that has been hidden away and preserved intact since ancient times. Such a beautiful piece of history displayed there will be explained to tourists at the modern museum, who have a chance to hear all about the Paleolithic and the everyday life of our ancestors. This part of our Gobustan Absheron tour is heavily historical, every part of National’s Reserve will be explained to you in details by the professional guide.

After you get some of the information settled, you have the opportunity to see everything for yourselves. As the guests of Azerbaijan Travel International, you will get to experience seeing the Gobustan’s rock carvings our ancestors left behind while also trailing around the territory, viewing the petroglyphs, and listening to the guide, who will be telling tourists a story about the evolution of humankind. The survival skills of Homo sapiens, their harsh living conditions, the desire to survive, their hierarchy system, and the specific moments of everyday lives of their life will make you feel as if there are not as many differences between us and our ancestors as we always thought there were. Under all these decorations, at the end of the day, we are all the same. And on this meaningful note, we can say that the first part of the Gobustan-Absheron tour ends and the guests return to Baku.

In 1846, the historic event took place in the village of Bibi-Heybat near the city of Baku. There was drilled the first in the world oil well, the depth of which at some point reached 21 meters. Two years later, on July 14th of 1848, the first oil was produced from the well. This is a true public asset that allowed oil production to take a huge step forward towards the world we see today. So on our way back to Baku for a tasty lunch we will stop nearby that iconic construction to really take in this place’s meaning to the world’s history.

Once we reach the capital back, we settle down at the picturesque place, called “Baku” as well. This place is located right in the middle of one of the central main parks of the city. There, tourists will be offered a delicious three-course meal which will consist of national traditional food as well as a cup of delicious tea in armudu glasses. After the delicious lunch the tour moves forward, hitting the next stop of it - The Temple of Fire.

The temple of Fire is the ancient construction that to this day play a crucial role in the history and development of Zoroastrianism, a religion revolving around the holy purpose of fire. Thus, in the first century BC, Hindu Brahmanites and Persian Zoroastrians heard about the land where the flame of fire came right out of the ground with no visible reason for them to. This land was Absheron. They saw it as an opportunity to build a sacred Temple in the place where the most of the flames were concentrated and call it Ateshgah fire temple.

On this part of our Absheron-Gobustan tour we will visit this magnificent temple, learn more about the history of Absheron and enjoy all the rich historical background this place offers, before setting off to travel to no-less interesting and mesmerizing attraction in Absheron – Yanardag or The Burning Mountain.

For the last but not least we have one of the unique features of Azerbaijan’s geology. Centuries ago, a big chunk of Absheron peninsula’s land was covered by the burning ground. The flames seemingly appeared out of thin air and nothing, not even the extreme weather conditions, could take that fire down but with time, the burning spots stopped being so common and to these modern days sadly there's only one left for us all to witness. There's a bright unquenchable fire burning and coming out of the ground near the top of the most extreme mountain of the Great Caucasus. It has been living and beating for centuries now, and its flames can mesmerize anyone. For the sake of this pecularity the mountain was called Burning which means Yanardag in Azerbaijani.

You'll be able to see the ancient fire for yourself and not only this, but also the fact that from the observation desk which is situated on top of Yanardag you're capable of seeing a third of the whole Absheron peninsula. On this beautiful note, the Gobustan-Absheron tour is ending and it takes around 8 to 9 hours. We can assure you that this tour is capable of making anyone fall in love with the rich historical and cultural background Absheron and Gobustan have.

  •   Tour Category: Day Trips
  •   Minimum number of people: 1
  •   Start Time: 08:00 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.
  •   Excluded: Personal expenses.
  •   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.