The first stop of the tour is the Mausoleum of Sheikh Diri Baba, located in the city of Gobustan, near the city of Shamakhi. This is a structure built into the rock where the cave is located, in which Sufi followers lived and prayed. One of these mystics, whose name was Diri Baba, was also buried there. Listening to your professional guide, you will get unforgettable impressions about this place.
The second stop of this tour will be the city of Shamakhi, which was the capital of the Shirvanshahs state, which existed for almost 7 centuries. Here you will visit the Juma Mosque, built in the 8th century as the first institution of the Arab Caliphate of the Abbasit dynasty for the spread of Islam in the Caucasus. This monument of architecture will amaze its visitors with its facade and interior, as well as the ruins of the ancient madrasah (the first Islamic school in the region).
The next stop will be Nohur lake, which will appeal to nature lovers. This lake reflects the mountains of the Greater Caucasus in its green-blue waters. Also on the territory of the lake you can ride on a catamaran or a boat and visit the shops with dried fruit, marshmallow, honey, oriental spices and Lankaran tea.
After that you will go to Tufandag Ski Resort and use the cable car to rise to the heights of more than 2 thousand meters, from where you will have a view of Bazarduzu - the highest peak of the Greater Caucasus in the territory of the Azerbaijan Republic.
After completing the program of the first day of the tour, our professional team will take you to Sheki, the ancient city of Azerbaijan, where you will stay for one night at the five-star Sheki Palace hotel with breakfast, located in the historic part of the city. In this hotel you will be able to enjoy such services as fitness and spa centers, as well as a restaurant overlooking the Sheki caravanserai.
The next morning you will have a unique tour to the city of Gakh and its village Ilisu, which was the center of the once-existing Ilisu Sultanate. Driving through this village, you will feel yourself in the 15th century, and the final destination will give you an unforgettable view of one of the highest waterfalls in Azerbaijan. Here, our professional team will organize a picnic for you in the arms of a dense forest, which will include assorted kebabs (lula, lamb, chicken, fried vegetables), choban-salad and of course homemade wine! After this tour, you will be back at the Sheki Palace Hotel in Sheki.
The next day you will begin Sheki Tour and the first point will be the ancient church located in the village of Kish - a place that was used for religious pagan rites from ancient times and later became one of the Christian churches of Caucasian Albania. In 2000, the temple was visited by the avid Norwegian scientist and traveler Thor Heyerdahl, famous for his research and sailing on the Kon-Tiki raft from South America to Polynesia in search of truth.
The next stop on this tour will be the Palace of Sheki Khans, built in the 18th century. The windows of the palace represent the architectural style of the shebeke, which will amaze you with multi-colored glass embedded in the most complex ornaments, in the assembly of which no glue or nail was used.
On the Great Silk Way connecting East Asia with the Mediterranean in antiquity and in the Middle Ages, there were caravanserais - rest houses for merchants. Feel like a traveler of the distant past, because the next stop will be the caravanserai in Sheki, built in the 17th century.
At the end of the tour you will go up to the Sheki park dedicated to the World War II, where you can admire not only the magnificent memorial of the victory over fascism, but also you will enjoy a panoramic view of the entire ancient city of Sheki.
During this tour, you will also visit a number of old shops, where you can not only buy Sheki silk, souvenirs, dishes, jewelry and much more, but also taste Sheki sweets, which are famous not only for their unique taste, but also for their elegance. After all, these masterpieces of cooking are the work of entire generations of Sheki masters of halva, transmitting the manufacturing technique for centuries.