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From Baku: Full-Day Gobustan and Absheron All-Inclusive Tour

1. From Baku: Full-Day Gobustan and Absheron All-Inclusive Tour

Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Baku, head in direction of Gobustan. Make a stop to visit an industrialized oil well close to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque. The journey continues to the Gobustan Museum of Petroglyphs, an indoor and outdoor museum located approximately 70 kilometers from Baku. Marvel at prehistoric rock drawings and petroglyphs which were carved by primitive men on walls of caves and on rocks, reflecting the culture, economy, and world outlook of the ancient Azeri people. Then, head to the coastal area of Azerbaijan, home to 400 mud volcanoes. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant savoring delicious Azerbaijani dishes. After lunch, visit the ancient Zoroastrian Ateshgah Temple, a former holy place for fire-worshippers. Round off the day with a visit to Yanardag, a natural gas fire that blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula.

From Baku: Off-Road Gobustan and Wine Tour with Local Lunch

2. From Baku: Off-Road Gobustan and Wine Tour with Local Lunch

Discover Azerbaijan's booming wine scene and ancient history on this guided tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Baku, head to the Gobustan State Reserve on a thrilling jeep safari. Here, admire an array of ancient rock paintings and artifacts. You can also admire some of the world's most famous mud volcanos here. Next, head back to the city and sit down to a delicious buffet lunch before continuing your tour.  After lunch, head to a local winery. Enjoy a guided tour of the vineyards, factory, and cellars and learn all about the wine-making process from grape to bottle from your expert guide. Finish your tour with a tasting of 6 different Azerbaijan wines, expertly paired with delicious local cheeses. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Baku.

From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

3. From Baku: Gobustan Day Tour

Get picked up from your hotel in Baku and head out for a day of exploration at Gobustan, an open-air museum featuring more than 6,000 rock paintings and petroglyphs. Visit an archaeological site first discovered in the 1930s that is still being excavated today.  When you arrive at Gobustan National Park you will understand why the place is named for the Azerbaijani word for narrows and ravines. Admire the craggy rock faces that recede into dramatic fissures. Learn how a prehistoric civilization thrived here, producing the thousands of rock paintings the area is known for as well as a number of ancient dwellings and more than 100,000 artifacts. See the difference between the oldest drawings dating back 20,000 years and the newest ones from the first century AD. Earlier imagines depict the hunt for mountain goats and ritual dancing with spears while images from the later period show battle scenes, collective labor, harvesting, and women by the hearth. Check out other significant images showing boats with oarsmen, which prove that the early occupants of the area were sailors. Locate the Latin inscription discovered at the foot of Mount Boyuk-dash, which testifies to the presence of Roman legions near Baku. Visit the park's 3D Bio Museum to immerse yourself in the history of this incredible site. Learn about other similar archaeological sites around the world and visit the 3D cinema for an immersive educational experience. Take your time wandering through the museum’s permanent exhibition, which includes 12 rooms displaying and highlighting the significance of the Gobustan petroglyphs. After you've steeped yourself in culture and traditions of prehistoric Gobustan, check out the numerous mud volcanoes in the park. With approximately 350 of the 800 existing mud volcanoes in the world, Azerbaijan takes first place as the site to see these unique geological formations. See the high concentration of active mud volcanoes in the Dashgil Group situated to the east of the Gobustan museum. Head back to Baku after a day of mind-blowing discovery.

Private Tour to Shemakhi & Lahij From Baku

4. Private Tour to Shemakhi & Lahij From Baku

You will depart from your hotel in Baku in the early morning. On the way, you will visit the Diri Baba Mausoleum in Maraza. Continue on to Shamakha and see the historical Juma Mosque, Yeddi Gumbez Mausoleum, and the Shirvan Shah's family graveyard. Afterwards, drive through the Girdimanchay River Canyon to visit Lahij, a 5th Century village rich in its historic and architectural values. Lahij is an ancient village with charming eye-catching sidewalks inlaid with stones. It is famous for its medieval water supply and sewage systems, as well as traditional jewellery, copperware, carpets, pottery, daggers, and iron tools workshops.

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Very professional company and staff is very kind. We had a small group tour to Gobustan National Park. it was fun to switch our minivan to old soviet Lada and crazy drive to Mud volcanoes. Drivers are very professional. This tour is highly recommended on your visit to Baku. Thanks to our guide Arif. He is definitely the best guide.

Tour was extremely well planned. Our tour guide Arif is very professional, knowledgeable and energetic. Overall all expectations were met. Its also we hard to find group tours in Baku but this company is one of the tour operator that got groups for mentioned areas. Mud volcanoes part was very unique experience we had.

I had the opportunity to see many places that I was curious about around Baku in one day. Enjoyed the places visited and the delicious food. Thank you very much to our friendly guide Mr. Muhabbat and Mr. Arif.

Amazing tour. Samir was wonderful as a guide. They arranged to pick me up from my hotel. The tour is well worth it and seeing the mud volcanoes was amazing.

It was really beautiful experience and our tour guide Mr Shah was really friendly.