- Baku city tour – 1 Night
- Absheron – 1 Night
- Sheki – 1 Night
Day 1- Arrival in Baku , Baku city tour
Icheri Sheher (literally “Inner Town”) – the historical and architectural reserve includes the Shirvanshah Palace, Synyk kala minaret, Maiden Tower, Medieval Market Square, Icheri Sheher Archaeological Museum, Seyid Yahya Bakuvi mausoleum, caravanserais, Mollahana, numerous mosques, madrassahs, bath-houses, Baku Khans’ House, also numerous rich residences of the ХIХ century.Miniature Books Museum – the gigantic collection of teeny and tiny books.Highland Park (Dagustu Park) – which commands a breathtaking panorama of Baku.
Flame towers – Completed in 2012, this trio of sinuous blue-glass skyscrapers forms contemporary Baku’s architectural signature. The design was conceived as a set of flames, driven from the ground up one of the main hills of Baku. Fire symbolizes energy and eternity and also goes back to the ancient worship of this element.
Şahidlər Xiyabani – The most notable feature of the park that stretches south from the Flame Towers is a sombre row of grave-memorials – Bakuvian victims of the Red Army’s 1990 attack along with early martyrs of the Karabakh conflict. The viewpoint beside the eternal flame offers splendid panoramas across the bay
Baku National Boulevard – the 2nd longest
World’s Second-Tallest Flagmast – A gigantic flag flaps boulevard in the world, which is the favorite resting place of the Baku residents and capital guests, stretching for a long way along the seashore.above the Bulvar’s southern tip, hoisted on a 162m flagpole that was the world’s tallest when erected in September 2010
Carpet Museum – Displaying and explaining a superb collection of Azerbaijani rugs, this 2014 museum building is itself designed like a stylised roll of carpet.
International Mugam Center – Creation of the International Mugham Center in the City of Baku in order to widely promote in the world the Azerbaijani mugham, proclaimed by UNESCO as Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity The 7.500 sq.m building reminds of the parts of tar, an ancient musical instrument of Azerbaijan. The 3-story building includes a 350-seat concert hall, club, classrooms, recording studio, 80-seat restaurant “Ud”.
Bibiheybat Mosque – 1998 neo-Ottoman-style mosque replaced a 13th-century original demolished by the Soviets ‘for road widening’ in 1934. The interior is impressive and the rear terrace has curious views across an oil-rig port.
Fountains Square – Endlessly popular with strollers, this leafy piazza forms Central Baku’s natural focus. The fountains for which it is named include one topped by shiny silvered spheres giving fish-eye reflections of the trees and stone facades. And the beautiful statue-inlayed facade of the Nizami Literature Museum
Domsoviet (Government House) – Baku’s most striking Soviet-era building is a bulky stone construction fronted by an impressive series of layered stone arches and topped by a series of mini obelisks.
Day 2: Absheron
Breakfast at the hotel
Ateshgah (Suraxani Fire Temple) – “Fire Temple of Baku” is a castle-like religious temple based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the Zoroastrian place of worship. Although the site was originally a place of worship for Zoroastrians, the fortified complex you see today was built by 18th-century Indian Shiva devotees.
Ramana Castle – Absheron’s most dramatic castles, but adding to the interest of the visit is the view of many grungy old oil workings, nodding donkeys and run-off pools that it surveys.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre – Vast and jaw-droppingly original, this Zaha Hadid building is a majestic statement of fluid 21st-century architecture forming abstract waves and peaks that seem to melt together.
Museum of Modern Art – There is no fixed subject area in the Museum, no imposed routes. Any of two points, two exhibits, and two segments of the Museum are interconnected. The idea of architectural concept of the Museum – the halls with no corner, open passages, inclined walls at various angle – allows to create multidimensional perspective view of pictures, there is a semblance of motion, and metal beams and designs placed all over the space unite all the parts into a single “moving abstract structure.” There are no confined spaces in the Museum. A two-story building is designed as a whole with an architectural linking device – an art-object of “forgotten staircase”. The author of the Museum concept, architecture, and design, the collection and exposition selection is the artist Altay Sadikh-Zadeh. Another joining factor is the color –every part of the museum is white. The museum itself is a showcase of avant-guard art with its free architectural forms, conspicuous metallic structures, a well-chosen and artistically designed exposition of paintings and sculptures.
Overnight at hotel
Day 3 Sheki Tour
Sheki Xan Sarayi – This ornate 1762 palace building features vivid murals and dazzling coloured light streaming through Shabaka (stained-glass) windows making it Sheki’s foremost ‘sight’ and one of the South Caucasus’ most iconic buildings. It was originally the Sheki Khan’s administrative building, just one of around 40 now-lost royal structures within the fortress compound. It’s set in a walled rose garden behind two huge plane trees planted in 1530. The facade combines silvered stalactite vaulting with strong geometric patterns in dark blue, turquoise, and ochre. The petite interior is only one-room deep but lavished with intricate designs. Most are floral but in the central upper chamber, you’ll find heroic scenes of Haci Chalabi’s 1743 battle with Persian emperor Nader Shah complete with requisite swords, guns, and severed heads. No photos are allowed inside.
Karavansaray – Swift development of trade in the Middle Ages enhanced the importance of caravanserai existing in the territory of Azerbaijan at that time and favored construction of new ones. Generally, caravanserai was built in form of castles with one gate, closing of which made them impregnable during dangerous incidents. “Caravanserai” historical complex in Sheki is two magnificent caravanserais which reached present days and traditionally named “Yukhary” and “Ashaghy” caravanserai, which means “Upper” and “Lower” Caravanserai in translation from Azerbaijani into English. Construction of this caravanserai is dated back to the 18th-19th centuries.
Kish Albanian Church – The brilliantly renovated round-towered Albanian church in pretty Kiş village has been lovingly converted into a very well-presented trilingual museum. It’s the best place anywhere to learn about mysterious Caucasian Albania, the Christian nation that once covered most of northern Azerbaijan. In fact, the church site goes back well beyond the Christian era, and glass-covered grave excavations allow visitors to peer down on the bones of possibly Bronze Age skeletons.
Museums – Shaki hosts a wealth of historical museums and some of the most important in the country. The Shaki History Museum is one of the main museums, considered one of the most important for artifacts of the Khanate period. Tour groups are marched dutifully around the Rashidbey Afandiyev Historical-Regional Ethnography Museum, whose name is more impressive than its exhibits: archaeological oddments, ethnographical artifacts and the usual emotive panels on WWII, Karabakh and the Xocali massacre. Across the road is a late-19th-century Russian church in unusual cylindrical form, built on the site of a 6th-century Caucasian Albanian original. It now hosts the limited Museum of National Applied Art that displays fairly haphazard collections of Sheki crafts, including metalwork, pottery, and embroidery. Hardly worth the money. More interesting is a Shabaka Workshop where local craftsmen (no English) assemble traditional stained-glass windows, slotting together hundreds of hand-carved wooden pieces to create intricate wooden frames without metal fastenings. Small examples are sold as souvenirs.
Day 4: End of the tour.
Breakfast at the hotel and Transfer to the airport