Great Silk Road Tour Weekly Thursday-Thursday 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1

Arrival to Baku (Heydar Aliyev International Airport)

Transfer airport-hotel. Hotel accommodation.

Day 2

Breakfast in the hotel.

10:00 Sightseeing tour:

How great to find yourself in Baku, a city of secrets, riddles, contrasts and a long history. Here every guest will be able to find something for his own soul. Someone will feel a little European, because the view of the Baku Bay resembles the Naples Riviera so much, and Baku Venice will dip you in Italian romance, Alexander Dumas lived and worked here, and Marco Polo wrote about these amazing places 750 years ago. And someone will be able to feel the real spirit of the east, with numerous mosques, caravanserais, palaces, narrow streets that carry away the secrets of the old city and of course the colorful bazaars with a riot of colors from spices and fruits ... All this is Baku, the city remaining in every guest's heart forever ...

Sightseeing tour will begin with a visit to the Nagorny Park. From here, from a bird's eye view, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city. This is a complex that combines a memorial part, a viewing platform and a magnificent park, and this is where the best view of the Tower of Flame opens, one of the symbols of Baku.

Next, guests will walk along Baku Boulevard, where they will see the State Flag Square of the Republic, the National Carpet Museum (external examination), the Mugam Museum (external examination) and enjoy the view of the Caspian Sea. It is no coincidence that this is a favorite place for walks by the Baku residents themselves.

Lunch at a national restaurant. (Add)

In the second, pedestrian part of the excursion, we have to learn all the secrets of the “Old City” or Icheri Sheher and visit many interesting places, such as:

-The Palace of the Shirvanshahs - the former residence of the rulers of Shirvan, located in Azerbaijan.

The palace building is located on the top of the Baku hill, in the oldest part of the city, called the “fortress”. Currently it is surrounded by ancient city walls.

- Workshop of artist Ali Shamsi

Approaching the artist's workshop, the first thing you notice is a tree with piercing blue eyes, then you see bystanders who look at the facade of the building with interest and take photos for memory. The artist gives everyone a friendly welcome, invites you into the workshop, allows you to take photographs, says compliments to beautiful girls and gives everyone their own solar energy. The Azerbaijani artist Ali Shamsi has been working on Malaya Krepostnaya Street for more than 30 years and smiles at everyone who, having become interested in the facade, decides to go inside the workshop.

- Museum of miniature books

The museum contains miniature books published both in pre-revolutionary Russia and in Soviet times. In addition, the museum has books published in Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, from the republics of Central Asia, as well as Europe. The hospitable owner of this museum will be happy to tell you about her collection and show you unique pieces.

- Maiden's Tower (external inspection)

The most majestic and most mysterious monument of Baku The Maiden's Tower, or Gyz Galasy, rises in the southeastern part of the Old City and has long been considered a symbol of the city. This unique construction of Azerbaijani architecture has no analogues in the East.

The Maiden's Tower was erected on a ledge of a coastal rock and is a cylinder 28 meters high and 16.5 meters in diameter laid out of local gray limestone. The walls at the base are 5 meters high and 4 meters above. The tower is divided into 8 tiers, between which there was a screw stone staircase laid in the thickness of the wall. In the rock inside the tower pierced a well depth of 21 m.

The impregnable stone beauty holds many secrets. One of them - for what, after all, it was erected.

On the territory of the “Old City”, several dozens of historical and architectural monuments are also concentrated: Caravanserais, hamam, mosques and much more. It was here that the episodes of such famous Soviet films as The Diamond Arm, Amphibian Man, Aibolit - 66, Teheran 43 were filmed.

Next we are waiting for a visit to the famous Nizami street. The street crosses the central part of the city from west to east.

Most of the buildings built at the first stage, as well as other buildings of the city of that period, were built in the style of "Neo-Renaissance", "Neo-Gothic", "Baroque", "Neo-Classicism".

It is best to walk at night along the pedestrian part of Nizami Street, behind which the pre-revolutionary name “Torgovaya” has stuck. Many houses are lined with aglai, a local light-beige stone of limestone rock, and when the lights turn on with the onset of darkness, it is possible to imagine that you are walking around some western European city.

16:00 Return to the hotel. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Breakfast in the hotel.

10:00 Excursion to the Temple "Ateshgah":

Excursion to the Temple of Fire-worshipers - “Ateshgah”. The Temple of Fire Ateshgah (literally the House of Fire) is located 30 kilometers from the center of Baku, in the southeast of the Absheron Peninsula, and is perhaps the most exotic place where natural gas comes out of the earth, and in contact with oxygen