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Tour description: Nakhchivan tour include: Full sightseeing tour in Baku, Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula, Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple, Qala State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve, Yanardaq State Natural Preserve. Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Ashabi-Kahf cave and Alinja Fortress etc.  

Tour date:
Black out dates : April 24th – 30th, 2018 ( Formula – 1)
Novruz National Holiday : 16th – 31st, 2018

Day 1. Arrival to Baku

After the checking at the passport control and customs you will be met and transferred to your hotel by coach. Check-in. Overnight

Day 2. Baku city tour (5 hours)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Panoramic view of the city and Baku bay from Mountain Park
Full sightseeing tour in Baku:
– Visit to the medieval part of the Old City (11-19 cc) (Fortifications, Shirvanshakhs Palace (14-15 cc), Karvansaray complex (14-15 cc.), old mosques (11-19cc.), old bath, narrow small streets, art shops and bench of Handicraf, “Gyz Galasi” (Maiden Tower) – the oldest construction of Baku under UNESCO protection , visiting Carpet Museum .
Returning to hotel.
Overnight.

Day 3. Absheron peninsula (5 hours)

Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula:
Absheron Peninsula, extension of the Caucasus Mountains, juts 35 miles into the Caspian Sea, the largest inland sea in the world, covering 386,400 sq. km. (149,200 sq. miles). Wide plain contains ravines and salt lakes, and its some parts are frequently flooded with tides. Vineyard plantations are located here, but the region is particularly marked for its oil deposits.
On this excursion you will be informed about the story of oil development in Azerbaijan. Already at ancient times oil was known to exist on Absheron Peninsula, and there were various religious cults connected with oil and gas fields. Your guide will tell you about different methods of oil extraction, both ancient and modern. You will be introduced to non-traditional use of oil, present situation of the oil industry in Azerbaijan, and oil development prospects in the country.

Nakhchivan tour include: Full sightseeing tour in Baku, Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula, Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple, Qala State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve, Yanardaq State Natural Preserve. Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Ashabi-Kahf cave and Alinja Fortress etc.

Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple (XVII c.)

Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple (XVII c.) is located within Baku in Surakhany village (9 miles from Baku). The historical roots of the monument go back to the days when Azerbaijan state was only taking shape and establishing itself, and Zoroastrism, in which the main role in rituals belonged to fire, was a dominant religion in the country.-entrance).

Nakhchivan tour include: Full sightseeing tour in Baku, Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula, Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple, Qala State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve, Yanardaq State Natural Preserve. Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Ashabi-Kahf cave and Alinja Fortress etc.

“Qala” State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve

Azerbaijan’s territory is rich with examples proving it to be the home to ancient inhabitants. Absheron Peninsula has special importance in terms of historical monuments. Absheron Peninsula, the ancient settlement, has the history dating before century. Barrows, fire traces and tombs found here during archeological excavations prove this fact once again. One of the oldest settlements in Absheron is Qala village that is located in the northeast of the Peninsula. There are 215 architectural and archeological monuments in Qala village and the surrounding regions. The environment which is dated back to 3rd millennium BC is preserved here. There are several architectural monuments – 5 mosques, 3 bathhouses, 4 water houses (ovdan), houses, agricultural buildings, sepulchers, tombs, barrows, remnants of castle, etc. – of historical importance in Qala which belong to the period between 3rd millennium BC and 20th century. Qala village with its history of five thousands years old had several districts. Of those, Tarakama, Balaverdi, Haji Ramazan, Chambarakand are preserved till today.

 

Nakhchivan tour include: Full sightseeing tour in Baku, Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula, Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple, Qala State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve, Yanardaq State Natural Preserve. Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Ashabi-Kahf cave and Alinja Fortress etc.

“Yanardaq” State Natural Preserve

Flames shoot into the air 10 feet (3.0 m) from a thin porous sandstone layer at the base of a 30-foot-wide scarp (9.1 m) below a hillside known as Yanar Dag near Baku, the capital of oil-rich Azerbaijan.[1] Only a handful of fire mountains exist today in the world, and most are located in Azerbaijan. Due to the large concentration of natural gas under the Absheron Peninsula, natural flames burned there throughout antiquity and were reported by historical writers such as Marco Polo. The naturally occurring fire burns most impressively at dusk, when both tourists and locals sit at a nearby teashop deriving inspiration from the spectacular sight. The numerous links to fire in the folklore and icons of Azerbaijan are attributed to a connection to the ancient Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism, which first appeared in this region over 2,000 years ago.
Returning to hotel .
Overnight .

Day 4. Baku to Naxchivan

Naxchivan City Tour
Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum – The mausoleums of Nakhchivan was nominated for List of World Heritage Sites, UNESCO in 1998 . It was commissioned by Ildegizid Atabeg Jahan Pahlawan (1175-1186), in honor of his first wife, Mu’mine Khatun, and completed in 1186-1187, as indicated on the Kufic-style inscriptive plaque above the entrance. Its architect, Adjemi ibn Abubekr (or Adjemi Nakchivani), also built the nearby mausoleum of Yusuf ibn Kuseyir. The mausoleum was probably originally built with a madrassa: drawings and photographs of the site from the nineteenth century confirm that it existed as part of a religious and educational complex which no longer exists.
Returning to hotel.
Overnight .

Nakhchivan tour include: Full sightseeing tour in Baku, Sightseeing excursion on Absheron Peninsula, Atashgah Fire -Worshippers’ Temple, Qala State Historical-Ethnographic Preserve, Yanardaq State Natural Preserve. Visiting Momine Khatun Mausoleum, Ashabi-Kahf cave and Alinja Fortress etc.

Day 5. Naxchivan Tour

Visit Alinja Fortress.
Visiting Ashabi-Kahf cave – a cave in the area of Julfa. Religious and cultural monument “Ashabi-Kahf ” is a well-known religious tourism destination in Azerbaijan. .

Day 6. Flight to Baku

Transfer to airport .Naxchivan to Baku.

Price Included :

1st Option :
3 nights in Baku 5* hotel , 2 nights in Naxchivan 5* hotel
All transportation and guide service during all trip
Museums entrance fee
Baku to Naxchivan flight ticket
Total : 499 USD per person in a double occupancy

2nd Option :
3 nights in Baku 3* hotel , 2 nights in Naxchivan 3* hotel
All transportation and guide service during all trip
Museums entrance fee
Total : 394 USD per person in a double occupancy

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