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Baku Baku Day Trip

GOBUSTAN AND ABSHERON GROUP TOUR

OVERVIEW

Visit UNESCO World Heritage site at Gobustan National Park to eyewitness culture of prehistoric humans depicted on Rock as rock-art representation, and Gobustan Mud volcanoes in Dashgil to explore surface similar to one on the Moon as anomalic geological processes in exuding mud volcanoes and Bibi Heybat Mosque, a historic mosque with cultural and social value.

Afterwards we visit a castle-like hindu-zoroastrian pilgrimage site of Ateshgah (fire temple) Temple from XVIII-XIX century, Oil fields and ‘nodding donkey’ (oil pump) of Ramana village, ever-lasting fire at Yanardag (fire mountain) and later 15 minutes photo-shooting of Heydar Aliyev Centre.

ATTRACTIONS ARE COVERED

Gobustan Rock-Art Museum, Gobustan Mud volcanoes in Dashgil and Bibi Heybat Mosque, Ateshgah and Yanardag are the attractions to visit.

DURATION

Overall duration of the tour is about 8-9 hours. It also involves 240 km driving in total.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Pick up and drop off in the city centre/hotel
  • Transport service with AC
  • Private tour with a local guide
  • Entrance tickets to sights
  • Lunch
  • 0.5L bottled water
  • NOTE:  Mud Volcanoes are inaccessible in a rainy day.

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Entry to Heydar Aliyev Center
  • Alcoholic Beverages

PRICE FOR PER PERSON IN GROUPS

  • 1 person: 250 azn
  • 2 people: 160 azn/per person
  • 3 people: 130 azn/per person
  • 4 people: 120 azn/per person
  • 5-9 people: 90 azn/per person
  • 10 and more: 80 azn/per person
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Baku Baku Free Tour

БЮДЖЕТНЫЙ ТУР ПО СТАРОМУ ГОРОДУ

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В Баку самая древняя часть истории культуры  и социальной жизни является Ичери Шехер (старый город). Вы гуляя по узким улочкам Ичери Шехера попадете на Восток и построенном в архитектурном стиле здания и одновременно можете увидеть самые знаменитые места из Советских фильмов.
Особенности прогулки:
-Двухчасовая часовая пешая прогулка по узким улочкам Ичери Шехера
-История Ичери Шехера
-Социальная жизнь в древнем Баку
-Самые красивые Восточные архитектурные здания
-Места где были сняты Советские фильмы
-Местный гид

Другая важная информация:

Прогулка организована пешком.

-Место встречи: Перед KFC/Pizza Hut на Площадь Фонтанов (собирайтесь вокруг гида с красным зонтиком)

-Время начала: 10:00 утра

-Язык общения: русский

-Цена: 30 AZN

Бронирование для участия является обязательным.

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Baku Baku Private Tour

OIL HERITAGE PRIVATE WALKING TOUR

OVERVIEW & HIGHLIGHTS

In this private walking tour our guide walks you through streets of the historic core of Baku including Old Town, Niyazi, Istiglaliyyet and Mutuza Mukhtarov streets. Meanwhile you discover the reflection of Baku’s past and hear about oil barons of the first oil boom era and their quest for personal glory and fame. The tour offers insider’s guide to urban exploration about social, cultural, political aspect of every-day life in Baku with background of stories based on real life of oil barons from late 19th and early 20th century as well as soviet and modern times.

The tour highlights how oil changed Baku as as the new generation of the first era of oil boom assumed their social responsibility for a change in an oriental conventional Muslim society. You will hear stories about Azerbaijan’s dilemma of East vs. West, oil barons’ hunger for personal glory and fame, influence of Polish architects, change and continuity through times under imperial Russia, Soviet and Independent Azerbaijan.

DURATION: 3 hours

START TIME: 11AM, 1PM & 3PM

PRICE:

Group SizeGroup Price
1-5 ppl130 AZN
6-10 ppl170 AZN
11-15 ppl220 AZN
16-21 ppl270 AZN

Price includes:

  • Fully narrated sightseeing program in private walking tour;
  • A cup of tea at Coffee Moffie, a local community cafe;
  • Local guide.

Additional Info:

  • Tour is offered in English and Azerbaijani;
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately;
  • Subject to confirmation within 24 hour.
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Baku Culinary Tour Wine Tasting Tour

BAKU URBAN WINE TASTING

Baku Urban Wine Tasting is a wine-tasting experience that allows you walk and visit the best wine spots to enjoy Baku by evening. We hand pick local wine bars for best wine tasting experiences and delve into dynamic and young community places in downtown Baku. This tour is ideal for wine enthusiasts who like spend a day out by diving into Baku’s Night Life.

All the three places we visit are within easy walking distance and sit-in for wine tasting and a glass of your choice and paired snacks available at every stop. Bring your friends for a great evening.

Highlights:

  • Explore Baku’s nightlife with a local guide
  • Taste nine types of locally made wine
  • A glass of wine at each wine bar
  • Paired snacks (appetizers) at each wine bar
  • Insider’s Guide to Baku Dining
  • Small group experience (max 5 ppl)

What to expect?

Meet your local guide in a central location, Fountains Square, in Baku. Then, your guide will take you to wine bars of Baku to taste various locally made wines, charcuterie and wine tasting experiences. Meanwhile hear about Azerbaijani cuisine, food and drinking culture. Also interact with your with your sommelier and guide about Azerbaijani society in general. Taste three samples of local wines at each bar. Get served a glass of wine you choose. Wine tasting experience also accompanied with charcuterie, the specialty of the wine bar visited. At the end of your experience, leave the central location with new insight into Azerbaijani culinary history, and tips for the rest of your trip.

When:

Fridays at 19:00 – 22:00

Saturday and Sunday 16:00 – 19:00

Price per person: 90 AZN

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Baku Baku Free Tour

LOCAL TIPS

About Baku

Once was a small town (as large as the Old City) on the shore of the Caspian Sea, Baku is now the capital of Azerbaijan and the largest city in South Caucasus. Sometimes it’s been labelled as “New Dubai” or “the City Built by Oil”. Baku offers beautifully contrasting, perhaps, contradicting experiences stemming from the background of Oriental Medieval, Tsarist Russian, Soviet and Modern Independent periods. It’s also a peaceful home for diverse ethnic and religious groups.

Check Baku’s official tourism portal: Baku Tourism Information Center

Where to Stay?

Baku has a lot of space for incoming tourists and traveller even during peak months. But the issue is that they are mostly 4 or 5 star hotels in Baku which is not the first preference of middle class or budget travellers. However, there is a recent trend of budget hotels and hostels emerging every day in city centre. This allows travellers to find a decent place to stay for moderate prices. This ongoing tendency establishes hosting culture and friendly environment for tourist gradually. Therefore you should keep your expectation low when staying at those mid-range hotels and hostels

For hotel&hostels, have look at booking.com or Lonely Planet’s selections.

Food

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Azerbaijani Cuisine: Shah pilov, uch-baji dolma, lavangi. Photo credit: http://www.trend.az

Azerbaijani cuisine is heavily typified by the ingredients of beef, lamb and pastry. But you can still enjoy fresh and light food varieties, too. Azerbaijani cuisine is not based on quick cookery. Foods that are uniquely Azerbaijani may take an hour to prepare, which would require you ordering food you want to eat in advance at the same time reserving a seat. To name some of national food that you’d like are pilaf, dolma, lavangi and of course kebabs:

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Kebab. Photo credit: http://www.sufrem.az/
dolma
Dolma. Photo credit: http://www.azernews.az

Baku is also a cosmopolitan city and most of the restaurants and cafes in Baku downtown offer European and Asian cuisines along with Azerbaijani. If you cannot make you mind, always remember that there is McDonald’s right in the city centre or you may like eating in the world’s biggest KFC nearby the Central Train Station.

Drinking

Despite the fact that Azerbaijan is Muslim majority country, alcohol consumption is allowed. And you can purchase any type of alcohol from markets. However Azerbaijan is one of the least alcohol consuming countries in Europe, it makes up to the-top-ten-list in Muslim World.
Devaluation of the local currency hit the prices to cause inflation. But still the nightlife is not that expensive in Baku. Local beer, Khirdalan, costs around 2-3 AZN pub to pub. However, the prices will be around 4-6 AZN in those luxury places.
You can find out pub and cafes with nice atmosphere and vibes in walking distance from city centre, Fountains Square. Əbdülkərim Əlizadə and Haji Zeynalabdin Taghiyev streets are famous for their English and Irish pubs. Islam Safarli street is becoming an alternative pub and cafe street recently. Those are not just new pub-and-cafe markets but also a new kind of culture emerging under roofs of those underground places.

Use following platforms to access information about cafes and restaurants:
http://www.citylife.az
http://www.azrestoran.az

Souvenir and Gifts: What to Buy?

No wonder like all tourists and traveller you also want to buy souvenir or gifts to take home for family and friends from Baku. But you might have difficulty to decide what to buy that reflects the best of local culture and tradition.

Also note that bargaining is an essential part of buying those souvenirs and gifts in shops of Baku. You should always remember that prices differ from shop to shop. Therefore you are better try couple of shops to get some sort of favourable deal if you are not good at bargaining.

Icherisheher (Old City) is full of those souvenir and gift shops and just wandering along the streets of the Old City will take you there randomly.
Just couple of ideas for gifts and souvenirs:

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Azerbaijani Kelaghayi (headscarf). Photo credit: http://www.trend.az
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Crude oil painting ‘neft painting’. Photo credit: http://www.regionplus.az
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Ceramics. Photo credit. http://www.craft.az

Events

It could be quite a struggle to involve in events taking place in Baku. The most important events that are observed with large masses and crowds are the New Year Eve and Novruz Holiday.
Novruz Holiday is the one you would definitely want to attend if you are interested in local traditions, cultures and food. People start festivities of Novruz a month prior to actual date which is March 21.
Besides, there are lot more parties, concerts and all other kind of events taking place throughout years
Aside from these traditional events, Tallinn’s always busy. Parties and concerts are aplenty and the city has plenty of funky venues catering to the more alternative crowd.

http://www.citylife.az – Events in Baku

Useful phone numbers:

Taxi reservationCall
189Taxi189
Uber or BoltiOS or Android App
London taxi*9000
Public Services 
State Migration Service919
Long distance telephone communications107
Exact Time106
In case of emergency 
Emergencies Ministry112
Fire Service101
Police102
Ambulance103
Ambulance (specialised therapeutic center)110
First aid in case of car accidents113