Baku Layover Tour encompasses the major sightseeing points of Baku. Your local English speaking tour guide will present you the history, facts and legends of the ancient city, while walking and driving through the attractions you’ll visit. The tour length is 10 hours and it’s the best guided tour if you want to see major attractions of capital of Azerbaijan in one day. Especially recommended for travelers who are in Baku for a layover or stopover.
Tour departs from the exit of Sahil metro station. Your guide will have a badge with their name and Baku Tours logo on it. See the image for the exact meeting point: http://bit.ly/SahilMeet. If you’d like to be pickup up from Baku airport or your hotel/hostel accommodation, please choose hotel or airport pickup at “Extras” and provide the info in “Special Requirements” field during checkout.
Our first stop will be Icharishahar, the Old Town of Baku city.
First museum we will enter is the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, the central part of ancient Shiranshahs kingdom. You will get to know the history of the palace and visit the mausoleums that witnessed many historical events for the past two centuries.
Second place we will visit is the most remarkable and mysterious monument – the Maiden Tower, built in the south-east part of the Old Town. Once you immerse yourself into the experience of discovering such extraordinary building, you will know why it is considered as the symbol of Baku.
Qala village is one of the oldest human settlements around Baku. On our way to Qala village we'll visit traditional restaurant to have Azerbaijani style traditional lunch.
We'll also pay a visit to Ateshgah temple, which was once inhabited by Indian travelers and merchants. During your visit to the Fire Temple, you will learn a lot about the temple from your guide, particularly, more about unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets.
In the second part of visit, after visiting the temple you will directly go to the Yanar Dag ("Burning Mountain"), which is not far from Surakhani temple. It is the most famous and popular tourist site of the “eternal flame” in Azerbaijan. Yanar Dag, the burning mountain, will reveal the earthly wonders of the land of fire.
We will have a tea and dinner break in the downtown after our visit to the Burning Mountain. Ever wondered how Azerbaijanis drink tea? :)
Tea & dinner break at Nizami street will energize you more to continue our tour inside the city center.
We'll walk to Seaside Boulevard to enjoy the serene view of the Caspian Sea and proceed to Baku Funicular, which will be our next stop.
Short ride on a funicular will be a nice break for you to see the whole city from the hilly parts of Baku.
After the Funicular ride, stopping by the Martyrs' Lane, you will see the Flame Towers, famous for their unique architectural design.
Martyrs' Alley is an exhibition of Azerbaijanis' courage against Soviet occupation. Get a glimpse of the end of totalitarian Soviet regime during our visit of Martyrs' Alley.
At our final stop, the Uphill Park, you will get a chance to see stunning night view of the bright city. Great spot for selfies to show off your visit to Azerbaijan! :)