Baku: Exploring the Jewel of the Caucasus

5 Days

Overview

Baku, the vibrant capital city of Azerbaijan, is a stunning blend of ancient history and modernity nestled along the shores of the Caspian Sea. Its rich cultural heritage, dynamic urban landscape, and economic significance make it a captivating destination for travelers from around the globe.

Historical Landmarks: Baku boasts a wealth of historical landmarks that showcase its storied past. The UNESCO-listed Old City, locally known as Icherisheher, is a labyrinth of narrow streets, ancient mosques, and palaces dating back to the medieval era. The iconic Maiden Tower, with its mysterious origins, stands as a testament to the city’s antiquity.

Modern Architecture: In contrast to its ancient roots, Baku is also renowned for its futuristic skyline punctuated by innovative architectural marvels. The Flame Towers, symbolizing Azerbaijan’s rich oil reserves, dominate the cityscape with their illuminated facades. The Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is a masterpiece of contemporary design, showcasing fluid lines and avant-garde aesthetics.

Trip Highlights

  • Baku
  • Gabala
  • Gabala Garden Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Baku

Itinerary

 Arrival to Baku airport,
 meeting at the airport with the meeting board
 Transfer to the hotel Check in
 Baku Night Tour
 Overnight at the hotel

Day 2 :
2 In Baku

 Breakfast at Hotel
 Post breakfast Enjoy Baku city Tour
 Transfer to the hotel. Time to Relax a bit after long walk.
 Overnight in hotel

 Breakfast at Hotel, Checkout from Baku Transfer to Gabala
 Check in at hotel
 Enjoy Gabala Tour
 Transfer to the hotel.
 Overnight in hotel

 Breakfast at Hotel, Checkout from Gabala Transfer to Baku
 Check in at hotel
 Enjoy Absheron tour
 Later go for Shopping
 Transfer to the hotel.
 Overnight in hotel

 Early Breakfast, Check-Out from Hotel
 Drop to Baku International Airport to board a flight to India

Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • o Visa
  • o Airfare
  • o 4 nights accommodation in Azerbaijan
  • o Return and transfer airport
  • o All tours and transfers mention in program - Minivan (private)
  • o Entrance fees: Gabala cable car Fire temple and Fire Mountain
  • o Daily breakfast:

The Trip Cost Excludes

  •  Personal expenses
  •  Lunches and dinners
  •  Any adding to the Itinerary
  •  Tips & Porter Charges
  •  05% TCS EXTRA AFTER FINAL BILLING.

FAQ

What are the must-visit attractions in Baku?

Baku offers a plethora of attractions that cater to various interests. Some must-visit landmarks include the UNESCO-listed Old City (Icherisheher), the iconic Flame Towers, the modern architectural marvel of the Heydar Aliyev Center, and the scenic Baku Boulevard along the Caspian Sea. Additionally, visitors should explore the Maiden Tower, Gobustan National Park, and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs for a comprehensive experience of Baku’s rich history and culture.

How can I travel around Baku?

Baku has a well-developed transportation system that includes buses, metro, taxis, and ridesharing services. The Baku Metro provides a convenient and efficient way to navigate the city, with stations located near major attractions. Taxis and ridesharing apps are also readily available and offer flexibility for exploring Baku at your own pace. Walking is another popular option, especially in the compact and pedestrian-friendly areas of the Old City and downtown Baku.

What is the best time to visit Baku?

The best time to visit Baku is during the spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild and pleasant. Summers can be hot and humid, while winters are relatively cold with occasional snowfall. However, Baku’s events calendar is vibrant year-round, with festivals, cultural events, and exhibitions happening throughout the year, making any season a great time to explore the city.

What should I know about Azerbaijani cuisine?

Azerbaijani cuisine is rich and diverse, influenced by its location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Must-try dishes include kebabs (grilled meat skewers), plov (rice pilaf), dolma (stuffed grape leaves), and qutab (savory stuffed flatbread). Don’t miss out on sampling Azerbaijani sweets like baklava, shekerbura, and pakhlava. Traditional tea houses, known as “chai khanas,” offer a cozy ambiance to enjoy Azerbaijani tea served with local pastries and sweets.

What are some cultural etiquettes I should be aware of in Baku?

While visiting Baku, it’s important to respect local customs and traditions. When entering mosques or religious sites, dress modestly and remove your shoes. Public displays of affection should be avoided, as they may be considered inappropriate. When dining with locals, it’s customary to wait for the host to initiate the meal and to express gratitude for their hospitality. Learning a few basic phrases in Azerbaijani, such as “salam” for hello and “rahmet” for thank you, can also be greatly appreciated by locals.

Travel Distance

In Baku, when referring to travel distances, you could write:


Travel Distances in Baku

When navigating Baku, distances are often measured in kilometers (km) or meters (m). Whether you’re exploring the city’s historic sites, modern attractions, or natural wonders, here are some common distances to keep in mind:

  1. From Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport to City Center: Approximately 25 kilometers (km) southwest of the airport to the heart of Baku.
  2. From Baku Old City (Icherisheher) to Flame Towers: Roughly 3 kilometers (km) or a 10-minute drive between these iconic landmarks.
  3. From Baku Boulevard to Heydar Aliyev Center: Around 6 kilometers (km) or a 15-minute drive from the scenic waterfront to this architectural masterpiece.

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Baku: Exploring the Jewel of the Caucasus