Azerbaijan is a Land of Fire



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Azerbaijan is a Land of Fire”



Monday, March 06

11:30


John F Kennedy International (JFK)
Tuesday, March 07 ,07:30 AM +1 day

Heydar Aliyev International (GYD)

Total duration 11h00m , Direct flight

Meeting the group at the Baku airport named after Heydar Aliyev.

Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation at the hotel.

Free time till 13:30

13:30 Lunch in local restaurant

15:00 Meeting with the guide and depart to Baku City walking tour, 3 hours

Over the last 10 years, under the influence of new economic and social conditions, the appearance of Baku has noticeably changed. Today, the city’s view greatly differs from what it was at the Soviet period. Baku modern city consists of the Old Town, the downtown, two residential zones, industrial and oil-processing zones. The City Tour puts great emphasis on the Old Town, the historical part of the city.

The center of Baku is the Old Town, which is also a fortress. Most of the walls, reinforced after the Russian conquest in 1806, survive. This section is picturesque, with its maze of narrow alleys and ancient buildings. A part of the palace, a mosque, and a minaret date to the XI-th century.

Dinner in national restaurant.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az

Wednesday, March 08

07:00-08:30 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

08:30-09:00 Check out

09:00 Meeting at the lobby with the guide and depart to Sheki city via Gabala and Oquz (345 km.)

On the way lunch in national restaurant.

Arrival to Gabala city and visiting Chotari church in Nidj settlement (Medieval Christian temple of Caucausian Albania VII-XIV c.c.).

Continuation of the trip to Oquz (40km.)

Arrival to Oquz city and meeting with representative of Jewish community.

Continuation of the trip to Sheki (60km.)

Arrival to Sheki

Dinner in national restaurant

Accommodation at the hotel.

Overnight in Sheki "Marxal Resort" hotel www.marxalresort.az

Gabala district with administrative center in Gabala city adjoining Tufandag Mountains is a unique and the most beautiful region of Azerbaijan, practically located on the border of Dagestan (Russia) and Georgia. Its main sight is ancient Gabala, the ruins of which are 15 km. away from the city. Gabala was mentioned in scripts of the I c. and had been the capital of Caucasian Albania for 600 years. Modern Gabala is located on the bank of Damiraparanchay River and has a nice view on snowy peaks of the Big Caucasus. Gabala district with its rivers, chestnut and walnut groves and mineral springs is the ideal place for leisure. Moreover, there are dozens old monuments, including Albanian temple (IV-VII c.c.), ruins of ancient defense tower (IX-XI c.c.), Ustajan tower (IX-XIVc.c.), a number of mausoleums and other historical sights. Close to Gabala, on Yaloylu Mountain there was a settlement of an ancient man dated to the III-I c.c. B.C. Different items made of stone, iron, bronze and gold confirm their existence

Thursday, March 09

07:00-08:30 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

08:30-09:00 Check out

Drive to Kish village (15 min.), change big coach to small minibuses and drive to Christian temple.

Half day sightseeing program in Sheki (excursion and museums):

- Survey of fortifications and caravanserais in the Old city (XVII-XIX c.c.)

- Visiting History Museum (entrance)

- Visiting “Sheki Khan's palace”-XVIII c. under UNESCO protection (entrance)

- Acquaintance with works of handicraftsmen on manufacture of stained-glass windows -“shebaka” (network) in their workshops

Lunch in local restaurant.

Departure to Baku city via Shamakhi city.

Visiting Juma mosque (XV c.) in Shamakhi village.

Arrival to Baku.

Accommodation at the hotel.

Dinner in local restaurant.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az



Sheki is famous for the Royal Summer Palace of Sheki Khans (Kings) with magnificent frescos (one of them is 80 feet long) and exquisite stained glass work. It was constructed in 1762 without a single nail and is one of the most marvelous monuments of its epoch. Besides the palace you will have a look at the reconstructed Yukhary Caravanserai. In this tour, you will visit Albanian Christian temple “Mother of East Churches” in Kish settlement.

Friday, March 10

07:00-10:00 Breakfast time at the hotel restaurant

10:30 Walking to Jumah Mosque in Old city for Jumah prayer.

Return to the hotel.

Lunch in national restaurant not far from the hotel.

Arrangements for Shabbat this evening in one of the national restaurants or at the hotel.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az
Saturday, March 11

07:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant.

10:00-13:00 Shabbat this morning (optional)

Lunch in national restaurant

Meeting with dignitaries. After meeting walking tour (2hours) to the Downtown, also known as the Boom Town, is a business and entertainment center of Baku. It is also the city’s historical part, formed at the end of the XIX-th century. The Boom Town has interesting architecture; there are numerous mansions built by oil barons, and other grand buildings built during the oil boom that began in the 1870s. Fine arts, history, and literature museums are located there, all housed in the mansions of prerevolutionary millionaires. As a result of the prestigious location of the area, various business enterprises prefer to place their offices there.

Celebration a Jewish holiday Purim (evening) together at the synagogue.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az

Sunday, March 12

07:00-09:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

09:00 Meeting at the lobby with the guide and depart to Quba city (180km.)

11:00 Arrival to Krasnaya Sloboda village in Quba city and meeting with dignitaries and meeting with Muslim and Jewish leaders. Explore Krasnaya Sloboda village with visiting synagogue.

13:30 - 15:00 Lunch in national restaurant.

15:00-17:00 Drive back to Baku city

Dinner or late snack

Arrival to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az

Travel 95 miles to the north of Baku to see Guba, a pleasant town located on the northeastern slopes of Shakhdag range, 2000 feet high above the sea level. Historically Guba was known since the XVIII c. as the center of Khanlyg (traditional Azery duchy). A XVI-century fortress may be visited in Guba, but most tourists go to Guba to see hundreds of apple orchards. In spring, the area on the right bank of Gudyalchay River is fragrant with the scent of apple blossoms. With 22,000 inhabitants, Guba is famous for such architectural landmarks of the XIX c. as Juma-Mosque (Friday mosque), the Mosque of Sakine-Khanum, Ardabil-Mosque, and baths with their two domes.

Monday, March 13

07:00-10:00 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

10:00-11:00 Visiting of Alley of martyrs

11:00 Departure to half day tour “Absheron Peninsula is a Land of Fire and Castles”, 4-5 hours.

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.

You will visit the oldest oil producing fields in Balakhani settlement (XIX- XX c.), observe natural gas outlets Yanar Dag – “Burning Mountain”, visiting “Atashgah” Fire- Worshippers' Temple in Surakhany.

Lunch in local restaurant with cooking master class.

Return to the hotel.

Free time.

Dinner in national restaurant

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az



Tuesday, March 14

07:00-10:30 Breakfast at the hotel restaurant

Free time till 12:30

Visiting of exhibitions "Pearls of Azerbaijan" and "Mini Azerbaijan" in Heydar Aliyev Center http://heydaraliyevcenter.az/#main

Visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum. The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum is the treasury of Azerbaijan national Culture. Established for researching, keeping and displaying carpets and carpet items, as well as applied art works, the Museum has the most large collection of Azerbaijan carpets in the world, of different weaving techniques and materials. The Museum was set up in 1967, and the first exhibition was opened in1972. Its collection numbers more than 10 000 objects, including ceramics, metal works, jewelry from Bronze Age, metal works of 14th century. Carpets and carpet items of the 17th-20th cc.; gold and silver adornment, national garment and embroidery; applied art works of modern period. The new building of the Azerbaijan Carpet museum is open for visitors from September 2, 2014. The traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving inscribed on the UNESCO representative list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

Participation in the citywide festival last Tuesday (Chershenbe) before the Novruz - "Chershenbe Ahshamy." According to the philosophy of Novruz, in human life there are important four main components - water, fire, air and earth. Last Tuesday represents the awakening and revival of the earth.

On  Akhir Chershembe in the yards are made fires and pilaf is cooked, sweets baklava, shakerbura, dried fruits, nuts, almonds, lit candles are served.

Similar rituals are performed also on Bayram Ahshamy, a day before Novruz, the vernal equinox. This year Novruz will be marked on  the 20th March, and Novruz -  on the 21th March.

Dinner in national restaurant with show program.

Return to the hotel.

Overnight in Baku "Shah Palace" hotel www.shahpalace.az

Wednesday, March 15

06:00 Baku(GYD)

10:30 New York(JFK)

Total duration 12h30m, Direct flight.



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Azerbaijan Guide Travel” Prices USD



based on twin/dbl accommodation

Number of persons in group - 20-30

Tour price per person- 2100 USD

Single supplement per person – 295USD

Included services:


1-All accommodations in the hotels (twin or dbl)

2- Meals based on Full Board (breakfast\ lunch \ dinner)

3- Professional English speaking tour guide for whole of the trip

4-All excursions and transfers by modern A/C supper deluxe coach with experienced driver

5-All entrance fees according to the program.

6- Water for group (500ml) to every pax.

7- E - visa to Azerbaijan

8 – Air ticket New York - Baku - New York by Azerbaijan Airlines


 Rate excluded:

-Insurance

-Alcohol beverages

HOTELS:

CITY

HOTELS 4*

BAKU

Shah Palace www.shahpalace.az

SHEKI

Marxal Resort & Spa www.marxalresort.az

 

Notes:


  • There are only 6 twin rooms (room with two separate beds) in the hotel "Shah Palace"

  • All double and single rooms in offered hotels are with king size bed

  • Transportation to Kish village will be arranged by two or three mini buses

  • The tour prices will increase if we have fewer than 20 people

  • The itinerary is subject to change  

Thank you for choosing AGT




For questions please contact:

Elchin Kadirov

Director

AGT "Azerbaijan Guide Travel"

info@ag-travel.com 

inbound@ag-travel.com

www.ag-travel.com 

Tel: (+99412) 409-70-95



Mob: (+99450) 365-52-66


Str., 12 B.Bagirova, Baku, Azerbaijan, Az 1065 Phone: (99412) 409 70 95
E-mail: inbound@ag-travel.com Website: www.ag-travel.com Page







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