Gobustan - Absheron Tour in one day

 Firstly, we will start visiting Mud Volcanoes (if the weather is suitable for a road) at 09:00. Mud volcanoes form in places where pockets of underground gas have found a weak spot in the earth where they can force their way to the surface. Over a thousand mud volcanoes are known to exist in the world, and some 400 of those are in the coastal area of Azerbaijan.  A few of gas leaks are constantly on fire, shooting small perpetual flames into the air and some believe that these perpetual flames are strongly connected to the appearance of the Zoroastrian religion in Azerbaijan some 2,000 years ago.

      Thereafter will visit Gobustan open-air museum littered with Neolithic rock drawings where 6000 inscriptions (petroglyphs) are kept. Museum of Petroglyphs is another name for Gobustan - a mountainous place in the southeast of the Major Caucasian ridge located 60 km from Baku. Ancient primitive dwellings - caves and sites - and more than 100 thousand objects of material culture have been found in that place. Rock drawings perpetuated the figures of the animals which lived there for the last 10 thousand. Since 1966 the territory of Gobustan has been regarded as a national reserve. Today is an open-air museum. Annually this stone picture gallery is visited by thousands of people from all over the world. There you will also have a chance to observe Roman inscription over the stone and Location of the shooting of “Agent 007”. On the way back to Baku a short stopover at Bibi Heybat Mosque, the tomb of Ukeyma Khanum (a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad), and today is the spiritual center for the Muslims of the region and one of the major monuments of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan. At 14:00 you will have lunch in one of the best restaurants in Baku

     Secondly, we will head to Absheron at 15:00 with visiting firstly to Atesgah (Fire Temple); it is the first main settlement of worshippers in Azerbaijan since the second century. Ateshgah often called the "Fire Temple of Baku" is a castle-like religious temple in Surakhani town, a suburb of Baku, Azerbaijan. Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu, Sikh, and Zoroastrian place of worship. "Atash" is the Persian word for fire, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Baku Ateshgah was a pilgrimage and philosophical center of Zoroastrians, who were involved in trade with the Caspian.

     Lastly, we will visit: Yanar Dag (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning "burning mountain") is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula. Flames jet into the air 3 meters from a thin, porous sandstone layer.  Yanar Dag flame burns fairly steadily for 3000-4000 years. The Yanar Dag fire is never extinguished. Due to the large concentration of the natural gas under the Absheron Peninsula; natural flames burned there throughout antiquity and were reported on by historical writers such as .

 Tour starts at 09:00

  • Gobustan National Park: Petroglyphs
  • Mud volcanoes (depends on weather)
  • On the way back on the route: Bibi-Heybat Mosque
  • Ateshgah – fire temple
  • Yanar Dagh (Burning Mountain)

Inclusions:

  • Free entrance to museums:
  • Ateshgah – fire temple
  • Yanar Dagh (Burning Mountain)
  • Gobustan National Park: Petroglyphs
  • Guide service
  • Pick up/Drop off
  • Transfer

Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance 
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Personal expenses

The total price can change due to the number of guests.

Number of days: 1
Covered regions:
Absheron-Baku
Ganja-Qazakh
Shaki-Zaqatala
Lankaran
Quba-Khachmaz
Arana
Yukhari-Karabakh
Kalbajar-Lachin
Daglig-Shirvan
Nakhchivan
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: Travel insurance, additional food and drinks, Personal expenses
What to bring: Jacket
Transport: Bus/Minibus
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