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Simply Baku

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The perfect introduction to Baku at an uncommon value, Simply Baku is designed to introduce you to some of the sites you need to see on your first trip to the city, with just a taste of the experience that only Exeter International can provide.

The Basics:

  • Three nights at the gorgeous Four Seasons Hotel Baku
  • Private airport or rail station transportation to and from your hotel
  • Private Exeter Guide at your service as described in the program
  • Entrance Fees to all the sites mentioned in the program
  • 24-hour, English-speaking local assistance in case of emergency or changes

Highlight of Exeter's Simply Baku:

  • Exclusive Tour of the Nobel Family Mansion, Villa Petrolea
  • Private Tour of the brand new Baku Carpet Museum
  • Private Tour of the Atesgah Temple – The Temple of the Fire Worshippers

Easy to Combine with:

  • Tbilisi
  • Moscow
  • St. Petersburg
  • Yeravan

The following is just a suggested daily touring schedule. You will have complete control over your daily schedule and may change your plans at any time by simply telling your guide. Your time in Baku is yours to enjoy as you like!

For custom luxury travel and tours to Baku and Azerbaijan, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Day 1
Arrival | Baku

Upon arrival in Baku, your guide will be waiting for you just outside of baggage claim and customs to transfer you to your hotel in the Old Town, the stunning and brand new Four Seasons Hotel Baku, overlooking the Caspian Sea.

This afternoon, visit the History Museum of Azerbaijan (closed on Sunday). It is housed in a former palace, which belonged to one of Baku’s most famous 19th century residents, Mr. Zeynalabdin Taghiyev. Unexpectedly opulent, the décor is a unique mix of East and West. Trace Azeri history from Neolithic times to the Russian Empire, the era of the Soviet Union through to today.

Continue to visit what is perhaps the greatest carpet collection and museum in the world.

The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest inhabited parts in the region – and indeed in the Middle East. Archaeological digs date Baku back to the Bronze age, and the Old Town’s maze of alleys, dead ends and caravanserais are sometimes called the “Acropolis of Baku”. Stop in a tea house to sample hot lavash bread pulled straight from the clay oven as you enter.

Continue to the 12th century Walled City of Baku and the 15th century Shirvanshah’s Palace. Several of Baku’s treasures were usurped by the Ottomans and taken to Istanbul. Feel the history of the palace as you wander from the residential areas to the baths, through the mosque and beyond. Climb to the top of the Maiden Tower for panoramic views over this historic neighborhood.

Exeter Services: Guide, Vehicle & Driver
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Day 2
Baku & Qobustan | Baku & Qobustan

This morning head outside of the city center to Qobustan (pronounced Gobustan), one of the world’s greatest collections of Neolithic petroglyphs, which is almost unknown in the West. Over 4000 inscriptions go back 12,000 years, and the museum brings this era back to life. Stop to see the 2000-year-old Latin graffiti, left by Caesar’s troops, on your way back to Baku’s city center.

As time and conditions allow, travel close to the famous Mud Volcanoes to witness the hot mud that flows like lava from this fascinating geological wonder.

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Enjoy a private visit to the former house of the Nobel family. Ludwig, Robert and Emmanuel Nobel moved from St. Petersburg to Baku in the 1870s, originally to develop business in wood, but ended up in the oil industry. The first industrial output of oil in the world was in Baku in 1848 - five years before Pennsylvania. The Nobel brothers catalyzed the Russian Tsar’s decree that the development of oil was no longer a monopoly, thus resulting in the first oil boom.

In 2007 the building was reopened as a house museum dedicated to the Nobel brothers and the development of the world’s oil business. It is also home to the Baku Nobel Oil Club. In the last three years, 14 Nobel laureates have visited, together with many descendants of the Nobel family.

This evening enjoy a boat cruise on the Caspian Sea to view Baku from a totally different perspective.

Exeter Services: Guide, Vehicle & Driver
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Day 3
Baku & Burning Hill | Baku & Burning Hill

This morning visit the fascinating burning hill fueled by natural gas escaping from the rocks and earth. Endlessly burning for decades, flames sprout from the earth almost beneath your feet.

Next you can visit Ateshgah Temple, also known as the Temple of the Fire Worshippers for thousands of years. Originally built by Zoroastrian fire worshippers traveling from India and Persia, it is one of the finest preserved temples of its kind and is soon to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The temple is built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th century. Much of the existing structure was built in the 17th century, when pilgrims began paying local officials for permission to construct places to pray and sleep. So saturated is the ground with natural gas that the country’s other name, Odlar Yourdu, translates as “Land of Fires”. The name of the temple means “Home of Fire”.

Get a sense of how the worshippers lived by visiting the inside museum. Discover the ritual required to have your wishes granted. In fact, the Nobel brothers used the temple design as their logo for the Nobel Oil Company.

Return to the city center, and visit the Bazaar (market) to see the famous Baku tomatoes, citrus and nuts, sold as they have been for centuries by local traders.

Exeter Services: Guide, Vehicle & Driver
Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Baku

Day 4
Departure | Baku

If time allows this morning, you might want to see the Azerbaijan Art Museum (closed Sunday), housed in the Rothschild family mansion in the city center. This fine collection includes several Russian artists like Aivazovsky, Repin, and Kandinsky.

Transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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