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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.

Download our PDF Itinerary here.

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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 deluxe hotel, perfectly located at the edge of Old Town and directly on the Caspian Sea.

Baku is a city of huge contrasts; minarets have been superseded by the iconic architectural landmark that is The Flame Towers, which against all odds works well in this city that has always been about old and new. While Old Baku had a reputation of a city blighted by oil extraction, it has recently been completely transformed into a 21st Century capital with seaside promenades and extraordinary architecture by such luminaries as Zaha Hadid and Sir Norman Foster.

This afternoon, take a walk through the Old Town. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town is one of the oldest continuously inhabited parts in the region. Archaeological digs have revealed Bronze Age burial chambers, dating back 1,500 years.

This is the most popular area of the city, a maze of alleys, winding streets and caravanserais sometimes called the ‘Acropolis of Baku.’ You’ll see carpet shops and cafes and you shouldn’t miss a stop into a tea house to sample hot lavash bread pulled straight from the clay oven.

Later, your guide will take you to the Walled City of Baku and the Shirvanshah’s Palace. The walls are well preserved and date from the 12th Century whilst the Palace was built in the 15th Century. Here in Old Town, you’ll also see the Maiden Tower and hear its sad history.

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While you are at Shirvanshah’s palace, you will be served a dinner and enjoy a private show of belly dancing. You may opt to join in and try on some of the national costumes or participate in a master class of Galyan preparation (hookah).

Day 2
Baku | Baku

This morning, your guide and driver will take you outside of the city center to Gobustan, approximately 90 minutes away. Gobustan is an open-air museum overflowing with Neolithic rock drawings. There are over 4,000 inscriptions that go back 12,000 years. New to Gobustan is a state-of-the-art, interactive museum that brings to life the time that created these extraordinary drawings. On your way back to Baku, you can stop to see some 2,000-yearold Latin graffiti, left by Caesar’s troops!

Later, your guide will take you to the Baku Carpet Museum that boasts one of the greatest carpet collections in the world. The collection is so vast that only 10% of it used to be displayed in its former home. This unique museum was recently built in the center of the city by an Austrian architect who designed the building to resemble a rolled carpet! It’s an impressive institution that tells the fascinating history of carpet making in this region.

This afternoon, 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. The first industrial output of oil in the world was in Baku in 1848 - five years before Pennsylvania. The Nobel brothers ended up in the oil business and they became the catalyst for the Russian tsar to decree that the development of oil was no longer a monopoly, and so the first oil boom started.

Early this evening, you may enjoy a boat tour in Baku’s harbor and take in the city from another perspective.

Day 3
Baku -Yanar Dag - Baku | Baku - Yanar Dag - Baku

To experience some local color and flavor, we suggest an early visit to the Bazaar (market) to see the famous Baku tomatoes, citrus and nuts, sold as they have been for centuries by local traders. This is best done earlier in the day to see the market at its best, but can equally be done in the afternoon.

Later, you will see the fascinating eternal burning hill - Yanar Dag, which is located 30 minutes from Baku. Fueled by natural gas escaping from the rocks and earth, it has been endlessly burning for five decades, with flames sprouting straight from the earth. The Ateshgah Temple, a 15-minute drive away is a must see. Also known as the Temple of the Fire Worshippers, this has been a center of worship for thousands of years and is one of the finest preserved temples of its kind.

The temple is built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th Century. The area is so saturated with natural gas and oil that flames spontaneously erupt from the ground - hence the country’s other name, Odlar Yurdu, or “Land of Fires”, and the name of the temple, which means “Home of Fire”.

You will then return to the city center to visit a top Baku highlight. Zaha Hadid, the world-famous architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, saved one of her greatest triumphs for Baku in the Aliyev Cultural Center. Stunning inside and out, this building houses temporary exhibitions as well as a museum dedicated to Heydar Aliyev, the founder and first president of modern day Azerbaijan.

To experience some local color and flavor, we suggest an early visit to the Bazaar (market) to see the famous Baku tomatoes, citrus and nuts, sold as they have been for centuries by local traders. This is best done earlier in the day to see the market at its best, but can equally be done in the afternoon.

Later, you will see the fascinating eternal burning hill - Yanar Dag, which is located 30 minutes from Baku. Fueled by natural gas escaping from the rocks and earth, it has been endlessly burning for five decades, with flames sprouting straight from the earth. The Ateshgah Temple, a 15-minute drive away is a must see. Also known as the Temple of the Fire Worshippers, this has been a center of worship for thousands of years and is one of the finest preserved temples of its kind.

The temple is built on the site of a natural gas vent believed to have been sacred to the Zoroastrians since the 6th Century. The area is so saturated with natural gas and oil that flames spontaneously erupt from the ground - hence the country’s other name, Odlar Yurdu, or “Land of Fires”, and the name of the temple, which means “Home of Fire”.

You will then return to the city center to visit a top Baku highlight. Zaha Hadid, the world-famous architect and Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, saved one of her greatest triumphs for Baku in the Aliyev Cultural Center. Stunning inside and out, this building houses temporary exhibitions as well as a museum dedicated to Heydar Aliyev, the founder and first president of modern day Azerbaijan.

Day 4
Departure | Baku

If time allows this morning, you will certainly not want to miss the Azerbaijan Art Museum, housed in the Rothschild family mansion in the city center. This fine collection is particularly strong in Russian paintings, including Aivazovsky, Repin, and Kandinsky, three of the greatest.

Alternatively, your guide will take you to the History Museum of Azerbaijan, one of Baku’s most beautiful orientalist mansions: the Taghiyev Mansion. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited parts in the region. This is the most popular area of the city, a maze of alleys, winding streets and caravanserais sometimes called the “Acropolis of Baku”.

You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (Please note the cost of your flight is not included in your program).

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