Gobustan and Absheron Tour
After a hearty Breakfast at the hotel, spend your day discovering the ancient and historical mystery of Azerbaijan. Travel to see the ancient carvings, mud volcanoes and the other amazing things in The Gobustan National Park. Gobustan National Park is one of Azerbaijan’s most popular and ancient sights visited by thousands of tourists annually. You will learn about the history of petroglyphs found in this area and get useful information to make your stay in Baku much more interesting and full of memorable activities. We promise you that you will be impressed by this tour.
*Tour starts with Qobustan which is best known for being the home to the famous rock petroglyphs and mud volcanoes.
The area has been settled since the 8th millennium BC. It is known for hosting thousands of rock engravings spread over 100 square km depicting hunting scenes, people, ships, constellations, and animals. Its oldest petroglyphs date from the 12th century BC. In 2007, UNESCO included the 'Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape' in the World Heritage list.
Visit to the Bibi-Heybat Mosque-historical Mosque in Baku, Azerbaijan. The existing structure, built in the 1990s, is a recreation of the mosque with the same name built in the 13th century by Shirvanshah Farrukhzad II Ibn Ahsitan II.
Absheron Tour will start with Ateshgah (Fire Worshippers Temple).
Based on Persian and Indian inscriptions, the temple was used as a Hindu and Zoroastrian place of worship. “Atash” is the Persian word for fire. The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetra pillar-altar in the middle, was built during the 17th and 18th centuries. It was abandoned in the late 19th century, probably due to the dwindling of the Indian population in the area. The natural "eternal flame" went out in 1969, after nearly a century of exploitation of petroleum and gas in the area, but is now lit by gas piped from the nearby city.
Trip to "Fire Mountain "-"Yanardag" -a mountain on Absheron peninsula, 25 km from north of Baku. Literally, the word "Yanardag" means "Blazing Mountain". Blazing bodies of flame dance on stones and floor. Yanardag is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, which itself is known as the "land of fire."
Back to the hotel. *Overnight in Baku.