Old as the land, Azerbaijani wine represents an amazing bouquet of colors and sensations generated by the blessing of the southern sunshine and the mastery of many wine-growing generations.
The ancient people of Azerbaijan were notable for their high viticulture, which is proved by numerous archeological findings. Experts think Azerbaijan’s viticulture dates back to no less than 7,000 years ago. Grape grew throughout the country, from the highlands to the Absheron sands. Having improved grape selection for centuries, Azerbaijanis managed to make the vine a priceless source of inspiration for scholars and poets.
Local grape varieties reflect the history of viticulture with their names showing the wide range of specifications from the type, color and aroma of grapes to the location and grower. There are more than 8,000 grape varieties in the world, but those which were and are grown in Azerbaijan are among the sweetest and most high-yielding.
$From 400 Euro
All accommodations at the hotels; Breakfasts at the hotels; Professional English or Russian speaking tour guide during all trip; Transportation and transfers by modern coach with experienced driver; All entrance fees to the museums and tourist attractions according to the program (at least 12 pre-paid sights); Wine degustation’s according to the program (7 degustation); Daily bottle of water for each pax.
Medical insurance (could be issued in case of request); Visa (could be issued in case of request); Air ticket (could be issued in case of request); Meals (lunch and dinner).
Following gifts will be presented to each member of the group upon arrival: bottle of fine wine; bottle of still water; pack of local nuts and dry fruits; the special edition of the national culinary book; map of Baku and Azerbaijan printed program of the tour.
Being as a real burning hill, Yanardagh or “Burning Mountain” has been burning for as long as anyone can remember, and the fire isn’t showing signs of going out anytime soon. Situated on the Absheron Peninsula, Yanardagh is a 116-meter hill located on top of a pocket of natural gas that constantly erupts into flames. These flames jet out at least three meters into the air, through a porous layer of sandstone. Unlike the other mud volcanoes of Azerbaijan, Yanardagh has no seepage of mud or liquid, so the fire always burns. A ten-meter long wall of fire continuously burns alongside the edge of the hill. This makes for the most spectacular view, especially at night. The air around this open fireplace is always thick with the smell of gas. The heavy Absheron wind, twisting the flames into bizarre shapes, adds to the mystery of the region. Tongues of fire also rise from the surface of the streams located on the hill.
At its heart, the UNESCO listed Old City (İçəri Şəhər) lies within an exotically crenelated arc of the fortress wall. Around this are gracefully illuminated stone mansions and pedestrianized tree-lined streets filled with exclusive boutiques. In the last decade, countless towers have mushroomed, dwarfing or replacing tatty old Soviet apartment blocks. Some of the finest new builds are jaw-dropping masterpieces. Meanwhile, romantic couples canoodle their way around wooded parks and hold hands on the boulevard (promenade), where greens and opal blues make a mockery of Baku’s desert-ringed location.
This tapering 29m stone tower is Baku’s foremost historical icon with rooftop views surveying Baku Bay and the Old City. Possibly millennia old, its original date of construction is the subject of much debate, though much of the present structure appears to be 12th century. The Azerbaijani name, Qız Qalası, is usually rendered ‘Maiden’s Tower’ in English. Various versions are considered in the imaginative little multimedia installations that adorn several floors of the tower's interior. A better translation of Qız Qalası would be ‘Virgin Tower’, alluding to military impenetrability rather than any association with tragic females. It was certainly an incredibly massive structure for its era, with walls 5m thick at the base and an unusual projecting buttress.
This sandstone palace complex was the seat of northeastern Azerbaijan’s ruling dynasty during the Middle Ages. Mostly 15th century in essence, it was painstakingly (over) restored in 2003 with museum items added since, including one or two entertaining audio-visual surprises. Enter via the main ceremonial courtyard. A small gateway on the left leads into the courtyard of the 1428 Divankhana, an open-sided, octagonal rotunda where Shirvanshah Khalilullah I once assembled his court: a decidedly small court it would seem, judging from the structure’s diminutive size.
Carpet weaving is one of the oldest and most widespread types of folk art and craft in Azerbaijan. In 2010, the art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving was added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are seven major carpet weaving schools distinguished by patterns, composition, color palette and techniques in Azerbaijan: Guba School, Baku or Absheron School, Shirvan School, Ganja School, Gazakh School, Karabakh School and Tabriz School. If you would like to witness the splendor of Azerbaijani carpets we invite you to visit the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum located on the seaside boulevard. Also, you can see the rarest examples here. Established for researching, keeping and displaying carpets and carpet items, as well as applied artworks, the Museum has the largest collection of Azerbaijan carpets in the world.
The Temple of Eternal Fire is an authentic site and well-known all over the world. Located in the suburb of Baku, in Surakhany this territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as burning natural gas outlets (underground gas coming onto the surface contacts oxygen and lights up). The temple in its present state was constructed in the 17th-18th centuries. It was built by the Baku-based Hindu community related to Sikhs. However, the history of the Temple is even longer. From times immemorial this was the holy place of Zoroastrians – fire worshippers.
Vast and jaw-droppingly original, this Zaha Hadid building is a majestic statement of fluid 21st-century architecture forming abstract waves and peaks that seem to melt together. The real delight is simply pondering and photographing the extraordinary exterior from ever-changing angles. The construction of the building was covered on the channels of Discovery and Science Channel, dedicated to the most courageous engineering projects of modernity and architectural masterpieces of the world. The interior hosts` concerts and several exhibition spaces.
This unique park has an amazing open area with a magnificent panorama of the whole city. It was completely renovated in 2013 and became even more beautiful with a new set of waterfalls, landscape works, and ornamental plants. Being the highest point of Baku, the park opens a panoramic view of the city and its bay. If you would like to see a bird's eye view of Baku, or just have a walk, this place must visit the point of your journey. The park can be reached via Baku Funicular or with wide stairs. If you would like to lose some calories after delicious Azerbaijani style dining, to climb to the park by stairs will be the best way to do that. The Upland Park also houses the Alley of Martyrs and neighborhoods with the Flame Towers.
The Juma mosque in Shamakhy, built in 743, is one of the oldest and largest (it can hold more than 3,000 people) mosques, not only in Azerbaijan but in all Caucasus. The 17th-century traveler Evliya Chelebi noted a huge mosque functioning in Shamakhy, with a madrasah in the courtyard. Soon afterward a powerful earthquake practically flattened the city, but the Juma Mosque survived this natural disaster. From 1846, Shamakhy was one of the largest governorates in the Caucasus.
Only in Ivanovka does the kolkhoz system of collective farm remain, worked by collective social labor and it still carries the name of Nikitin, a legendary chairman who was at its head for many years. The road to the village is particularly neat and tidy. Ivanovka, which has preserved all its customs, traditions, folklore and way of life. One of Azerbaijan’s Russian settlements, it has a unique story. Its inhabitants call themselves Molokans. The word molokans means the people who feed on the word of God like pure milk.
It is the beautiful part of Azerbaijan with a rich nature and ancient history. In the past, this city (Kabbalah) was the capital of Caucasian Albania for 600 years. There are the so-called Russian forest, river valleys, the famous Chestnut forest, and numerous picturesque villages Vyandam, Gamarvan, Engidzha, mountainous village of Laza where since not long time ago tourists can get even riding a quad bike provided by hotel Gafgaz. There is Nij village inhabited by Udi, direct descendants of the ancient Caucasian Albanians.
The Tufandag Winter-Summer Tourism Complex is perfect for skiing in winter. It is, in fact, a winter-summer complex in a picturesque mountainous area, about 4 km from the city. There are currently four cable car lines and five pistes equipped with artificial snow machines. The highest lift is to 1,920 m. The Tufandag has a specialist outlet offering modern ski equipment for sale or hires, as well as a skiing school for beginners.
Palace of Shaki Khans is the most famous touristic place of Sheki. Of particular interest to the tourists from all over the world is the Palace of Sheki Khans (1762) – a rare example of combining the national and palace architecture traditions. The building was built in the 18th century for the royal family of Khans. The most interesting fact about the palace is the architectural design, which makes it inimitable. Windows of the palace are made from frescoes with different shapes, which are unique. The palace was used mainly as a summer residence and the interior and the system was constructed to be cold in summer and to get sunlight. It is remarkable that during the construction of the palace, not a single nail was used, and the colored glass for shebeke (national mosaic) was brought from Venice.
Ganja – a city dates back to the 9th century. The city was built by an Arab governor which name means “treasure”. Ganja is located in the western part of Azerbaijan, and it is the second largest city in the country. An interesting fact about the city is its buildings. So that, the buildings in the city were made of brick, which gives a beautiful red color to the city. All the buildings regardless of their purpose of use, such as universities, mosques and resident houses – all are made of red bricks.
The name “Goygol” means Blue Lake in Azerbaijani language. The reason behind the name is the spectacular blue color of the lake which is created from the reflection of the green forest around and the blue sky as a mirror. As the lake has a wonderful location among forests and mountains, it exhibits worth seeing landscapes. The lake is located 1556 m above the sea level and was created as a consequence of an earthquake which leads to the collapse of Kapaz Mountain and block of the path of Agsu River in 1139. Besides Goygol, other 18 lakes were created as a result of this natural disaster. The water of Goygol is so pure that 8-10 m out of 96 m of total depth are visible. Additionally, Goygol is also known for its rich fauna such as trout, Caucasian red deer, brown bear, Billygoat, roe deer and badger.
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