Tour in Sheki "City of Sweets"
Day 1. Baku
Departure for the tour, which begins with a visit to the Mountain Park. The mountain park is located on a hill in the western part of the city. This is the best place to view the city itself and the Baku bay.
Tourists will visit and see: Flag Square, Baku Boulevard, Government House building (former House of Soviets), Heydar Aliyev Center, the first casino building in the Caucasus, the Philharmonic Hall, the City Hall, will visit the Governor's Garden. Each of these buildings has its own rich history, which our guide will gladly share with you. Free time. During this period of time, guests can dine on their own, stroll through the central streets of the city or buy memorable gifts and souvenirs
Next, a walking tour to the "Old Town" awaits you. It was on its territory that the episodes of such famous Soviet films as "Diamond Arm", "Amphibian Man", "Aibolit-66", "Teheran 43" were shot. On the territory of the "Old City", concentrated dozens of historical and architectural monuments, including the Palace of Shirvanshahs, the symbol of the city of Baku - the Maiden Tower, the Caravanserai, mosques, etc. Return to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
In the case of a late flight, a night excursion around Baku is possible without visiting museums
Day 2. Baku-Gabala
Departure from Baku. Early in the morning we leave Baku. We have a way to the north-west of Azerbaijan - a region famous for its nature, cultural and historical monuments, as well as ethnic diversity and delicious cuisine.
The route passes through the village of Lagich, which is known for its craft workshops and is inhabited by masters of various craftsmen who pass their knowledge from generation to generation. Walking along the quiet and narrow streets of Lahic, we will get acquainted with masters of carpet weaving, leather, engravers, potters, blacksmiths, engravers for metal and wood.
Check in hotel . Free time.
After settling in the hotel you can walk to the famous waterfalls of the Seven Beauties, named after the poem of the great Nizami. The waterfall consists of 7 cascades and is famous throughout the country. The autumn forest will give them a new fresh image, unusual for those who are used to seeing it in the summer.
After the tour will continue to Lake Nohur - another pearl of these places. The lake is famous for its cleanliness, abundance of fish and amazing turquoise color of water. The lake is surrounded by forest, you can walk around here, and, if the weather permits, ride a catamaran in the town of Dujma. Drive to Gabalanad. It is believed that the beauty of this park is the fourth in Europe. Local residents are very proud of this circumstance.
Return to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3. Chuhur Gabala - Nij - Sheki
Breakfast in the hotel. Extract from the hotel. Departure to Sheki.
Chukhur Gabala - In ancient times, here was the capital of the ancient state of Caucasian Albania - Kabala (from about III century BC - V century AD), the city was a major trade and craft center of Albania. Here was the residence of the kings, and after the adoption of Christianity in the IV. AD was the main religious center of the country. Due to the constant attacks of the Khazars from the north, the Albanian kings decided to move the center to a more remote and safe place and from the 5th century onwards, AD Barda becomes such a center.
After the conquest of Albania by the Arab Caliphate, the process of Islamization is actively underway here. If from the second half of the 2nd millennium the city was already Muslim, then a large percentage of the Christian population still remained in the districts.
Acquaintance with the village of Nij, where the udides live, the representatives of one of the most ancient indigenous peoples of the Caucasus. Azerbaijan is a historical place of residence for this people. Currently, the total number of Udins is just over ten thousand people, while about four thousand of them live in the Gabala region of Azerbaijan.
Return to the hotel.
Transfer to Sheki. Check in hotel.
Tour of Sheki.
Sheki is one of the most famous and ancient settlements of Azerbaijan. It is located 700 m above sea level and as an amphitheater is surrounded by mountains. This ancient city has long been known as the center of silk and an important transit point on the Great Silk Road. We will begin our tour to Sheki with a visit to the Summer Palace of Khan with magnificent frescoes and exquisite handmade window decorations. Then we'll visit the workshop, where we can get acquainted with the process of manufacturing "Shebeke" by local artisans. Next, we will visit the workshop for cooking the delicious "Sheki Pahlavas", famous throughout Azerbaijan.
Departure for an excursion to Kish.
Our acquaintance with Sheki continues with a visit to the Albanian church, which is located in the village of Kish. According to the legend, this church is the first Christian church built not only in the territory of the Caucasian Albania, but in the whole of the whole Transcaucasia. This place is also remarkable, as burial places of people were found on the territory of the temple, which in their structure are very different from the current inhabitants of this region. In 2003, the church was restored to the money of the Norwegian government thanks to the personal efforts of Tour Heyerdahl. Here, next to the territory of the Church, you can find a memorial bust, in honor of a famous researcher set as a token of gratitude from local residents and the state. Return to the hotel, rest. Overnight in Sheki.
Day 4. We return to Baku. Shamakhi.
After breakfast we will visit Sheki Bazaar, where guests can buy fresh fruits and souvenirs for their loved ones and see how local residents trade.
Departure from Sheki.
On the way to Baku we will stop in the city of Shamakhi. Being the capital of the state of the Shirvanshahs from the IX century, the city was one of the main on the Great Silk Road. In Shamakhy, tourists will visit the famous historical and architectural monuments of the country, such as "Mosque" (XIX century) and the mausoleum "Seven Domes".
Return to Baku. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel.
12:00 Release of hotel rooms.
End of the tour.
The cost includes:
- Accommodation in a 3 * hotel with breakfast
- Transport service according to the program
- Russian-speaking guide throughout the tour
- Entrance tickets to museums and historical places
- 1 liter of water per person per day
The price does not include:
- All additional costs in the hotel
- Lunches and dinners
- Entrance tickets to the amusement park