DURATION: 09:00 – 20:00
- TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
- GUIDE SERVICE
- 0.5 L BOTLLE OF WATER PER PERSON
- ENTRANCE FEES INTO THE MUSEUMS
- PERSONAL EXPENSES
- EXTRA ORDERS IN THE RESTAURANT
09:00 – Meeting tourists at the hotel by the local guide. Transfer to Gyandja.
11:00 – Excursion to “Goygol” Lake.
Due to an earthquake which hit the area on 25 September 1139, parts of the Kapaz Mount collapsed and blocked the path of the Kurakchay River. As a result of diversion of water flow, a lake with pure mountain water was created, hence the name given signifying the pureness of the water. The nearby city of Khanlar was renamed after the “Goygol” Lake on 25 April 2008. The city founded as Helenendorf by first German settlers in Azerbaijan in 1819 and with considerable German minority until 1941 had been renamed to Khanlar in 1938. In 1925 the lake was incorporated into the newly founded “Goy Gol State Reserve” which was superseded as Goygol National Park in 2008.
Greater “Goygol” area is often split into 19 lakes, 8 of which fall into large lakes category, Maralgol, Zelilgol, Qaragol among them. It is situated at 1,556 meters above the sea level.The complete length reaches 6,460 meters. The depth of the lake is 93 meters. Due to pureness of the water, one can see underwater life clearly 8–10 meters below the surface. The lake fauna is very rich. The “Goygol” Trout has evolved from the river trout since the natural creation of the lake. The “Goygol” area is known for dry winters and mild to warm summers. Rainfalls range from 600 to 900 mm.
14:00 – Lunch at the local restaurant.
15:00 – Transfer to Shemkir.
Shamkir is an ancient city in the north-west of Azerbaijan. Favorable climate, pristine nature, rich cultural and historical heritage, developed infrastructure make Shamkir the object of close attention of tourists. The German pages of the history of this region are of particular interest to travelers. Since the existence of the German colonies here in the 19th-20th centuries, a lot of historical evidence has remained – entire streets built up by German houses.
Excursion to the village of Garajamirli, where archaeological excavations are still conducted. Here you will see a palace built 2480 years ago. The monument discovered in this settlement existed approximately 220 years – from 550 to 330 years BC. It is comparable with the buildings in Pasargada and Persepolis.
20:00 – Return to Naftalan. Excursion finishes with good memories.