Old City Tour + Qobustan
NAME: Old City Tour + Qobustan
DURATION: 09:00 – 16:00
– transportation service
– guide service
– 0.5 L botlle of water per person
– entrance fees into the museums
– extra orders in the restaurant
09:00 – Meeting at the hotel by the guide. Transfer from the hotel to “Icheri sheher” Old Cty.
Near Gosha Gala your walking tour will start. Stroll the medieval heart of Baku the Icheri sheher castle, discovering the mysteries and legends of Icheri Sheher (Old Town) Learn about the ruling dynasty of Azerbaijan lived in 11-14 centuries by visiting the Shirvanshah’s Palace
The Maiden Tower also known locally as Giz Galasi, located in the Old City of Baku was built in the 12th century. İn addition, Maiden tower together with the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, was inscribed in 2001 under the UNESCO World Heritage List of Historical Monuments as cultural property. Juma Mosque Located in the historic Icheri Sheher, the mosque has been rebuilt several times. The present Friday Mosque was built in 1899 under the financing of Baku merchant Haji Shikhlali Dadashov. A minaret, constructed in 1437, adjoins Friday Mosque.
11:00 – Transfer from “Icheri Sheher” Old City museum of petroglyphs“Qobustan”.
“Qobu” translated from Azerbaijani, means a ravine, narrow, hence Qobustan – the place of narrows and ravines. The rock paintings there were found in the 1930’s, the exploration of the area is still in progress. Archaeologists found more than 6,000 drawings on 1,000 rocks, ancient dwellings – caves and sites, about 40 mounds and more than 100,000 artifacts. The oldest of the found images belong to the Mesolithic era, but the scientists suppose that life existed there much earlier and can be dated far back, consequently Gobustan can be considered of the cradles of civilization. Qobustan is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
13:00 – Lunch at the local restaurant.
14:30 – Transfer from “Qobustan” to “Mud Volcanoes”.
After you will visit Mud Volcanoes. Half of the world’s 700 mud volcanoes—oozing, gurgling mounds of once-subterranean sludge and methane—are located in Azerbaijan, concentrated around Gobustan National Park along the coast of the Caspian Sea.
16:00 – Return to the hotel. Excursion finishes with good memories.