From The Caspian Sea to The Caucasus Mountains

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From The Caspian Sea to The Caucasus Mountains

Tour duration 7 nights / 8 days
TOUR ON WEDNESDAY

Regions-Baku-Shemakha-Sheki

1 Day
Arrival in Baku
Transfer to The Hotel
Accommodation in hotel 4* in The downtown
Free Time

2 Day
10:00 – 13:00 Excursion Baku City Tour by Bus
The city panorama presented From height of mountain part at a television tower visually gives an idea of contrasts and scales of Baku, covering a horseshoe The Baku Bay. The city has a form of The amphitheatre which is going down to The Caspian Sea. Excursion covers The central part of The city with display of The most interesting historical and architectural objects.
13:00-14:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
14:00 – 17:00 Excursion- Architecture Fortress with a visit to The Maiden’s Tower and Palace of The Shirvan Shahs.
Icheri Sheher’s territory – 22 Hectares, it is a small part of The total area of Baku (44 000 Hectares). Nevertheless, The saturation architectural and historical monuments, dictates need of allocation of this excursion in separate and does this part of Baku, perhaps, The most interesting to survey. There are not full list of sights of old Baku : A maiden Tower (The XII century), The Shirvanshahs’ Palace (The XV century), Synyk Gala’s Lock, The Caravanserai, Djuma Mosque .
19:00 — 20:00 Excursion — Baku Lights
Walk through The National Park (Boulevard), which stretches for many kilometers along The coast — is The most popular place for walking in The city. Boulevard is decorated with chestnut trees, cypresses, palms. Citizens and visitors of The city attract The cool air, proximity to The Sea. For each there exists a vacation for The soul — The children happily entertained at various swings and rides, adult leisurely stroll through The alleys. Outdoor cafes, cinemas, clubs, exhibition halls, The building of The Naval Station. Surrounded by greenery adorn Boulevard channels are thrown over bridges. People call this corner of Venice. Entrance to The park is free. For visitors to The park The following entertainment: cafes, restaurants, attractions, playgrounds, benches, concert halls.
20:00 Dinner at The Restaurant
Free Time

3 Day
09:00 Breakfast at The Hotel
10:00-14:00 Excursion. «Ateshgyakh – The Temple of Fire worshippers».
The temple of an eternal flame Ateshgyakh – The truest Azerbaijani exotic. About it know practically around The world. It is located in 30 km From The center of Baku, on The suburb of The settlement of Surakhana. This territory is known for such unique natural phenomenon as The burning exits of natural gas (gas, escaping outside, adjoins to oxygen and lights up). In a modern look The temple was built in The XVII-XVIII centuries.
14:00-15:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
15. 00-17:00 Excursion «Museum of History»
«Museum of History»
One of The largest museums of Azerbaijan – The State Historical Museum was founded in 1920 is in one of The most beautiful places, in The manor, The well-known oil tycoon and The philanthropist Hadji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev constructed in 1895-96. Since May, 1921 The museum which accepted The first visitors and till 1936 The USSR called by The State Museum Azerbaijani, had a special position in development of research institutes and museum work of our republic. On The basis of art historical values of The museum in 20-30 years The museums of The nature, history, art, theater, literature, religion and atheism, The memorial estate Shirvanshahs’ Palace, fund of Manuscripts, then become institute of Manuscripts of academy were created. The museum has 6 departments (Department of exposition and The fund of Azerbaijani history of ancient and medieval period, The department funds and exposition of The history of Azerbaijan of a new period, The department funds and exposure history of Azerbaijan The modern period, The department of numismatics and means epigraphy, funds ethnography department, scientific tours and working with The media), as well as laboratory restoration of museum exhibits, architectural design team, The impact of security groups, The crew, The Commission for acceptance and purchase of exhibits and a library. The total number of museum treasures more than 300 000 points. 20, 000 of them are on display in The exhibition, and The rest is stored in scientific repositories -numizmaticheskaya (150, 000), archeological (93 000) Ethnography (9000), Weapon (2300), a research archive (12 000), precious metals fund (15 000), negative (10 000), The fund of rare books (4570). Muzey published articles «Materials on The history of Azerbaijan. »
Free Time
20:00 Dinner at The Restaurant

4 Day
09:00 Breakfast at The hotel
11:00-14:00 Excursion to “Gala State History and Ethnography Museum”
Museum Complex in The open air to preserve The monuments in The territory of The Qala State History and Ethnography Museum and enrich The Preserve by bringing in archaeological finds discovered in Absheron. On October 10, 2008, President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended The inauguration of The museum complex.
Petroglyphs covering The period From The 3rd and 2nd millennia B. C. to The Middle Ages, gavaldash (tambourine stone), ceramics, domestic and adornment items, weapons and coins, conserved remnants of an ancient residential complex etc. found in The Absheron peninsula were placed at The Complex.
Following The Heydar Aliyev Foundation’s initiative, The Absheron Archaeological Expedition of The Archaeology and Ethnography Institute under The National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan have carried out excavation works here during The years of 2010-2011. As a result of The excavations, various finds related to The 3rd and 2nd millennia B. C. , as well as 14th and 15th centuries were discovered. At The Qala Complex, on-rock and under-rock habitats, petroglyphs, ancient foundations, primitive wall remnants related to The Bronze Age, two underground tunnels leading to The Caspian Sea and Baku city related to The 10-14th and 10-15th centuries and a tendir related to The 18th century are demonstrated. Mainly human and animal figures, various fragments were engraved on The rocks here. The Qala Fortress related to The 10-14th centuries includes a tower and a stronghold. Used for surveillance and defence, The tower related to The 10-14th century is 13. 8 meters tall. Golden coins, remnants of a golden bracelet and ceramic samples related to The 10-16th centuries are displayed in a stronghold related to The 16-17th centuries.
Created in The territory of The Museum Complex, The ground floor of The caravanserai-restaurant is functioning as a cafe, The first floor as a restaurant. 14 rooms (7 open and 7 closed) in The Oriental style have been created in The caravanserai restaurant’s backyard.
14:00-15:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
15:00-17:00 Excursion to «Carpet Museum».
«Carpet Museum».
Azerbaijan State Museum of Carpet is The first museum in The world of carpets. Created in 1967, it opened in 1972. The museum exhibits works of art From different regions of Azerbaijan (Gabay, Guba, Shirvan, Ganja, Gazakh, Tabriz, etc. ), Carpets and objects related to arts and crafts, Hawley (khalcha, challah, Challah will Kaba) sumac) various mats(Chul, mafrash, Kheybat, hurchun) also demonstrated museum exhibits related to The ancient period, The black pottery and bronze objects made in The 19th century. , Embroidery, fabric, glass, metal, wood, jewelry, weapons and other artifacts. The State Museum of Azerbaijani Carpet is unique — it is The first museum of carpet in The world, and it has long remained The only one of its kind. «We showed that The carpet has its place in art is bright carrier of spiritual culture, «- said its director, Roy Tagiyev …Last year, The Museum of The Azerbaijani carpet was 40 years old. It was established on 1 June 1967, ten years later he was adopted into The family of International Council of Museums. Our museum collections formed The basis for organized by UNESCO in 1983 and 1988. Baku International Symposium «The Art of Oriental carpets. » In any case, it is difficult to find a country in The world where it is not carried out for The exhibition of The museum.
Free Time
20:00 Dinner at The Restaurant

5 Day
09:00 Breakfast at The hotel
10:00-14:00 Excursion- Gobustan
There is a museum on a place of The settlement of ancient near Baku, In Gobustan, people where up to now rock paintings, which age about 10 thousand years remained. Plots of these drawings – The documentary evidence of way of The people living here and The disappeared animal species which were once living in these parts. Among interesting exhibits – The rock with a Latin inscription narrating about stay in Gobustan in The I century of our era century of The Roman legion.
14:00-15:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
15:00-17:00 Excursion National Art Museum of Azerbaijan
The Azerbaijan State Museum of Art is a storehouse of The works of art beginning From The ancient period up to The present time All kinds of art are completely represented here. The art of Azerbaijan, West-Europe, Russia, The East is displayed in The halls of our museum. The museum was founded in 1920 and at present it is situated in two old buildings, which were built at The end of The XIX centure. The exposition of our museum is constructed in historico-chronological succession and by countries. The collection of The art of West-Europe: Italy, Flandry, Holland, Germany and France is remarkable in so far as includes works by all The better known painters of The XVI-XIX cc. Bassano L. , Solimena F. , Brouwer A. , Claesz P. , Sustermans J. , Kaulbach FA, Dupre J. , Dagnan-Bouveret and etc. In The section of Russian art there are The works of such outstanding artists of The XVIII-XIX cc. as Borovikovsky VL, Argunov NI, Lampi The Elder, Tropinin VA, Shishkin II, Vereshchagin PP, Aivazovsky IK, Korovin KA, Serov VA, Rerich NKThe collection of Azerbaijan art covers a vast span of time. The earliest exhibits: archaeological vessels date From The 6-4 millenia BC, which were discoved on The territory of The different regions of Azerbaijan such as Khanlar, Mingechaur and others, ceramics of The Middle Ages, bronze and copper wares of The XI-XIX cc, unique ancient carpet and carpet wares of Guba, Baku, Shirvan, Tabriz, Garabakh, Gazakh centres of carpet-making: jewelry, executing in The different techniques such as filigree, chasing, ware-drawing, granulation, enamel work. The chief centres of jewellery-making art in Azerbaijan were located in Baku, Ganja, Shamakhy, Shusha, Sheki, Tabriz.
But Azerbaijan carpet-making art, miniature paintings, book art represent one of The most interesting pages in The centure-old history of Eastern peoples and occupy by right their honourable place among The treasures of world artistic culture. Azerbaijan miniature has covered a long and complex way of development and reached its flowering in The XVI centure.
Tabriz school of miniature played The leading role in The development of miniature paintings not only in such Azerbaijan towns as Tabriz. Baku, Shamakhy, but in Iran, Turkey, The Middle Asia, Afganistan and Mogol school of miniature painting in India. Azerbaijan easel and book miniatures of The XVII-XIX cc, varnished miniatures of The XVIII-XIX cc. are demonstrated in The halls of our museum.
XIX c. was a period of The growth of The realistic tendencies in fine art of Azerbaijan. In paintings and drawing of that period organically combine realistic features and miniature’s influence. These new tendencies reflected especially bright in The creation of such artists of The XIX c. as Mirza Kagym Iravani, Mir Movsum Navvab, Abbas Husseyni.
These peculiarities were developed later in The creation of The artists of The early XXth c. Kengherli B. , Azimzade A. Splendid pile and pileless, thematically and orna-mental carpets and carpet wares are indispensable part of our Azerbaijan section, because carpet-making is one of The most ancient and The most widely spread kind of Azerbaijan decorative and applied art.
The specimens of fine Azerbaijan carpets and carpet wares are in The collections of The word’s largest museums — The Hermitage in Sankt-Peterburg, The Victoria and Albert in London, The Textile in Washington, The Louvre in Paris, The Topkapi in Istanbul and others.
As The written sources say, carpet-making art was already high developed in Azerbaijan in The Middle Age and that’s why carpet were exported to The different countries of The world in The XV c.
Many famous painters of The world used in their works an Azerbaijan carpet as a decorative element. In this way a Dutch painter Gans Memling (1433-1494) used in his picture «Maria with a baby» Mugan carpet, Shirvan group of carpets, Azerbaijan. The image of The Ganja-Gazakh carpet may be seen in The picture of The famous German painter of Renaissance G. Golbein «Ambassadors».
From technological point of view all carpets are derived into pile and pileless. Pile-less carpets (palas, jejim, kilim, shadda, verni, zili and sumakh) are much older than pile carpets and are noted for their original designs and bright colours.
Pile carpets are especially valuable. Pile carpets may be thematical («The Seasons», «Dervish», «Ovchulug», and so on. ) And ornamental («Alikhanly». «Pirabadil», «Surakhany», «Golluchichi», «Gymyl», «Shamakhy» and others). The names of The carpets are mainly associated with The places they come From.
The best specimens of decorative and applied art of Azerbaijan are famous far beyond The borders of The country and by right are a part of golden fund of world culture.
The section of modern art of Azerbaijan consisting of painting, drawing, sculpture, The items of decorative and applied art aquants with creation of our outstanding artists and young talanted masters, whose works are famous far beyond The borders of Azerbaijan.
Rich collection of The Azerbaijan State Museum of Art help to see The unknown sides of The monuments of The past and to discover some peculiarities of modern art.
Of course, no one reproduction could change originals. Each of them help you to revive impressions, getting in The museum and, of course, we’ll be very glad to see you in our temple of art those, who have not an opportunity yet to visit our museum.
Free time
20:00 Dinner at The restaurant

6 Day
09:00 Breakfast at The hotel
10:00 Departure to Shamakha –Sheki
11:00 On The road excursion Lagich – The small settlement of city type mislaid deeply in Mountains of Greater Caucasus, a pearl of The Ismailly area, an ethnographic corner of Azerbaijan, unique by The nature and a way of life of inhabitants. The soil and partially again paved asphalt way to The settlement of Lagich, The river gorge Girdimanchay finishes, crossing a river stream on The thorough bridge and bordering steep walls of high Mountains on narrow, is perceptible The cut ledges. The ice and snow covering this only road in winter months are torn off not seldom by Lagich From economic life of The valley and all region within many weeks.
Transportation to The settlement of Lagich is so stunning, as well as memorable for long time when in twisting roads before you suddenly there are landscapes, magnificent on beauty. Making this trip you undoubtedly remember forever The woods of this earth, its river and The gorge, medical air of Mountains.
Visit to The Historical and ethnographic reserve «Lagich» – this unique corner of The Ismailly area, causes in travelers From around The world only love and admiration.
Natural isolation made Lagich very atypical settlement in Azerbaijan. Language lace of a dialect of old Persian language on which its inhabitants express, remains primary language in Lagich and in several villages surrounding it to this day. Within many centuries The people living nearby in The mountain district and in The valley spoke not only on «azer», but also actively used in communication of «Farsi», The Arab and Russian languages. However here, in this mountain village where today lives no more than 2000 people, inhabitants still spin lace on The unique persian dialect.
14:00-15:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
18:00 Departure to Sheki
20:00 Accommodation in hotel MOK in Sheki
Dinner at The hotel
Free Time

7 Day
09:00 Breakfast at The Hotel
10:00 Excursion Sheki Khans Palace
The Sheki area is one of The most interesting, original and beautiful regions of Azerbaijan. The administrative center of The area – The city of Sheka – one of The most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, is located on picturesque southern slopes of Big Caucasian ridge against snow tops.
Sheki are called by right The architectural reserve of The republic. The particular interest causes The palace of Sheki khans (1762) in tourists – a rare example of a combination of national architecture to traditions of palace architecture. On design and internal furniture it will be difficult to find The second palace similar to it. It is known that at construction of The palace it wasn’t used uniform nailing. The mosaic in it is executed in national style to a shebeka (ornament by color glasses).
The ancient Albanian temple, unique ancient monument, is in The oldest of places of Azerbaijan – The village of Kish stretched near Sheki. Emergence of The temple is dated The 1st century AD, time when The territory of Azerbaijan was included into The Caucasian part of Albania. Historians assume that The temple was founded by The apostle Eliseus who brought Christianity to Albania. Eliseus, having received itself in destiny The East and having directed a way From Jerusalem to Persia, and started preaching with three pupils. However soon he underwent persecutions and arrived to Kish where arranged church and made a bloodless sacrifice. During blossoming of Christian religion in this territory The temple was very visited, however further was thrown and simply by miracle escaped till our times.
Even today The temple strikes with The beauty. Its bright red roof spike as if «burns» on The sun. On a high dome The cross is represented. Thick walls of The temple as if are decorated with small windows. In The temple cool even in The hottest weather, and air here as if it is impregnated with antiquity and divine spirit
13:00-14:00 Lunch at The Restaurant
15:00-17:00 Kish village
18:00 Departure to Baku

8 Day
Free Day
Visiting Oriental Market(Bazar) an souvenir shops .
Departure to The airport

Tour Price 640 USD per person sharing a Double Room including:

Accommodation in 3 * hotel double room with breakfast for The program.
Transfers and transport according to The program.
Excursions according to The program.
English-speaking or English-speaking guide.
Entrance fees to museums.
Additional charges:

Lunch - From 15 USD (included alcoholic drinks of local production)
Dinner - From 20 USD (included alcoholic drinks of local production)
Visiting Winter and summer tourist complex "Tufandag "
Visit The Recreational Complex "Gabala Land"
Visa fee - $ 40 (if not The citizens of The CIS)
Fees for photo - and video in museums

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