Departure from Nalchik to Baku through North Ossetia-Alania, Ingushetia, Chechnya, Dagestan — 750 km.
Baku is a very colorful and beautiful city on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It is also a place where you can spend a few days sightseeing and still have something to see. The main tourist places are located in the center or on the waterfront. Centuries-old buildings here quietly coexist with modern glass skyscrapers. And around the city there are majestic mountains, which only add beauty to the picturesque surroundings of this Caucasian city.
Russian border (passport control)
Azerbaijani border (passport control)
Arrival in Baku around 14:00
Check in at the hotel
Walking tour of the Boulevard.
- Boulevard National Seaside Park
Baku Seaside Boulevard is one of the sights of Baku, a favorite vacation spot for Baku residents and guests of the city. In 2009 it celebrated 100th anniversary. The length of the park, before the reconstruction was 16 kilometers, and after the general reconstruction is 25 km.
- Baku Venice
The system of walking water channels located in the capital of Azerbaijan, the city of Baku, on the territory of the seaside boulevard. «Little Venice» has existed since 1960, is a landmark of the seaside park and is considered a favorite vacation spot for visitors to the park. The total length of the channels of «Little Venice» is 1350 m, the depth is 1.3 m, and 7 thousand m³ of water is spent on filling the channels. The area of the park is 9740 m².
- Next, the walk will continue on New Boulevard
- Ferris Wheel
- Mugham Center
In 2005, the International Mugham Center was opened on Primorsky Boulevard in Baku, built in the shape of a tar, a Persian stringed plucked instrument that vaguely resembles a guitar. Once every two years, the international festival «World of Mugham» is held here. Mugam is the most famous genre of folk music in Azerbaijan. It represents chants to the accompaniment of string and wind instruments, which sound “oriental” to the ear of a European. In the USSR, at least some records with Azerbaijani folk music began to be released only in the 1970s, but mugham itself was in a semi-legal position. With the independence of the country, mugham is experiencing a new surge in popularity, and in 2008 UNESCO included it in the list of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
- Carpet Museum
The Azerbaijan Carpet Museum was founded in 1967, becoming the world’s first specialized museum for the collection, preservation and study of carpets. Its first exposition was opened in 1972 in the Juma Mosque on the territory of the ancient fortress of the city of Baku — Icheri Sheher. The museum is a treasury of the Azerbaijani national culture, showing the carpet in close relationship with other types of traditional Azerbaijani art. Its collection contains about 14,000 carpets, embroidery, clothing, copper-chased items, jewelry, modern works of glass, wood, and felt. The museum is a scientific center for the study and development of the Azerbaijani carpet. It participated in the organization of a number of major international symposiums on the Azerbaijani carpet. The first symposium was held in Baku under the auspices of UNESCO in 1983. The next three symposia were held in 1988, 2003 and 2007, the last of which was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. In 2008, in accordance with the decree of the President of Azerbaijan, the construction of the modern building of the Carpet Museum began, and in August 2014 its new exposition was opened.
- A ride on the Funicular that connects the Boulevard with Nagorny Park, from where an incredible view of the Baku Riviera opens.
Return to hotel.
Excursion according to the program «Where is the cradle of mankind?».
Return to Baku
Walking tour of the Old Town:
- Maiden Towers (XII century)
An ancient fortification near the coastal part of the «Old City» of Icheri Sheher. It is one of the most important components of the seaside «facade» of Baku. It rises in the coastal part of the feudal city — the Fortress, or Icheri Sheher. The tower stands on a rock, partially lined with pure hewn stone and protected by a fortress wall with a system of large semicircular ledges rising from the foot almost to the very top.
- Juma Mosque (XII century)
The Shiite Juma Mosque, located in the capital of Azerbaijan, the city of Baku, in its historical part of Icheri Sheher, Asaf Zeynalli Street, 49. During its existence, the mosque was repeatedly and radically updated and rebuilt. The minaret of the 15th century adjoins the mosque.
The oldest Caravan-serai on the territory of Icheri Sheher in Baku dates back to the 12th century and is called «Khan» or «Small». In addition to Khan’s, three more caravanserais have been preserved in the territory of the old city of Baku: Multani, Bukhara and Kasum-bek — but they were all built several centuries later. Today, the Khan’s caravanserai is a quadrangular courtyard surrounded by a balcony, behind which there are small living rooms where merchants and travelers used to stay. In the Middle Ages, the main entrance to the Small Caravanserai was from the sea. And from the side of the shopping street were rows of stalls.
- The Palace of the Shirvanshahs Museum Complex (XV century)
The former residence of the Shirvanshahs, located in the capital of Azerbaijan, the city of Baku. It forms a complex, which, in addition to the palace itself, also includes the courtyard of Divan Khane, the tomb of the Shirvanshahs, the palace mosque of 1441 with a minaret, a bathhouse and the mausoleum of the court scholar Seyid Yahya Bakuvi.
- A walk along the streets where such famous films were filmed as: “The Diamond Arm”, “Amphibian Man”, “Tehran-43”, “Don’t be afraid, I’m with you!” etc.
- Museum of Miniature Books with over 6,000 exhibits.
The Miniature Book Museum is a unique, one-of-a-kind museum in the world, which is located in the old center of Baku — «Icheri Sheher». The museum has more than 7500 miniature books, the collection was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world.
Museum of Miniature Book
New city and museums of Baku:
- Nizami Street
Nizami Street is a partially pedestrianized central street in the city of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. It was named after the 12th-century poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi. The street crosses the central part of the city from west to east.
- Fountain Square
Square in the capital of Azerbaijan, in the city of Baku. The first city square of Baku. Located in the Sabail district of the city. On the south side, the square is bounded by Ahmed Javad street, on the north side — by Nigar Rafibeyli street. Around the square are monuments of architecture of the XIX and XX centuries, among which it is worth noting the building of the Museum. Nizami, the building of the cinema «Araz», the Armenian church, the building of the former «Grand Hotel».
- Azerbaijan National Philharmonic Society
The Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society named after Muslim Magomayev is a cultural institution in the capital of Azerbaijan, in the city of Baku.
- A unique architectural building of the Center Heydar Aliyev
The Heydar Aliyev Center is a cultural center built on Heydar Aliyev Avenue in the capital of Azerbaijan, in the city of Baku. It is a complex building that includes an auditorium (congress center), a museum, exhibition halls, and administrative offices. It bears the name of the 3rd President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center is considered one of the symbols of modern Baku. In 2014, it was recognized as the best building in the world — the 2014 Design of the Year award.
Heydar Aliyev Center
- National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan
The National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan appeared in 1920 as the “Muzekskurs” department of the Commissariat of Education. Subsequently, its name often changed, but it was opened to the public already in 1921. The premises in the mansion of the famous industrialist Tagiyev were intended for exhibiting museum funds, where at that time there were government offices and a historical archive. In 1936, the museum was reorganized and transferred to the Azerbaijani branch of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Part of the exposition was placed in the palace of the Shirvanshahs. And in 1969, the museum remained the sole owner of Tagiev’s mansion. Today, here, on an exhibition area of 3 thousand square meters, you can see many artifacts and monuments of Azerbaijani culture, which can give an idea of the history of the country since ancient times.
National Museum of the History of Azerbaijan
- Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art was opened in Baku in 2009, and the first lady of the country Mehriban Aliyeva became the initiator of its creation. One of the main principles of the museum is freedom and the absence of a rigidly set framework in expositions. It is also emphasized by the architecture of the building: the absence of corners, open passages, different angles of the walls. All this brings to mind a constant movement: at least, this is what the author of the architectural project, the creator of the expositions and the curator of the collection, the Azerbaijani artist Altay Sadykh-zade, intended. Even the two floors of the structure themselves seem to be an integral space connected by the “Forgotten Staircase”, which can also be called an art object. The free and open concept of the museum allows its visitors to get acquainted with the most diverse and unusual works. These are innovative works of Azerbaijani artists of the 1960-1970s. and with them the paintings of great contemporary masters such as Picasso, Dali, Chagall.
Museum of Modern Art
Shopping tour around the Baku Malls (Shopping Centers) and Sadarak and Bina trade fairs.
Return to hotel.
Check out of hotel.
Departure to Nalchik and/or airport
The cost of the tour includes: travel by minibus tour class, excursion services according to the tour program with a qualified guide, accommodation in a 4* hotel in the center of Baku, breakfasts.
Additionally paid: additional expenses, entrance tickets to museums, historical sites.
The price is given for 1 person with 2-bed accommodation.
Transfer to the airport Mineralnye Vody;
Meeting at airport Baku;
Transport services in Azerbaijan and Russia;
Excursion service according to the program;
Breakfast according to the program;
Accommodation 4 nights in Baku (in the city center);
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Air ticket to Baku
Lunches and dinners
|PRICE||21’000 rubles per person|
|DURATION||5 days / 4 night|
|AMOUNT IN THE GROUP||from 6 pax|
|INCLUDED IN THE PRICE||
|You must have all needed documents — passport and visa on necessity.
Important to know! If weather conditions are unfavorable for the tour, then changes to the planned route are possible, including the day and time of departure.
|Travel by minibus tour class from Nalchik to Baku and then to Nalchik|
|Accommodation in the center of Baku hotel 3* for 4 nights|
|Excursion service according to the tour program with a qualified guide|
|Baku sightseeing tour|
|COST||21 000 rubles.|
- lunches and dinners
- Entrance tickets to museums
12 places to visit in Baku
Baku is a very colorful and beautiful city on the shores of the Caspian Sea. It is also a place where you can spend a few days sightseeing and still have something to see. The main tourist places are located in the center or on the waterfront. Centuries-old buildings here quietly coexist with modern glass skyscrapers. And around the city there are majestic mountains, which only add to the picturesque surroundings of this Caucasian city.
In this post, we tried to collect the main sights of Baku that you need to visit first!
1. Palace of the Shirvanshahs. This palace complex, is the true heritage of medieval Azerbaijan, but in fact the former residence of the rulers of Shirvan. The attraction is located in the old part of the city, on the top of the Baku hill and includes a Palace, a bathhouse, a tomb, etc.
Palace of the Shirvanshahs
2. Maiden’s Tower. It is believed that this tower appeared in Baku even before the arrival of Islam there. In the 12th century it became part of the old city.
The Maiden’s Tower
3. Icheri Sheher (Old City). Icheri Sheher Fortress is a real guide to the old world. By the way, many people know this place because of the «Diamond Hand», as the filming took place here. Icheri Sheher is the heart of the city, because it was from here that Baku began its birth.
4. Flame towers have become a symbol of the new city. From the moment they appeared, Baku began to be associated with the European East: dynamic and modern.
5. Heydar Aliyev Center. This cultural center is also a new project and was built in 2012, designed by the legendary architect Zaha Hadid. Inside are conference rooms, offices, restaurants and expositions.
Heydar Aliyev Center
6. Bath Haji Gaib. Similar baths can be seen in Tbilisi, Iran and, as it turned out, in old Baku.
Gadzhi Gaib Bath
7. Seaside Boulevard. It’s good here at any time of the day, on Fridays they put on a stage, they sing songs. Locals run in the evenings, fishermen catch fish, couples hug, restaurants are waiting for visitors, Argentine 200-year-old baobabs grow, the beauty of Azerbaijan is broadcast on a huge screen.
8. Little Venice. There is a small system of walking water channels on the boulevard. In the summer, gondola rides float on them.
9. Carpet Museum. The Carpet Museum is another architectural landmark, located on the waterfront immediately behind the Little Venice across the road from the funicular. The world’s first specialized museum for the collection, storage and study of the carpet.
10. Square of the national flag.
11. Square of fountains. Here, Baku residents and tourists walk at a slow pace at any time of the day. Sculptures, cafes, hiking trails. The fountains are open all year round. In winter, New Year’s fairs are held on the Fountain Square.
12. Teze Pir Mosque. If you visit any religious sites in Baku, then Teze Pir should be in the first place. Teze Pir Mosque stands on a hill above the old city. This is one of the important religious centers of Azerbaijan. It is interesting that this mosque was built not by men, but by a woman, Nabat Khoja gizi Ashurbekova, an oilman and philanthropist.