Baku Extended Tour
Baku is a city like no other – and what better way to spend the day than a full-day guided tour of the city?
Situated on the Absheron Peninsula, Baku is home to a unique blend of cultures, architecture, and natural wonders. On this full-day tour, you will have the chance to explore the best of what Baku and its surroundings have to offer.
Visit Gobustan National Park to see the prehistoric petroglyphs and discover the natural wonder of the Mud volcanoes, believed to be over 6000 years old. Learn about the history of the mud volcanoes and their healing properties. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Zoroastrian fire temple of Ateshgah, an ancient Zoroastrian temple thought to be used for the worship of fire in ancient times and one of Azerbaijan’s most popular tourist attractions. Hike up the fire mountain of Yanardag and enjoy stunning views of the area from up high. On the way back to the city center, you can admire the architecture of Baku’s modern city center and see the Flame Towers, which have become one of the symbols of Baku.
This tour includes transportation to all the sights, hotel pick-up and drop-off, and an 8-hour guided tour with an experienced local guide. It’s the perfect way to spend a day in Baku and learn about the history, culture, and natural wonders of Azerbaijan!
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore Azerbaijan’s capital city with a top-rated Baku travel agency – Discover all that this city has to offer on this extended Baku full-day tour!
- We’ll start this tour with a pick-up from your hotel in Baku in the morning. From there, we’ll head to the mud volcanoes, located about an hour’s drive from the city center.
- The mud volcanoes are one of Azerbaijan’s most popular tourist attractions, and it’s easy to see why! These mud volcanoes vary in size, with some reaching up to 20 meters high, and consist of small ‘geologically flatulent’ conical mounds that erupt with thick, cold, grey mud. These unique geological formations are thought to be over 6000 years old, and there are over 300 of them in the country!
- We’ll spend some time exploring the area and learning about the history of the mud volcanoes before heading to Gobustan National Park.
- Gobustan National Park is home to over 6000 petroglyphs – prehistoric rock carvings and paintings – dating back to the 12th-10th centuries BC. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for anyone interested in history or archaeology. We’ll spend about 2 hours exploring the park, learning about the petroglyphs, and enjoying the stunning views.
- After you’ve worked up an appetite exploring Gobustan, we’ll pause for a traditional Azerbaijani lunch at a delicious local restaurant.
- After lunch, we’ll visit the Zoroastrian fire temple of Ateshgah. This ancient temple was used for the worship of fire in Zoroastrian religious ceremonies. It’s thought to be one of the oldest temples in the world, and is now a popular tourist attraction. We’ll spend about an hour at the temple, learning about its history and exploring the area.
- Next, we’ll hike up Yanardag, also known as Fire Mountain or “Burning Mountain”. This mountain is located near Baku and is one of the most popular hiking spots in the city. From the top of the mountain, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Baku and the Absheron.
- From the top of Fire Mountain, you’ll see breathtaking views of Ateshgah, the Fire Temple of Baku. This castle-like religious temple dates back hundreds of years to ancient Persian and Indian inscriptions and was once the Zoroastrian place of worship.
- Next, we’ll explore Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center. Its amazing design and modern architecture make it one of Baku’s most popular tourist attractions and one of the symbols of Baku City. We’ll spend about an hour here, exploring the center and learning about its history.
- Finally, after a long day of sightseeing, we’ll head back to the city center and drop you off back at your hotel in Baku.
- The tour is suitable for children of all ages, and children under 6 are free.
- There is a moderate amount of walking on this tour, so travelers are recommended to have a moderate physical fitness level.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels in Baku is included in this tour and will be arranged after booking.
- To ensure an on-time start, please be ready and waiting in your lobby 15 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
- Don’t forget your camera – there will be plenty of opportunities for shooting great pictures of Baku!
- Lunch is not included on this tour, but there will be plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments along the way.
- The tour itinerary is subject to change due to weather or other factors.
- In rainy weather conditions, we strongly suggest that travelers bring an additional pair of walking shoes for the Mud Volcanoes trip. (Warning: The mud can get very slippery!)
Important: The road to the Mud Volcanoes is off-road, so in heavy rainy weather conditions the tour transportation car cannot safely pass through the heavy soil.
In these cases of extreme weather, we will replace the mud volcanoes part of the tour with a visit to Bibi Heybet mosque instead – one of the oldest mosques in Baku.